Paul McDermott & Steven Gates

SUN Shebeen 10:30 – 11:45am Breakfast with Derek Guille
SUN Stage 1 9:00 – 10:15pm Adults only concert

Paul McDermott (DAAS) and Steven Gates (Tripod) perform songs of beauty, songs of heartbreak, old squabbles and spontaneous nonsense. Two of Australia’s finest middle men, song-writers and voices perform together at Port Fairy Folk Festival for the very first time. Paul and Steven have been friends for 18 years and singing together in private for 5 years. Now with a swag of brand new songs, watch these two stand-out talents lock harmonies and minds in a show you don’t want to miss!

The Makers Made and Played Concert

Sunday  Lighthouse  11:45am – 1:00pm

This intimate, blackboard style concert showcases our makers’ unique instruments from the exhibition played by a stellar line-up from our festival performers. Putting the instruments through their paces and bringing out the best in them will be Jimi Hocking, Jeff Lang, La Busca and Nick Charles, just to name a few! For more information on who else will be performing on Sunday afternoon’s concert, check the blackboard outside the Instrument Makers’ marquee during the exhibition.

Rusty Berther

Saturday Shebeen 10:15 – 10:45 am

Rusty Berther is best known as being one half of the ARIA award winning musical comedy duo The Scared Weird Little Guys. He is an accomplished writer, musician and comedian, and is here at Port Fairy as part of the sweet singing, foul mouthed, old time country band, The Cartridge Family.

Rust presents FolkWiz – come and test out your Folk’n trivia skills!


Women Out Loud

Sunday  Stage 3  10:00 – 11:30am

Women Out Loud is a much-loved tradition of Port Fairy, a true celebration of glorious voices, musicianship and story telling. Hosted by Sarah Carroll, the stellar line up of women from across the world are: Chris While & Julie Matthews, Gina Williams, Faith Ristic, Josienne Clarke, Pauline Scanlon, Rebecca Barnard, Sophie Koh and YolanDa Brown.

Shanties at The Wharf


Saturday  The Wharf  4:00 – 5:00pm

Come and stir your soul with a hearty shanty sing! Please come and join in this great tradition, which was established by Australian folk legend Danny Spooner, who is sadly no longer with us. This year the Shanties will be led by the Southern Ocean Sea Band and the Tin Shed Singers.

The Port Gospel Session

Sunday Stage 3 10:30 – 11:45pm

The Port Gospel Session gathers a stunning line up of our artists together on one stage to bring the curtain down on Stage 3 Sunday night. Led by Kerri Simpson, one of Australia’s finest Blues and Gospel singers, who will drive the session with the one and only The Band Who Knew Too Much. They will be joined by guest artists Chris Wilson, Sarah Carroll & Suzannah Espie & members of The Cartridge Family, Jack Broadbent, Lily & King, Rebecca Barnard and The Tin Shed Singers.

Words & Music

Sunday Stage 5 12:15 – 1:45pm

So many ways to combine music and words…where does the inspiration come from ?

A great song is certainly a form of alchemy – a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination, with the combination being greater than just the words or music alone. Some songwriters find or create a great story, some have to express their feelings about current events or private experiences through the song form. Others find a good riff or melody first and then go searching for the right words.

In this session we’ll find out how it works for Amistat, Claire Anne Taylor, Dave Gunning & Hussy Hicks.

Host: Paul Petran

The Global Sounds of Bluegrass

Sunday Stage 1 11:30am – 1:00pm

Bluegrass has its roots steeped in the rich tradition of American folk music and it underpins much of the great folk music that delights us in the 21st century. In keeping with the universality of folk music, artists from around the world put their own stamp on Bluegrass as a way of telling their stories. In 2018 The Port Fairy Folk Festival is delighted to be presenting the Global Sounds of Bluegrass and showcasing outstanding artists of this form featuring 10 String Symphony, The Brothers Comatose, The Davidson Brothers and special guests.

Host: Felicity Urquhart

The Port Fairy Folk Festival would like to acknowledge the generous support of the United States Consulate General Melbourne who, via their grants program, acknowledge the Port Fairy Folk Festival and the role it plays in celebrating the rich tradition of American Folk music and showcasing outstanding American Folk artists to Australian audiences.