Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

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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

Lameroo, SA – 14 March 2019

The Lameroo Memorial Hall stands in the shadows of the mighty wheat silos in the centre of town.  We grow high quality wheat in these parts and we are proud of it. And we are proud of our Hall. Our hall is at the heart  of our small Mallee town and has been the place for all kinds of entertainment and shenanigans  since the town was established way back in the early 1900’s. Lameroo has the widest main street you would ever see and it is lined with lawns and shady trees thanks to the underground water we are so lucky to have.

 We welcome the Festival of Small Halls to our town for the first time.

Festival of Small Halls rolls into Lameroo on Thursday, 14 March 2019 with award-winning Canadian trio The Once and Australia’s John Flanagan.

The performance will be supported by local act PJ Michael.

Adelaide based (by way of Lameroo and Canberra) musician PJ Michael brings with him a warm voice, an ear for a story and resonator guitar. With influences from the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Charlie Parr and Justin Townes Earle, in his music you can hear his unique take on Americana.

PJ has received radio airplay including ABC RN and Triple J with his past two releases All Night Long (2016), Corroboree Park Hall Sesions (2017) and is currently working on his next release. You can stream his music now on Spotify et al, or catch him at his next show.

Tickets available online here
or locally at the Lameroo Post Office


Orroroo, SA – 15 March 2019

On 21st June 1880 the foundation stone of Orroroo Memorial Hall was laid. The building was opened on 11th November 1880. The two story front section of the building was built 1893. It was constructed from local bluestone from Pekina Creek and the bricks from the brick kiln at Walloway.

In 1924 the main hall and stage were enlarged to provide a dress circle and an under stage dressing room. It’s a substantial building in the town, with its classical detailing and architectural  qualities poses an important contribution to the main streetscape.

Orroroo is a rural community situated in the foothills of the Flinders Ranges with a population of approximately 610. The town is notable because it is the crossroads of main roads from East to West (Sydney to Perth) and North to South (Adelaide to Darwin). We are situated near the Goyder’s Line so our seasons can be so unpredictable but we remain a very passionate, welcoming and resilient community and so excited to have the small halls festival visit us.

Festival of Small Halls rolls into Orroroo on Friday, 15 March 2019 with award-winning Canadian trio The Once and Australia’s John Flanagan.

Tickets available online here
or locally at The Store on Second

Festival of Small Halls Orroroo will be supported by Craic and The Three Roos

Craic is an Irish word translating to having fun, enjoying the company of others and having a good time. A perfect description for this folk influenced acoustic group, who are based around the melody lines produced from Kate Case’s Button Accordion. This instrument was played for many years in the local halls by Kate’s grandfather, Tom Case. Ella Vercoe, Tara Ackland and Takara Austin play their Ukuleles and guitar in sync with David Bull’s bass patterns. Cam Naismith will enthral you with his natural rhythm on the electric drums. Mike Custance is on vocals singing The Pogues Irish classic ‘Dirty Old Town’
The Three Roos will entrance you with their raw lyrics and natural talent. Mackenzie White’s country vocals and rhythmic guitar playing is matched to Ange French’s bass riffs whilst Cam Naismith will tap out magical rhythms on the electric drums. Sing along to some of their country folk tunes that will take you back to fond times and memories.