After being locked down for much of 2020 the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club is really excited to present the 14th Newport Folk Festival.
This year the invitation is to Come and Play – in a Covid Safe Way, so the festival and program will be quite different to the previous 13 festivals.
This means you will need to plan your weekend.
You won’t be able to move freely between venues as you have at past festivals. This is a small price to pay to ensure the festival goes ahead, and that we are doing our part to be Covid safe. Of course, if you are unwell, we ask that you do not attend the festival. (Tickets can be refunded if you cannot attend due to health reasons). It’s important that we all do our part to keep our community safe.
The program has plenty to offer all interests and musical tastes. There are guitar and world fiddle workshops for those who want to learn some new tricks on their instruments. There are 8 join-in sessions that draw on the club’s regular sessions (Blues, Bush, Celtic, Old Timey, Australian Folk, Drumming, Beginner Playalong) and then the Swingalong Ukestra jam that welcomes you into a big ukulele band that has emerged at the Newport Bowls Club this year. There are three children’s sessions on Sunday morning, led by The Music Playground, that will inspire your children through the best teacher of all – play!
Check out the Performers page for a full list.
The performance program offers a wide range of talent from many musical genres. We welcome the wonderful country duo Montgomery Church, down from the Snowy Mountains, who played in last year’s online festival. Jazz band Shirazz did such a great job of closing our 2019 festival that we have asked them back to do the job again. Old friends of the Folk Club include guitarist Nick Charles, Celtic band Saoirse and The Weeping Willows and the high energy Royal High Jinx. Expect some craziness from The Seduceaphones, Latin rhythms from Avenida Sol, and some piano accordion mayhem from the Prahran Accordion Band (they are back in fashion!). Plenty more across the seven venues of the festival.
Enjoy exploring the program, plan your weekend and buy your tickets! Venue capacities are limited – so buy your tickets early to avoid missing out on your personalised festival experience.
The volunteer registration form is now open. As always, we need your help!
See the Volunteers page