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

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

A festival highlight is a special concert with the 2007 Folk Fellow, Ian Blake, a Canberra performer, who premieres his new work in concert with 2006 Fellows Adrian Barker and Ben Stephenson.  The National Folk Fellowship is offered jointly by the National Library and the Festival.   

The National Library’s Curator of Music Robyn Holmes said: “Ian Blake’s performance breaks new ground in music composition following his research into the Library’s folklore sound recordings.  He combines live and electro-acoustic music by editing and re-working archival recordings of children singing and playing. This exciting project makes a considerable contribution to the folk tradition.”

The Library is again joining forces with TransACT who is sponsoring the Library’s participation at the National Folk Festival. TransACT’s commitment means that festival goers will be able to search the library’s online collections and national resources such as Music Australia, Australia Dancing, Libraries Australia and Picture Australia.

The company’s sponsorship includes free high speed Internet.  

The Library’s presence at the Folk Festival supports its long-standing partnership with the Festival.

The National Library nurtures Australia’s folk traditions through collecting and preserving folklore. These collections are accessible through MusicAustralia at www.musicaustralia.org or by searching www.nla.gov.au

Concerts and events are being held at the National Library in the lead up to Easter as well as at the Festival.

At the Library

National Folk Festival Concert

Living Traditions from Western Australia

Hear two world-class Irish performers from Western Australia

Fiddler Sean Doherty and Irish sean-nos (unaccompanied singing) singer Tom Kearns join folklore collection Rob Willis for an hour of music and song.

Thursday 5 April, 12.30 – 1.30 pm

National Library Foyer, free

At the Festival

Daily from 10.30 am – 7.30 pm

National Library Live@the National Folk Festival interviews

Saturday 7 April, 6 –7 pm

Dry as a Dead Dingo’s Donger

Rob Willis and friends in concert on the Village Stage

Sunday 8 April, 2.30 – 3.30 pm

National Folk Fellowship concert, Budawang stage

Ian Blake, recipient of the 2007 National Folk Fellowship and composer, sound engineer and sound artist performs his new work based on the Library’s folklore sound recordings. Ian is joined by previous Fellows Adrian Barker and Ben Stephenson 

Monday 9 April, 2 – 3pm

National Folk Fellowship Workshop, Long Room

Ian Blake talks about his new composition drawing on children’s songs and games researched in the National Library’s folklore collections.

Susan Grigson, Communications and Marketing Coordinator ( 02) 6262 1571; 0410 627 684; sgrigson@nla.gov.au