Australia’s home and heart of folk for over 50 years, National Folk Festival today makes its first official lineup announcement for the 2019 Easter event featuring an incredibly diverse array of talent from all over Australia and the world.
Now in its 53rd year, the National 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’ with today’s announcement, which includes the inimitable, Irish Mythen (Canada), UK’s award-winning Nancy Kerr with James Fagan, Australia’s Freya Hollick and Luke Plumb & Kate Burke plus a very exciting collaboration between the acclaimed Glenn Skuthorpe and Canada’s First Nations artists on The Homelands Tour.
“We are over the moon to launch 2019’s program with such a diverse selection of Australian and international talent,” said National Folk Festival director, Pam Merrigan.
“The National is known for expanding peoples’ understanding and experience of folk culture, so to be announcing artists from all our states and territories, as well as countries like USA, UK, Canada, Greece and Italy is important and exciting.”
Also announced today, one the most renowned Italian groups on the world music international scene, Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana, The Exciting! McGillicuddies, lead by Mick Slocum (of the legendary Bushwhackers), celebrated Canadian singer-songwriter Ken Yates, renowned American guitarist Darol Anger and The Republic Of Strings, award-winning Canberra favourites, Guyy & the Fox and more.
“Folk culture is so much more than what people often think it to be, which is why festivals like the National are more popular than ever. Folk music touches on a full spectrum of genres and the arts have people engaged in spoken word, dance, craft, music workshops and more.
“It’s the perfect antidote to the challenges of modern life and such a positive alternative to mainstream culture.”
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.
National Folk Festival is held over the Easter long weekend, 18-22 April 2019 in Exhibition Park, Canberra.
Early-bird tickets are on sale now at folkfestival.org.
Full lineup announcement below with images and biographies.
FULL FIRST LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT
The Amazing Drumming Monkeys (AUS)
Ballpoint Penguins (WA)
Black Mountain String Band (ACT)
Bluegrass Parkway (AUS)
Brothers On Fire (NSW)
Candice Mcleod (NT)
The Dead Maggies (TAS)
Darol Anger And The Republic Of Strings (USA)
East Row Rabble (ACT)
Freya Josephine Hollick (VIC)
Green Mohair Suits (NSW)
Guyy & The Fox (ACT)
Irish Joe Lynch (QLD)
Irish Mythen (CAN)
Jan “Yarn” Wistzky (VIC)
Jimmy Bay (SA)
Kim Yang (ACT)
Lucy Wise (VIC)
Luke Plumb & Kate Burke (TAS/NSW)
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan (UK x AUS)
Penny Davies & Roger Ilott (QLD)
Praashekh Quartet (WA)
Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana (ITALY)
Roguery And Brooke Friendly (USA)
Salmiakki Pelimannit (NSW)
Sparrow Folks (ACT)
The Dorsal Finns (WA)
The Exciting McGillicuddies (VIC)
The Homelands Tour Ft Glenn Skuthorpe (AUS x CAN)
The Marios Papadeas Ensemble (GREECE x AUS)
The Tango Social Club of Canberra (ACT)
The Vegetable Plot (AUS)
Tiffany Eckhardt (TAS)
Uptown Brown! (AUS)
Vila Navio (PORTUGAL)
APPROVED IMAGES + ARTIST BIOS
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