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

Autumn 2019 – Port Fairy to the National

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Longford
Rowella
Meander
Forcett
Southport
Nunamara
Triabunna
@cygnet_folk_festival 
@illawarrafolkfestival 
Shellharbour
Goulburn
Nangus
Orange
Clarence Town
Frederickton 
Toormina
Eureka
Bowenville

You invited us into your communities, showed us amazing kindness, and we could not be more grateful❤️ #tourlife #bigfinish 
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  • It’s hard being the tour manager of this wild bunch! Leave them alone and they get crazy and start coloring outside the lines!  Tonight is our last show together, it’s been a hell of a run! 
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  • When words don’t seem to be enough, we switch to music, it crosses cultures, gathers communities, and has the power to bring us back to a single moment in time.  We are so glad we brought music because words couldn’t do justice to welcome we received from this amazing community and beautiful place. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts thank you❤️ #eurekahall 
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  • Our amazing opening act tonight, Claire and Mia, will be singing tonight to kick off our show! They are such amazing young people and we are so lucky to have them!

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  • It’s a perfect trifecta when our local, national, and international artists can all take the stage together.  The Festival of Small Halls was started in the spirit of community, not just the communities we visit, but the musical community building bridges between cultures and genres.  What a beautiful collaboration between @fruskagerrak @liamgerner @amyviola 🙏🏽 A special thank you to Amy for opening the show with her amazing original songs and he magic looping station!

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Past Tours

Summer 2019 – Cygnet to Illawarra

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