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 PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL 11 – 14 MARCH 2022 
SPECIAL SUBSCRIBER RELEASE & FIRST LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT THIS IS THE ONE WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!
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AND ALSO THE FIRST CHANCE TO SECURE YOUR PLACE AT THE 45TH FESTIVALSUBSCRIBER TICKETS ON SALE FROM 9AM MONDAY 1 MARCH. CHECK YOUR INBOX MONDAY MORNING FOR YOUR SPECIAL SUBSCRIBER LINK.

2022 might be a little way away, but today we are so thrilled to announce the first round of artists for our 45th Festival, and simply cannot wait to see you again at the 2022 Port Fairy Folk Festival – set to the back drop of the mighty southern ocean – that first took place way back in 1977. We are proud of our Festival, our strong heritage, and our magnificent, loyal audience, and want to ensure that you, our subscribers, are first on the list for the lowest priced tickets that will be available. This is a very special, limited release, so please get in quick!

The 45th Port Fairy Folk Festival will take place in Port Fairy, Victoria, in the glorious setting of our music-loving coastal village from 11-14 March 2022. Celebrating homegrown talent as well as prolific folk musicians from across the seas, the 2022 Port Fairy Folk Festival will see Weddings, Parties, Anything, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Kee’ahn and Baby et Lulu, joined by first time visitors to Port Fairy Mandolin Orange and Courtney Marie Andrews, and returning favourites Eric Bibb and Eilen Jewell from the US, Scotland’s Elephant Sessions and the UK’s Jon Boden.

Port Fairy Folk Festival program director Justin Rudge said he was thrilled to be revealing the first line-up for the 2022 Festival.

‘’We were ecstatic when our March Concert Series – which replaced the postponed major event this year – sold out within hours. It shows the thirst to experience live music in Port Fairy, with its extraordinary history, and the desire for audiences to return to our glorious seaside location to experience the best in music from around the world in the safest possible way.

The positive and future-thinking response from Port Fairy Folk Festival committee, staff and contractors, as well as the close-knit creative community has been overwhelming, highlighting the township’s passion to deliver world class events and show off our seaside village in all its glory.

We can’t wait to welcome artists from around Australia and the world to Port Fairy in 2022 as things continue to improve with the pandemic. Announcing the Festival, a full twelve months in advance will provide audiences – both new and established – with plenty of time to plan their Port Fairy experience,’’ said Justin.

The 45th Port Fairy Folk Festival will take place in Port Fairy, Victoria from 11-14 March 2022. 

TICKET INFORMATION

Subscriber tickets go on sale at 9am on Monday 1 March.

Early Bird tickets will be available from 9am on Thursday 4 March.

