Port Fairy Folk Festival announces four-day concert series in place of 2021 event

Port Fairy Folk Festival announces four-day concert series in place of 2021 event

Port Fairy Folk Festival 2019
Words by Tom Parker

The beloved Port Fairy Folk Festival has filled the void of its cancelled 2021 festival.

While Port Fairy Folk Festival won’t be welcoming its full-scale music parade this year due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve just announced a new concert series that will be filling the void.

Going down across the Labour Day long weekend from Friday March 5 to Monday March 8, the Port Fairy Folk Festival concert series will celebrate the best homegrown folk talent first and foremost, with the likes of Kutcha EdwardsKee’ahnMick Thomas’ Roving Commission and Nigel Wearne set to perform.

The key takeaways

  • Port Fairy Folk Festival announces concert series in place of 2021 festival
  • The four-day event will take place from Friday March 5 to Monday March 8
  • Some of the artists set to perform include Kutcha Edwards, Kee’ahn, Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission and Nigel Wearne

Keep up with the latest festival news here

On top of the aforementioned artists, Ruth Hazleton will be joined by Fiona Steele and Luke Plumb to perform, as well as Louisa WiseCharm of Finches and the dream team that make up the Keep the Circle Unbroken event.

“Whilst there won’t be thousands of people down the coast for the annual Folk Festival, this March long weekend we are still wanting music lovers to enjoy their favourite artists, but in a more intimate environment at the Reardon Theatre,” Port Fairy Folk Festival Program Director Justin Rudge says of the event.

“I’m proud to present a diverse range of artists, including previous favourites of the festival, a selection of Music Victoria Award-nominated artists, as well as introduce Port Fairy to some wonderful up and coming talent. We can’t wait to welcome Folkies back to our coastal location.”

Instead of enveloping the entire town as it usually does in March every year, in 2021, the Port Fairy Folk Festival concert series will take place in the town’s Reardon Theatre.

Check out the full schedule below.

Friday March 5

Kutcha Edwards
Nigel Wearne (support)

Saturday March 6

Keep the Circle Unbroken

A performance featuring Tim Rogers, Brooke Taylor, Bobby Valentine, Hamish Davidson, Cam McKenzie, Sarah Gurry, Sarah Carroll and Fenn Wilson. Plus Row Jerry Crow with Paul Woseen (Screaming Jets), Jeff Consi (The Badloves), Dion Hirini (Vika & Linda Bull), Rob Hornbuckle (The Masters Apprentices), John Kendall (Uncle Bill) and Delsinki.

Sunday March 7

Ruth Hazleton (with Fiona Steele and Luke Plumb)
Louisa Wise
Charm of Finches

Monday March 8

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission
Kee’ahn (duo)

Port Fairy Folk Festival’s 2021 concert series goes down from Friday March 5 to Monday March 8. Find out more here.

This article originally appeared on Beat.