Woodfordia Inc 

in partnership with Mullum Music Festival and Woodford Folk Festival

presents

Summer Tour 2019: Mullum to Woodford

Blair Dunlop by Elly Lucas

Blair Dunlop (ENG)

Blair Dunlop is an award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has released 3 albums, 2 EP’s and toured widely around the globe. It’s an astounding list for a short 4-year career, but what sets Blair apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes.

His third album Gilded (May 2016) was widely acclaimed, with singles The Egoist and 356 gaining BBC Radio 2 Playlist status and also being remixed by Ed Harcourt. Prior to this Blair released House Of Jacks, which lived up to the promise of his 2012 debut Blight and Blossom and contributed to his win of the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award.

Blair has now cemented his place as one of Britain’s most exciting talents to come from the folk scene. The Guardian stated that the House Of Jacks proves Blair is ‘an increasingly adventurous songwriter’; while The Independent on Sunday described it as ‘fluent, lamentory and accomplished’.

2018 Blair saw the release of his 4th album Notes From An Island to rave reviews.

http://blairdunlop.com

Dunlop is an outstanding guitarist and an emotionally persuasive singer. He is also, as demonstrated on this fourth album, a sharply intelligent songwriter who understands how folk can be enriched by tasteful rock and pop instrumentation.

– The Sydney Morning Herald

Some singer-songwriters grab your attention from the first note you hear, from the first song, from the first album. Blair Dunlop did that. I lent him my ears, and I was captured. He commanded through his music that I listen. And so, in a mere five years and now four albums, the chain remains unbroken.

– The Daily Review

An adept guitarist whose epic songwriting instincts prevail on a personal-political fourth album”

– MOJO

The busy crowd…is testament to Dunlop’s talents. Dunlop brings an air of tenacity while displaying a fine repertoire of well-crafted songs spanning traditional and contemporary. He’s determinedly taking the traditions of folk in his own direction.

– The Independent – Live review 2016

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Hat Fitz & Cara (AUS)

High-energy duo Hat Fitz and Cara are among Australia’s most talented roots music artists. The husband and wife team have clocked up 10 years of worldwide touring, festival performances and album releases from their base of operations in the hinterland of South East Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and are showing no signs of slowing down.

Their festival touring circuit takes in Australia, the UK, North America and Europe where their modern blend of old-timey-influenced sounds is equally at home in a variety of settings from folk or Americana main stages to blues and acoustic venues. While the singer/songwriters are both multi-instrumentalists, it’s Fitzy’s weathered vocals and soaring blues-soaked guitar combined with Cara’s pounding drums and soulful voice that show them at the peak of their creative power.

Winners of Blues Album Of The Year at the 2013 Australian Chain Awards and UK Spiral Earth, Hat Fitz & Cara also won Best Vocal Of The Year at the 2015 Chain Awards and were finalists in the 2015 Memphis International Blues Challenge in the USA.

http://www.hatfitzandcara.com

 

 

 

One person literally blew my mind. I was walking past the blues tent looking to find something for breakfast, when a voice belted out of the ether that left me standing still in the middle of the path and listening. What a voice!! I was transfixed and HAD to find out to whom it belonged. I made my way to Bluestown and was surprised to see two people, a woman playing drums (and singing) and a man playing guitar. Cara Robinson the singing drummer, has to my ear the finest female blues voice I have ever heard in Australia – bar none.

– Sam Cutler, ex-manager for The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead

 

Beautiful, raw and exciting.

– Jeff Lang

Austinville, 20 Nov 2019

Somewhere between a dreamy ocean and an endless green valley lies Austinville, the village where every visitor blinks twice. One of the Gold Coast’s oldest suburbs, Austinville was established following the worst years of the Great Depression. Originally a banana farming area intended to relieve unemployment, the area now contains a section of the World…

Kerry, 21 November 2019

  Just 10 minutes drive from the town of Beaudesert, in the picturesque Scenic Rim, a single crow’s ash tree makes up the stunning dance floor of the Kerry Memorial Hall, built in 1946 by the local farming community to honour those who had sacrificed their lives to fight for their country and the freedom…

Jiggi, 22 November 2019

  Jiggi Hall : 111 years old, and still going strong! Jiggi Hall is set in a beautiful valley, far from the hustle and bustle of big city life. Less than half an hour drive from Nimbin in the North and Lismore in the south, Jiggi, which is said to mean ‘A place of plenty’…

Eureka, 23 November 2019

  Eureka has a rich history of farming traditions, hard work and a caring and supportive community. Built in 1906, the Eureka Hall has witnessed many community celebrations and commemorations. Young men were farewelled from the hall to fight battles in distant lands, and welcomed on their safe return. A journey down memory lane reveals…

Toormina, 24 Nov 2019

Toormina is to the south of Coffs Harbour, just to the west of the stunning beaches of Sawtell. Named after Taormina, Italy, Toormina is part of the wider Coffs Harbour region and formed when the owner, having visited and fallen in love with Taormina, subdivided his land. Toormina offers visitors a central location to the…

Freestone, 27 November 2019

Originally built as a School of Arts in 1900, Freestone Memorial Hall was moved approximately 4km to its present site in 1921. This move took it closer to the recently opened railway station as this area had become the hub of the community. The name change from School of Arts to Memorial Hall formally took…

Rainbow Beach, 28 Nov 2019

  Rainbow Beach is your golden gateway to some of the most amazing natural attractions to be found anywhere in the world. From this picturesque coastal village, enchantingly nestled between Tin Can Bay and the Pacific Ocean, you can experience an enthralling mosaic of these wonders and indulge in your favourite pursuits at the same time. Swim with the dolphins, explore the spectacular scenery of Fraser Island,…

