National Library on show at the National Folk Festival

National Library on show at the National Folk Festival
19 March 2008

Visitors to the National Folk Festival are encouraged to visit the National Library’s “home away from home”, an information and Internet lounge at the Festival.

Activities will focus on the popular Live@theLounge interviews with Festival performers and Library-sponsored concerts on the main stage in the Budawang Pavilion. Information about the Library will be available, together with free Internet for patrons to access the Library’s collections and national online services, and email.

A Festival highlight is a special concert with the 2008 National Folk Fellow, Scottish music expert Ronald McCoy, of Melbourne. Dr McCoy, together with the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club under the musical direction of Judy Turner, will perform songs, tunes and stories from his research in the Library’s collections. The National Folk Fellowship is offered jointly by the National Library and the Festival.

The National Library’s Curator of Music, Robyn Holmes, said the impact of the Scots and Gaels on folk traditions in Australia had not been well documented and Dr McCoy’s project would allow their contribution to be brought to musical life. “Ron’s research makes the music of the past available for the future, showing contemporary audiences how fresh and relevant this material remains.”

The Library is again joining forces with TransACT, which is sponsoring the Library’s free, high-speed Internet kiosk at the Festival. TransACT’s commitment means that visitors will be able to search the library’s online collections and national services such as Music Australia, Australia Dancing, Libraries Australia and Picture Australia.

The Library’s presence at the Folk Festival highlights its long-standing partnership with the Festival and Australia’s folk performers and collectors.

The National Library nurtures Australia’s folk traditions through collecting and preserving songs, dances, stories and social history that would otherwise be lost. These collections are accessible through MusicAustralia and by searching the National Library of Australia

At the Festival

National Library information and Internet Lounge
Daily in the Budawang Pavilion
11 am – 7.30 pm

Live@theLounge interviews on the main stage

  • Friday 21 March
    10.45 am: Peggy Seeger, legendary US singer, songwriter, collector
    7.45pm: Phil Manning, blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, slide player
  • Saturday 22 March
    10.45 am: Judy Small, Australian folk music icon
    4.45 pm: Jan Wositzky, writer, storyteller and musician
  • Sunday 23 March
    10.45 am: Christ Stout, inspirational Shetland Islands fiddle player
    6.45 pm: Mike Compton, Grammy-award winning US mandolin player
  • Monday 24 March
    2.45 pm: Dennis Tracy, Australian folk revival identity

National Folk Fellowship concert
Monday 24 March, 11.30 am, Budawang stage

Doctor, academic and Scottish music expert Ronald McCoy, recipient of the 2008 National Folk Fellowship, together with the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club under the musical direction of Judy Turner, in concert with 2007 Folk Fellow Ian Blake.

2008 National Folk Fellowship Workshop: Dr Ronald McCoy
Saturday 22 March, 6pm. Long Room

NLA collection-based concerts: Rob Willis

  • Verandah music: Friday 21 March, 11.30am, Henley Theatre
  • Aussie Pub Crawl: Sunday 23 March, 12 noon, Palladium

Traditional Australian: Dave de Hugard
Friday March 21, 6pm, Long Room

Re-creation Tribute Concert
Sunday 23 March, 8 pm – 11 pm, Marquee.
This concert is based on an archival recording of a 1967 National Folk Festival concert held in the National Library’s collection.

Media contacts:
Sally Hopman, 02 6262 1704; shopman@nla.gov.au
Ellen Peterson, 02 6262 1571; epeterson@nla.gov.au