Get in quick and reserve your spot at portfairyfolkfestival.com

BABY ET LULU
Baby et Lulu is the ARIA-nominated, ‘must-see act that will seduce your ears with its chansons’ – The Weekend Edition. For their third time at Port Fairy Folk Festival, faux-French sensations Abby Dobson and Lara Goodridge along with their prodigiously talented live band, launch their third album, Album Trois, performing songs in French in a celebration of love, life and passion… with a sultry, sometimes outrageous French accent. Don’t miss these two sassy and playful characters, with their extraordinary band, who will have you dancing in your seats in a veritable celebration of la vie française.
“It is impossible not to be charmed by the hypnotic voices of Baby and Lulu” – Arts Hub
COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS – USA
Courtney Marie Andrews is a critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, musician, and published poet from Phoenix, Arizona. Her latest album, Old Flowers, has received widespread praise, including awards for Best Americana album at the Americana Music Association UK Awards, as well as being nominated for Best Americana Album by the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Awards.
EILEN JEWELL – USA
American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as one of America’s most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices. The Boise, Idaho songwriter leads a tight quartet that blends influences of surf-noir, early blues, classic country, folk, and 1960s era rock ’n’ roll. For well over a decade, they’ve toured relentlessly for legions of fans from Boston to Boise and Madrid to Melbourne, playing large festivals, theatres, rock clubs, and coffeehouses. The group has shared stages with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Loretta Lynn, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, and Blind Boys of Alabama. Eilen’s fans have marvelled at her warmth and onstage humour alongside her beautiful songs and fiery performances. In addition to six of her own full-length albums, Jewell has released two albums with her country-gospel side-project, the Sacred Shakers; a tribute album to Loretta Lynn titled Butcher Holler; and a recent album of rare blues covers, Down Hearted Blues. The Los Angeles Daily News said, “Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition … She’s mighty good.”  
ELEPHANT SESSIONS – SCO
Elephant Sessions transcend boundaries and shake the very foundations of expectation. Hailing from the Highlands of Scotland, Elephant Sessions released their new album What Makes You in 2019. 2018 saw awards in abundance. Opening the year as winners of Album of the Year at the BBC Scotland Trad Awards, they went on to be finalists as Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 awards. In May, Belhaven Brewery got together with the band to award the first ever Belhaven Bursary for innovation in music, awarded in recognition of their unique and outstanding sound. It was accompanied by the band’s own beer ‘Elephant Sessions Ale’, which was launched in May 2018.They closed the year by picking up the coveted BBC Scots Trad Award as Live Band of the Year. Watch out for this band – they have transformed traditional music!
EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS
Acclaimed Indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The Putbacks first burst on to the Australian scene with their album Dawn in 2014, announcing a new voice in Australian soul music. After six years, the band reunited launching Crossover in 2020 to great acclaim. Emma’s songwriting is optimistic, impassioned, and bruisingly honest, The Putbacks’ music is fluid, live and raw, and the collaboration has won friends and admirers all over the world.
ERIC BIBB – USA
Eric is an artist who preserves the best traditions of pre-war blues, even while he expands his own oeuvre. Marketing tags him as a bluesman, but troubadour is the word that best describes him. He slides neatly between genres as he builds bridges with musicians from the UK and Europe, pickers from North America, and Kora players from West Africa. His collaborations with the likes of Michael Jerome Browne, JJ Milteau, Danny Thompson, and Habib Koite have produced music that is both ecstatic and exquisite. Eric sings of the Freedom Train. He believes it. He lives it. He wants to take us on that ride. Maybe you already have your ticket, but if you haven’t, no need to worry. There’s still time to get on board.
JON BODEN – UK
Jon Boden has become the standout performer of his generation of traditional English folk artists, but one whose repertoire extends far beyond the boundaries of the genre.  Jon Boden is best known for his performance in the Hollywood movie About Time – his Youtube audio of the track has over 9 million views – and as the lead singer and main arranger of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead.  Widely respected as an interpreter of traditional song, his solo shows also showcase Jon’s instrumental talents on fiddle, guitar and concertina, as well as his trademark ‘stomp box’ which he and John Spiers introduced into to the world of traditional music in 2001. Through his solo work and his work with Bellowhead and Spiers & Boden, Jon has won eleven BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and promises to take the audience deeper into the song worlds of traditional music and of his own song writing.
KEE’AHN
Effortlessly blending the sounds of soul, R&B and pop throughout her music, Kee’ahn weaves lush melodies and words reminiscent of heartbreak and healing. Her rich vocals and hopeful lyrics champion the idea that finding strength in our struggles, encourages us to reflect, reinvent, and rejoice in all of our own individual healing journeys. Releasing her debut single in the middle of the Covid lockdown in late May 2020 was always going to be a challenge but this songstress from the tropics of Far North QLD rose to the occasion and surpassed all expectations with her soulful track Better Things. The single almost immediately thrust her into the Australian music psyche with its message becoming a mantra for many struggling through the challenges of lock down and a changed world.
WEDDINGS, PARTIES, ANYTHING
The last time they pulled on the boots was 2012 when they were inducted into The Age EG Hall of Fame in their hometown of Melbourne. In spite of this absence, the demand for them to reunite has remained strong and so, for the people in the band, it’s simply a matter of the time feeling right. In the wake of a catastrophic year such as 2020 the chance to be part of something as classic, iconic and enduring as Weddings, Parties, Anything was just too tempting. It will be the classic final line-up of the band that has played more shows and lasted longer than any other of the permutations that constituted the ‘Weds’. From their iconic Scorn of the Women to their fully crafted and realised swan song Riveresque, the band’s set promises to be a whirlwind ride through a back catalogue as familiar and evocative as it is inspired and relevant to turbulent times.
The 45th Port Fairy Folk Festival – March 11 – 14 2022
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