The Newport Fiddle and Folk Club presents the 11th Annual Newport Folk Festival. This community run festival is a product of the enthusiasm of local musicians, singers, dancers and volunteers who recognize the value of celebrating the arts within our community. Come and Play – and have a great weekend!
The festival is located in Newport’s Arts Precinct in Market St and the Substation, Newport Bowls, Newport Scouts and the RSL will all come to life with music, dance, storytelling and some surprises in a program that ranges from classical music to good old singalongs.
The Bowls Club and the RSL are the main venues to sit back and enjoy the music. There are young folk bands (The Narrownecks, Rare Child), young soloists (Josh Maynard, Stella Delmenico) lively duos (Grumpy Neighbour, Georgia and Garry Rose), local NFFC faves (Angelicats, Tall Boys) and some high energy bands that will get the punters up dancing (Harmaniax, Moosejaw Rifle Club). Over at the Substation Music for a Warming World brings music and climate change together, and Newport Strings and our local choirs will take you back to the truly ‘unplugged’ roots of music.
A ‘traditional’ Australian Bush Dance on Market Street led by Blackberry Jam Bush Band will get your toes tapping, and then some wild music from the Balkans and Middle Eastern by Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde. A Greek dancing workshop over at the Substation will prepare everyone for the final act - The Galata Express – a high energy Turkish band who will ensure the festival concludes with some crazy cross-cultural dance moves.
The festival’s invitation to ‘Come and Play’ can be taken quite literally. If you have an instrument you are invited to join in with Blues (Tues Blues), Fiddle Tunes (Bush Orchestra, Celtic Session), Gypsy Swing, String Orchestra, Ukulele and Guitar. If you want to develop your skills there are more formal workshops for fiddle (two workshops), guitar and ukulele.
If singing is your thing come and join the Singalong (with Folkus), All Together Tutti (singing for the Birds!), Harmony Workshop. Stories by the Fire is your chance to get creative and tell your own story with the support of the Australian Storytellers Guild.
Market St will be closed off for the festival and there will be children’s activities on the street. The young musicians of Strings West will be performing at the Substation and this year we are joined by The Concerteenies – a classical program specifically directed to toddlers and their parents.