Port Fairy Folk Festival 2020 Line-up

The full roster is out

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Port Fairy Folk Festival 2020

Full Line-up Released

The 44th annual Folk Festival will feature an impressive line-up of
international and local artists representing folk and roots music from around the world. The Festival takes place on the Labour Day Long Weekend from 6 to 9 March 2020, in Port Fairy, Victoria.

Making their Port Fairy Folk Festival debut in 2020 are The Blind Boys of Alabama (USA), Benny Walker, Bob Jensen (CAN), The Burning Hell (CAN), Chitra, Coig (CAN), Cool Out Sun, Emily Wurramara, Fara (UK), Flacco & Sandman, Flats & Sharps (ENG), Grace Petrie (ENG), Hubert
(CAN), Ian Sherwood (CAN), The Jellyman’s Daughter (SCO), John Smith (ENG), Judith Owen (WALES), The Langan Band (SCO), Michael Veitch, Oliver The Crow (USA), Ruby Gill, Sibusile Xaba (South Africa), The Small Glories (CAN), Patty Griffin (USA), Rhiannon Giddens (USA) and Francesco Turrisi (ITA), Saije, Startijenn (FRA), Susan O’Neill (IRL), This Way North, William Crighton, Will Kimbrough (USA), Ye Vagabonds (IRL), and YID!.

Port Fairy 2019 – Photo: LTTL


Archie Roach


Band of Brothers

Benny B

Benny Walker

Big Rory & Ochie

Bobby Alu

The Blind Boys of Alabama – USA

Bob Jensen CAN

The Burning Hell – CAN



Coig – CAN

Connected Circus

Cool Out Sun

C.W. Stoneking

Dan Sultan

Daniel Champagne

The East Pointers – CAN

Ego Lemos – TL

Eleanor McEvoy – IRL

Emily Wurramara

Fara – SCO

Find Your Voice All Abilities Choir

Flacco & Sandman

Flats & Sharps -ENG

Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse

Gizmo Guy

Grace Petrie – ENG

Harry Shearer – USA

Heidi Hops

Hell Ship

Hubert Francis – CAN

Ian Sherwood – CAN

The Jellyman’s Daughter – SCO

Jeff Lang

John McCutcheon – USA

John Smith – ENG

Judith Owen – WALES

Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert – USA

Krazy Koala Puppet Show

The Langan Band – SCO

The Little Stevies

The Maes

Māmā Mihirangi & The Māreikura- NZ

Ned Kelly

Neil Murray

Nick Charles

Niq Reefman

Oliver the Crow – USA

Oriel Glennen

Patty Griffin – USA

Rhiannon Giddens – USA & Francesco Turrisi – ITA

Ruby Gill

Ruth Hazelton & The Daisy Wheel

Sarah Carroll and Shannon Bourne


Shane Howard

Sibusile Xaba  – Sth AFRICA

Teeny Tiny Stevies

Tina Green Circus

The Seagulls

The Small Glories – CAN

The Southern Ocean Sea Band

Startijenn – FRA

SON aka Susan O’Neill – IRL

Things of Stone & Wood – 30th Anniversary Show

This Way North

Tony McManus – CAN

Uptown Brown

Wayne Jury & Justin Brady

William Crighton

Will Kimbrough – US

Ye Vagabonds – IRL


YolanDa Brown – UK

YolanDa’s Band Jam

Alejandro Escovedo and Tim Rogers, Port Fairy 2019 – Photo: LTTL

Program Director Caroline Moore: “What a line-up we have in store for our 44th festival. I am delighted to announce renowned artists and wonderful emerging artists for our next festival in March, which will also be filled with special events, family activities, and non-stop musical entertainment. This is a festival for every music lover – from the young to the young at heart.’’

The Guitarists is a session presented in partnership with Maton Guitars and hosted by Nick Charles and Pat Evans. Leading Australian artists Daniel ChampagneJeff Lang and Leisha Jungalwalla (This Way North) will be joined by international guests John Smith (ENG), Tony McManus (CAN) and Will Kimbrough (USA).

Other attractions are:

  • two late night screenings of A Mighty Wind, introduced by Harry Shearer
  • First Nations in Songs & Stories, hosted by award winning Gina Williams, this event will feature First Nations artists Archie Roach, Ego Lemos (TL), Hubert Francis (CAN) and Mihirangi Fleming (NZ)
  • North East x South West
  • Meet The Guests
  • Song Catchers
  • Blues & Roots In The Round
  • Women Out Loud, hosted by YolanDa Brown, and
  • The Big Sunday Sing Out!
  • Michael Vietch’s Hell Ship: The Journey of the Ticonderoga takes audiences on a journey across the seas covering a forgotten chapter of Australia’s early maritime history.
  • Composer Ashley Davies and the late historian Ian Jones draws on the story of infamous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly in a new multimedia production, narrated by Festival Ambassador Derek Guille and featuring live music.
  • ABC presenter Hilary Harper will host a forum on Interpreting History.

Families will be entertained, especially with free access for children aged 13 and under, with a curated children’s program including The Teeny Tiny Stevies, and a special event featuring British saxophonist and children’s television presenter YolanDa Brown and her Band Jam, plus workshops galore.

Music, theatre and stories are at the forefront of the Folkie with two special historical events taking place based on Australia’s Settler history. In addition to these wonderful events,

Photo: LTTL

Listening Through The Lens will again be covering this expansive and enjoyable event. Read our review of Port Fairy 2019.



The full roster is out

The full roster is out

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