Woodford Folk Festival announces 09/10 programme
The 24th Woodford Folk Festival programme is as diverse and delightful as ever, with 580 acts gathering in the forested valley of Woodfordia, over the six days between the 27th December and the 1st of January 2010. On offer is an epic journey into a village of contemporary culture celebrating the richness and diversity of many musical genres and art forms, the planet and our own wellbeing.
Whilst Woodford is one of Australia's largest festivals, the atmosphere remains peaceful and family friendly. The whole festival is set in a parkland, one hour's drive from Brisbane. The site features treed campgrounds and festival streets lined with 22 venues, 45 restaurants and over 100 stalls.
Musical highlights this year include John Butler Trio, Clare Bowditch, Vince Jones, Paul Dempsey, James Blundell, The Panics, Mama Kin, The Middle East, Bonjah, Lisa Mitchell, Ryan Meeking and The Few, Shellie Morris, Dallas Frasca, Grace Barbe, Mojo Juju and the Snake Oil Merchants, Afro Dizzi Act featuring Jali Buba Kuyateh, Angie Hart, Busby Marou Dubmarine, James Morrison, Jen Cloher and The Endless Sea, Juke Baritone & The Swamp Dogs, Miguel, Mr Percival, The Rhythm Hunters, NGAIIRE, The Sins, Nicky Bomba, Rapskallion, Street Warriors, The Audreys, the medics, The Red-Eyes, TinPan Orange with Harry Angus, The Hungry Kids of Hungary, Whitley, Leah Flanagan Band and sunset concerts in the Amphitheatre with the Deep Blue Orchestra.
Woodford's international repertoire offers Toni Childs (USA), one of New Zealand's favourites Don McGlashan, Nathan (Canada), Nano Stern (CHILE), the extraordinary Kaki King (USA), Ember Swift's new project LENTIC -- a curious mix of Chinese influences (CANADA), and the seriously funky jazzy outfit Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro (JAPAN).
In what is sure to be dynamic live discussion, Bob Hawke, Senator Christine Milne and Clive Hamilton will join Kerry O'Brien on the Couch. Bob Hawke will also present a session on Political Bigotries and Statesmanship. The Great Green Debate is "You Can Trust The Media" with Fiona Scott Norman, Sandy McCutcheon, Professor Ian Lowe and Dr Wendy Sarkissian, Bill Hoffman and Ian Mackay.
Organisers of the Woodford Folk Festival have been forging sustainability issues since 1992 at The Greenhouse venue and the programme this year offers an extensive insight into the most current state of our planet. Hot off the plane from the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen are Senator Christine Milne, Deputy Leader of the Greens; Steve Campbell, key spokesperson for Greenpeace and Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics and author of Affluenza. World-renowned environmental scientist Professor Ian Lowe will present radical solutions for the Australian environment and Graeme Taylor author of Evolution's Edge won the Independent Publishers Prize for the 'book most likely to save the Planet'. The Greenhouse offers an abundance of speakers addressing our everyday actions for a healthy planet and global examples of progressive lifestyles.
Celebrating the diversity of Australian culture, the Folklorica venue takes us on a cross continental journey through ceremony, ritual, music and dance. Presenting over 20 cultures, from Africa to India, Transylvania to Tibet, from the sacred to the magical, the harvest to the wedding and an enlightening performance of The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Circus & Sideshow treats include the internationally acclaimed FlameOz performing legendary fireshows, The Mutant Barnyard and a trip into a world of Disturbia. The Palace features evening shows with Ganga Giri, and the combustion of Miguel, Lady Torpedo and The Big Swing Brothers who combine circus and samba with a 9 piece 50's swing outfit and a trio of circus vaudevillians.
Woodford Folk Festival's Children's Festival runs from 9am until 6pm daily. Eight venues offer puppetry, cooking, art, craft, music and circus workshops all culminating in a street parade inclusive of the whole family. At night the Land of Nod offers parents the opportunity to enjoy the festival while the kids are entertained.
Each evening from 9pm to 11pm, The Woodford Comedy Club presents a rib cracking time with the hilarious Akmal Saleh in a new show supported by Joel Ozborn, Jenny Wynter back from a tour in Canada, Nimbin's own S Sorrenson and the world's only saxophone playing comedian Gary Bradbury.
Daily visual arts workshops will give you something to take home, book early for these ever-popular workshops. There are also workshops in circus skills, Indigenous arts, sign language, poetry, singing, songwriting, comedy, music and the opportunity to refine your dance moves during daily dance workshops with acclaimed performers from around the globe.
Come along, leave the everyday world behind, dive into a magical week of culture, ceremony, camping, celebration and community.
Programmes and tickets are available on the Woodford Folk Festival website www.woodfordfolkfestival.com or call the Queensland Folk Federation on 07 5496 1066. Selected newsagents have the programmes, check online for these outlets.
Woodford Folk Festival
27 dec 09 -- 1 jan 10
Click here to download the Woodford Folk Festival Daily Programmes Guidebook (PDF 1.2Mb)
There's an incredible array of talented performers and artists appearing at the festival, ranging from jazz to hip-hop, classical Indian to burlesque, bluegrass to gypsy, musical to comedy, and the inimitable 'folk', with every gradation between. This is a very inclusive festival; with its broad definition of folk music and wide range of audiences of all ages the festival metamorphism has been from a 'folk' festival to a 'folk in spirit' festival. It's more than the performances; it is an adventure into another world.
A common complaint is that there are too many things to see and do in the programme yet the festival has a relaxed atmosphere with the freedom to choose your own adventure. There is everything you need and it is a healthy experience with walking, dancing, lifestyle activities, folk medicine forums, wisdom, great food and comfortable venues.
