2018 Festival

It is with great pleasure that the festival announced these significant awards. Two wonderful artists who capture the essence of what Port Fairy is about. 

2019 Port Fairy Folk Festival Artist Of The Year

Kasey Chambers

This year the Artist of the Year Award proudly sponsored by Towards Zero TAC includes a donation to OUR RAINBOW HOUSE, an Australian owned primary school in Zambia, Africa, for which Kasey is Ambassador.

Accepting the award, Kasey Chambers said: “OUR RAINBOW HOUSE is a beautiful small school with only 50 primary students which provides education, nutrition and lots of love to orphans and particularly vulnerable children in a special local community in Zambia. I am proud to be their ambassador and I visit there often, teaching music, song writing and just generally helping out on the ground, and to have this award support OUR RAINBOW HOUSE is just overwhelmingly beautiful!! THANK YOU!!”

2019 Port Fairy Folk Festival Emerging Artist Of The Year

Proudly sponsored by Just Guitars

On the cusp of the 43rd Festival we are delighted and proud to announce that the selection panel unanimously agreed that the 2019 Emerging Artist of the Year is Fenn Wilson.

Upon being notified of the award, Fenn said I’ve been coming to Port Fairy for most of my life. Last year was the first time I had the pleasure of playing here, now to be acknowledged for this award is truly one of the most spectacular moments of my young career. I would very much like to thank everyone involved, it’s a true honour and a privilege and has lifted me no end. Thank you”

Caroline Moore Program Director said “Fenn Wilson is a supremely talented vocalist and multi instrumentalist. Live and on record he is mesmerising…quite magical. I encourage everyone to make sure they catch Fenn at the Festival this year, as he personifies what the Emerging Artist of the Year represents, and I am excited by his great future.”

From Denmark to Broome, Guatemala to Byron, Colorado to Warrnambool, Athens to Northcote, Sydney to London, Dublin to Hobart… and almost everywhere in between.

Port Fairy will be the folk music capital in March celebrating music of all cultures in 2019

Melbourne Ska Orchestra Port Fairy Folk Festival 2018 Photo by David Harris

Happy New Year! In the great words of Robert Burns ‘For auld lang syne. We’ll tak a cup o’kindness yet, for auld lang syne.’ The Port Fairy Folk Festival is a gathering like no other. A pilgrimage for some, a voyage of discovery .. of friends, music and ideas for others, where kindness and warmth abounds throughout the glorious weekend, for artists and audiences alike, and we all share in that cup of kindness and joy.

In it’s rich 43 year history the festival has presented the finest artists from across our shores and the globe and 2019 is no different. We invite you to visit the artists page to discover who will be performing for you in 2019. In addition to their stand alone concerts there will be a huge variety of collaborative concerts and workshops, and further announcements are on their way.

From everyone at The Port Fairy Folk Festival we wish you all a happy, safe and prosperous 2019.

Port Fairy Folk Festival Photo by Peter van der Veer

The Port Fairy Folk Festival pay their respects to elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge that the land that we gather on each year is the traditional lands of the Peek Whurrong people.

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!

2019 artwork by Jeff Raglus

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