On the back of our recent artist announcement we have another mighty list of performers to add to our brilliant 2017 Festival line-up.
Headlining our internationals in this round is Tyrone-born multi-instrumentalist Jarlath Henderson and his Band. Other "not to be missed" internationals are Katey Brooks (UK) with her "voice to melt glaciers", Mel Parsons (NZ) and Melisande (electrotrad) from Canada.
Featured States are also at the forefront with Andy Salvanos and Catherine Fraser Trio (SA) and David Spry and Colin Lillie (NT).
And Wow! the big Taiko drums are back with YuNiOn with Stonewave Taiko. Along with some big national names Dubmarine, Kutcha Edwards and Zulya and the Children of the Underground plus Festival favourites like Sparrow-Folk, The Martins and 19-Twenty it's a stellar offering. More announcements to follow. Visit 2017 Performers to see all of our current 2017 artists.

The National Folk Festival is offering a number of exciting pre-Festival Master Classes in 2017. Bookings are NOW OPEN. 
For information and booking details visit our WEBSITE
Daoiri Farrell (Irish bouzouki), Blackie O'Connell (uilleann pipes and whistle), Robbie Walsh (bodhran & percussion), Rowan Rheingans (Singing) and Anna Rheingans (French music traditions) are presenting classes.
Classes will be held off site at Ainslie Arts Centre and will consist of 3 sessions over two days (Wed 12 & Thurs 13 April). These provide a wonderful way not only to connect with some of our international artists in an up-close setting but provide first-class tuition from some of the world's best international musicians/teachers in their respective fields. 
Booking early is recommended as numbers will be strictly limited. 
In news just to hand we will also be offering classes in Concertina and Irish Fiddle. More on the website.

Anna and Rowan Rheingans
Master Class presenters 2017
Enjoy a celebration of the concertina in story, song and music, performed by 2016 National Folk Fellow Chris Sullivan and his band, and selected from the Library’s Oral History and Folklore Collection as part of the National Folk Fellowship.
Chris Sullivan is one of Australia’s most prolific and influential folk music collectors, performers and scholars. His work explores the intricacies of repertoire, performance, style and context.
In association with the National Folk Festival
WEDNESDAY 30th November, 6PM
National Library of Australia – THEATRE, FREE
BOOK HERE: 02 6262 1111

The National Folk Festival produces 10,000 souvenir programs for the event. This high quality A4, 78 page, full colour publication is the Festival's main source of information and is widely used by all Festival attendees. 
Early Bird bookings for advertising space in the 2017 program are now being taken. The Early Bird Rate for program advertising is available until 23 December 2016
Book your ad now and connect with our Festival community over five fantastic days.
For more information please visit the website.

PRE-PAID CAMPING - Limited Sites Available
There are now just a few powered sites left that can be reserved for the 2017 Festival for a nominal fee. The Cotter Campground has 1 space available. The Bicentennial Gardens area has just 8 regular sites and 8 tent only sites available. The cost depends on the size and type of the site. Visit the website for more information. 

Pre-booked powered sites will be allocated at the time of booking on a first come first serve basis until sold out. To book your site you will need to have purchased a Season Camping pass.
To take advantage of this offer and guarantee your Powered Campsite for the 2017 Festival call 02 6242 5944.

Volunteer Applications for the 2017 Festival are NOW OPEN!
If you have ever thought about volunteering at the National Folk Festival, 2017 is the year to start. With over 1200 positions across 45 different teams, getting involved and finding a position that suits you has never been easier. In return for a minimum 20 hours of volunteering you will receive a season camping ticket, access to the Volunteer Centre, and the opportunity to become part of our Festival family. 
Volunteer positions are limited so remember to apply early to secure your position and help us create our five days in a perfect world. For more information visit the website.
At the heart of the Festival’s volunteer family are our invaluable volunteer area coordinators. As an area coordinator you are charged with the management of a specific area of the Festival.
We are seeking a coordinator to manage the Gate 7 / Wells team.  This team consists of about 40 volunteers and is responsible for staffing the entry gates at the main ticket office and keeping the traffic flowing in the main Festival car park. We are also seeking a coordinator to oversee the Raffle Tickets and Survey team.  This team is responsible for selling Festival raffle tickets and surveying attendees. Comprising about 18 volunteers this team is customer service and sales driven. 
To take up the challenge and join the family contact the Volunteer Officer for more information. 

This unique mug features artwork by Paul Summerfield and displays the floral emblems of the Festival’s featured states, the Northern Territory and South Australia.

The design on this mug is only available by pre-order until 30 November 2016 and can be purchased online with any new ticket order or by calling the Festival Office on 02 6242 5944 if you already have your tickets, are planning to volunteer at or, are engaged as a performer for the 2017 Festival.  
The mugs are only available to Festival attendees and will be ready for collection at the onsite Festival Shop over the Easter weekend.
No mugs will be sent via post or hand delivered
For more information or to purchase your mug visit our website  
2017 Line-up
19-Twenty // Alanna and Alicia // Ami Williamson // Andrew Galan with Okinawa Girls //
Andy Gordon, Syd Green and John Kane // Andy Salvanos // BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! // 
 Barry Skipsey // Bean Project, The // Black Bear Duo // Bridge Project, The (TUR/ISR) // 
Bohemian Nights //
Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, with special guest Cathal Ó Curráin (IRL) // Catherine Fraser Trio // Charm of Finches // CJ Bowerbird // Claymore // Colin Lillie // Conchillia // Daoiri Farrell Trio (IRL) // 
 David Spry // Dead Maggies, The // Desert Child // Drowsy Maggies, The // Dubmarine // Fanny Lumsden // Forté // Fromseier Hockings (DNK) // Galax Bogtrotters, The (USA) // Greg Champion // Himmerland (DNK) // Jarlath Henderson (SCOT/IRL) // 
Jerry O'Reilly (IRL) // 
Katey Brooks (UK) // Kutcha Edwards //
 Les Poules à Colin (CAN) // Loren Kate // Low Down Riders // Martha Tilston (UK) // Martins, The // Mat Brooker // ME 'N ME MATES // Mel Parsons (NZL) // Melisande [eletrotrad] (CAN) // Penny Davies & Roger Ilott //
 Peter Mace Bush Poet // Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner (USA) // Preston's Historic Punch & Judy Show //
 Rheingans Sisters (UK) // Rory Faithfield // Sally Balfour // Sparrow-Folk // Spooky Men's Chorale, The //
Stray Hens // Tracey Bunn and her Band of Handsome Devils // Triantan // Trioc // YuNiOn with Stonewave Taiko // Zulya and the Children of the Underground
To view the full performer release date visit the performer page on the website.  

  • Payment Plan at EB2 price NOW OPEN - Close 10 January 2017
  • Early Bird 2 Tickets NOW SELLING - Close 10 January 2017
  • NFF Lifetime Achievement Awards Nominations - NOW OPEN
  • Volunteer Applications NOW OPEN
  • Limited Edition Mug Sales CLOSE 30 November 2016

Join us next Easter for the 51st National Folk Festival

"Come for the Day, Come for the Weekend, Come for Life"

13-17 April 2017

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