Autumn 2018 – Port Fairy to the National

Woodfordia Inc in partnership with
Port Fairy Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival

Claire Anne Taylor

Claire Anne Taylor, AUS

Taylor crafts soulful folk songs that capture both the beautiful and dark elements of the human experience. Her music ranges from warm, mesmerising ballads to epic anthems. With vivid storytelling, colossal vocals and a powerfully captivating stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt that they have just witnessed something extraordinary.

After winning the Byron Bluesfest Busking Competition, Taylor relocated to Byron Bay to record her debut album, Elemental. Released in 2016, Elemental received widespread critical acclaim with The Sydney Morning Herald describing it as “strong and assured”, FATEA Magazine calling it “exceptional” and the ABC’s Rick Eaves hailing her as “a national treasure”. Taylor’s poignant debut album has garnered her significant radio airplay on Triple J, Double J and ABC radio as well as international radio airplay on programs such as The International Americana Music Show, The Troubadour Show and Radio Nova.

2016 was a breakout year for Taylor. The album release was supported by two national tours and numerous festival appearances including Nannup Music Festival, Bello Winter Music, Mullum Music Festival, PigSty in July and Cygnet Folk Festival. Other highlights include supporting Liz Stringer on her album launch tour and a co-headline tour with William Crighton.

“Describing Claire’s voice in words is almost impossible. Try to imagine Jess Glynne with something deeper, richer and more soulful. Wrapped in the smoke and gravel of her voice there’s also a wonderful warmth.”
–     FATEA Magazine

“It looks like it’s gonna be a big year for Claire Anne Taylor…what a voice!”
–     Sarah Howells, Triple J

“I’m going to go on the record now: everyone is going to be talking about Aussie Claire Anne Taylor come March. Incredible voice”
–     The International Americana Music Show

Dave Gunning Promo photo 2016 credit Jonathan Beadle

Dave Gunning, CAN

Call it the silver lining in the cloud of a brutally cold Nova Scotia winter. When acclaimed folk singer/songwriter Dave Gunning decided it was time to make his 11th solo album, he found the bleak weather outside a blessing, not a curse. “We were literally snowed in, but the power was on and I was good to go,” he says of the making of that album, Lift.

Eleven albums in, Dave Gunning has become a truly masterful songwriter, one who has earned real peer respect from such Canadian folk songwriting legends as Ron Hynes, David Francey, and James Keelaghan. “I grew up listening to people like Ron Hynes,” says Dave. “I look up to them but then it hits me sometimes that I’m their peer and they like my stuff too. It’s a weird headspace, flipping from being a fan to being a peer.”

Gunning’s recording career is now approaching a full two decades in length (his debut album, Lost Tracks, came out in 1996). Along with richly-deserved peer respect, he has also earned a shelf full of music industry awards. That tally now stands at eight East Coast Music Awards and two Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus a 2012 Juno Award nomination in the Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year category for his album …a tribute to John Allan Cameron, a compelling homage to another of Dave’s Maritime musical heroes.

“Truly, what makes Gunning so remarkable as an entertainer is his rare gift to be able to befriend the audience as a whole from the stage throughout the course of the concert. And, indeed, you do feel as though he’s as good of a friend as any after a night of songs, stories and lighthearted laughs.” 
– The Guardian

“Gunning is the next big thing in the True North of Song, an artist as compelling, as assured and attentive to every nuance of the writing process, as Lightfoot, Cockburn and Stan Rogers before him.” 
– Toronto Star

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Balaklava, 7 March 2018

Balaklava is excited to be hosting the first Festival of Small Halls in South Australia.

Balaklava is the largest town in the Wakefield Regional Council.  We are an hours drive from Adelaide, the Yorke Peninsula and the Barossa Valley and less from Gawler and Clare.

The Balaklava community is well known for its encouragement and support of the performing arts through the Balaklava Eisteddfod, Balaklava Community Arts and music programmes through the 3 schools in our town.

We welcome this addition to our music programme and look forward to the Festival with much anticipation.

On the 7th of March the Festival of Small Halls will visit Balaklava with internationally acclaimed folk artist Dave Gunning and Australia’s Claire Anne Taylor.

Tickets available online here or at Balaklava Town Hall, Tel 1300 655224 or E

Full admission – $25

Concession – $20

Child (12 and Under) – Free

Doors Open at 6.30pm

Allendale East, 8 March 2018

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 8th of March Festival of Small Halls will visit Allendale East with internationally acclaimed folk artist Dave Gunning and Australia’s Claire Anne Taylor.

Tickets available online here or at The Bellum Hotel

Full Admission – $25

Children (12 and under) – Free

Doors open at 6.30pm

Natimuk, 14 March 2018

The tiny Wimmera town of Natimuk, population approximately 500, is known to many for Mount Arapiles, which is located around 10 kilometres west of the town. It is one of Australia’s best abseiling and rock climbing venues with a huge sandstone rock face and attracts visitors from all over the world.

However, a visit to climb often turns into a stay filled with friendly faces and awe-inspiring art. Locals have created a booming creative economy in Natimuk, hosting events like Nati Frinj, a full arts program through ACTNatimuk – and this March, Festival of Small Halls.

On the 14th of March Natimuk welcomes the Festival of Small Halls, featuring Claire Anne Taylor and international folk artist Dave Gunning,  to the Natimuk Soldiers Memorial Hall.

Tickets available online here

Doors Open at 6.30pm