Recognising achievement and excellence, and nurturing new talent make an important contribution to maintaining a dynamic Australian folk community. The National Folk Festival is proud to host the following awards that are presented to individual artists and groups in recognition of artistic endeavour in folk music, dance and the folk arts.

Congratulations to the following 2017 Award Winners:

National Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award
Bob Bolton (NSW)

National Folk Festival Volunteer of the Year Award
Phil Emerson – Instrument Makers (ACT)  and Fernando van der Linden – Instrument Lockup (NSW)

National Folk Fellow Recipient 2017
Jessie Lloyd – The Mission Songs Project

Peter J Daly Memorial Award
The Drowsy Maggies (VIC)

Lis Johnston Memorial Award for Vocal Excellence
Loren Kate (SA)

Gill Rees Young Musicians Award – NEW
Charm of Finches (VIC)

Alistair Hulett Memorial Award
Miguel Heatwole (NSW)

FAA Young Performer of the Year
Monique Clare (QLD

Traditional Social Dance Association of Victoria Awards
Beat Klippel Memorial TrophyPeter Gamble for his fine contra dance Mary’s Lament 
VFMC Perpetual Trophy – Kathy Potter for her beautiful dance The Yarracinka

National Folk Festival Reciter of the Year Award
Len “Lenno” Martin (NSW)

National Folk Festival Yarn Spinning Award
C.J Shaw

Infinite Song Competition (Infinite 1967 Top 100)
The Spooky Men’s Chorale