Festival of Small Halls Australia Autumn: Port Fairy Folk Festival – National Folk Festival
6 March - 13 April
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 songwriterDave Gunning and another with one of Australia’s most respected songwriters, LizStringer. Produced by Mike Vass, this new release expands on the band’s trademarksound with added instrumentation to enhance and focus on the original material.
Mar 6-9 – Port Fairy, VIC – Port Fairy Folk Festival
Mar 11 – Pomonal, VIC – Pomonal Community Hall
Mar 12 – Mount Benson, Sa – Mt Benson Hall
Mar 13 – Lameroo, SA – Lameroo Memorial Hall
Mar 14 – Orroroo, SA – Orroroo Memorial Hall
Mar 15 – Beltana, SA – Beltane Assembly Hall
Mar 18 – Red Cliffs, VIC – Red Cliffs Civic Centre
Mar 19 – Wycheproof, VIC – Wycheproof Shire Hall
Mar 20 – Caldwell, VIC – Caldwell Hall
Mar 21 – Sedgwick, VIC – Sedgwick Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
Mar 22 – Glenlyon, VIC – Glenlyon Hall
Mar 25 – Loch, VIC – Loch Public Hall
Mar 26 – Merton, VIC – Merton Memorial Hall
Mar 27 – Hallston, VIC – Hallston Mechanics Institute Hall
Mar 28 – Tarwin Lower, VIC – Tarwin Lower Mechanics’ Institute
Mar 29 – Port Albert, VIC – Port Albert Mechanics Institute
Apr 1 – Heyfield, VIC – Heyfield Memorial Hall
Apr 2 – Stanley, VIC – Stanley Soldiers memorial Hall
Apr 3 – Dalgety, NSW – Dalgety Memorial Hall
Apr 4 – Ganmain, NSW – Ganmain Hall
Apr 5 – Brungle, NSW – Brungle Memorial Hall
Apr 8 – Barnawartha, VIC – Barnawartha Soldiers Memorial Hall
Apr 9-13 – Canberra, ACT – National Folk Festival
Festival of Small Halls is Australia’s largest regionally-dedicated music tour, bringing life to small halls around the country. FOSH is a not-for-profit organisation produced under the wing of Australia’s largest folk festival promoter, Woodfordia. This festival gives regional communities access to top quality, live, original music without the cost, challenges and inconveniences of packing up the family to get to a show in the city. From farmlands to the flood lands, the rainforests to the outback, Small Halls brings live contemporary folk music to regions that we know often miss out on big tours.
Presented in partnership with major Australian festivals Port Fairy Folk Festival and National Folk Festival and as part of the trailblazing Year of Scotland in Australia, the Autumn Tour 2020 launches at the 44th annual Port Fairy Folk Festival, and covers Victoria from the far west of Mildura to the green reaches of Gippsland, throwing in a cheeky swing up through South Australia and around through the Snowy Mountains of NSW to end at the iconic National Folk Festival.