Australia’s home and heart of folk for over 50 years, the National Folk Festival today announced a special lineup teaser for the 2019 event, which takes place in the nation’s capital, Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 18-22 April.
The first six artists revealed include the inimitable Irish born Canadian Irish Mythen, who is fast becoming an adopted Aussie, Scottish celtic-rockers, Manran, young, third-generation singer-songwriter, Lucy Wise, Australiana favourites for over 20 years, Penny Davies & Roger Ilott, the best a cappella comic trio in the country, The Ballpoint Penguins and popular Canberran bluegrass outfit, Black Mountain String Band.
Now in its 52nd year, the National Folk Festival is the longest running festival of its kind and looks set to make good on its promise to deliver five days in a perfect world next Easter.
“We are very excited to launch 2019’s program with these phenomenal festival favourites,” said National Folk Festival director, Pam Merrigan.
“The National is a world-class event where performers, music lovers and volunteers come together year-on-year to discover, share and engage in the exciting world of folk.
“Folk culture is so much more than what people often think it to be. Folk music touches on a full spectrum of genres from roots, acoustic and world to bluegrass, trad, country, rock and blues. The arts component has people engaged in spoken word, dancing, craft, music workshops and inspiring installations.
“And, combined with the relaxed, community-minded atmosphere, folk festivals are such a positive, enriching alternative to mainstream music culture. That’s why they’re more popular than ever,” she said.
With more than 750 shows throughout 20 venues over its five days, a kids festival, themed bars, food and market stalls, roving entertainment and an engaging, multi-discipline arts program, its easy to see why National Folk Festival is one of Australia’s favourite and longest running folk festivals.
Early-bird tickets are on sale now at folkfestival.org.