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Big crowds for National Folk Festival Flagship at Exhibition Park Canberra

March 16, 2009
Big crowds for National Folk Festival Flagship  at Exhibition Park Canberra

As usual after 43 years of the National there isa blend of International performers and Australians offering traditional and contemporary folk music as well as plenty of folk music from all over the world.

Every day is packed with workshops and sessions, vistors can join in the dancing, singing and playing and become part of the celebration.

Australias festival flagship, the National, draws together people from all around Australia and the world. They come to share in the songs, dances, tunes, and verse that have flowed through the ages from many communities into Australian folk culture.

The best folk and acoustic musicians and singers from all over Australia, and around the world, performing at their best on big concert stages and in comfortable intimate surroundings. Over 100 concerts. And then there are the jam sessions under the trees and in the Session Bar.

The Festival creates a village atmosphere which celebrates the traditions that have created Australia. A village has to have shops, so the Festival has streets of superb craft and food stalls - all under the trees.

The family festival inside the main grounds is a purpose-made area for childrens performances and participation for children only, and professionally supervised child care is also available in the Childcare facility.

There are dance classes all day, with everyone welcome to join in. Each night there are dances and balls with the finest dance bands in the country providing the music. Dance display groups from communities all over Australia come to the Festival to share with the rest of the country.

Yarns, storytelling and poetry - including the World Poetry Debate and the come-all-ye Poets Breakfasts, a daily heart - starter where all poets, the budding and the already bloomed roll out their purple prose over morning coffee and croissants.

Having a good time
Having a good time

Boo Hewerdine is back. One of the UKs finest singer songwriters. Humour, talent and the ability to take listeners on a journey - Boo has the lot and his concerts are a must

So are Big Rory, the 9ft Kilted piper from Scotland,out for a jaunt with his dog Ochie, the Greater Scottish Beer Mongrel. The pair are fun but be prepared for showers from Ochie.
He gets so excited.

Roscommon born Alan Kelly is widely regarded as the finest exponent of the piano accordion in traditional Irish music and is credited with single handedly reviving the piano accordion as a traditional instrument. Alan grew up in a house steeped in traditional music and dance.

Alan's recording credits include appearances with Eddi Reader, Cathy Ryan, Niamh Parsons, Michael McGoldrick, and Sen Keane.

The Spooky Mens Chorale will once again strike while the irony is hot.

The festival breaks down artificial cultural and social barriers and brings people to a sense of belonging to an extended family with common interests.

The National Folk Festival is noted for its annual dance program from all around the world - Africa, Spain, China, Ireland, Egypt, Scotland, Argentina, Papua New Guinea, Chile, Lebanon, the Balkans and beyond colonial and Scottish balls, bush dancing, square dancing, clog dancing dance workshops and dance displays.

The contact details are -
Net:www.folkfestival.asn.au

email: info@folkfestival.asn.au

ph. +61 2 6262 4792

fax. +61 2 6255 4825

Jam time at The Sessions Bar
Jam time at The Sessions Bar
Alan Kelly teamed with Eddi Reader MBE last National
Alan Kelly teamed with Eddi Reader MBE last National
National Folk Festival is about joining in
National Folk Festival is about joining in
Scots reel set Folk festival fans alight
Scots reel set Folk festival fans alight
Wild fiddle at the Folk Festival
Wild fiddle at the Folk Festival
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