Autumn 2020 – Port Fairy to the National

Woodfordia Inc 

in partnership with Port Fairy Folk Festival and National Folk Festival


Autumn Tour 2020: Port Fairy to the National

The Paul McKenna Band (SCO)

The Paul McKenna Band (SCO)

Scotland’s Paul McKenna has long been ranked among our finest younger singersand songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience.


He and his band – comprising Conor Markey (banjo/bouzouki/guitars) and Ewan Baird (percussion) – draw on both Scottish and Irish roots, in a dynamic, full-bodied array of original and traditional material, along with songs by like-minded authors.


The Paul McKenna Band’s newest release Breathe showcases Paul’s developmentas a songwriter and includes two co-writes with acclaimed Canadian songwriterDave Gunning and another with one of Australia’s most respected songwriters, LizStringer. Produced by Mike Vass, this new release expands on the band’s trademarksound with added instrumentation to enhance and focus on the original material.



The best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty year
– New York Times


The best band of their generation
– The Living Tradition


A band with the potential to dominate the Scottish/Irish traditional scene for thenext twenty years.
– Fatea Magazine

Alana Wilkinson (AUS)

Alana Wilkinson (AUS)

The shining beam of sunlight that is Alana Wilkinson has had a big few months since the release of her debut single Closer in late 2018. Now following up Closer is the release of her second single, Partner In Crime, and if you have not yet fallen in love with Alana Wilkinson, this is the track that’ll send you swooning.

Described as equal parts vulnerable folk singer and vitriolic poet, Surf Coast based, Alana Wilkinson has turned heads recently with stellar performances across majorfestivals such as Blue Mountains, Queenscliff, Woodford and Nannup. She’s alsospread her magic touring with The Porch Sessions and supporting the likes of the Pierce Brothers, Bob Evans, Eddi Reader, Sarah McLeod, Shaun Kirk and the Badloves, amongst many others.

Combining delicate melodies with disarmingly insightful vignettes about the human condition, Wilkinson is a smiling assassin. Her songs skewer ex-lovers, would-be suitors, ridiculous social norms and the absurd challenges of suburban life in a merciless, yetstrangely affectionate way, leaving audiences feeling like they’re sitting in her living room, chatting about life over a steaming cuppa. Alana Wilkinson, in all her sunshiney glory, is one to watch.





Her gentle guitar work, accompanied by soft and beautiful vocals, leaves the audience smiling, reflective and ready to have fun. Alana manages to deliver a paradox – cut-throat lyrics with an infectious smile on her face. Her genuine honesty and enthusiasm throughout her performance is refreshing, as the crowd laugh and sing along with her…

– MEL Live.

This new track radiates a feeling that can only be described as bittersweet. Partner in Crime is an emotionally gripping single disguised by innocent lyrics that take listeners back to when Alana Wilkinson was younger. Her use of raw acoustic major- key guitar strumming brings a sense of warmth to the surface and compliments her songbird-like vocals incredibly well.

– Pilerats

Port Fairy Folk Festival, 6-9 March 2020

  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 2020 Melbourne Ska Orchestra Port Fairy Folk Festival 2018 Photo by David Harris Happy … Read more

Pomonal, 11 March 2020

  The State Government, Ararat Rural City Council, Workshop Architecture firm and passionate Pomonal community members worked together recently to recreate Pomonal Hall which has gone on to win two Architecture Awards in regional Victoria. On the 11th of March, Festival of Small Halls will visit Pomonal with critically-acclaimed Scottish ensemble The Paul McKenna Band … Read more

Mount Benson, 12 March 2020

  Welcome to Mt Benson – Population 111, hosting its first Small Halls event at the Mt Benson Hall in 2020. The Mt Benson Hall is located on the highway between Robe and Kingston in the lower south east region of South Australia. The hall, built of local stone by stone mason Doug Holme and assisted … Read more

Lameroo, 13 March 2020

  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 … Read more

Orroroo, 14 March 2020

  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 … Read more

Beltana, 15 March 2020

    The Beltana Hall is situated in the State heritage listed town of Beltana. She is a quaint 140 year old building which has recently been lovingly restored by the Beltana community.   She has seen many a dance, church service funeral and wedding in her 140 year old life. Early press clippings suggest … Read more

Red Cliffs, 18 March 2020

The Red Cliffs Civic Centre was built in 1961 by the local Shire, to be a Hall for all of the community to utilize.  It is in a central location opposite Barclay Square in Red Cliffs. While built from brick and mortar, the foundations are surely fortified with treasured local memories, for over many years … Read more

Wycheproof, 19 March 2020

  Wycheproof Public Hall was built in 1920 and features a large public hall with a supper room and kitchen. The name, Wycheproof, originates from an aboriginal word meaning ‘grass on a hill’, referring to Mount Wycheproof just off the Calder Highway, which is the smallest registered mountain in the world, standing at 148 metres (486 ft) above sea level … Read more

Caldwell, 20 March 2020

  Caldwell is home to abundant community markets, fine wineries and beautiful walking trails. The surrounding areas boast artist studios and niche businesses offering delicious delights such as meads, avocados, wine, honey, olives and citrus fruits as well as river cruises. Visit the Wolseley monument while in town, Frederick Wolseley was an inventor and woolgrower who invented … Read more

Sedgwick, 21 March 2020

The Sedgwick Hall was built in the late 1950s with monies raised by the local community. It was regularly used for dances and as a meeting place for local community groups, including sporting clubs using the neighbouring recreation reserve.The community is growing and slowly changing over time as farm land is subdivided, giving way to … Read more