Kalpowar, 29 November 2019

 The Kalpowar Hall was built in 1954 using locally milled timber from the Kalpowar Forest, built only by voluntary labour and without debt. The village of Kalpowar is situated in the foothills of the Burnett Range, beside the  Kalpowar State Forest which protects a mosaic of forests. Patches of dense rainforest with towering hoop pines…

Yeppoon, 30 Nov 2019

  With a stunning backdrop of offshore islands, the sparkling azure of the Pacific and towering Norfolk pines, Yeppoon has built a reputation as both a visually striking tourist town and a saviour for summer tastebuds (plenty of mangos come from Yeppoon). If island hopping is your thing, you have found yourself one terrific launching…

Eungella, 1 Dec 2019

Our hall was originally an old army hospital situated at Mackay Harbour and donated to the RSL. It was dismantled, loaded onto a truck and taken to its present location at Eungella where it was reconstructed by a builder and community members. If the hall could talk, it would recount may memories of the Dairy…

Koah, 4 Dec 2019

  Fringed by sweeping grass trees, you will find Koah Hall nestled in Musumeci Park, 15 minutes’ easy drive from Kuranda Village and the Barron Gorge. We’re ready and keen for the Small Halls event, having honed our community action skills with various projects and workshops, from a Bring-your-washboard Bushdance, Christmas in July festivities, to…

Bluewater, 5 December 2019

The Bluewater Community Centre is almost 30 years old. While the land is owned by the local council, it’s leased back to the Bluewater Community Association Inc for the use and enjoyment of all. The Bluewater Centre was built and paid for by locals . It always has been and always will be available for…

Armstrong Beach, 6 December 2019

More info on the show at Llewellyn Hall coming soon! Festival of Small Halls rolls into Armstrong Beach on Friday, 6 December with Blair Dunlop (ENG) and Hatz Fitz and Cara (AUS) Tickets available online here Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Emu Park, 7 December 2019

The Emu Park Cultural Hall is centrally located in the middle of the seaside township of Emu Park. Famously known for the iconic singing ship Emu Park is a quaint but vibrant village that boasts picturesque parks and crystal blue waters. The Emu Park Cultural Hall is home to many community groups and its walls…

Pialba, 8 December 2019

Pialba’s quaint Memorial Hall stands within the sunny locality of Hervey Bay, located 32 km north-west of Maryborough. Some 113 years old, the hall is the historical heart of Pialba, being the first settled area of the bay district and the place to gather in days gone by. Pialba was known as the regular watering…

Cooroy, 11 December 2019

The history of our hall dates back to the 1920’s. With a population growth in the district the community required a larger building for social events, also they wanted to honour the men who gave their lives during WW1 and those who had returned, a thank you. Another conflict had broken out and the call…

Haden, 12 December 2019

The settlement of Haden was established in 1876 with the original township being called Wahoon (Aboriginal for Scrub Turkey) with the name change to Haden occurring in 1912. The Haden Hall was built and opened in 1923 in Boundary Street. Since opened, six extensions have been added over the years to date including a nursery…

Glen Aplin, 13 December 2019

The Glen Aplin Memorial Hall was erected in memory of those from the district who served in World War One and World War Two. Building materials were scarce but the Glen Aplin community volunteers worked with ingenuity and persistence to make bricks with sand from the nearby Severn River. In 1953 the Hall was opened…

Springbrook, 14 December 2019

Thanks to the eruption of an ancient volcano 23 million years ago, Springbrook is home to a multitude of things that grow, gurgle and glow. Spectacular waterfalls and lookouts abound as The Natural Bridge cave twinkles with resident glow worms. The wilderness is marked by strangler figs, rare birds and glow-in-the-dark mushrooms. A sub-tropical paradise,…

Mapleton, 15 December 2019

The Mapleton Hall is held in Trust – The Mapleton Hall & Sportsground Trust – and has served the community of Mapleton and surrounds for a century, having been built in 1916. The Hall and Sportsground is one of the area’s historic jewels, and has a long heritage of comings and goings – dances, sports…

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Festival of Small Halls Announces Summer Tour 2019

Festival of Small Halls has announced that Blair Dunlop (ENG) together with Hat Fitz and Cara (AUS) will feature on the upcoming Summer Tour 2019: Mullum to Woodford.

Presented in partnership with major Australian festivals Mullum Music Festival and Woodfrod Folk Festival, the Summer Tour 2019 will kick off in the rolling hills of Mullum, NSW, from the Darling Downs areas and across the Fraser, Keppel and Cassowary Coasts, as far as the lush rainforests north of Cairns before wrapping up at Woodford Folk Festival, 27 December – 1 January. 

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ARTISTS BIOGRAPHIES

Blair Dunlop (ENG)

Blair Dunlop is an award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has released 3 albums, 2 EP’s and toured widely around the globe. It’s an astounding list for a short 4-year career, but what sets Blair apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes. 2018 Blair saw the release of his 4th album Notes From An Islandto rave reviews.

For full biography, social media links and press quotes, click here

Hat Fitz and Cara (AUS)

High-energy duo Hat Fitz and Cara are among Australia’s most talented roots music artists. The husband and wife team have clocked up 10 years of worldwide touring, festival performances and album releases from their base of operations in the hinterland of South East Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and are showing no signs of slowing down.

For full biography, social media links and press quotes, click here

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