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 2016 Award Winners:

Danny PhylNational Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award
This is awarded to a person who, throughout their lifetime, has made a significant commitment and contribution to enriching folk music and culture in Australia. To mark the 50th National Folk Festival the Board of Directors has honoured two outstanding champions of folk.
Phyl Lobl (NSW)
Danny Spooner (VIC)

National Folk Festival Volunteer of the Year Award
Beth Nasser – Access Team (ACT)

National Folk Fellow Recipient 2016
Chris Sullivan for his project The Good Old Concertina (NSW)

Peter J Daly Memorial Award
Connor Hoy (SA)

Lis Johnston Memorial Award for Vocal Excellence
Kayla Dwyer (VIC)

Gill Rees Young Musicians Award – NEW
The Drowsie Maggies (VIC)

Alistair Hulett Memorial Award
Tony Eardley (NSW)

FAA Young Performer of the Year
The Bean Project (SA)

Traditional Social Dance Association of Victoria Awards
Beat Klippel Memorial Trophy – Norm Ellis (VIC) for his dance On Christmas Day in the Morning
VFMC Perpetual Trophy – Keith Wood (NSW) for his dance The Wide Brown Land

National Folk Festival Reciter of the Year Award
Chris McGinty (ACT)

National Folk Festival Yarn Spinning Award
Rhonda Tallnash (VIC)

Infinite Song Competition (Infinite 1967 Top 100)
John, Paul, George and Peter (INT)