Mates, there is a folk festival that tours Queensland and more, performing in the actual halls of the quirkiest and most interesting regional towns and the whole thing sounds so damn delightful.
Brought to you by Woodfordia Inc – aka the people who put on the every popular Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland – Festival of Small Halls takes the best acoustic folk and contemporary artists from these larger festivals and sends them out of the cities and onto the country road.
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“[It’s] a festival that everyone has a romantic, nostalgic connection, but is also of the really top quality you expect at high-end productions,” explains Festival producer Eleanor Rigden.
“These towns are some of the friendliest, most welcoming places I have ever been to,” she says. “We’re inviting people to come away with us, plan a road trip and really experience the double whammy of this brilliant music alongside the country hospitality and hosts that just have to be seen to be believed.”
Cuuuute! International bluegrass/ post-rock/ folk/ soul act The Jellyman’s Daughter are headlining besides Aussie talent Ash Bell and Sara Tindley for the Spring 2019 tour, but who else can you look forward to?
“We have a full schedule of artists booked right through to 2021,” explained Eleanor. “I think I’m really most excited to see the support acts – some of these guys are from super remote areas, so it’s actually a chance to unearth new talent and to see something completely new that I don’t already know. Last year, my socks were completely blown off by two girls aged 10 and 12.”
The Spring 2019 Festival Of Small Halls is a long tour of Australia’s backyard, starting at Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival on October 25th and heading around western QLD venues from 30th of October to November 17th, rounding things out with an appearance at Queenscliff Music Festival November 21st to 24th.
Grab your tickets here.Image: Provided