About Us

Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of our country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia. It is produced by Woodfordia Inc in partnership with many other wonderful Australian festivals, regional partners and great lovers and supporters of folk and contemporary acoustic music. It’s an opportunity for music-lovers from welcoming communities to invite artists from Home and Abroad into their towns, and a way of exploring this vast country in the spirit of hospitality and great fun.

The artist line-up for Small Halls will always be at least one Australian artist and one International touring artist, who play music of exceptional quality and heart. They’ve been chosen for the tour not only because of their beautiful songs and tunes, but because they have the ability to really connect with the people they play for, whether through storytelling, the ability to tell a good joke (or a truly terrible one), a wonderful warmth and a real interest in visiting places a little off the beaten track. Each night of the tour is hosted by volunteers from the local community, so it’s also a chance for a town to show off their warmest welcome and most enthusiastic audiences.

The Festival of Small Halls Australia was inspired from the seed of an idea in Canada for a new touring structure to take great music into regional areas. On Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, local communities have hosted roots, traditional and acoustic artists in community halls all over the island since 2008. In 2014, armed with a vision of bringing big music to small places, the Ontario Festival of Small Halls joined the family. The event was born of inspiration by the spirit of community, hospitality, exceptional music, and fun that has made small halls festivals in PEI and Australia such treasured events.

From our farmlands to the flood lands, the rainforests to the outback, Festival of Small Halls audiences can expect a beautiful night of original music, as well as a chance to catch up with their families and friends during a supper break, where cake and tea are served. It’s an all ages event and all are welcome.

Click on the tours page to find out if we’re coming to a town near you – and if we’re not, please extend the invitation. We’d love to come visit.

Click here to invite Festival of Small Halls Australia to your town.

Click here for more information on Festival of Small Halls PEI.

Click here for more information on The Ontario Festival of Small Halls.

Current Tours

Spring 2018 – Outback to Queenscliff

Summer 2018 – Mullum to Woodford

Summer 2019 – Cygnet to Illawarra

Stories From the Road

Stories, news, happy snaps and more – all the latest from the road, Halls HQ, and from our friends

Spring Tour – Week 1 on the road

Stories from the road – on tour with …

Summer Tour 2019 – Cygnet to Illawarra – Announcement

The announcement of Fru Skagerrak (NOR/DEN/SWE) and Liam …

Buy A Ticket for A Farmer

Twenty regional, rural and remote presenters are readying …

Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour

In an exciting coup for Woodfordia’s Festival of …

Spring Tour 2018, featuring Madison Violet (CAN) and Harry Jakamarra with Elwood Gray (AUS).

Acclaimed Canadian multi-instrumentalists Madison Violet and rising Kimberley …

Reflections of a Thankful Tour Manager

Being part of the Small Halls Crew you …

  • Power or no power we are still bringing you the joys of folk music! Thank you so much to everyone who turned out for last nights torch lit acoustic show at Mullum Music Festival. A truly unforgettable experience, it was only the pitch black that stopped us in the end. Last chance to catch @lucyjoywise & @oldmanluedecke from 4:30pm at the Saint Martins Hall today!  #HallsSummer #ontour #folkmusic #banjo #woodfordfolkfestival #wff #mullummusicfestival #discoverqld #thisisqueensland #community #halls #music #daytrip #actlocal #livethelifeyoulove #ontheroad #lovethejourney #explore #australia #ruralhall #love #friends #travelaustralia #worldclass #contemporary #folk #aussiemusic #canadianmusic
  • Peeping through windows to see @madisonviolet, @harryjakamarra and @elwoodgray. It’s your last chance to see them Queensland - tonight in Kalpowar, or tomorrow in Felton (sold out!). Unless that is, you’re keen to road trip with us to @queenscliff_music_festival next weekend!!! Woohoo!! .
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#HallsSpring #ontour #folkmusic #banjo #queenscliffmusicfestival #discoverqld #thisisqueensland #community #halls #music #daytrip #actlocal #livethelifeyoulove #ontheroad #lovethejourney #explore #australia #ruralhall #love #friends #travelaustralia #worldclass #contemporary #folk #aussiemusic #canadianmusic #clawhammerbanjo #kimberleycowboys
  • Day one of the #HallsSummer tour at our old friend @mullummusicfestival. We’ll be here all weekend, come join us! .
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#HallsSummer #ontour #folkmusic #banjo #woodfordfolkfestival #wff #mullummusicfestival #discoverqld #thisisqueensland #community #halls #music #daytrip #actlocal #livethelifeyoulove #ontheroad #lovethejourney #explore #australia #ruralhall #love #friends #travelaustralia #worldclass #contemporary #folk #aussiemusic #canadianmusic
  • We had such a wonderful time with the lovely Courtney and the amazing team from @thegreatdayout! They are chatting all things Halls this Sunday on at 5.30pm, make sure you tune in.

For those looking to catch a show this week, we're in Ilbilbie tonight, Goovigen tomorrow, Kalpowar Saturday night and Felton on Sunday with @madisonviolet and @harryjakamarra with @elwoodgray, and at the @mullummusicfestival with @oldmanluedecke and @lucyjoywise on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
Please share far and wide friends! #Repost @thegreatdayout with @get_repost
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Join @courtneythorpe_xx in Sunday's episode as she heads out to Rocky Creek for the Festival of Small Halls, a unique but wonderful music festival 🏠 @smallhallsaus #HallsSpring #HallsSummer #ontour #folkmusic #banjo #woodfordfolkfestival #wff #mullummusicfest #discoverqld #thisisqueensland #community #halls #music #daytrip #actlocal #livethelifeyoulove #ontheroad #lovethejourney #explore #australia #ruralhall #love #friends #aussiemusic #canadianmusic
  • I think we have found our smallest hall on this Spring Tour!  They may be tiny but they're packed mighty full of community spirit!  Thanks Ilbilbie Community Hall for having @madisonviolet + @harryjakamarra tonight! 
#smallhallsaus #springtour2018 #smallestsmallhall #folktunes #communityspirit #folkontour #bunting #fairylights #folkmusic
  • ABC Mackay Radio got to see that we're still laughing and enjoying each others company and meeting new communities and sharing the laughs!  Five more small halls to enjoy! 
#smallhallsaus #springtour2018 #abcradio #mackay #outbackqld #tourlife #community #sharedlaughs #tourstories #abctropicalnorth

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