Finalists Announced – Australian Folk Music Awards 2021

Australian Folk Music Award Finalists

Australian Folk Music Awards 2021

Finalists Announced

Recipients Revealed 14 October at a

Live and On-Line Event Presented by the Folk Alliance Australia (FAA) Board

The folk music sector makes up a large and vibrant part of the Australian music scene lending tradition, identity, regional identity, storytelling and interpretation embedded in the communities that make up this country.

The Board of Folk Alliance Australia will present the AFMAs Australian Folk Music Awards Night on Thursday 14 October @ 7pm (7.30pm EST/  5.30pm WA) at the Lion Arts Centre Adelaide. It will be a live and livestreamed event.

A panel of judges from around Australia have selected the following acts as the 2021 AFMA Finalists:-

Traditional Folk Music Album of the Year – FINALISTS

  • Cloudstreet & The Little Cloud Orchestra (Qld)
  • Fiona Ross & Shane O’Mara (Vic)
  • Liam Gerner and Luke Moller -The Bulletin Debate (Vic)
  • Paddy Fitzgerald & Lisnacrieve (Vic)
  • Perfect Pearls – Australian Pearling Songs  (Various Artists) (WA)

Contemporary Folk Music Album of The Year – FINALISTS

  • Bill Jackson – The Wayside Ballads Vol 3 (Vic)
  • Kerryn Fields -Water (Vic)
  • Miriam Lieberman – Just Transforming (NSW)
  • Mzaza – The Birth and Death of Stars (Qld)
  • Xani – From The Bottom of The Well (Vic)

Artist of the Year – Solo – FINALISTS

  • Claire-Anne Taylor (Tas)
  • Daniel J Townsend (Tas)
  • Kaurna Cronin  (SA)
  • Khristian Mizzi (Vic)
  • Ruth Hazleton (Vic)

Artists of the Year Duo/Group/Ensemble  – FINALISTS

  • Bush Gothic  (Vic)
  • Montgomery Church  (NSW)
  • Rich Davies and the Low Road  (Vic)
  • Weeping Willows  (Vic)  
  • We Mavericks  (NSW)

Youth Folk Artist of The Year – FINALISTS

Award Recipient and Runner up to be announced

  • Charm of Finches  (Vic)
  • Cooper Lower   (Vic)
  • Ella & Sienna   (SA)
  • Mel Taylor  (Vic)
  • Sadie Mustoe  (Vic)

AFMAs People’s Choice – FINALISTS

There are NINE Finalists with the award winner to be determined by public voting  VOTE NOW for your People’s Choice Australian folk act (One vote per individual email).

Voting Closes midnight EST September 30. The People’s Choice Award will also be announced at the AFMA Awards Night on 14 October

  • Alice Cotton  (NT)
  • The Borderers  (SA)
  • Hillbilly Goats  (Qld)
  • Montgomery Church  (NSW)
  • Sásta (Qld)
  • The Water Runners (NSW)
  • Weeping Willows (Vic)
  • Rebecca Moore (WA)
  • Ruth Hazleton  (Vic)

AFMAs Community/Cultural Project of the Year -FINALISTS

  • Darlene Proberts & Christine Mimmocchi – ‘Singing in Language’ (NSW)
  • Haystack Mountain Hermits – ‘The Horses Stay Behind’ (Qld)
  • Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW)
  • Nicole Murray ‘Nicole’s Anywhere Choir’  (Qld)
  • Penola Coonawarra Acoustic Music Festival (SA)

AFMAs ‘Contribution to Folk’ Award

  • This Award Recipient (s) will be announced at the AFMAs Awards Night on 14 October

The AFMA Award Recipients will be announced at the AFMAs Awards Night, a special night for Folk music
October @ 7.00pm on Thursday 14 Nexus Arts Centre – Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide. To be held as a lead in event of the 2021 Fleurieu Folk Festival, featuring award announcements and an array of live music performances, link ups. Full details HERE.

AFMAs Awards tickets are available at TRyBooking

Can’t be in Adelaide?. Join the event on-line. The event will be Live-streamed on the AFMAs YouTube channel:-

AFMAs Enquiries to:-   0418 839 264

For more information about the Fleurieu Folk Festival

Coming for the AFMAs from interstate? Let the FAA help you attend the Fleurieu Folk Festival.

Contact:- for information



Australian Folk Music Award Finalists

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