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

Summer 2019 – Cygnet to Illawarra

Autumn 2019 – Port Fairy to the National

Stories From the Road

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  • We really Australia-fied @fruskagerrak yesterday in #richmondtasmania , they adored their new #akubra hats on stage in Southport, Tasmania! Small Halls would not be complete without an #akubraofficial shopping spree❤️ We wanna give a big thank you to Gemma from @coalvalleyclothingco for letting us invade her beautiful store! We had so much fun! 
It’s so hard to say goodbye to Tasmania, it has treated us to so much #kindness.  Thank you to all the communities that welcomed us❤️ #HallsSummer #ontour #folkmusic #woodfordfolkfestival #cygnetfolkfestival #illawarrafolkfestival #discoverTasmania #NewSouthWales #community #halls #music #livethelifeyoulove #ontheroad #explore #australia #ruralhall  #folk #scandivania #scandinavianmusic
  • The feeling of a Small Halls show can’t be described, it’s the stomp of feet on the wooden floorboards, it’s the community that comes to gather, it is the history of a community.  We love our jobs and we can’t say thank you enough to #tasmania 💜 @fruskagerrak @liamgerner 
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  • Harry doing a final fluff of the faux flowers before our show in Forcett tonight. No detail too small where Harry is concerned! 
Second to last show in Tassie:( This place has stolen our hearts

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  • Having a beautiful night in Triabunna, this community warms our hearts, so much #kindness and care in this place, this little hall just gives you a hug when you enter❤️ #HallsSummer #ontour #folkmusic #woodfordfolkfestival #cygnetfolkfestival #illawarrafolkfestival #discoverTasmania  #NewSouthWales #community #halls #music #livethelifeyoulove #ontheroad #lovethejourney  #australia #ruralhall #love #folk #scandivania #scandinavianmusic
  • We can hardly believe we’re saying this....but Autumn 2019 is LAUNCHED! We’re so proud to present The Once (CAN) and John Flanagan (AUS) in partnership with Port Fairy Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival. Our biggest run yet! Tickets and venues link in bio, check it out!
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  • Who should we find looking relaxed and natural in the apple orchards of @cygnet_folk_festival, but Small Halls alumni @irishmythen?!?
So good when paths cross along the road❤️ #smallhalls #alumni #friends #festivallife #magic #canadianfriends #canirish #HallsSummer #blastfromthepast

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Past Tours

Summer 2018 – Mullum to Woodford

Spring 2018 – Outback to Queenscliff

Autumn 2018 – Port Fairy to the National

Summer 2018: Cygnet to Illawarra

Summer 2017: Mullum to Woodford

Victoria Autumn 2016

Tasmania Summer 2016

Queensland Summer 2015

Victoria Autumn 2015

Queensland Summer 2014

Queensland Spring 2014

Queensland Summer 2013