John Butler, Kate Miller-Heidke, Husky, Montaigne, Holy Holy, The Beautiful Girls, Timberwolf, Vaudeville Smash, Mama Kin Spender and Sampa the Great lead an all-star cast announced to perform at the 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival on the Sunshine Coast 27 Dec until 1 Jan.
The 500-acre festival site known as Woodfordia will this year play host to 300+ artists, with a record number of performers making their first appearance at the festival.
Canadian trad trio The East Pointers lead an array of folk favourites including another wonderful Irish representation in Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Breaking Trad and Eleanor McEvoy.
There are a slew of local acts too many to name here, but you can expect healthy servings from: Afro Dizzi Act, Bearfoot
, Blues Arcadia
, Cheap Fakes
, Dubmarine, Golden Sound, Kooii, Robbie Miller
, The Babe Rainbow, The New Buzz and many, many more.
The 2017/18 line-up also includes rising rappers Baker Boy and Birdz
, Apakatjah, Alysha Brilla, pop duo My Bubba (SWE/ICE), Charm Of Finches, Jeff Lang, the Northern Folk, Joanna Wallfisch, AMISTAT, POW! Negro, Lior & Paul Grabowsky, Tinpan Orange
Long established as a leader in arts programming, this year the festival welcomes 102-year-old dance sensation Eileen Kramer to the stage as well as the world’s best bounce juggler Odette Robbins and comedians Dave Thornton, Randy and Demi Lardner to name but a very few.
These and many other performers join a recently released speakers programme featuring Dr Karl, UNESCO’s Dr Fanny Douvere (FRA), Climate Foundation’s Dr Brian Von Herzen (USA), Noel Pearson, Bob Hawke, Tracey Spicer and Arne Rubinstein.
'Over 2,000 individual performers will play across 35 venues ranging from the 25,000-seat amphitheatre to smaller, more intimate venues like Bill’s Bar.'
Woodford Folk Festival Head of Programming Chloe Goodyear says this year’s programme, more than ever, rewards the trust patrons place in organisers to bring wonderful artists to them.
“While Woodford has always featured recognisable names, these artists are more than outnumbered by terrifically talented artists either on the rise or making their first appearances in Australia,” Chloe says.
“There might be a tipping point on what someone is comfortable with in the mix of known versus unknown and this year we're asking audiences to step into the 'unknown unknown'."
The opportunity to get involved with components of the programme also continues to be a key feature of the long-running festival with ticket holders encouraged to participate in a packed workshop programme, daily yoga practices, the always Singing Space, lantern making and immersive street theatre spectacle The Game.Click here to read last year's event review.
Festival Director Bill Hauritz says the festival, now in its 32nd year, is a partnership between festival organisers and ticket holders. “The lovely part of our festival is our patrons are our fellow organisers,” he says.
“They have a hand in helping us create the wonderful atmosphere in this organic community. We all work at creating something special.”
'When the 6-day festival opens on 27 December, the purpose-built festival site, one hours drive from both Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, becomes Australia’s 67th largest town.'
19-TwentyAfro Dizzi ActAgustinus JogionoAlbi and The WolvesAlex Procopis and VelvetAlison FerrierAll Strings AttachedAlysha BrillaAMISTATAndrew Clermont's Supper ClubAndrew PattisonApakatjahAshu Babu Memorial Tabla School
Baker BoyBand of DawnBarleyshakesBarry Charles and Peter WellsBearfootBirdzBlues ArcadiaBonnie LoveBreaking TradBush GothicCaravãna SunCass Eager & The Velvet RopeCave In The SkyChaikaCharm of FinchesCheap FakesChenda Melam Brisbane
Chloe & Jason RowethDiamond DuckDigging RootsDubmarineEdgelarksEleanor McEvoyEmma AngleseyEstampaEthnotik Gamelan OrkestraFolkaphonic Youth Folk OrchestraFortéGalata ExpressGolden SoundGood TunesHarry JakamarraHollow CovesHoly HolyHuskyInspiration ChoirIzack HuntJane McArthurJed RoweJeff LangJoanna WallfischJodi Martin BandJoe Filisko and Eric NodenJohn ButlerJohn John FestivalJonathan Molina HernándezKate Miller-HeidkeKay ProudloveKenta HayashiKim Kirkman and Brian Martin with the Seraphim Baroque EnsembleKizuna GC Japanese Taiko Drumming TeamKooiiKristina OlsenKučibabaLeah FlanaganLior & Paul GrabowskyLittle GeorgiaLiz StringerLloyd SpiegelLucy GallantLuke R DaviesLyra Harp DuoMaia & the Big SkyMama Kin SpenderMarcia HowardMartin Hayes & Dennis CahillMatiu Te HukiMichael AskillMike McClellanMiramarMolsky’s Mountain DriftersMonique ClareMonks of TibetMontaigneMr. PercivalMy BubbaNamita MehtaNatalie GillespieNathan Camilleri TrioNawres Al FrehOI DIPNOIPaul Bulanyi & Jem DunlopPOW! NegroQueensland Tibetan CommunityRamy EssamRhythm HuntersRising AppalachiaRobbie MillerRoger KnoxRukun Warga BaliSaikat BhattacharyaSampa the GreatSan LazaroSarah HowellsSebastian FlynnShanasheel Arabic Music EnsembleShen FlindellSoriee SevdahSue RaySun SaluteTania BalilTaro TeraharaTenzin ChoegyalTeresa DoylethandoThe Albert Wiggan TrioThe Babe RainbowThe Beautiful GirlsThe BlueSkillet RoversThe Darren Jack BandThe Demon DrinkThe East PointersThe Good Girl Song ProjectThe Hi-BoysThe MorrisonsThe New BuzzThe Northern FolkThe RailsplittersThe Rover (Blueskillet Rover’s Caravan)The ScrimsThe Small GloriesThe Steven Hart BandTichawona MashawaTimberwolfTinpan OrangeTom RichardsonTonga! GroupTradTurner Brown Band (feat. Nikki D Brown & Dom Turner)Vance GilbertVaudeville SmashWil ThomasWild MarmaladeWilliam CrightonYenenesh NigusseYirrmal and the MiliyawutjZumpaClick here for photos from 2016/17 Woodford.
2017 Woodford Folk Festival Line-up