With Australia Day fast approaching this announcement is full of exciting homegrown music and festival favourites with over 40 more acts from across Australia. We are also delighted to announce our 2017 First Peoples' Program with a stellar line-up of award-winning and emerging Aboriginal artists, writers and projects including Genise and Nicholas Williams from Hermannsburg, NT. This talented duo will be leading the Festival Choir with Rachel Hore so expect something very special. Curated by 2017 National Folk Fellow and award-winning composer, performer and creative entrepreneur Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project revives a rare and almost forgotten collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs. Also joining our Celebration of Australia's First Peoples are emerging Indigenous singer-songwriter Tilly Thomas, David Spry from Northern Australia, Nukunu man Dr Jared Thomas who grew up on country in the Southern Flinders Ranges and iconic soul & blues artist Kutcha Edwards.
The Bushwackers co-founding front man, and consummate performer of Australian song and story, Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky leads an impressive list of performers that includes the vaudeville cabaret of the infamous Mic Conway’s National Junk Band and, fresh from Nashville, The Mae Trio Band touting their highly anticipated second album. Other festival favourites include Martin PearsonHeath Cullen and his Band, chamber-folk trio The String Contingent plus, an intimate and very special performance bringing together folk virtuosos Kate Burke, Luke Plumb & Ruth Hazleton. We have dance bands such as Bad Wallaby and Snake Gully Band, bush poets like Rhonda Tallnash, Indigenous dance troupe the Djaadjawan Dancers, Aussie bluegrass outfit, The Morrisons and, all the way from Italy the exciting Oi Dipnoi. We don't have room to list everyone here so please visit our website for the full list of artists and their bios.

Learn from the Best
The National Folk Festival is offering eight exciting pre-Festival Master Classes (Wed 12 & Thurs 13 April) in 2017. Bookings are NOW OPEN.
Some classes are already filling and numbers will be strictly limited.
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 and there will be reserved seating.  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 Borderland Busking Comp is new for the 2017 Festival to coincide with the opening of the new FringeWorld precinct. The competition is the perfect platform for unsigned artists to showcase their talents to a national audience. 
This competition is held in conjunction with Smith's Alternative. Heats will be held prior to the Festival at Smith's Alternative with the Final being held at the National Folk Festival. 
The competition is open to entrants aged 18-29, there is no restriction on genre and there is no location restriction (entrants need to be available for the heats and the Final if successful). To be considered, entrants are required to submit an application before 31 January. For more information and to apply please visit the 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


Bookings for advertising space in the 2017 program finish 31 January 2017
Book your ad now and connect with our Festival community over five fantastic days.
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.  
For more information 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! 
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. With over 1200 positions across 45 different teams, 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.


Sadly the ABC is saying 'bye, bye' to music programs that have not only been an integral and vital part of the Australian independent music industry but, informative entertainment for the listening public.
The 20th January marks the last day that ABC Radio National will air ALL but one of their feature music shows. ‘The Daily Planet’, ‘The Inside Sleeve’ ‘The Live Set’, ‘The Rhythm Divine’, ‘Soundproof’ and ‘Jazztrack’ will no longer be broadcast on RN in 2017. For many years, these specialist shows have been the only platform for Australian independent, world, folk, roots, jazz, and indigenous music on a National level. For this reason, the disappearance of these shows will have an enormous impact on Australian musicians, touring musicians, visiting touring artists, small record labels, agencies, promoters, publicists, festivals and venues. 
This initiative is being spearheaded by Ruth Hazleton and a raft of high profile independent music industry personnel and is supported by the National Folk Festival. If you would like to support our industry please go  to  savernmusic to find out more and to sign the petition. If you’d like to do something more, all details are on their website. Thank you for your support.
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 Comp Applications OPEN until 31 January
  • Program Advertising OPEN until 31 January

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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