Scene News: Exciting full program for 2020 Port Fairy Folk Festival announced

Port Fairy Folk Festival | 6-9 March 2020

This March long weekend, thousands of music lovers will descend upon the Victorian scenic coastal town of Port Fairy for the 44th annual Folk Festival, featuring a joyful line-up of international and local artists representing folk music from around the world.

Program Director Caroline Moore said the 44thPort Fairy Folk Festival will be a splendid mix of brilliant music, great conversations, workshops, collaborations and surprises.

“What a line-up we have in store for our 44thfestival. 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.’’

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 Francis (CAN), Ian Sherwood (CAN), The Jellyman’s Daughter (SCO), John Smith (ENG), Judith Owen(WALES), The Langan Band (SCO), MichaelVeitch, Oliver The Crow (USA), Ruby Gill, Sibusile Xaba (South Africa), The Small Glories(CAN), Patty Griffin (USA), Rhiannon Giddens(USA) & Francesco Turrisi (ITA), Saije, Startijenn (FRA), Susan O’Neill (IRL), This Way North, William Crighton, Will Kimbrough (USA), Ye Vagabonds (IRL), and YID!.

For those festival goers who want to kick back and watch, listen and laugh at the end of a night on Saturday and Sunday, the festival is tickled pink to be presenting two late night screenings of A Mighty Wind, and welcome the one and only Harry Shearer to Port Fairy, who will introduce this iconic folk mockumentary, and perhaps segue in to Spinal Tap and Simpsons stories as well!


An iconic tradition of Port Fairy are the themed concerts, and in 2020 the festival is presenting 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), and explore in conversation and in song, the similarities and differences of being a First Nation artist, the path to reconciliation and the role the arts and music can play in aspirations for the future.


Other themed concerts include North East x South West, Meet The Guests, The Guitarists, Song Catchers, Blues & Roots In The Round, and in 2020 Women Out Loud will hosted by YolanDa Brown, and of course let’s not forget the Big Sunday Sing Out!

The 2020 Festival will celebrate music from around the world, exemplifying the great folk/roots traditions of many cultures, regions, communities and countries – from Ireland to Port Fairy, Johannesburg to New Orleans, Prince Edward Island to Northcote, Celtic to Bluegrass, Indigenous to Latin and glorious folk fusions.

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. 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. In addition to these wonderful events, ABC presenter Hilary Harper will host a forum on Interpreting History.

Tickets to the Port Fairy Folk Festival are available now at

The 44th Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place on the Labour Day Long Weekend from 6-9 March 2020, in Port Fairy, Victoria.



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


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

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