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Oh my how the year has flown, and it isn’t long now until your 44th Port Fairy Folk Festival is up and running. In 2020 we are delighted to present another stellar Festival of Small Halls on opening night at the Lecture Hall. Scotland’s Paul McKenna Trio will be joined by the wonderful Alana Wilkinson for this great opening night event, and they will perform over the weekend.

We are excited to release our first wave of workshops which represent some brilliant interactive opportunities for you to discover more about a variety of cultures, hone your musicianship and dance and sing to your hearts content.

Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura will present a Haka workshop for women. This workshop will teach calls, actions and words and showcase a spiritual essence intrinsic to Mihirangi’s culture. Her workshops are renowned for captivating participants. No singing or dancing experience is necessary.

Keeping activity and cultural experiences to the fore we are also thrilled to have Cool Out Sun present a dance, drumming and vocal workshop. Kwame Tosuma is one of the lead dancers at Melbourne Djembe. Having performed throughout Ghana, Mali, Benin and South Africa and now living in Australia, Kwame is emerging as one of Australia’s most talented in the traditional and afro-contemporary dance forms. He will be joined by the other members of Cool Out Sun to create an accessible workshop of dance, African drumming and multi-bilingaul vocals.

Much loved festival artist Nick Charles will lead a session on the The Art of Acoustic Roots and Blues Guitar. This workshop will be relevant to players of all levels, instrumentalists and singer-songwriters. Music fans in general will also find much to enlighten and inspire them!

Getting the old singing pipes going is a regular at the festival and once again the Southern Ocean Sea Band will lead you in a rousing workshop of much loved Sea Shanties, which will culminate in a Shanty session on the Wharf. Learning about our region and it’s unique stories will also be a feature of She and the Sea a workshop lead by Oriel Glennen, exploring myth and lore via music and song, and we are delighted to once again present the walking musical tour of Port Fairy taking in historic, humorous and secret treasures of our much loved village.

Favourite workshops return with Irish Set Dancing and Yoga Loves Music and we will release our full workshop program in the New Year, which will feature… yes you guessed it… ukuleles, fiddles, harmonicas, the chance to channel your inner artist and much more.

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Warmest regards,

The Program Team. x

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