Once again the Port Fairy Folk Festival has been a sold out event over the March long weekend – the picturesque seaside village has been bursting at the seams with musicians, punters, and daytrippers coming to town to take in the festival and the atmosphere it creates. Read More (plus slides) – By Jeremy Lee ABC South West Victoria.
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” **** Total Rave..” Tradition was enshrined in the presence of Arlo and Sarah Lee Guthrie, descendants of every folkie’s cherished uncle, Woody. They bookended Sunday night’s all-star Woody tribute show, which culminated in the inevitable heaving singalong of This Land Is Your Land. Read More
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• For decades Finbar Furey has been delighting his swag of fans worldwide with outstanding recordings and live shows. So it came as no surprise that this Irish music legend was able to overcome some early obstacles to take the Port Fairy Folk Festival by storm. The first gig for Furey was on the Saturday morning when he was part of the Meet the Guests concert… Read More.. (Images: Moyne Gazette; Anthony Brady)
• THE humble village of Port Fairy has managed to leave a trio of performers from one of the world’s biggest cities star struck. The contemporary country band Red Molly hails from New York City, but that didn’t prepare them for the magnitude of the Port Fairy Folk Festival. Red Molly guitarist and vocalist Molly Venter said the scale of the festival was a shock to the band. Read More (Images: Moyne Gazette; Anthony Brady)
• THE Meet the Guests concert on the Saturday morning gave Finbar Furey a chance to renew an acquaintance he had not seen for almost half a century. One of those sharing the stage for the concert was veteran American performer Arlo Guthrie, who Furey remembers from another time. “It was 1968 and at the time Arlo was a big big star and we were both playing as part of the Cambridge Folk Festival,” Furey said. “I am a great fan of his late father Woody and I think Arlo is great as well so it is wonderful to get to play on the same stage as him and see him again after so many years.” (Images: Moyne Gazette; Anthony Brady)
• ONE of the great traditions of the Port Fairy Folk Festival was kept alive last Saturday. Veteran festival performer Danny Spooner was the man in charge of the sea shanties session at The Casino memorial at King George Square. A large crowd gathered for the session, which Spooner pointed out had a long history with the festival. “It goes back to the very first festival, it used to be held against the wall of the old mill,” Spooner said. “Since that area has been all done up we have moved across to the Casino Memorial and it is still a very popular part of the festival.” This year the sea shanties had a West Indian theme to them. While a big crowd gathered to hear the sea shanties, there was also plenty taking part. “There is never a shortage of people wanting to take part and one of the most important things is getting the crowd involved and singing along,” Spooner said. Read More (Images: Moyne Gazette; Anthony Brady)
• THE old theory that men struggle to multitask was blown out of the water by Jay Hoad at the Port Fairy Folk Festival last weekend. The Fijian-born performer was a crowd favourite with his ability to pull out and play new instruments for almost every song making him stand out from the crowd. Guitars of all sizes and styles, as well as a wide range of percussion instruments and didgeridoos were part of Hoad’s arsenal of instruments. It was Hoad’s first appearance at the festival, which included four performances and a didgeridoo workshop. “It is an awesome festival, the organisation is brilliant and it has such a nice vibe to it and, of course, some great surf as well,” Hoad said of his debut at the Port Fairy Folk Festival. “Wherever you go people talk about Port Fairy as one of the best festivals in Australia, so it is a great opportunity for me to play here. “The audiences have been really good, I have sold a lot of CDs and getting some really nice feedback.” During his shows at the festival, Hoad played songs from his upcoming album Home Is Where the Heart Is. This album will be released on May 5 and will be the third album of his musical career. Read More (Images: Moyne Gazette; Anthony Brady)
Video: Around the Port Fairy Folk Festival By Jono Pech , Rob Gunstone March 11, 2013, 12:57 p.m.
If you made the drive to Port Fairy for the Port Fairy Folk Festival 2013 over the long weekend you no doubt know what everyone else missed out on. For those not down with what Port Fairy is all about let us break it down a little. Set in a beautiful sea side town (the sort that makes all who visit want to retire there), Port Fairy totally transforms from a sleepy little country space separated from the mainstream Melbourne by a 4 hour drive into a magical dream bubble of festival fun every Labour Day long weekend. Read More