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Autumn Tour 2024: Port Fairy Folk Festival to The National Folk Festival

Woodfordia Inc 

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Autumn Tour 2024: Port Fairy Folk Festival to The National Folk Festival

featuring Svavar Knútur (ICE) and The Maes (AUS)

Svavar

Svavar Knútur

A son of the melancholic eastern fjords and the seldom seen north of Iceland, the gruff, yet gentle Troubadour Svavar Knútur summons his inner demons and outer storms to reflect upon the existential crises and frolicking joys of modern-day rustic fjord dwelling men.

In perfect harmony with his vocation as a lifelong nonconformist, ever dismantling myths and post-colonial gentle-savage stereotypes about his “elfish and magical” people and country, the eclectic musician has in recent years blossomed into a serene and sublime singer and songwriter. Knutur’s songs of misery and redemption deliver a healthy dose of hope in the midst of despair.  A humoristic storyteller and avid diver into the murky waters of the human condition, Svavar Knútur, sows and reaps a fantastic mixture of art and entertainment.

In 2018, Svavar Knútur released the first part of a larger project called Ahoy. The album, Ahoy! Side A, featured five new and four repainted songs. An eclectic mix of songs, all exposing different sides of Svavar’s sometimes mercurial, but ever-loving attitude to life and the world. The album landed Svavar Knútur two nominations for the Icelandic Music Awards, one for Best Album and one for Singer of the Year. Ahoy! Side B is coming out early 2024.

www.svavarknutur.com

The Icelandic bard pens gut-wrenching ballads that mirror the starkness of Nordic winter. Backed with a 12-piece band, his guttural howls and acoustic chugs carried even more of an emotional wallop. His work as the stark balladry of Frightened Rabbit matched with his dry wit and poetic soul. Things can get dark fast with his music that doesn’t shy away from looking at misery head-on. – KEXP

While many people are dismayed when winter comes, Svavar Knutur offers up a love song to the month, with his genre-defying single ‘November’. Moving from melancholic stirrings to the beauty of a stormy midwinter, the single embraces the inescapable changing of the seasons with darkness, melancholy, love and transformative energy. Continuing his genre-bending style, Knutur has us all embracing the hidden beauty of the world in a way that could make life better. – The Other Side Reviews

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The Maes

The Maes (sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby) grew up the children of folk musicians, immersed in folk festivals, choir rehearsals and campfire sessions. This formative experience helped to shape two of Australian folk music’s most respected songwriters, singers and instrumentalists.

The sisters have been touring the world since 2014, playing some of the world’s most prestigious roots music festivals, including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the USA, Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada and the Woodford Folk Festival and WOMADelaide in Australia.

Their 2019 self-titled release, ‘The Maes’ won Best Folk/Roots Album of the Year at the Music Victoria Awards; their second consecutive win in this category after their Nashville-produced release, ‘Take Care Take Cover’ won the title in 2017. Alongside these accolades, their song ‘Driving Ali Through Mining Towns’ was shortlisted for the 2019 Vanda & Young Songwriting Award.

Quite simply breathtaking – Rhythms Magazine

simply superb sophomore album ***** – The Australian

Willaura, 6 March 2024

Willaura Memorial Hall, VIC, Eastern Maar Country  Willaura Memorial Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Eastern Maar People. The Willaura Memorial was funded and built by the local community in 1957 to remember those who served in war. Its classic cream brick walls, with glass, steel and stone facia echoed the architecture of … Read more

Laharum, 7 March 2024

Laharum Public Hall, VIC, Jardwadjali Country  Laharum Public Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Jardwadjali People. The hall with a view. Laharum is a small active community situated with a view of the North west Grampians. They value their community, environment and surrounds. Festival of Small Halls returns to Laharum on Thursday, 7 … Read more

Deans Marsh, 12 March 2024

Deans Marsh Community Hall, VIC, Gadubanud Country  Deans Marsh Community Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Gadubanud People. Deans Marsh has often been ‘on the move’ – the town, the schools, the playing fields and the community hall have all been relocated by the community members. One night in the summer of 1921, … Read more

Lexton, 13 March 2024

Lexton Public Hall, VIC, Dja Dja Wurung Country  Lexton Public Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurung People. On 6 December 1894 the town held a public meeting to look into creating a public hall for Lexton. They purchased the Doctors Creek School and moved it to Lexton to use as … Read more

Baringhup, 14 March 2024

Baringhup Hall, VIC, Dja Dja Wurung Country  Baringhup Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurung People. Located in the foothills of Mt Tarrengower, Baringhup Hall is good for meetings, dances, and large meals. It features a large hall space and a supper room, and is clad in tin. Managed by the … Read more

Glenlyon, 15 March 2024

Glenlyon Hall, VIC, Djadjawurung Country  Glenlyon Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Djadjawurung People. Since its heyday as the centre of the universe (well – when it was the shire offices, 1860s onwards: three staff, three offices, and lots of space for community dances) the Glenlyon Shire Hall is still the centre of … Read more

