This Autumn, Festival of Small Halls heads south in the largest single tour route ever undertaken by our beloved regional touring production. The route pays homage to the vast expanses of the Australian countryside, beginning in the quaint settler town of Port Fairy for the internationally-acclaimed event Port Fairy Folk Festival. The band of travellers then stretch out into South Australia, as far as the former outback ghost town of Beltana. They take in rich farmlands, the red dirt of the gold fields, scenic coastlines and rolling mountains through the Garden State of Victoria. The tour winds down in the Snowy Mountains and agricultural heartlands of New South Wales, before finishing with a bang at treasured Australian event, National Folk Festival.

Coming with us for the ride are award-winning Canadian trio The Once, and master Australian folk collaborator John Flanagan. The Once are returning to Australia for the first time since their blockbuster run supporting Passenger in 2015, and bring some of the most vulnerable and honest material of their career with new release Time Enough.

The Once (CAN)

Lead singer Geraldine Hollett is looking forward to getting off the beaten track, saying “The Once are small town folk. Our communities combined with all band members check in under 20,000 people. My community had 16 houses when it was booming – 40 people max.

We have adventured far and wide, said Ms Hollett. We have gotten to witness the joy of the big stages in Australia. But the small towns – those are different kinds of places. The small towns are where dreams begin their flourish, where people are real, kind, honest, protective and complicated and imperfectly perfect.”

Our Independent release called Time Enough is out now. So far it has taken us all over the UK, Ireland, Europe, Canada and now, to you.

The Once are paired with award-winning Australian singer-songwriter John Flanagan.

Called “one of Australia’s finest lyricists” (Timber and Steel) and frequently compared to Paul Kelly and James Taylor, John’s storyteller soul lights up his blend of folk, bluegrass and country music genres in to a style uniquely Australian.

Separately, these performers represent the best of contemporary folk touring the world, together they promise a night that will light up the small halls of Australia with memories of a lifetime.

Festival of Small Halls Autumn Tour starts 8 March 2019 at Port Fairy Folk Festival, travelling to Allendale East on March 13.

Tickets on sale here now

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Festival of Small Halls Autumn Tour 2019:
Port Fairy to the National
Feat. The Once and John Flanagan

Mar 8-11 Port Fairy, VIC Port Fairy Folk Festival
Mar-13 Allendale East, SA Allendale East Public Hall
Mar-14 Lameroo, SA Lameroo Memorial Hall
Mar-15 Orroroo, SA Orroroo Memorial Hall
Mar-16 Beltana, SA Beltana Assembly Hall
Mar-17 Red Cliffs, VIC Red Cliffs Civic Centre
Mar-20 Goroke, VIC Goroke Memorial Hall
Mar-21 Pomonal, VIC Pomonal Community Hall
Mar-22 Murtoa, VIC Murtoa Mechanics Hall
Mar-23 Wycheproof, VIC Buloke Shire Hall
Mar-24 Caldwell, NSW Caldwell Hall
Mar-27 Merton, VIC Merton Memorial Hall
Mar-28 Boolarra, VIC Boolarra Memorial Hall
Mar-29 Hallston, VIC Hallston Mechanics Institute Hall
Mar-30 Tarwin Lower, VIC Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute Hall
Mar-31 Goornong, VIC Goornong Memorial Hall
Apr-03 Glenlyon, VIC Glenlyon Shire Hall
Apr-04 Sedgwick, VIC Sedgwick Public Hall
Apr-05 Girgarre, VIC Gargarro Sound Shell Girgarre
Apr-06 Barnawartha, VIC Barnawartha Soldiers Memorial Hall
Apr-07 Tallangatta Valley, VIC Tallangatta Valley Public Hall
Apr-10 Ganmain, NSW Ganmain Hall
Apr-11 Grenfell, NSW The Simpson Pavilion
Apr-12 Woodstock, NSW Woodstock Memorial Hall
Apr-13 Dalgety, NSW Dalgety Hall
Apr-14 Lacmalac, NSW Lacmalac Hall
Apr 18-22 Canberra, ACT National Folk Festival