Final Artist Announcement
Top Internationals join stellar lineup.
Four more international artists will be joining our already stellar line-up of 2017 performers in this final announcement.
A major force on the Irish folk and trad scene and, with an impeccable pedigree as a member of the legendary Black Family the Aoife Scott Band (IRL) will showcase Aoife's debut album ‘Carry the Day’.  
Blurring the lines between bluegrass, folk, country and pop, Flats and Sharps (UK) presents pure entertainment with sublime five-part harmonies delivered at a breathtaking pace. 
From Finland the Accrowbatics Quartet play original music strongly based around the diatonic accordion and born out of the roots of the Finnish tradition. 
Also in this last announcement are Kristabelle and The Southern Jubille Ringers, an old-fashioned ranch party-style outfit, multi-instrumentalist Adam Scriven with his guitar and array of harmonicas, stomp-box and yadaki, and Will-o'-the -Wisp with their highly skilled stilt characters.
The full NFF Program will be announced Wed 15 February.
Now filling - Don't miss out!
Our 2017 Master Classes are now starting to fill with only limited places left in some classes. Numbers will be strictly limited. Eight exciting pre-Festival Classes (Wed 12 & Thurs 13 April) are being offered- see below. Bookings are NOW OPEN until sold out.
Presenters are: Daoiri Farrell (Irish bouzouki), Blackie O'Connell (uilleann pipes / whistle), Robbie Walsh (bodhran / percussion), Rowan Rheingans (Singing), Anna Rheingans (French music traditions), Caitlin Nic Gabhann (Concertina), Ciaran O Maonaigh (Irish Fiddle), and Cathal O Currain (Banjo / Mandolin).
Classes will be held at Ainslie Arts Centre and provide a wonderful way to connect with our international artists in an up-close setting. 
For information & booking details visit our WEBSITE.
  On Thursday 2 March the National Folk Festival is partnering with Ainslie+Gorman to bring a very special concert to Canberra. 

The Bold Kerryman brings together the musical gifts of Seamus Begley (vocals/accordion), Dezi Donnelly (fiddle) and Matt Griffin (guitar). Experience the passion and intensity that these Irish musicians bring to the stage combined with an intimacy and warmth that will make you feel part of the performance. 
Tickets are now on sale with reserved seating so remember to book early. The concert will be held in the beautifully refurbished performance space at Ainslie Arts Centre commencing at 8:00pm with the bar open pre-concert, during the intermission and for after show drinks.
For more information and to purchase your tickets please visit the Ainslie+Gorman ticketing website.

The National is offering patrons the opportunity to pre-order their 2017 Festival T-Shirts online prior to the Festival. This is the best way to secure your size and design of preference. In 2017 there are two unique designs by Festival artist Paul Summerfield. 
Both designs in all sizes we be available for purchase at the Festival shop until sold out. Ordering in advance ensures you won't miss out. 
T-Shirts are available online until 10 February 2017. All T-shirts must be picked up from the Festival shop during the Festival between 10am and 2pm daily. We will not be posting out T-Shirts prior to the Festival.
For more information, measurements, and to purchase your T-shirt please visit the website

  If you have ever thought about volunteering at the National Folk Festival, 2017 is the year. Volunteer Applications for 2017 are NOW OPEN! 
Volunteer positions are filling fast with a number of teams now full. The Festival is still seeking volunteers for a number of teams including the Ticket Office, Bar Cashiers, the Gates teams, Raffle Tickets, Venue Management, Waste & Recycling and the Session Bar. If you love music, want to support folk artists and culture or, you simply want to be surrounded by great people, then please join us. We'd love your help and there are many different ways to get invloved. 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 apply early to secure your position and help us create five days in a perfect world. For more information visit the website.

2017 Line-up
To view our full list of performers to date visit the performer page on the website.  

  • Early Bird 3 Tickets - NOW OPEN
  • Volunteer Applications NOW OPEN
  • T-Shirt Sales OPEN online until 10 February 2017
  • Borderland Busking Heat 1 - 19 February at Smiths Alternative

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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