Neil Murray awarded Port Fairy Folk Festival Maton Artist of the Year

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Neil Murray awarded Port Fairy Folk Festival Maton Artist of the Year

With the festival less than two months away, things are really ramping up for Port Fairy Folk Festival – the event that sees the town come alive with music, arts and culture.

Held on March 10-13, Neil Murray was previously announced on the line up, and has just been awarded the festival’s greatest honour.

It comes as no surprise Murray took out the award, after winning Australian’s (and the world’s) hearts for more than 30 years. As a founder member of the Warumpi Band, to Neil Murray and The Rain Makers and throughout a stellar solo career, he has had what can only be said as an impressive career.

Port Fairy Folk Festival Program Director Caroline Moore says, “We salute Neil Murray and thank him for his extraordinary contributions to our cultural world!”

The full Port Fairy line up is below:
8Foot Felix
Aoife Scott (Ireland)
Barry Versus Kelly
Bazzookas (Netherlands)
Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart
Boo Hewerdine (UK)
Brian Nankervis Presents The Last Waltz Revisited
Buckman Coe (Canada)
Buried Country
Burke & Wills: The Expedition By Ashley Davies
Bush Gothic
Charles Jenkins
Charm of Finches
Christine Collister & Michael Fix
Cookin’ On 3 Burners with Tex Perkins & Stella Angelico
Danny Spooner
Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier
Dog Trumpet
Don Walker
Dori Freeman (USA)
Eddi Reader (Scotland)
Ewen Baker
Fem Belling
Folk Uke (USA)
Graeme James (NZ)
Gretta Ray
Hey Mammoth
Hollie Smith (NZ)
Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies
JVG Guitar Method.
Karma County
Kutcha Edwards Trio
Les Poules a Colin (Canada)
Manu Delago (Austria)
Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders
Martha Tilston (UK)
Mel Parson (NZ)
Melody Pool
Mercan Dede (Canada/Turkey)
Mexrrissey (Mexico)
Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission
Miss Amber & Stukulele
Mundy (Ireland)
Nancie Schipper
Neil Murray
Nhatty Man & Gara
Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen
Phil Wiggins (USA) & Dom Turner (AUST)
Roo Panes (UK)
Sarah Carroll & the Left Wing
Seamus Begley Trio (Ireland)
Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie
Suzannah Espie, Kerri Simpson, Barb Waters & Alison Ferrier
Tash Sultana
TEK TEK Ensemble
The Bean Project
The Changing Room (England)
The Chipolatas (UK)
The Crooked Fiddle Band
The Dead Maggies
The Drowsy Maggies
The Jerry Cans (CAN)
The Low Down Riders
The Mission Songs Project
The New Savages
The Pinks play the Blues
The Scrims
The Skeleton Club
The Southern Ocean Sea Band
The Waifs
The Wilson Pickers
The Young Folk (Ireland)
Thomas Hugh
Tim Wheatley
Van Morrison’s ‘Masterpieces’ (presented by Vince Jones & The Astral Orchestra)
Vika & Linda
Warsaw Village Band (Poland)
Willie Watson (USA)

For more information and tickets visit the website.