2017 Festival

Just Announced for Port Fairy Folk Festival…

Brian Nankervis introduces … The Last Waltz Revisited One of the greatest concerts of all time, re imagined. Featuring The RocKwiz OrKestra, Vika and Linda Bull, the Last Waltzers horn section and some of Australia’s finest performers.

Originally held on November 25, 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, as The Band’s farewell concert, ‘The Last Waltz’ brought together rock and roll royalty to pay tribute to everyone’s favourite group, The Band. Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and others performed an incredible variety of well known and cult hits.

The Last Waltz Revisited

Filmed as a documentary by Martin Scorsese and released two years later, ‘The Last Waltz’ has developed legendary status as a concert, an event and a movie.

The set list featured The Band’s favourites and drew from their guest’s rich catalogues – Up On Cripple Creek, Forever Young, The Shape I’m In, Caravan, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Weight, Mannish Boy, Further On Up The Road, Helpless, Coyote, I Shall Be Released – to name but a few!

Brian NankervisIntroduced by RocKwiz co-host and writer, Brian Nankervis, this is your chance to hear the stories (and the myths) behind the concert and to witness the incredible music, performed live by a star studded Australian cast.

The RocKwiz Team first performed The Last Waltz Revisited at The State Theatre at The Melbourne Arts Centre in December 2015 and received multiple standing ovations and rave reviews from the sold-out audience. Two nights at the Sydney Opera House followed … and now we are heading to the Port Fairy Folk Festival.

Brian Nankervis said “The Last Waltz is all about a band and their relationship with artists who they’d worked with and influenced. At RocKwiz we’ve been working together for eleven years and The Last Waltz guests are musicians we have worked with on and off for many years. There’s a great sense of trust and history and we all love The Last Waltz! The Melbourne and Sydney shows were wonderful and the chance to perform at Port Fairy is incredible!

Welcome to the beginning of the 2017 Port Fairy Folk Festival!

We have unveiled our wonderful festival image by non other than the legendary artist Reg Mombassa, have two artist announcements under our belt, and had the fairest of votes to create the Port Fairy collective noun for a massive ukulele ensemble … The Ukulele Ceilidh… and of course there is so much more to come.

From Ireland to Canada, the Netherlands to NSW, Northcote to London and Clifton Hill to Arnhem Land, Port Fairy in 2017 will be a UN of arts, culture and musical collaborations… Special events will abound and the most special of all is this wonderful festival that puts such a glorious spotlight on one of the most truly delightful villages in this great country of ours.

Subscriber tickets sold out in 21 hours and there is such a sense of excitement for us, and Early Bird tickets are flying out the door.

The line up features festival debutantes and favourites from across our fair country and beyond – Bazzookas (Netherlands), Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart, Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier, Don Walker, Dori Freeman (USA), Dubmarine, Eddi Reader (Scotland), Fem Belling, Folk Uke (USA), Gawurra, The Jerry Cans (CAN) Les Poules a Colin (CAN), Manu Delago (Austria), Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission, Miss Amber & Stukulele, Mundy (IRE), Neil Murray, Nhatty Man & Gara, Phil Wiggins (USA) & Dom Turner, The PINKS play the Blues, Roo Panes (UK), Sarah Carroll & The Left Wing, Seamus Begley Trio (IRE), Suzannah Espie, Kerri Simpson, Barb Waters & Alison Ferrier, Tash Sultana, Vika & Linda, Van Morrison’s Masterpieces: presented by Vince Jones & The Astral Orchestra, The Waifs, The Young Folk (IRE), Yirrmal and more to come.

Visit the artist page to find out more.