The festival programme requires a whole book to do it justice, with 580 acts and 3,000 performers, our 0910 Festival Guests in alphabetical order include...
AFRO DIZZI ACT feat. Jali Buba Kuyateh, Angie Hart, Ark Room, Band of Frequencies, BONJAH, Busby Marou, Chloe Hall Trio, Chocolate Strings, Clare Bowditch, Dallas Frasca, Damian Howard and the Ploughboys, Deep Blue Orchestra, Doc Span Blues, Don McGlashan (NZ), Dubmarine, Emma Dean, Extended Family, Fiona Boyes, Flap!, Ganga Giri, Georgia Potter, Grace Barbe, Hobson's Choice, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Indigenous Intrudaz, Jali Buba Kuyateh Solo (SENEGAL), James Blundell, James Morrison, Jen Cloher and The Endless Sea, Jigger, Jim Conway's Big Wheel, John Butler Trio, John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew, Juke Baritone & The Swamp Dogs, Kaki King (USA),Kavisha Mazzella, Kim Churchill, Kim Cunio and Heather Lee, LABJACD, Lachlan Green, Laneous & The Family Yah, LENTIC - Ember Swift (CANADA), Lisa Mitchell, Mama Kin, Matheson, Miguel, Mister and Sunbird, Mojo Juju & The Snake Oil Merchants, Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro (JAPAN), Mr Percival, Nano Stern (CHILE), NGAIIRE, Nicky Bomba, Paul Dempsey, Rapskallion, Ryan Meeking and The Few, Shellie Morris, Street Warriors, The Audreys, The BordererS, the medics, The Middle East, The Panics, The Perch Creek Family Jugband, The Red-Eyes, TinPan Orange, Toni Childs (USA),Tripod, Vince Jones, Whitley........
And 510 more!
23.12.09 News - Woodford Folk Festival International Acts
Several overseas acts are set to perform at this year's Woodford Folk Festival from the 27th December until the 1st January, transcending cultural barriers with the language of music and art. Here are a few that you may want to highlight on your festival programme.
Kaki King made a name for herself with her expertise in unusual guitar skills; hammering, tapping and fanning, to name a few. Having gained many accolades such as the only female artist in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 great guitarists, they referred to her as a guitar god; she is undoubtedly a musician that deserves attention. Rock legend Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters is one of her many fans and she played on one of their album tracks in the studio and live on stage during a recent tour.
Kaki's musical style is difficult to pinpoint, when you think you have an idea of what she is about, her style will change and she challenges the audience to rethink and re-listen, but that's part of her appeal both in the studio and live.
Seriously jazzy funky Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro will perform six times at the festival this year. Hailing from Japan they bring their own brand of good vibes and each of the six musicians display a great mastership of their instruments. Their mission is quite simple, to raise the roof at each venue and keep feet dancing at any time of the day or night.
Toni Childs joins the festival all the way from Hawaii to bless our ears with her powerful voice. Since her debut album in 1988 and an auspicious start to her career as support act for Bob Dylan she has forged a career that is still going strong. Her lyrics are inspiring and passionate with themes that hold true in many of our lives. Woodford Folk Festival welcomes these artists who come to enrich our lives and share their musical experiences with the festivalgoer's.
Originally an Australian act and now based in London are the legendary Flame Oz, don't miss the absolutely spectacular fireshows at The Village Green on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 9pm.
The Visual Arts programme has expanded significantly this year and festival organisers are thrilled to be presenting a host of international performance and visual artists. Including London based performance artist Miriam King who will bend your mind with her Butoh inspired performance art; also look out for a woman wearing tweed holding a sign on the festival streets. Indonesian artists Heri Dono and Dadang Christanto and Japanese artists Harada Akatsuki have created installations around the festival site.
LENTIC, a new Folktronica project by Canada's Ember Swift is an eclectic fusion of Chinese traditional instrumentation with Folk and World music, electronic beat and deep grooves, topped with lyrics in both Mandarin and English.
The Folklorica venue presents the cultural heritage of more than twenty countries through music, dance, theatre and ritual.
Tickets are 10% cheaper on the Woodford Folk Festival website than at the gate go to www.woodfordfolkfestival.com. Programmes are available by calling the Queensland Folk Federation or through selected newsagents, check online for these outlets.
About the Woodford Folk Festival
Woodford Folk Festival is an annual celebration of music, the arts, the environment and culture, running from Saturday the 27th December through to late on the 1st January. Six days and nights of concerts, dance from around the world, workshops, forums, street theatre, films, the comedy club, the GreenHouse venue dedicated to sustainability and the environment, Folk Medicine, an entire children's festival, music, art, dance and circus workshops, late night cabarets, street theatre and special events including a spectacular fire event. 580 acts and 3,000 individual performers come together with an aggregate attendance of between 120,000 and 130,000 patrons; Woodford Folk Festival is one of the largest 'folk' festivals in the world.
The festival site, an all ages audience and the sense of community help make Woodford Folk Festival a unique festival experience.
Set in a lush valley, framed by the Glasshouse Mountains, bordered by Bellthorpe National Park, 5kms from the tiny township of Woodford and only hour from Brisbane, Woodford Folk Festival is a cultural expression of community through engagement and interaction; a special time and space where connection, celebration and growth is the focus, where people can embrace and be embraced by the spirit of Woodford.
A delight for the senses, Woodford is diverse, rich and colourful. The festival celebrates the essence of Australia by bringing together and celebrating our cultural diversity. The programme runs from 8am until late every night, with hundreds of concerts, shows, talks and workshops every day.
The programme is available online at www.woodfordfolkfestival.com or by calling the Queensland Folk Federation - 612 07 5496 1066
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