The Gathering

Taliska and Myra McRae with Clan have joined forces to bring The Gathering to Port Fairy, a Scottish musical experience that will uplift and entertain. Taliska combines Colin MacLeod’s stunning fiddle playing with pipes, vocals, guitar, harp, piano accordion and cello. Myra McRae sings songs on matters of the heart, laced with lively Scottish and Shetland instrumental sets, accompanied by her band Clan. Taliska’s new CD Celtic Café and Myra McRae’s Cameo will both be launched at the Festival.

The Gathering

Fri 8.00pm St Pats Hall CD Launch – Cameo

Sat 5.30pm Surf Club Celtic Fire Jam Session

Sat 9.00pm Surf Club CD Launch – “Celtic Cafe”

Sun 12.00pm School Hall Concert for The Clans

Sun 4.15pm Surf Club

Sun 5.30pm Surf Club Celtic Fire Jam Session


With a tender, sweet style, Gossling‚Äôs song writing is both distinctive and alluring. She mixes heart-felt lyrics with graceful and memorable melodies. With singles one Triple J’s staple playlist and supports with Lamb, Whitley, Oh Mercy, Lior, & Wild Beats to name a few, she is truly an artist to watch out for. .

Sun 4.00pm Stage 2  
Sun 10.00pm Folk Circus On•Shore  


Andy Rigby’s Kwela Swingsters play township jive from 1960s South Africa. Bring your dancing shoes and swing moves as the pennywhistles, horns and irresistible rhythm section play tunes such as the Casanova Jump, and Polly sings swing era standards. Featuring Strat and Lyndal on horns, Jug-man Gavan on the double bass, Misja Carbo on guitar and Steve Schultz on drums, we bring the Kwela groove to you, from Jo’burg via Victoria.

Fri 8.00pm Arena Rove  
Sat 1.00pm Arena Rove  
Sat 5.00pm Lighthouse Cafe Join A Kwela Street Band
Sun 5.00pm Arena Rove  
Mon 12.00pm Arena Rove  




Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission

A new band to play the old albums and a new album Mick made with some old band members. After a watershed tour of Canada with his old cohort, Squeezebox Wally, Mick detoured to Portland, Oregon to record The Last of the Tourists, out on Liberation Records March 2012. It’s an album about the passing of time and ultimately those around us, but it also symbolises a wake-up call rather than a wake, a celebration rather than commiserations.

Sat 8.30pm The Shebeen CD Launch
Sun 12.15pm Stage 2  
Sun 3.45pm Stage 4 On The Road Again
Sun 8.30pm The Shebeen  



Blackwood Jack

Blackwood Jack

Being relatively new on the scene (formed in Nov 2010), Blackwood Jack is a young, upcoming blues trio, spreading its own unique brand of blues, roots and soul in the Warrnambool local and regional music scene. Their debut EP showcases the band’s raw and mature sound. The power trio features vocalist and guitarist Ben Cue, bassist Daniel Paroissien and drummer Talen Galbraith. 2012 is shaping up to be big, with Blackwood Jack set to expand its horizons.

Fri 9.30pm Reardon Theatre  
Sat 4.30pm Fiddlers Green  
Sun 4.30pm Fiddlers Green  
Mon 11.30 am Railway Stage  




Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir

Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir is Victoria’s hottest community gospel choir.  The huge sound of 80 voices singing foot stompin’, hand clappin’ Black gospel balanced with the finest of vocal harmonies.  MMGC sings traditional, popular and contemporary Black gospel. Formed in 2008, the choir has performed sell out shows at the famous Gershwin Room at the Espy, the Corner Hotel in Richmond, Collins Street Baptist Church and festivals around Victoria. In 2011, MMGC presented for the first time in Australia the sell out Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan show, singing the powerful songs of Dylan’s Slow Train Coming and Saved albums.

Phil Heuzenroeder is the choir’s dynamic Music Director.  He is passionate about gospel music, having recently toured gospel churches in the USA.  Phil has directed massed gospel choirs and run gospel singing workshops around Australia for the past 12 years.

Sun 10.00 am Stage 3 Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan
Sun 5.45pm Stage 1 Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan



• Archer & Bow – fr•IN•ge

Four enterprising, young men moved from various locations across rural and regional Victoria to Melbourne, meeting Boy, a talented but hopeless wash-up of the music industry. He played saxophone and worked in a run-down burger joint. Already having a fully resourced saxophone facility within the band, the young men offered him a clean slate and a drum kit. Archer & Bow, now a fully-fledged rhythm and folk band, commenced performing the city and being the city.

Sat 1.30pm Fiddlers Green
Sat 3.30pm RSL Hall The Mix Open Stage
Sat 8.30pm Lighthouse Cafe  
Sun 4.00pm Railway Stage  
Sun 9.30pm Reardon Theatre  
Sat 10.00 am Folk Circus Area AAITB
Sun 10.00 am Folk Circus Area  


• Beth King & The Hemmingway Collective – fr•IN•ge

After coming 2nd in the Port Fairy Folk Festival Open Stage Competition in 2010, the Collective recorded their second album Outside Looking In, toured the east coast and then headed west to play at the Nannup Music Festival in 2011. Drawing comparisons to the great Joni Mitchell and Ben Harper, the Collective combine pure, expressive vocals, captivating harmonies and intricate guitar work, with funky sax, bass, keys, drums, congas and flute. Prepare yourself for something unique: this is epic folk–roots!

Fri 11.00pm Surf Club
Sat 12.00pm Fiddlers Green
Sun 12.00pm Surf Club
Mon 12.00pm FOLKworX





Jugularity has been entertaining crowds nationally and internationally forover 23 years with their unique brand of comedy cabaret infused with folk,blues, jazz, gypsy, country and rap.

Verisimilitudinous vocals plus Ernie Gruner’s fantabulous fiddling, Gavan McCarthy’s bravissimo bass, Bruce Stephens’ grandiloquent guitar and Peter Vadiveloo’s pulsating percussion.  Jugularity – different, but kind of cool!

Fri 9.00pm Lighthouse Cafe  
Sat 7.00pm Stage 5  
Sun 11.15 am Stage 4  
Sun 4.15pm Folk Circus Stage  



Nigel Wearne & The Cast Iron Promises

Nigel Wearne & The Cast Iron Promises deliver dynamic performances that will rattle your emotions. Melding country twang, honky-tonk and honest storytelling, the band features finger-style guitar, fiddle, mandolin and double-bass. With a hint of Hank Williams and the spirit of Woody Guthrie, Nigel Wearne tells stories of mischievous bank robbers, wandering poets and his love of eggs. Nigel’s current album ‘Sweetest Delusion’ is an entirely acoustic affair with frayed poetic edges and honest grit – ‘the kind of music that really speaks…’ (Forte Magazine).

Fri 6.00pm Lighthouse Cafe
Sat 10.00 am The Shebeen
Sat 5.30pm Railway Stage
Sun 6.00pm RSL Hall APRA Songwriter Speaks
Sun 11.00pm Reardon Theatre