Summer 2018: Cygnet to Illawarra

Woodfordia Inc in partnership with
Cygnet Folk Festival and Illawarra 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

The Small Glories

The Small Glories, CAN

Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic duo planted on the Canadian Prairies.  A self-professed “study in contrasts,” Luft’s folkie yin proves a perfect match for Edwards’ rocker yang.  Thrown together purely by accident for an anniversary show at Winnipeg’s venerable West End Cultural Centre, The Small Glories is a partnership that could almost make you believe in fate.   

Straight out of the gate these two veteran singer/songwriters built a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity, visceral live performances and equally well-matched guitar prowess that doesn’t come around often. Luft packs a mean banjo as well.  The Winnipeg Free Press asks, “can two singer-songwriters be better than one? Yes, emphatically, yes, if the two in question are Cara Luft and JD Edwards… It’s our loss they didn’t [join forces] sooner… It’s magic.”

Their 2016 debut album “Wondrous Traveler” is steeped in classic song structure, delivering instantly appealing melodic Americana with first-rate playing. The album found its way onto many critic’s Top 10 lists across North America and Europe, and The Small Glories are finding themselves on stages from Vancouver to London and beyond. Together, Luft and Edwards are a musical tour de force, a case of 1 + 1 = 3. 


“The Small Glories are the ultimate: two amazing solo performers who somehow manage to melt into one entity, creating incredible harmonies that still raise the hairs on the back of my neck as I write.”
— Jennifer Ives, AD, Live from the Rock Music Festival

“The Small Glories blew everyone away. Not just their outstanding playing and singing, but their warmth and energy drew everyone in from the first moment and kept [the audience] spellbound until the last note. ”
— Arisaig Acoustic Music Club, Scotland

“It’s magic”
Winnipeg Free Press

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Rowella, 5 Jan 2018

The Rowella Community Hall has had a long and vibrant history of service to the residents of the former Richmond Hill and West Bay district. The Hall was built as the Presbyterian Church of the Beaconsfield gold field. The Hall boasts the fine high timbered walls of a Federation era church and the acoustics are … Read more

Longford, 6 Jan 2018

Situated at the historic Heritage Corner on Wellington Street, sits the Longford Town Hall. Within its doors, the Longford Town Hall welcomes you with polished timber floors, traditional high ceilings and a heritage inspired ambiance. The grand stature of the Longford Town Hall provides a multi–use venue for the community and is used by a … Read more

Rosevale, 7 Jan 2018

Rosevale Hall, a rural mecca for good-time dancing and scrumptious country suppers – since 1948. Come and join in the fun at Rosevale Hall – 1395 Bridgenorth Road, Rosevale Bar & BBQ from 5.30pm – show starts at 7pm Tickets available here, or at the Meander Valley Council, 26 Lyall St Westbury. Phone (03) 6393 5300.

Sulphur Creek, 8 Jan 2018

Sulphur Creek on Tasmania’s beautiful North West Coast is a small community of approximately 500 people. Positioned to look out across the waters of Bass Strait, The Sulphur Creek Hall takes centre-place in the community positioned between the sea and rich farming land. The Memorial Hall was built to commemorate those who died in service … Read more

Wynyard, 9 Jan 2018

The Wynyard Theatre has seen many forms of entertainment performed from its stage over the past 91 years including some by the resident ghost.  Today the Theatre is a popular venue for live bands and the local Lighthouse Film Society. Population: 5061 Tickets available online here, or at Wynyard Visitor Information Centre. Proudly presented by the … Read more

Stanley, 10 Jan 2018

Stanley Town Hall opened in 1911. The architect was Alexander North (1858-1945) who emigrated from England to Tasmania in 1883. He was known as an outstanding church architect, and a pioneer of concrete construction in Tasmania. Stanley Town Hall’s builder was W. McDonald of Launceston. The building is a freestyle federation two-storey structure, and the … Read more

Queenstown, 11 Jan 2018

Queenstown is the largest town on Tasmania’s West Coast, and is the home of the Mt Lyell Mining & Railway Company and the West Coast Wilderness Railway, and has several Wilderness walks in the area as well as great trout Fishing in several surrounding Lakes. Tickets available here, or at The Paragon Theatre, Queenstown. Proudly … Read more

Dunalley, 16 Jan 2018

This beautiful seaside town is a quiet fishing village located near a narrow strip of land that connects the Forestier and Tasman Peninsulas with the rest of Tasmania. The original historic Hall was one of 125 buildings destroyed in Dunalley in the 2013 fires. The new building was opened on Monday, May 11th 2015, exactly 117 … Read more

Triabunna, 17 Jan 2018

“Triabunna” is an Aboriginal Tasmanian word for the Tasmanian native hen. Once home to the Southern Hemisphere’s largest apple orchard, this port town was founded in 1830 as a station of the 63rd regiment, and later the 51st regiment also called Triabunna home for a time. The mild weather and scenic views make for a … Read more

Broadmarsh, 18 Jan 2018

Broadmarsh is a picturesque location in the Jordan Valley, where bushrangers once roamed – including the infamous Martin Cash. Now dominated by rural properties and farming enterprises, the Broadmarsh Hall (established in 1978) is the heart of the Broadmarsh and Elderslie communities that follow and wind around the Jordan River. Guaranteed a warm and heartfelt welcome … Read more

Goulburn, 24 Jan 2018

Festival of Small Halls makes its inaugural journey to Goulburn! This special night will be hosted by BE SEEN BE HEARD. Light refreshments are available More details to follow. Tickets available online here

Dalgety, 25 Jan 2018

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 Capital. … Read more

Ganmain, 26 Jan 2018

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! Tickets available online here

Orange, 27 Jan 2018

Orange, known as Australia’s Colour City is just a few hours drive from Sydney and within easy reach of the Blue Mountains. When you visit the Orange Region you will discover a welcoming city, rich in history with a flourishing cultural scene. Take a walk around the historic town centre, the wide streets and stunning … Read more

Cooyal, 28 Jan 2018

We’re still putting together a few details on this show. Check back soon! If you already know it’ll be great, see you at Cooyal Hall, near Mudgee NSW on Sunday 28th of January. You can buy tickets online here

Frederickton, 31 Jan 2018

Frederickton School of Arts is located in the heritage town of Frederickton in the Kempsey Shire. The foundation stone was laid in November 1903 by Sir Harry Rawson, Governor of NSW. The Hall enjoys a commanding position on the banks of the Macleay River and local regard the hall as an important part of the … Read more

Woolbrook, 1 Feb 2018

The village of Woolbrook began as a settlement in 1836 over the land that was called Surveyor’s Creek Run, which covered 40,000 acres and included the sites of future Woolbrook and Walcha Road. At present, visitors head to Woolbrook for the annual Woolbrook Stampede held every Easter, featuring horse sports such as campdrafting as well … Read more

Toormina, 2 Feb 2018

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 … Read more

Ulong, 3 Feb 2018

Ulong is a picturesque village on the Dorrigo Plateau, 40km west of Coffs Harbour via historic Coramba, built along Ulong Creek with a history steep in timber, gold and discovery. The quaint village offers visitors a scenic drive of discovery and provides access to walking and cycling tracks of nearby Bindarri National Park, and boasts … Read more

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