PRESS RELEASE Gulgong Folk Festival Dates Announced by new committee
Iconic Australia bush band The Bushwackers will bring in the New Year at the 31st Gulgong Folk Festival, programmed to take place from 29th Dec to New Year’s Eve 2018. One of Australia’s most loved folk festivals has undergone somewhat of a face lift with a new committee, but will continue to focus on the traditional elements which have kept punters returning for the last 30 years. Festival Committee Chair Marcus McLennan emphasised their dedication to preserving the legacy of the festival.
“Poetry and bush music has been the bread and butter of the festival since the early days, and we want to keep those traditions central to the festival program,” Mr McLennan said.
“But we also want to appeal to a wider audience by including contemporary Aussie folk and other genres.”
Walking down the main street of Gulgong is like taking a stroll through Australian history books. The beautiful heritage town boasts four fabulous drinking holes which bubble over with live music, jam sessions, poetry and laughter throughout the festival. This annual celebration of the Australian bush and folk tradition has played a major part in preserving these traditions while making them accessible to the next generations.
Along with a plethora of performances, the festival also hosts the poet’s breakfast, a range of traditional workshops, a guitar competition and blackboard concerts for the up and coming performer. There is also the popular John Dengate Political Satire Songwriting Competition, where aspiring satirists tip their hat to the late great Australian Son John Dengate and his sharp witted approach to song writing.
The Bushwackers will certainly be a huge draw card for the festival, with a concert on the 30th December followed by the ever popular bush dance on New Year’s Eve. Currently celebrating their 46th year, The Bushwackers are Australia’s best loved and known bush band. They play proudly Australian music, much of which is based on traditional folk and working songs from the early 20th Century. Dobe Newton’s energetic lagerphone playing draws the audience into the passionate delivery of these songs, all sparkling with the fine musicianship of some of Australia’s top Irish and folk players.
Artist applications are open from June 15 to July 15 if anyone is interested in performing at the festival. You will be able to download the application form on our website.
Keep an eye on the website and facebook site for further artist announcements, and see you all at Gulgong Folk Festival on the 29th December for a great folkin’ weekend!