Glenlyon, 22 March 2020

Providing an idyllic lifestyle, Glenlyon is close to Daylesford and within close proximity to the regional centres of Ballarat and Bendigo. The 120-year-old Glenlyon Hall has long been a proud focal point for the local community. With its grand facade and position on the avenue in the centre of town, Glenlyon Hall is obviously well loved … Read more

Loch, 25 March 2020

When you enter the Loch Hall you’ll be forgiven for thinking you have stepped back in time to a bygone era where there’s original pressed tin panelling, and the acoustic sounds of yester year are still present. Set in the rolling hills of the farming community that is Loch Village, it plays home to many … Read more

Merton, 26 March 2020

  Merton…located 150 kms just east of north from Melbourne on the Maroondah Highway, was made famous (again) by the Corrigan family in the classic archetypical Australian drama “The Castle”.  Who could forget their most lyrical chant of: “We’re goin’ to Bonnie Doon…”, and the picture perfect (albeit fleeting) view from their car of the … Read more

Hallston, 27 March 2020

  This community hub is set in the rolling hills of South Gippsland with stunning views of the adjacent countryside. With ample parking, heating and cooling, it’s ready to welcome locals and visitors alike. Oozing with country charm, Hallston Hall is already planning unique ways to welcome the very first Festival of Small Halls Hallston. … Read more

Tarwin Lower, 28 March 2020

Tarwin Lower is a small community nestled on the banks of the Tarwin River, under an hour’s drive from the heart of Wilsons Promontory National Park and around two hours from Melbourne. The Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute Hall was built in 1888 and has been in use ever since. After World War 1 the hall was … Read more

Port Albert, 29 March 2020

It is often said – If walls could talk, think of the stories they could tell!  Since 1878 the Port Albert Mechanics Institute Hall has been part of the life-blood of the town, one that was a bustling port after settlement in the 1840’s, however, it has seen huge changes over the years with the … Read more

Heyfield, 1 April 2020

Today Heyfield is known as a farming and timber community, with a town population of 2200 and services about 3000 in the surrounding area. Heyfield has a very large soldier settlement farming area adjacent to it. With families coming to the area to farm in the early 1950’s. The Heyfield War Memorial Hall was built … Read more

Stanley, VIC 2 April 2020

Nestled in the hills at the edge of the Alps in north-east Victoria lies Stanley. Stanley is a small rural village, approximately 10 kilometres from Beechworth, with a population of about 370. The town of Stanley was formerly known as Nine Mile, followed later by the name Snake Gully. In 1824, Hume and Hovell camped … Read more

Dalgety, 3 April 2020

  The historic village of Dalgety, on the banks of the Snowy River, is the only town left on the Snowy River in NSW. After the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme was built in the 1950’s, the old towns of Jindabyne and Adaminaby were flooded. In 1902 Dalgety was gazetted as the site for the National … Read more

Ganmain, 4 April 2020

  This gem of a Hall is situated in the picturesque village of Ganmain. The hall, established in 1911, is the jewel of the Main Street! As well as the magnificent hall, we hear the pies are famous for miles around. A destination rather than a stop then! Festival of Small Halls rolls into Ganmain … Read more

Brungle, 5 April 2020

  Brungle is a small village, which local lore suggests, sits along Banjo Paterson’s “The Road to Gundagai.” You will find us where “The mountain road goes up and down, from Gundagai to Tumut town.” The original Brungle Hall was built with dancing and music in mind. It was opened on 24th May 1907 with … Read more

Barnawartha, 8 April 2020

Barnawartha or ‘Barny’ is a small township located where the valley meets the plains at Indigo Creek on Dhudhuroa land. The town’s name is an Aboriginal word variously recorded as meaning tall rushes or parting of the storms. Barnawartha Hall is the grand old dame of the town, opened in 1921 and described at the time … Read more

National Folk Festival, 9-14 April 2020

From high-end entertainment to the expression of folk-life through grassroots and community activities our multifaceted National Folk Festival is the ultimate celebration of all things folk. The program is designed to inspire, enliven and entertain. From traditional and contemporary grooves to the quirky and the endearing it features all the key elements that make people want … Read more


Festival of Small Halls Announces Autumn Tour 2020

Festival of Small Halls has announced that The Paul McKenna Band (SCO) together with Alana Wilkinson (AUS) will feature on the upcoming Autumn Tour 2020: Port Fairy to the National.

Presented in partnership with major Australian festivals Port Fairy Folk Festival and National Folk Festival and as part of the trailblazingYear of Scotland in Australia, the Autumn Tour 2020 launches at the 44th annual Port Fairy Folk Festival, and covers Victora from the far west of Mildura to the green reaches of Gippsland, throwing in a cheeky swing up through South Australia and around through the Snowy Mountains of NSW to end at the iconic National Folk Festival.

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The Paul McKenna Band (SCO)

Called “the best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years”by the New York Times, award-winning Glasgow singer Paul McKenna is rankedamong Scotland’s finest younger songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience. Alongside Conor Markey (banjo/bouzouki/guitars) and Ewan Baird (percussion), Paul McKenna draws on both Scottish and Irish roots in a dynamic full-bodied array of original and traditional material.

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

Alana Wilkinson (AUS)

Described as equal parts vulnerable folk singer and vitriolic poet, Alana Wilkinson has turned heads recently with stellar performances across major festivals such as Blue Mountains, Queenscliff, Woodford and Nannup. Equally at home in the intimate confines of a house concert or in the expansive surrounds of a festival, Wilkinson engages audiences with revealing and hilarious stories and songs that leave you pondering the joys of life with a smile on your dial.

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


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