Port Fairy Folk Festival 2019 Line-Up


Alejandro Escovedo Photo: LTTL


Port Fairy Folk Festival

8 to 11 March 2019


The Port Fairy Folk Festival was established in 1977 and has grown to become one of the oldest and most regarded festivals both in Australia and on the international festival network. 

The pretty, historic village of Port Fairy comes alive with wonderful music and other activities, full of light, colour, history and arts gravitas.  As well as an impressive scale of musical performances from celebrated artists all around the world, the PFFF embraces theatre, visual arts, spoken word, children’s programs, interactive workshops and street theatre.  Community engagement is an overarching driver of the event as well.  The Festival has won numerous awards and has been inducted into the Australian National Tourism Hall of Fame.

Over the Victorian Labour Day weekend in March, Port Fairy attracts thousands of visitors over the four days of the Festival, both for the ticketed arena and free street program.  Each year over 100 acts from across the globe perform.  Past artists include Sinead O’Connor, Eddi Reader, Archie Roach, Gurrumul, Richard Thompson, Madeline Peyroux, Eric Bogle, Judy Collins, John Butler, Colin Hay, Loudon Wainwright, Ron Sexsmith, Ralph McTell, Lior, The Waifs, Ani DiFranco, Tim Finn and Paul Kelly.

Listening Through The Lens has been witness to the past two events but in 2019 we’ll be ramping up our coverage, taking plenty of photographs and reporting in detail on what transpires over all four days.  Closer to the event, we will be publishing interviews and further information.

For now, we want to chronicle the line-up which, while not yet finalised, provides for much anticipation. (We will update the list as further updates get announced).


19 Twenty

Afenginn (Denmark)

Alejandro Escovedo (USA)

Ash Grunwald

Basia Bulat (Canada)

Big Feat

Blue Shaddy  

Ben Waters Band with Derek Nash (UK)

Big Rory & Ochie

The Blackeyed Susans with Strings 

Blue Shaddy

Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa) 

Boxwood Four (Irl, Can, NZ)

Broderick Smith 

Connected Circus

Cooper Lower

Crazy Daisy

The Currency 

Daniel Champagne 

Daoiri Farrell (Ireland) 


Entwined Bellydance

The Fairy Tale Of Port Fairy

Fenn Wilson

Front Country (USA) 

Gaby Moreno (USA) 

Georgia & Garry Rose

Gerard The Gorilla

Giant Seagulls

Gregory Alan Isakov

Greta Stanley 

Hollow Coves

Immy Owusu

Instrument Makers’ Exhibition

Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Wales) 

Junkadelic Brass Band 

Kasey Chambers

Leanne Tennant 

Les Chauffeurs a Pieds (Canada)

The Little Quirks 

Liz Stringer 

Luca Ciarla (Italy) 

Luka Bloom

Marcia Howard Band 

Margaret Roadknight

Mark Lang 

Mary Coughlan (Ireland) 

Melanie (Exclusive)

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission 

The Mission Songs Project 

Mojo Juju 

Moulettes (England) 

Melisande (Electrotrad) (Canada)

The Naked Waiters (USA)  

Neko Case (USA)

Nick Barker

The Old Married Couple 

Oxo Cubans 

Paul (Flacco) Livingston

Paul Carey & Julian Scheffer

Ralph McTell (UK)

Rebetien (Greece) 

Red The Clown

Red Tail Ring (USA) 

Renee Geyer 

The Resonant Rogues (USA) 

Sniffer Dogs


Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel 

The Settlement 

Sharon Shannon (Ireland)

Skerryvore (Scotland) 

Sport Suzie


Stephen Pigram 

Suzette Herft

The Drunken Sailors

Tina Sparkle

Tami Neilson (Canada/NZ)

Tiffany Eckhardt 

Tim Rogers 

Tim Tim Comedy Show

Tomato/Tomato (Canada) 

Uptown Brown

Van Walker

Vandemonian Lags

Wallis Bird (Ireland) 

The Weeping Willows 

Z – Star (UK)  




Plenty of Workshops and Family Activities as well!  The Candlelight Concert at the beautiful St John’s Church takes place on Saturday evening, and 2019 will feature songwriting and story telling talent of Mark Lang (Skipping Girl Vinegar), Italian violin virtuoso Luca Ciarla, and multi award winning Daoirí Farrell.  Women Out Loud will be on Sunday morning, with Basia Bulat, Gaby Moreno, Liz Stringer, Mary Coughlan, Tami Neilson, Tiffany Eckhardt and Wallis Bird to feature at this annual event, drawn together by host Sarah Carroll.

There will be an abundance of music and performances on the streets as well, and busker and street performer applications are now open.  Organisers are looking for a mix of music, street theatre and comedy and will program the successful applicants at profile performance pitches throughout the village of Port Fairy.  The people’s choice will then win a performance spot at the 2020 Festival.

Tickets are available.  If you subscribe to the festival e-newsletter, you will receive information on pricing and ticket release dates.  Early bird tickets are on sale now, but only until December 21, 2018.  Increasing price tiers occur as each allocation sells out.  Tickets sell out well in advance of the festival so you should purchase tickets as early as possible.




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Re the line-up for the renowned 2019 Port Fairy Folk Festival



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