Massive celebration of folk music to mark anniversary of Woodstock

STARRING Newtown resident Don and Sue Brian in the ‘The Convict Voice’ and Marrickville’s Shelley Eeves, Joe Glover and Jimmy Murray in ‘Shelley’s Murder Boys’, Sydney is set to host its own folk music festival next month, with more than 60 acts in a massive celebration of the best and most adventurous in today’s new generation of folk.

Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, top notch musicians aged from nine to 90 will thrill audiences with a wild rainbow of sounds. You’ll hear fresh young world beats and original voices, traditional music (ballads, shanties, blues, bush music, bluegrass and newgrass) and way, way beyond to Afro funk, Celtic punk and more!
Artistic director, well-known Aussie cultural historian and performer Warren Fahey (Folkways Music, Larrikin Records), says this festival will ‘totally blow away’ any outdated stereotypes of ‘old school’ folk.
“We’ve prepared a joyous celebration of all the musical genres that sit under the big umbrella of ‘folk’,” he said.
“Storytelling – colonial, indigenous, multicultural – is central but so is participation. There’s dance, poetry, theatre, food and drink… and much, much more. The entire line-up is Aussie – in fact all but two acts are from NSW! In the heart of the city – every venue is within five minutes’ walk of Sydney Town Hall.”
The festival will even go a little ‘mellow’ with a musical hippy tribute in honour of the Woodstock anniversary!
For tickets to the fest, August 16-18, and the full program, visit www.sydneyfolkfestival.com.au