Port Fairy Folk Festival 2024 Wrap

Port Fairy Folk Festival 2024 Reviewed

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Port Fairy Folk Festival 2024

8 to 11 March

Our View

By Jim Jacob

By Rob Dickens

The 47th Port Fairy Folk Festival (Australia’s second oldest).

The 5th that Listening Through The Lens has covered.

AND the hottest for quite a while, with Saturday and Monday being pretty draining. The normally green festival ground was light brown on arrival and, as the weekend progressed, pieces of turf started escaping from their natural home, swirling in the hot northerly wind as if we were in the midst of a hay storm. Thankfully, there were plenty of shady refuges in active or passive giant tents.

Nothing, however, detracted from the wonderful music on display. Here are our highlights:

  • the joy and energy of Fanny Lumsden and her six-strong band and the feel-good impact on a packed tent.
  • the elegant English folk songstress Katherine Priddy, making her second appearance at the festival and showcasing her beautiful new album The Pendulum Swing, a collection of songs themed around home and family.
  • the Women Out Loud session remains a regular must-see at the festival, this year featuring Fiona Boyes, Katherine Priddy, Cat Clyde, Catherine Britt, GK and Gaby Moreno, with Sarah Caroll deftly managing the group for the 9th time.
  • seeing Judy Collins, hearing her ethereal voice live for the first time and swallowing up some fascinating stories about Stephen Stills, Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman and Greenwich Village in her first appearance at the festival for ten years.
  • the classic song set from Graham Nash and his mighty band – “Just A Song”, “Bus Stop”, “Right Between The Eyes”, “Find The Cost Of Freedom”, “Immigration Man”, “Wind On The Water”, “Taken At All”, “Teach Your Children”, “Chicago”, “Love The One You’re With” and the crunching finale “Ohio” (and we missed the start of the set because of other commitments) – magic!.
  • catching our artist favourites Lachlan Bryan and Catherine Britt in their exciting new guise The Pleasures – a magical match featuring the entirety of their excellent debut release The Beginning Of The End.
  • embracing the before-unknown powerful music of John Craigie (Portland, Oregon) and Cat Clyde (London, Ontario) who are touring together in this country until the end of the month.
  • the engaging Troubadours Of The World session with Daoiri Farrell (Ireland), Hussy Hicks (Australia), Gaby Moreno (Guatemala) and Svavar Knútur (Iceland).
  • the heavy groove of Melbourne’s The Seven Ups.

The festival’s ongoing success is a critical factor in music fans returning each year and Jim and I were blessed by being able to catch up with friends and artists as we ambled between tents. Getting around between stages is always easy and there’s always time to enjoy the many food options. Also, hats off to organisers for the well-designed and easily-navigable festival app and a special mention to the many, many volunteers who kept the whole shebang moving smoothly.

Listening Through The Lens will be returning in 2025, which will be from 7 to 10 March. We hope to see you there, you won’t regret it.

We interviewed Katherine Priddy, The Maes, Ondara and John Craigie (articles to follow on this site).

Big thanks to Ali Webb of House Of Webb for looking after us and arranging for artist interviews!

You can find galleries of Jim’s images every day by following the links below.

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Graham Nash – Photo: LTTL
The Seven Ups – Photo: LTTL
Sedreice – Photo: LTTL

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  1. Great review Rob.

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    • Thank you. I appreciate it!

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