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Media Release - General

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

A music festival for everyone

There’s something for everyone at the Newport Folk Festival. You can listen to well-known bands and performers like The BordererS,  Richard Perso, Nick Charles, Suzette Herft and Georgia State Line. Music styles range from traditional Celtic to gypsy, classical, gospel, country and lots of creative musicians that you just can’t classify!


There are lots of opportunities to participate, including line dancing, jam sessions, workshops and singalongs.


From solo singer-songwriters to the massive Melbourne Singers of Gospel choir, there’s a wide range of entertainment – something for everyone!


The festival is easy to get to – it’s 2 minutes walk from Newport railway station in Melbourne’s inner west and there’s plenty of parking.


All the venues are very close to each other, and the street will be transformed into a festival zone, with an outdoor music stage, Slow Food Melbourne market on Saturday and kids activities.


Guitarists will be particularly interested in this year’s festival, with acclaimed Queensland guitarist Jordan Brodie and guitar legend Nick Charles both performing, Nick leading a workshop, and a guitar clinic with Patrick Evans from Maton Guitars.


And it’s only $40 for a whole weekend of entertainment. (Online pre-booking price.)


Festival Director Michael Stewart said, “This has been a popular festival with locals for years, and now people from all over Melbourne are starting to discover it!”


Contact: Michael Stewart, Festival Director, 1300 799 136.

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Media Release - Local

31 May 2019

A local music festival for everyone

There’s something for everyone at the Newport Folk Festival. You can listen to well-known bands and performers like The BordererS,  Richard Perso, Nick Charles, Suzette Herft and Georgia State Line. Music styles range from traditional Celtic to gypsy, classical, gospel, country and lots of creative musicians that you just can’t classify!

Festival Director Michael Stewart said, “We’re also a proudly local festival, so we have a great line-up of local talent including The Angelicats,  the Newport Gypsy Djangos and the Complete Barstools.”

There are lots of opportunities to participate, including line dancing, jam sessions, workshops and singalongs.

From solo singer-songwriters to the massive Melbourne Singers of Gospel choir, there’s a wide range of entertainment – something for everyone!

The festival venues are Newport Bowls Club, Newport Scout Hall, The Substation and Newport Community Hub.

Market St will be transformed into a festival zone, with an outdoor music stage, Slow Food Melbourne market on Saturday and kids activities.

Guitarists will be particularly interested in this year’s festival, with acclaimed Queensland guitarist Jordan Brodie and guitar legend Nick Charles both performing, Nick leading a workshop, and a guitar clinic with Patrick Evans from Maton Guitars.

The full program is available on the festival website

Contact: Michael Stewart, Festival Director, 1300 799 136.

High resolution photos are available for download.

Your festival: Families

Here are a few festival highlights for families with young children.

Saturday

Bring the family down to the famous Slow Food Market. For this day only it's on right here in Market St!.  The street will be transformed into a pedestrian zone, with activities for the kids: paint a flock of birds, and graffiti the streets in chalk, while parents stock up on the best local produce, enjoy some gourmet street food and listen to talented local musicians. The Sunshine Street Band at 10am is loud and bright and will fascinate the kids; join in on some gypsy dancing with the Footscray Gypsy Orchestra at 1pm; relax to laid back blues and folk in between. All Market Street activities are free.
 

Sunday

The free activities in Market St continue with an arts focus.  Hobsons Bay Arts Society is leading art and craft activities for all ages. Vanquish your opponents in giant chess or Mega 4, or play our walk-on piano keyboard - with your feet! Come in the morning and enjoy some morning tea courtesy of St Stephen’s church, or come down in the afternoon and get the family tapping along to a line dancing workshop in the street at 3pm. You can see blacksmithing demonstrations all day from 10am- 3pm.

The venues around Market St will be bursting with live music and workshops all weekend – bring your instrument or your voice!  
A day pass to the venues is $28 (online) for adults and the whole festival is free for school-age kids.

Your festival: Guitarists

This year’s Festival has a really strong program for guitarists.  If you want to play, learn or simply enjoy the guitar there are plenty of attractions that will make this festival well worth the trip to Newport.

Firstly we are very fortunate to have two of Australia’s best guitarists performing and leading workshops.  Nick Charles is internationally recognised, has many awards, and is an old friend of the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club.  Nick will be performing at the Substation – Saturday 1pm – and then presenting a workshop ‘The World of Acoustic Roots Guitar’ at 3pm over at THE HUB. 

Jordan Brodie, from Cairns, is the up and coming guitarist.  In 2018 he toured Canada, Ireland and Germany and so we are very fortunate to have him join us for the festival.  Jordan will perform at the Substation at midday on Sunday, and will lead a workshop at 2pm at the Newport Scout Hall where he will illustrate the fundamentals of his approach to the guitar. 

Your festival: Spoken word

Make sure you’re around the Scout Hall on Saturday afternoon and evening for some spoken word highlights. Jackie Kerin and Sarah Depasquale will kick it off at 12 noon with  The Amazing Case of Dr Ward – a fascinating  slice of history, told by Jackie and accompanied on violin by Sarah. At 4pm, Dave and Alan Davies will take you back to the days of swaggies, shearers, stagecoaches, squatters and spielers with an hour of Bush Poetry and Stories. Dave and Alan have built a reputation for lively and entertaining poetry shows over the last 4 festivals. Then at 7pm it’s Fabled Nights by the Fire, hosted by Storytelling Australia Victoria. Fabled Nights is an evening of storytelling, served up with soup and chai. The storytellers promise to enchant with words and wonder!