Over 35 presenting partner festivals have signed on to present Scottish artists at their events in 2020 – some continuing a tradition of presenting the best in Scots, Gaelic and Celtic music, and some discovering the depth and richness of Scotland’s musical heritage for the first time. You’ll find a presenting partner festival in every state and territory in Australia – visit their websites to find out more about their programmes for 2020 and where Scotland is involved. New festival programmes are released every month, so keep an ear to the ground if your closest one hasn’t announced their Scottish guests, yet.

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Festival of Small Halls Australia Autumn: Port Fairy Folk Festival – National Folk Festival

6 March - 13 April
State: Queensland

Scotland’s Paul McKenna has long been ranked among our finest younger singersand songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience. He and his band – comprising Conor Markey (banjo/bouzouki/guitars) and Ewan Baird (percussion) – draw on both Scottish and Irish roots, in a dynamic, full-bodied array of original and traditional material, along with songs by like-minded authors. The Paul McKenna Band’s newest release Breathe showcases Paul’s developmentas a songwriter and includes two co-writes with acclaimed Canadian…

Four Winds Easter Festival

8 April - 12 April
State: New South Wales

Four Winds Easter Festival is a music festival held in Bermagui on the beautiful South Coast of NSW. It celebrates classical music, world music and more. The organisation presents world-class performances from leading national and international musicians in its unique natural setting of 30 acres of open bushland. Four Winds has two exceptional purpose-built performance spaces, the 2,000-person capacity outdoor Sound Shell amphitheatre; and the 200-seat Windsong Pavilion. The Easter Festival runs over five days; choose your own program from…

National Folk Festival

9 April - 13 April
State: ACT

Australia’s home and heart of folk for over 50 years, the National Folk Festival is the ultimate celebration of all things folk from its A-list of performers from Australia and the world to activities celebrating folk life through grassroots and community. Held annually over the Easter long weekend at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) its vibrant festival site and diverse programming offers a wide range of engagement for attendees including music, dance, circus, spoken word, workshops, community arts and family…

Albany International Folk ‘n’ Shanty Festival

10 April - 12 April

Albany International Folk 'n' Shanty Festival is Australia's only shanty music festival. The inaugural event was held in 2019 and was an unqualified success with over two thousand people attending events over the Easter weekend. The 2020 festival is set to be even bigger with more groups reflecting the growing popularity if maritime folk and shanty music internationally. The whole event is free to the public and the only money raised is donated to Albany Community Hospice and The Leeuwin…

Fairbridge Folk Festival

17 April - 19 April
State: Western Australia

Fairbridge Festival is Western Australia’s most popular family camping festival. This friendly celebration of folk, roots, blues, acoustic, Celtic, a capella and world music takes place annually in April, in the traffic-free, self-contained bushland site of Fairbridge Village on the South West Highway, 5km north of Pinjarra and 100km south of Perth’s outlying south-eastern suburbs. Fairbridge Village makes a wonderful festival site. Graceful, mature bushland and sweeping views over the Darling Escarpment provide a picturesque and peaceful background to the…

Festival of Small Halls Australia Autumn WA: Fairbridge Festival

17 April - 10 May

Aberdeenshire folk singer, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young folk singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. The youngest ever winner of Scots Singer of the Yearat the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards2018, Iona has been described as “one of the best Scotland has to offer.” Apr 17-19 - Fairbridge, WA - Fairbridge Festival Apr 22 - Northam, WA - Northam Town Hall Apr 23 - Dalwallinu, WA - Dalwallinu…

The Planting Festival

1 May - 3 May
State: QLD

The Planting is a celebration of cultural expression through music, dance, art and folk lore and the nurturing of our forested parkland. Held at Woodfordia, The Planting hosts a diverse, informative and inspiring programme intended to contribute to the ever-growing global environmental and consciousness movement. Woodfordia owes its beautiful, cultural parkland to The Planting. Our organisation, when it purchased this property in 1994, had a notion that rather than just sing about issues facing the environment, we get our hands…

National Celtic Festival

5 June - 8 June
State: VIC

Held annually in Portarlington, Victoria on the June long weekend. From near and far we gather in the wonderful township of Portarlington to unleash the spirit, discover the passion and experience the culture. An easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne, the township of Portarlington is ready to welcome you with open arms. Nestled between the Bellarine Peninsula’s renowned vineyards and the famous mussel farms of Corio Bay, this normally quiet bayside village comes to life with the music, laughter and passion…

Palm Creek Folk Festival

11 June - 14 June
State: QLD

Located in the lush tropical grounds of the Mountain View Lake Eco Park, the Palm Creek Folk Festival takes place annually, over four nights and three days. Involving more than 100 performers, the festival hosts events with music concerts, dances, workshops, acoustic jams, youth festival, art and craft workshops, and special events. The Festival features the cream of local performers and selected national special guests.