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.

Miriam Jones, our current Folk Fellow, spent time during January in the Oral History and Folklore Branch of the Library to continue her investigation into the history of bluegrass and old-time music as it has been played in Australia since the beginning of the twentieth century. As an outcome of Miriam’s fellowship, she will be presenting a paper this year’s National Folklore Conference, producing an audio CD and performing at the National Folk Festival.

The Library also works with the National Folk Festival on a number of event surrounding the Festival.

National Folk Festival Concert
This year’s performer is Ted Egan, and his performance is entitled Salute the Heroes:

Ted Egan is a National Living Treasure, and has been writing and recording songs, and filming and writing about the Australian people for the last 40 years. To commemorate the spirit of the Anzacs, he has recently published The Anzacs: 100 Years on in Story and Song.

With poignant stories and songs, Ted Egan’s performance Salute the Heroes explores accounts of Anzac bravery—the pain, loss and suffering the war created on the battlefields and in every Australian and New Zealand home. This is a profoundly moving experience not to be missed.
Wednesday 1 April, 6 pm
Theatre, free

Presented in association with the National Folk Festival

National Folk Festival Lunchtime Concert
Brothers in Blues

This year Frank Povah and Chris Cruise are the Library guests for the 2015 Festival. Frank and Chris have been playing music together for over 50 years. They were among the first to perform Blues/Jug Band/Skiffle and other ‘folk’ styles in a unique ‘Australian’ way. Frank was also a member of one of the formative Australian jug bands in the 1960s, The Ned Kelly Memorial Jug Stompers.

Both Frank and Chris have strong association with this years featured state, NSW, having been performers at many of the early folk clubs. Both are noted raconteurs and yarn spinners with a broad knowledge of Australian folklore and culture.

Join Rob Willis in conversation with Frank and Chris and revisit the early days of Australian blues, skiffle and jug band music.
Thursday 2 April, 12.30 pm
Theatre, free

The Australian Folklore Network 2015 Conference will be held at the Library, Thursday 2 April.

Another collaboration between the National Folk Festival and the Library is ‘Live at the Lounge’, in which performers speak about their traditions, their music, careers and life, with interviewers from the Library live on stage at the Budawang twice daily during the Festival. This year’s performers are:

Alex Hood—Friday, 1.40 pm

Ted Egan— Friday, 6.40 pm

Nollaig Casey— Saturday, 3.20 pm

Bob Fox— Saturday, 6.40 pm

Kutcha Edwards— Sunday, 1.40 pm

Sue Hart— Sunday, 6.40pm