Port Fairy Folk Festival announces 2019 line up, celebrates 50th anniversary of Woodstock

Victorian seaside town Port Fairy will welcome will welcome the 43rd Port Fairy Folk Festival to its shores in March. Boasting an unmissable lineup of folk artists from around the world, Port Fairy will include a special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival.

This homage to the mother of all festivals will see Port Fairy Folk Festival putting its own spin on Woodstock, with classic songs reimagined and reinterpreted by its impressive 2019 lineup.

But the Woodstock anniversary isn’t the only thing Port Fairy will be celebrating. This year’s festival will commence on International Women’s Day, with a special opening night event featuring performances from the leading ladies of folk, including Mary Coughlan, Marcia Howard and Leanne Tennant among many others.

In a press release, Program Director Caroline Moore said, “Folk music from all cultures is steeped in history, and this year our signature special and collaborative events draw on traditional and contemporary histories, from the Vandemonian Lags’ cry for freedom, and Woodstock’s call for peace… folk music has the ability to connect us all. From our own diverse Australian stories to the rich folk traditions of Canada, the USA, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, South Africa, Greece and Italy, we celebrate the music and the icons of folk, acknowledge our historical past and and welcome the musicians making their festival debut.”

The 2019 festival will include first time Australian performances from Front Country (USA), The Moulettes (England) and Skerryvore (Scotland) among several others, and will feature the greatly successful historical musical journey that is The Vandemonian Lags.


Port Fairy Folk Festival 2019 Lineup

19 Twenty ● Basia Bulat (Canada)   Blue Shaddy  (Aus)  Blackeyed Susans with Strings (Aus)   Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa)  Broderick Smith (Aus) The Currency (Aus) ● Daniel Champagne (Aus) ● Daoiri Farrell Trio  Front Country (USA)  Gaby Moreno (USA) ● Greta Stanley ● Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Wales) Junkadelic Brass Band (Aus)  Leanne Tennant (Aus)  Les Chauffeurs a Pieds (Canada) ● The Little Quirks ● Liz Stringer (Aus)  Luca Ciarla (Italy)  Marcia Howard Band (Aus) ● Mark Lang (Aus)  Mary Coughlan (Ireland)  Melisande (Canada) Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission (Aus)  ● Mission Songs Project (Aus) Mojo Juju (Aus) The Moulettes (England) The Naked Waiters (USA)   Old Married Couple (Aus)  The Oxo Cubans (Aus) Paul Carey & Julian Scheffer (Aus) Rebetien (Greece) ● Red Tail Ring (USA) ●Renee Geyer (Aus)  Resonant Rogues (USA)  Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel (Aus)  The Settlement (Aus)  Sharon Shannon Band (Ireland)  Skerryvore (Scotland)  Stars (Aus)  Stav ● Stephen Pigram (Aus) ● Tami Neilson (Canada/NZ) Tiffany Eckhardt (Aus)  Tim Rogers (Aus)  Tomato/Tomato (Canada)  Van Walker (Aus)   Wallis Bird (Ireland)  The Weeping Willows (Aus)  Z Star (UK)


Additional artists will be announced later in 2018.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival goes off Friday 8th to Monday 11th March 2019. Tickets are available at portfairyfolkfestival.com