The Port Fairy Folk Festival have implemented a range of health, hygiene and physical distancing measures at the Reardon Theatre, in line with government guidelines. These measures include:
- Ample hand sanitiser at hygiene stations at the front entrance, in the foyer, at the Merchandise stall, at other locations.
- Capacity signage in toilets to promote physical distancing
- Increased cleaning of all facilities
- Disinfection of seating and touchpoints before each performance
- Increased cleaning of foyer spaces and handrails
- Increased cleaning of bathrooms
- Theatre seating arranged to ensure 1.5m distancing
- Physical distancing reminders at queuing areas including at the front entrance
- COVIDSafe Marshalls monitoring traffic flow and social distancing
- Mandatory QR check-in
- Cashless transactions at the Merchandise stall
- Health announcements by the MC throughout the events
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FRIDAY MARCH 05 – 7:00pm
KUTCHA EDWARDS + NIGEL WEARNE
Singer, songwriter and proud Mutti Mutti man, Kutcha Edwards performs songs from past releases in a show that also features a new single We Sing from his forthcoming album Circling Time. Practicing the renewal of his ancient Songline in modern times, Kutcha’s magnificent voice, poignancy and humour makes for an unforgettable encounter with one of Australia’s Indigenous icons.
Nigel Wearne is a singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner. Equipped with personally handcrafted instruments, he melds finger-style guitar, ‘up’-hammer banjo, piano and honest storytelling. Gleaning diverse influence from Kelly Joe Phelps, Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and his love of eggs. Wearne’s current album Drawing Circles is a solo record that’s raw, compelling and reflective.
SATURDAY MARCH 06 – 7:00pm
KEEP THE CIRCLE UNBROKEN
KEEP THE CIRCLE UNBROKEN
Featuring Tim Rogers, Brooke Taylor, Bobby Valentine, Hamish Davidson, Cam McKenzie, Oriel Glennen, Sarah Carrol, Fenn Wilson. Plus Row Jerry Crow with Paul Woseen (Screaming Jets), Jeff Consi (The Badloves), Dion Hirini (Vika & Linda Bull), Rob Hornbuckle (The Masters Apprentices), John Kendall (Uncle Bill) and Delsinki,this fabulous lineup will perform songs inspired by one of the most influential albums in the history of music – the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1972 album Will the Circle be Unbroken.
SUNDAY MARCH 07 – 7:00pm
RUTH HAZLETON with FIONA STEELE & LUKE PLUMB
+ CHARM OF FINCHES + LOUISA WISE
RUTH HAZLETON WITH FIONA STEELE & LUKE PLUMB
One of Australia’s most highly regarded folk singers, Ruth Hazleton is an award-winning instrumentalist, singer and songwriter with a career spanning over twenty-five years. Ruth will be joined by guitarist Fiona Steele and Luke Plumb on mandolin and bouzouki.
CHARM OF FINCHES
Charm of Finches are award-winning sister duo Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes from Melbourne. They create haunting folk anchored in transporting vocal harmonies, brimming with melody. Their 2019 sophomore album Your Company was nominated for the Music Victoria Best Folk Album Award and long-listed for the 2020 Australian Music Prize. The album explores themes of love and grief, a melancholia made sublimely beautiful – chamber folk at its most intimate.
Award-winning singer-songwriter Louisa Wise has delighted Australian folk festival audiences since she moved to Australia from the US in 1981. Louisa writes contemporary and traditional folk songs and tunes, and plays fiddle, guitar, Appalachian dulcimer, piano, mouthbow, spoons and other small instruments. Her 2020 album All Of These Things was a finalist in the Music Victoria Awards, in the Best Folk Album category. She will be joined by the inimitable Tasmanian Luke Plumb of Shooglenifty fame, on mandolin and bouzouki.
MONDAY MARCH 08 – 1:00pm
MICK THOMAS’ ROVING COMMISSION + KEE’AHN
MICK THOMAS’ ROVING COMMISSION
Raconteur, troubadour, balladeer and poet, Mick Thomas is best known as the song master of pub-rock icons Weddings Parties Anything. His band is a rotating schedule of talented performers to keep the party alive with Mick’s unique mix of folk, roots and country. Mick’s ever-evolving talents as a writer and performer defines a career as intriguing as it is enduring.
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.
Port Fairy Folk Festival would like to acknowledge our local business partners for this series of events – Merrijig Kitchen, Ministry of Ombibulous Studies, Oak & Anchor, Randy’s Burgers, Victoria Hotel & Yani’s Kitchen