The Essential Guide to the Port Fairy Folk Festival
Saturday | Sunday
Oriel Glennen is a folk singer/songwriter who hails from Port Fairy. Over the last 15 years, she has performed at various venues and festivals; both nationally and internationally. Her Celtic Cornish heritage and her connection to place is strong through the musical imagery she creates, with songs rich in sea tale and folklore which reach out and connect to the emotional heart of her audience. Oriel is accompanied this year by the outstanding talents of both Kate Garrison on cello and Anna Batson (UK) on keyboard.
Born and raised in South West Victoria and powerfully influenced by the region’s rich Anglo-Celtic traditions, Oriel’s songs give voice to stories of that landscape and her family’s long relationship with the sea. An accomplished visual artist and fine jeweller, her songs reflect her insightful observations and keen eye for detail. Her contralto voice, hauntingly rare and beautiful, like her powerful and poetic songs, reaches down into the depths. She has the voice and songwriting ability of someone who has worked to balance being both artist and Mother. From lived experience, she understands the bittersweet mysteries of life and speaks with gentle authority. Her new album, Dead Reckoning, recorded by Pete Bird and Shane Howard, is due for release in early 2016. Dark and mysterious, it holds within the words, the golden treasures of the human heart.