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Brought to you by the prolific folk duo Mt Kazoo and Umbrella Festival, Adelaide Folk Fest will be the first of its kind in Adelaide, showcasing the incredible genre as well as magnificent musicians.
The Mt Kazoo presenting duo were inspired to host a special event that would hero the folk traditions and history that have shaped our music scene today.
The event wants to present some of the current folk sounds that tell who the artists are and where they live today.
At Folk Fest, you’ll witness unique instruments, sounds and stories played by top musicians from Japan to Ukraine.
The event will also highlight Adelaide’s multicultural folk traditions, Australian Indigenous traditions and the songs and stories passed down through our colonial heritage. It is important to the philosophy of the event that all traditions represented are done with dignity and respect.
Whether you’re hoping to be enchanted by otherworldly melodies or just want to throw yourself into a hoedown, this celebration of diversity and culture shouldn’t be missed.
There will be 5 international and local bands playing a range of traditional to contemporary folk music, world music, blues, country, rock and dance during the evening. All the musicians on the bill will show their immense talent and their passion for their profession.
While you enjoy the soft tones of the performances, you can sample a wide range of food offerings with drinks provided by SA staple, Pirate Life.
You can also make yourself comfortable with a glass of mulled wine, regular wine and soft drinks.
The event promises to provide a warm and fun atmosphere, encouraging the wonderful inclusiveness that folk music celebrates.
Check out the program below:
Glenn Skuthorpe (man from Nhunggabarra, Kooma and Muruwari from Goodoga, NSW)
Come hear vital folk and blues stories from prolific First Nations songwriter @glennskuthorpemusic (Glenn Skuthorpe). He is known for being a captivating storyteller who has shared local and international stages with legends such as Steve Earle and Archie Roach.
Noriko Tadano (from Japan)
Internationally award-winning singer and shamisen player @shamisen_noriko_tadano will bring her fusion of traditional and modern Japanese styles to Adelaide Folk Fest.
Magical Steam Train (Adelaide Hills)
Inspired by acoustic folk traditions, gypsy punk and street music, and with over 10 years of experience in prolific bands @drpiffleandtheburlapband and @runebilly_rattle, Alex from @magic_steam_train is sure to lift your spirits!
Yellow blue bus (Ukrainian)
Global world ensemble Yellow Blue Bus has taken the ancient Ukrainian 65-string bandura into new realms, from experimental rock to dance music and they are sure to bring the Cossack energy of the 21st century.
Mount Kazoo (Adelaide Hills)
The Fest is hosted by traditional folk and country duo Mount Kazoo, who will share songs from Ireland to the Appalachian Mountains.
The event hopes to not only move and truly wow people, but also provide the event-goers with some knee-smacking fun.
Saturday July 23 from 4 p.m.
$15 per adult, free for children under 16