Welcome to the 2016/17 Gulgong Folk Festival!


The excitement and anticipation is building as we get closer to our wonderful Folk Festival!  3 wonderful days of music, fun and merriment. We will be kicking off with a Come All Ye on Friday night to launch us into the folk fun. We have many amazing artists performing at friendly and fun venues throughout our township.  Again this year we are pleased to host our guitar competition at the Opera House, Bush Dance at the RSL, markets and music at Coronation Park  and present a whole heap of workshops,  sessions and concerts.



Having a strong folk tradition the Gulgong Folk Festival has grown on this tradition and is now in its 31st year. Celtic, Irish, Bluegrass musicians, singers, songwriters, poets, story tellers have continued to come to Gulgong over the New Year period to take part in the festival that has now become a ‘not to be missed’ calendar of events. Sessions, sessions and more sessions in all areas of the town from the morning to the wee hours. Traditional, Celtic, Bush and ‘all in’ sessions at the friendly pubs, Red Hill Education Centre /camping grounds. The sound of traditional instruments such as Irish harps, tin whistles, a hammered dulcimer, button accordions and violins, along with the more modern sounds of guitars and drums, could be heard in the streets as performers ranging from traditional musicians to Gypsy performers will be strutting their stuff from six venues from small and intimate to our beautiful and historic Opera House. There will be a plethora of talented performances from all over including some of the wonderful artists people got to hear and enjoy at our previous 30th Folk festival.

More poetry events are planned this year, with a Poets’ Breakfast, a Lunch, and two themed sessions happening. One of these will be a tribute to the Anzacs, “A Long Way from Tipperary: the Anzacs in poetry and song, of battles past and present”. 2017 is also the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Henry Lawson, so the Gulgong Folk Festival is starting off the year with a Celebration of Henry Lawson’s life and writing 1867 – 1922.


Festival Tickets

Show your support and purchase online just click on the link below ….

General admission tickets for this year’s Festival are $53.00 per adult.  Purchasing a ticket will support our event and will be ensuring that it continues next year and onwards….

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite using the link below.  Festival wristbands (great souvenirs!) will be issued from the Prince of Wales Opera House.

Festival Ticket Purchase – Eventbrite

Tickets will also be available at the Prince of Wales Opera House from Friday, 30 December.


Red Hill Environment Centre

Dormitory  style accommodation (bunkhouse), camping and non-powered sites for small caravans is available for Festival participants at the Red Hill Environment Centre. Red Hill is located in the heart of Gulgong and only a few minutes walk to all venues.  For more information please click on the link below:


2016/17 Festival Program

Our All Folked Up Festival Program is ready and waiting for you  ~ come and join us in the Festivities!

Saturday 31 December

Sunday 1 January

Monday 2 January


Artists who will perform over the 3 day festival are Home Rule and Guests, Josh Maynard, Gold Rush Bush Band, Frank Povah, Black Train, The Slimy Brothers, Jenny Rae Drury, Scrubby Boyd, Stillhouse Union, Blues Angels, Bill Casey, Jess Holland, Skarratt & Watts, Virago, Natalie Thoroughgood, Stringline,  Just Two, Laura & Susie, The Duffys, Des Kelly, Ross & Judy Kurtz, Don Coombes, Free Fried Chicken,  Tom Hamilton, Harry Gibbons, Plastic Paddy (Russell Churcher), The Honey Sippers,  Sunny and the Dark Corners,  Tom Bromley, Robbie Long, Lorraine McCrimmon, Tony Stuart, Two Mile Twangers, Sam Kurtz, Merri and Ray, Sam Bourke, Tony Smith, The Duffys, Craig Batty, The Villebillies, Eilis Doyle,  Hugh Merrell, Jimmy Westwood, Bob Tanti,  Kay Binns, Kevin Pye and many others.

More information on artists





Our local Supporters


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