Bullarto, 16 March 2024

Bullarto Hall, VIC, Dja Dja Wurrung Country  Bullarto Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung People. Set among the Wombat State Forest and lush farming land, the Hall has been serving the local community for more than 100 years. It has been home to the annual Bullarto Vintage Tractor Pull for … Read more

Avenel, 20 March 2024

Avenel Memorial Hall , VIC, Taungurung Country  Avenel Memorial Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Taungurung People. Avenel’s War Memorial Hall is in the centre of the township and stands as a timeless gathering place.  Erected in 1963 the hall provides space for activities that fully engages the community.  From hosting craft classes … Read more

Pyramid Hill, 21 March 2024

Pyramid Hill Memorial Hall, VIC, Barapa Barapa Country  Pyramid Hill Memorial Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Barapa Barapa People. The Pyramid Hill Memorial Hall has been used for commemoration and celebration for 100 years, and represents the resilience and resourcefulness of the community it serves. Festival of Small Halls rolls into Pyramid Hill on Thursday, … Read more

Caldwell, 22 March 2024

Caldwell Hall, NSW, Barapa Barapa Country  Caldwell Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Barapa Barapa People. The Caldwell Hall was originally built to house and train pilots at the flying school near Deniliquin in the Second World War. It is the absolute hub of the local community and surrounds, and has evolved into … Read more

Savernake, 23 March 2024

Savernake School of the Arts Hall, NSW, Bpangerang Country  Savernake School of the Arts Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Bpangerang People. Two churches, an oval, Post Office and hall, a school, some houses and that’s just about all. It may sound tiny, it has no castles, but good things come in small … Read more

Mitta Mitta, 24 March 2024

Mitta Hall, VIC, Duduroa/Jaitmatang Country  Mitta Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Duduroa/Jaitmatang People. Festival of Small Halls returns to Mitta Mitta on Sunday, 24 March 2024 with Svavar Knútur and The Maes.   Tickets are priced at:Full Admission – $20Concession Admission (Pensioners, Health Care Card, Students) – $12Child Admission (Aged 12 and Under … Read more

Gundaroo, 27 March 2024

Gundaroo Soldiers Memorial Hall, NSW, Ngunawal Country  Gundaroo Soldiers Memorial Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Ngunawal People. If the walls of this hall could talk, vibrant would their stories be. Hastily constructed 133 years ago, the Gundaroo Soldiers Memorial Hall began life as a hectic roller-skating facility with 3 evenings booked out … Read more

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Woodfordia Inc presents Festival of Small Halls Autumn Tour 2024: Port Fairy Folk Festival to The National Folk Festival featuring Svavar Knútur (ICE) and The Maes (AUS)

Festival of Small Halls has announced that Icelandic troubadour Svavar Knútur and folk singers The Maes will feature on their upcoming Autumn Tour 2024: Port Fairy Folk Festival to The National Folk Festival.

 

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SVAVAR KNÚTUR (ICE)

A son of the melancholic eastern fjords and the seldom seen north of Iceland, the gruff, yet gentle Troubadour Svavar Knútur summons his inner demons and outer storms to reflect upon the existential crises and frolicking joys of modern-day rustic fjord dwelling men.

In perfect harmony with his vocation as a lifelong nonconformist, ever dismantling myths and post-colonial gentle-savage stereotypes about his “elfish and magical” people and country, the eclectic musician has in recent years blossomed into a serene and sublime singer and songwriter. Knutur’s songs of misery and redemption deliver a healthy dose of hope in the midst of despair.  A humoristic storyteller and avid diver into the murky waters of the human condition, Svavar Knútur, sows and reaps a fantastic mixture of art and entertainment.

In 2018, Svavar Knútur released the first part of a larger project called Ahoy. The album, Ahoy! Side A, featured five new and four repainted songs. An eclectic mix of songs, all exposing different sides of Svavar’s sometimes mercurial, but ever-loving attitude to life and the world. The album landed Svavar Knútur two nominations for the Icelandic Music Awards, one for Best Album and one for Singer of the Year.

Ahoy! Side B is coming out early 2024.

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THE MAES (AUS)

The Maes (sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby) grew up the children of folk musicians, immersed in folk festivals, choir rehearsals and campfire sessions. This formative experience helped to shape two of Australian folk music’s most respected songwriters, singers and instrumentalists.

The sisters have been touring the world since 2014, playing some of the world’s most prestigious roots music festivals, including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the USA, Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada and the Woodford Folk Festival and WOMADelaide in Australia.

Their 2019 self-titled release, ‘The Maes’ won Best Folk/Roots Album of the Year at the Music Victoria Awards; their second consecutive win in this category after their Nashville-produced release, ‘Take Care Take Cover’ won the title in 2017. Alongside these accolades, their song ‘Driving Ali Through Mining Towns’ was shortlisted for the 2019 Vanda & Young Songwriting Award.

To download a high quality image, please click here.

Festival of Small Halls events take place in venues operating under current government Covid Safe regulations, and has stringent Workplace Health and Safety requirements for all travelling artists and crew. Under the terms and conditions of all events, you must not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19.

Please do your bit to protect others and keep your community safe.

The Festival of Small Halls Autumn Tour has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its arts funding and advisory body.

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