#ourNFF celebrates the diversity of folk with a major announcement of 30 artists for the 2018 Festival. Audiences will be treated to some of the best exponents of their craft from Australia and the world next Easter. Headlining a stellar list of acts is Scottish super group Breabach, Nashville darling Lindsay Lou, the ‘unhinged genius’ of Steve Poltz, Celtic songstresses Cara, wildly entertaining and brilliantly named Ten Strings and A Goat Skin, and Festival favourite Gina Williams with her 5-piece band.

Today’s announcement also features a mix of established and much loved artists alongside new and emerging performers of uncommon talent and virtuosity. To see the full list in today's announcement and to read artist bios visit our website. 
Keep in touch because we have another big announcement coming soon.
The National Folk Festival is offering a number of exciting pre-Festival Master Classes in 2018. Bookings are NOW OPEN. 
For class descriptions and booking details visit our websitePaul Sartin (Singing), Benji Kirkpatrick (Guitar / Bouzouki), Saul Rose (Melodion), Paul Hutchinson (Piano Accordion) and Andy Rigby (Harp) are presenting classes.
Classes will be held off site at Ainslie Arts Centre and will consist of 3 sessions over two days (Wed 28 & Thurs 29 March). 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.
Would you like to get more involved in the Festival? We are looking for new Area Coordinators. Area Coordinators are responsible for managing an area of the Festival, including pre-festival planning, volunteer rostering, training and supervising, as well as post Festival reporting and wrap-up.
For the 2018 event we have coordinator vacancies in the following teams:
  • Fringe Challenge Games
  • Bar Stock 2IC
  • Festival Shop - Performer check-in
  • Our brand new Bar (still to be named)
More information about each team is available on the website or by email

This unique mug features artwork by Paul Summerfield and displays the floral emblems of the Festival’s featured states, the Tasmania and Victoria. 
The design on this mug is only available by pre-order until 30 November 2017 and can be purchased online by all Festival attendees or by calling the Festival Office on 02 6242 5944.
The mugs are only available to Festival attendees and will be ready for collection at the on-site 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
Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres, The National Folk Festival and Woodford Folk Festival present
Transatlantic Celtic folk power trio, the JUNO Award winners The East Pointers, are Prince Edward Island fiddler Tim Chaisson, banjoist Koady Chaisson and Ontario guitarist Jake Charron. Their second album ‘What We Leave Behind’, released in September 2017, continues to blur the lines between traditional and popular music and develop a devoted fanbase around the globe. With a captivating balance between their traditional-sounding instrumental tunes, and songs, The East Pointers have spent the last two years solidly touring Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia in support of their JUNO Award winning album, Secret Victory.
7:00pm, Thursday 7 December 2017
Ainslie Arts Centre

The National Folk Festival produces 9,000 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 2018 program are now being taken. The Early Bird Rate for program advertising is available until 30 November 2017.   
Book your ad now and connect with our Festival community over five fantastic days. 
For more information please visit the website

19-Twenty // Amazing Drumming Monkeys // Amistat // Belshazzar's Feast (UK) // Breabach (SCO) //
Bush Gothic // Cara (SCO/DEU) // Cat and Clint // Chaika // Charm of Finches // Chordwainers //
Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt with Jennifer Strutt // Chris While & Julie Matthews (UK) // The Coconut Kids // Daniel Champagne // Faustus (UK) // Fred Smith Band // Frumious // Gina Williams // The Good Lovelies (CAN) //
Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys (CAN) // Harry Hookey with Lucky Oceans & David Hyams //
Hat Fitz & Cara // Katey Brooks (UK) // Lindsay Lou (USA) // Madhouse Circus // Marcia Howard Quartet //
Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission // Pirateman Michael // Rhythm Hunters //Ryan Garth & Emily Wolfe // Sparrow-Folk // Steve Poltz (CAN/USA) // The Tassie Devil's Own Band //
 Ten Strings and a Goat Skin (CAN) //The Western Flyers (USA)
To view the full performer release to date visit the performer page on the website.  
  • Volunteer Applications - NOW OPEN
  • Program Advertising - CLOSES 30 NOVEMBER
  • Limited Edition Festival Mug - ORDERS CLOSING 30 NOVEMBER
Join us next Easter for the 52nd National Folk Festival
Don't miss a moment. Just Be There!

29 March - 2 April 2018

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