Reflections on a Summer of Love

As we look towards the change of the seasons, we invite you to grab a cup of tea and come on a journey with us…

Look back through the Spring/Summer that was 2018/19. We toured six musical acts through three states on three tours. We performed 96 shows at 58 small halls, five of Australia’s finest festivals and one hospital. Our road took us across the red dirt of the outback, into the rainforests of the far north, back down the shining beaches of Australia’s east coast and all the way down to Tasmania’s southernmost town. We found small halls, not so small halls, relived glamorous balls, saluted memorial walls and wondered at memories inlaid in the walls.

We are so pleased and proud to share this short film, created by Harry Jakamarra on the Festival of Small Halls Spring Tour 2018 with Madison Violet, Harry Jakamarra and Elwood Gray.

Experience life on the road, from outback Queensland to the Queenscliff Music Festival through the lens of these wonderful and talented musicians.

Week 2 on the Road with the Summer Tour 2018 – Tasmania fights back

When we are invited to a community, it is with open hearts and gratitude we accept the invitation.  Festival of Small Halls is an advocate for the rural communities it partners with – many of the communities we visit are trying to save their small halls.  With what most call “progress”, we are seeing more and more of the rural communities losing the fight to hang on to their halls, the young people are moving away, the buildings are not being used enough. There are multitudes of reasons why the doors are being shut. Festival of Small Halls helps communities see what is possible – we come equipped with some of the best in the industry to lend a hand, let the town show the potential of its hall, work together with a community coming together in a common goal.

Nothing makes us happier than when we visit a community that has already put up the fight to save their meeting places.  Tonight in Meander, Tasmania we have witnessed such a case.

Photo courtesy of Damaris Rey Photography

Christine, one of the halls’ committee members spent some time with me tonight, explaining the work and time that has been put into saving their hall.  It was no easy task, it takes a village, and beautiful passionate people like Christine to organize.  Meander greeted us tonight with a sold out show, a testament to the community, and the hard work of the people that love this place.

We were so happy to hear the story of the Meander community.  Our “Small Halls” hold our history and we should never give up that fight.  We send our best wishes to all the rural communities across Australia; we wish them many nights of foot stomping music, many generations of future events in the places we gather, and mostly we ask them to never give up.

Love from the Road,

Merit Femino

Tour Manager

Festival of Small Halls

Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

From Denmark to Broome, Guatemala to Byron, Colorado to Warrnambool, Athens to Northcote, Sydney to London, Dublin to Hobart… and almost everywhere in between.

Port Fairy will be the folk music capital in March celebrating music of all cultures in 2019

Melbourne Ska Orchestra Port Fairy Folk Festival 2018 Photo by David Harris

Happy New Year! In the great words of Robert Burns ‘For auld lang syne. We’ll tak a cup o’kindness yet, for auld lang syne.’ The Port Fairy Folk Festival is a gathering like no other. A pilgrimage for some, a voyage of discovery .. of friends, music and ideas for others, where kindness and warmth abounds throughout the glorious weekend, for artists and audiences alike, and we all share in that cup of kindness and joy.

In it’s rich 43 year history the festival has presented the finest artists from across our shores and the globe and 2019 is no different. We invite you to visit the artists page to discover who will be performing for you in 2019. In addition to their stand alone concerts there will be a huge variety of collaborative concerts and workshops, and further announcements are on their way.

From everyone at The Port Fairy Folk Festival we wish you all a happy, safe and prosperous 2019.

To purchase tickets to the Port Fairy Folk Festival, please click here

Allendale East, SA – 13 March 2019

The Allendale East area was settled in the early 1960’s from which time a store, schools, churches and a post office have serviced the community since.

A cheese factory, hotel and stock pound operated until the early 1920’s.

As the township developed the need for social and spiritual development led to the Community Hall being built in 1910.

For all it’s life the Hall has been the centre for cards, dances, weddings, parties and many local social events, developing a strong community culture.

Cave diving is a popular activity in the area.

On the 13th of March Festival of Small Halls will visit Allendale East with award-winning Canadian trio The Once and Australia’s John Flanagan.

Tickets available online here
or locally at Periwinkles Café, 63 Sea Parade Port Macdonnell SA 5291

Full Admission – $25
Children (12 and under) – Free
Doors open at 6.30pm