2018 Festival


Melbourne Ska Orchestra and Scotland’s Breabach lead the next wonderful wave.

From Celtic gems to the Jamaican roots of Ska music, the 2018 Festival will once again be a true celebration of the cultural diversity of folk music. We have stunning Australian acts Sásta and SugaTree who take inspiration from the great music of Ireland, homegrown singer songwriter Fiona Kershaw, Scotland’s multi award winning Breabach, and last but by no means least (definitely not least as there will be 30 on stage!) the Melbourne Ska Orchestra.

Folk music is music of the world and of the people and that is what this festival is about…. discovery, pushing perceptions and really focussing on the joie de vivre of the music, stories and commentaries of the life and times of people the world over. Ska music has its roots in Jamaica and is known for its critical social commentary, and we are so thrilled to be presenting Australia’s finest exponents of ska, The Melbourne Ska Orchestra. Their live performances are explosive and infectious. Their unique take on the genre of ska has wowed audiences and reggae and ska pioneers such as Stranger Cole, Owen Gray, Carlos Malcolm, Ranking Roger and Neville Staples to name a few. From Montreal to New York, Istanbul to London the Melbourne Ska Orchestra is resonating with audiences worldwide, both young and old, and in 2018 they will take to the stages of our much loved festival.

We are furiously working on the program grid and are aiming to get it to you well in advance so you can plot your musical and creative journey that will be the 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festival.

Stay tuned for further announcements.

Melbourne Ska Orchestra                                                          Breabach (Scotland)

Calling Regional Victorian Artists

Port Fairy Folk Festival in partnership with ABC Radio would love to hear from regional Victorian artists. Now is the time to throw your cap in the ring to win the chance to perform at the 2018 Festival.

How to enter? It’s simple… Click here or on the widget to the right of this page for details.

Exile – Songs & Tales of Irish Australia exclusive

We are delighted to announce that Exile – Songs & Tales of Irish Australia will be performed exclusively for Port Fairy Folk Festival in 2018. Presentations of this acclaimed event will be on opening night and Saturday, and feature a one-off lineup never to be repeated: Andy Irvine, Troy Cassar-Daley, Shane Howard, Pauline Scanlon, Leah Flanagan, John Spillane, Declan O’Rourke, Lynelle Moran, John McSherry and some of Australia’s finest musicians.

To discover more about the 2018 artists please visit our artist line-up page.

Port Fairy Folk Festival

– behind the scenes and up front and centre

A snapshot of what makes this festival so special

In 2017 the Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee commissioned a mini documentary to be made to highlight the many special attributes of this extraordinary event. The 41st Port Fairy Folk Festival continued the tradition of celebrating music, arts, culture and community. This documentary gives you a snapshot of the camaraderie of the volunteers, the special place the festival holds in the hearts of artists and audiences alike, and what this event means to the sea side village of Port Fairy. It is a unique story and one that is worth telling. We hope you enjoy and discover just that little bit more about the festival.

Produced by The Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee
Filmed & Directed by John Handby
Interviewer: Derek Guille, Port Fairy Folk Festival Ambassador
Artwork: Reg Mombassa