Each year, folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, collector/performers converge upon the nation’s capital to bring five days of creative bliss at the National Folk Festival.
The National Library has a long history of supporting Australian folk heroes. Offered jointly by the Library and the National Folk Festival, these performers can apply for the annual National Folk Fellowship.
This year the Library is supporting two events in the lead up to the Festival.
National Folk Festival Concert
The Rheingans Sisters
Winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track in 2016, fiddle-singers Rowan and Anna Rheingans make bright, playful, bold folk music that nods to traditions without ever being bound by them.
Wednesday 12 April, 6pm, free
Birds of A Feather
Genni Kane and her brother, John, were both members of the ARIA award winning county/bluegrass band, The Flying Emus. The Emus were recognised as one of Australia’s leading bluegrass bands. Genni and John along with Genni’s husband Jon Wilby still continue their musical flight both separately and together. Join Genni, Jon and John in conversation and concert with NLA folklorist, Rob Willis.
Thursday 13 April, 12.30pm, free