29 June - 1 July 2018

Media release

Welcome to the 2017 Newport Folk Festival!  The Festival is sponsored by Hobsons Bay Council and supported by many community organisations in Newport.  This year we welcome The Music Society of Victoria and Strings West as partners in this wonderful event. 
This is our 10th Festival and we are very proud to present another diverse program that has something for everyone, and a few surprises that you will only see in Newport! 
So what’s on the program for you?  This depends on what you are interested in.

Interested in dance? 

There will be Gypsy Dances (Footscray Gypsy Orchestra), Line Dancing, Clogging (Syncopated Cloggers) and then a Salsa session with Jarryd Byrne and Abbey Ross (Dancing with the Stars).  All this to prepare for the festival’s final band Avienda Sol who have enough Brass and ‘bueno ritmo’ to get the whole of Newport moving as one (salsa style)!

Singing is your style? 

Join one (or both) singing workshops and then perform on the big stage at the Substation.  Come a week early and join the SING – LEARN – PERFORM workshop and be part of the LOVE LIFE CONCERT on Wednesday 28th.  This concert, also featuring acapella choir Harambee and Belle, will raise money for the Cancer Research Foundation. 

Something unexpected? 

Be mesmerised by Madrid-born virtuoso guitarist Juan Martinez, and the rhythmic brilliance of percussionist Peter Vadiveloo.  Be amazed that this Festival will host an Italian renaissance madrigal comedy with 20 voices and period instruments.  The work is a lusty, cheeky, exquisite romp of joyful silliness mixed with stunning choral music.  Unexpected indeed!

Interested in stories and spoken word? 

Storytelling Australia will lead a session where you can learn how to tell your story with a twinkle in your eye, and then go to ‘Stories by the Fire’ to tell your story.  Local Newporters Alan and Dave Davies and special guests will present a set of hilarious poems and stories.

For children

We’ve got juggling, chalk drawing, storytime and play areas. 

For musos who want to play

We’ve got a Celtic Session, a Blues Jam, a Beginner’s Jam, an Australian Tune Session, and a singalong. 

For musos who want to learn

We’ve got a Ukulele Workshop and a Guitar Workshop. There’s even a Bread Making Workshop for those who like their dough sour!

Interested in Film? 

The Newport Youth Film Festival celebrates its 5th year with its own website , an official application process and a judging panel who will assess the films.  This is run by young people, for young people and we are looking forward to them presenting a strong program on Friday June 30. 

Then there’s the music! 

Local musicians and bands,  old friends of the folk club, a tribute to Woody Guthrie (famous at the other Newport Folk Festival) and more than a few great performers we have discovered through the application process.   
The feature event of the festival is Newport’s 3rd Folk To Classical Concert.  The concert at the Substation features Soprano Ella Broome, Pianist Louis Nicholls, local songwriters Megan Slattery and Greg Hammond and the Newport Strings.  
So put the weekend in the diary. Check out the program , buy your tickets, and then immerse yourself in  this wonderfully diverse community festival that will remind you just how good life can be.  
Come and Play!

Michael Stewart
Festival Director

Contact us for more information


Folk to Classical

Learn Sing Perform with Emlyn and Jodie O'Regan

Love Life concert

Newport Youth Film Festival

MSV Winter Concert