Themed Shows – 2017

Below is the current list of Shows and Themed Presentations for the 2017 Festival. Further announcements will be made pre Australia Day.

Please note: The National Folk Festival and its Director reserve the right to alter the program and the acts as circumstances deem necessary.

web_fiestaville Amulet

The Fiestaville Multicultural Choir, from Sydney’s south, presents “Amulet”—an interweaving of stories, songs and portraits. The choir will perform songs in many languages. The show is heart-warming, entertaining, and celebrates diversity and harmony.

web_soon Bush Traditions Concert

This is a kind of soiree—one that is both a gathering and a concert. Hear some yarns, some songs and music in a relaxed community setting.

web_soon Concertina Convergence

The Concertina Convergence is an opportunity for players from across Australia to gather and share their music and enthusiasm for concertinas. Events include workshops and sessions, an historical presentation and a concert.

web_fredsmith Dust of Uruzgan – Book Launch

Fred has written a book! Its called The Dust of Uruzgan. Revealing the back stories behind the songs from the acclaimed album of the same name, Fred weaves memoir, history, and eyewitness reportage in to a ripping yarn that explains what was going on over there in the dust of Uruzgan.

web_soon Festival Folk sing Dark Side of the Moon

‘Festival folk sing…’ are 12 very fine singers and musicians celebrating the songwriters that strongly influence Australian folk and acoustic music, this time presenting a folkesque rendition of Pink Floyd’s entire ‘Dark Side of the Moon’.

emulanded The Emu Has Landed – National Library Presentation

Genni and John Kane, ex Flying Emus, have diverse musical lives apart from the Emus. Their recordings range from children’s songs to instrumental solo albums. Joined by Genni’s husband, Jon Wilby, we will explore their musical lives. They are the National Library of Australia’s guests for 2017.

Jessie Lloyd Crop Mission Songs Project

Curated by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and perform a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were performed between 1900–1999. Jessie Lloyd is the 2017 National Folk Fellow.

mawsonhut The Music of Mawson’s Men – NLA presentation

Vaudeville, phonograph records, songs from the Australasian Students Songbook, ragtime, hymns, mouth organs, pedal organ and an autoharp feature in this NLA presentation. This was the music of Mawson’s Men during the 1911 Antarctic expedition. Graham Seal, Rob Willis and friends take you to the Antarctic and the Music of Mawson.
Photo: Mawson’s Replica Hut Museum, Hobart.

Please note: The National Folk Festival and its Director reserve the right to alter the program and the acts as circumstances deem necessary.