2018 Festival

Exclusive to Port Fairy Festival in 2019

The Festival is thrilled to announce the exclusive Australian performances by Melanie in 2019

Photo ©️Maddy Miller

“For years people have been asking me ‘Are you going to do Port Fairy?’ This is the year I can say YES!!!”  –  Melanie.

Melanie first shot to stardom with her unforgettable appearance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. The performance prompted the now common phenomenon of signalling an artist for an encore by holding up some form of light (first it was a candle, which merged into lighters, then flashlights and now mobile phones). In her hit song, Lay Down (Candles in the Rain), Melanie shared her experience of when the audience lifted up their candles in the rain during her set at Woodstock.

Melanie’s singles Brand New Key (Roller Skate Song), Lay Down (Candles in the Rain), Peace Will Come, Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma and Ruby Tuesday have all achieved chart success with Brand New Key reaching #1 and remaining in the charts for 18 weeks in 1971. In the USA, Melanie has had 13 Top 40 hits, including 3 #1 hits.

A true pioneer for female musicians, Melanie’s long list of achievements boasts a number of firsts including:

  • The first female performer to have three Top 40 hits concurrently: Brand New Key, The Nickel Song and Ring the Living Bell.
  • The first solo/pop/rock artist ever to appear before the General Assembly of the United Nations.
  • The first solo/pop/rock artist ever to appear at Carnegie Hall.
  • The first solo/pop/rock artist ever to appear at The Metropolitan Opera House.
  • The first solo female artist who sold out the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Melanie’s list of accolades and acclaim certainly is an extensive one, but as the New York Times suggests, “MELANIE is an Artist who has no need to ‘LAY DOWN’ everything she has done to take her place in Music History!”

A new generation was exposed to Melanie with the release of Miley Cyrus’ cover of Look What They Done To My Song, Ma. A year later Miley Cyrus invited Melanie to be part of her Backyard Sessions and together they recorded a live version of Look What They Done To My Song, Ma and Peace Will Come.

Melanie will set the scene on Sunday with a massive concert in Stage 3, to be followed by The Fairy Tale Of Port Fairy – Woodstock 50 Years in the making, narrated by Derek Guille, and then on Monday Melanie will close the festival.

Melanie joins a stellar national and international line up of artists who are exemplars of the great folk traditions of many cultures. Visit our artists page to discover the magnificent musical sojourn that will be Port Fairy Folk Festival 2019.

Don’t miss your only chance to see Melanie in Australia in 2019!


The Fairy Tale Of Port Fairy 2019 –

Woodstock 50 Years In the making


2019 artwork by Jeff Raglus

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