From the twang of Willie Watson’s claw hammer banjo to the highly infectious and energetic stage show of Tash Sultana, the 41st Port Fairy Folk Festival had everything to whet the appetite of every music lover regardless of age.
This year’s Golden Plains was an important one for many reasons, mostly though, due to it being the first year the late Jack Nolan (whose farmland has played host to Meredith and Golden Plains for decades) wasn’t in attendance.
Photography by Leonie Smith at Costa Hall in Geelong.
As you’d expect, heading along to such a festival with an incredible heritage in Australian music, you are always going to find artists that you’d never turned your attention to before.
Australian indie folk music has a new queen. Her name is Domini Forster and her debut record is entitled Raven. Opening with ‘Under Water’, edgy xylophone melodies combined with softly picked guitar and the honey dripped vocals of Forster play out in a great opening track.