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Fleurieu Folk Festival 26-28 Oct

JULY 2018

Only three months to go before Fleurieu Folk Festival will be in full swing and offering a plethora of acts and musical genres to satisfy everyone’s taste buds! In order to secure a seat at the best possible price on offer, please take advantage of our ‘Special Offer’.


As a valued supporter of the Fleurieu Folk Festival we would like to offer you an opportunity to purchase a:
‘Newsletter Subscriber Weekend Ticket’ for $75 (normally $95).
This price is without camping – camping is an extra $15.
This is a substantial saving and only available from this link:


Offer available until 5th August 2018.

We have already informed you of our headline act, Ami Williamson.

To refresh your memory here are a few interesting lines about Ami:

Ami has recorded an EP, a live show DVD and two albums, “Close to Home” and “One Woman Show – Ami Live”.

Born, Sydney Australia. Ami has toured Australia and abroad with her celebrated ONE WOMAN SHOW, performing at major venues and festivals. She has also toured nationally with her father, country music star John Williamson (True Blue).

Studied at The McDonald College of Performing Arts, ranking third in NSW for HSC Music. Awarded a Licentiate of Music in Singing (AMEB) and A+ for 8th grade Piano (AMEB).

Studied acting with Hayes Gordon at The Ensemble Theatre. Graduated with a Bachelor of Music from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, winning a scholarship in opera to further her studies in Germany with the world renowned Baritone Thomas Quastoff. Appearances include Opera Australia’s Turandot, Iolanthe (conducted by Richard Bonynge), Camina Burana and The State Opera of South Australia’s Sweeney Todd (Directed by Gale Edwards).

Winner of the Sydney Language Scholarship studying at The Goethe Institute in Berlin. Winner of the Mars Hill Songwriting competition.

Recorded for 2MBS-FM, ABC Classic FM and ABC Radio National as well as performing for TV and radio for such shows as Channel Nine’s A Current Affair, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Good Morning Australia, The Midday Show, Burkes Backyard, The Today Show, 9am, and Mornings with Kerri-Anne.

Studied ballet at the Vanborough school of Dance.
Studied jazz and tap dancing at the Johnny Young Talent school and later went on to join the Young Talent Time touring group.

More about other Headline artists appearing at this year’s Festival:

Mike McClellan
With songs like ‘Song and Dance Man’, ‘The One I Love’, ‘Saturday Dance’ and ‘I Wonder Who You’re Waiting For, Mike McClellan has earned an honoured place within the history of Australian music.

Mike’s early career spanned the 70’s and 80’s, and brought chart-topping songs and gold albums – plus his own national ABC TV series which he hosted for four years.

Then in 2011 Mike made a long-awaited return to performing and recording, and has since released 3 new albums, with his latest ‘No Intermission’ – all of which have only enhanced his reputation as one Australia’s finest singer-songwriters.

Fiona Ross & Shane O’Mara
An esteemed tradition bearer in her native Scotland, Fiona Ross is flying the flag for the Scots song tradition in her adopted home of Australia. She brings knowledge, passion and commitment to her performance – her honest, evocative singing style and extensive repertoire showcasing the richness, depth and diversity of the tradition. “Fiona Ross – a very special Scots singer of great cultural importance” Pete Heywood, ‘The Living Tradition’, Scotland.

Fiona will feature her Theme Concert at Fleurieu: An exploration of the life and work of Jean Redpath through songs and narrative. Although Jean spent much of her life in America, she was a significant figure in the early days of the folk revival in Scotland. Through photographs, video and some unique live recordings, this presentation will be an opportunity to experience the magic of Jean Redpath. A “must hear” for anyone with an interest in singing or Scots song.
Chris Finnen & Band
One of South Australia’s gem stones of musicianship. Chris Finnen was born 24th December 1952 Sussex England and migrated to Australia in 1967. Radio, the popular music of the day and his father’s extensive record collection were his early musical influences. The raw honesty of the blues is the lifeblood coursing through Chris Finnen’s music.

2013 Inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame
2014 Inducted Adelaide Music Collective Hall of Fame
2014 Became patron of the South Australian Blues and Roots Association, which he accepted with Great Pride
2014 Performed with long-time friend Phil Manning at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival
Winner of the 2014 Derringers Music Blues Awards Outstanding Instrumentalist
A regular on the Australian club and pub circuit with a long list of festivals and workshops to his credit, come along to a Chris Finnen performance and catch the unexpected.
Adelaide Fringe Review from The Australian February 2013: “Chris Finnen is one of Australia’s most innovative guitarists. He took us down to the crossroads and off into space, from Delta Blues to Chicago, from Adelaide to Northern Australia via India and Africa.”
Chris Finnen shows how to be authentic and make it your own, a mature musician of some years, Chris still plays with the wonder and explorative sense of a child as he coaxes a range of sounds and tones from his guitars. Final word ELECTRIFYING.

Siobhan Owen
Siobhan Owen (born 4 October 1993) is a soprano and harpist from Adelaide SA. Owen regularly performs at Festivals, concerts and recitals around Australia and further abroad. She favours classical and Celtic/folk songs, but also sings jazz on occasion.
Siobhan was born on 4 October 1993 in North Wales and lived in the small Anglesey village of Llanfair¬pwllgwyngyll¬gogery¬chwyrn¬drobwll¬llan¬tysilio-gogo¬goch before moving to Australia with her family in November 1995. At a young age, she was encouraged to join the Adelaide Girls’ Choir (now Young Adelaide Voices) and the St Aloysius College school choir, where she became a regular soloist.

She began her classical voice training at age nine, and entered her first Eisteddfod around this time winning an Honourable Mention in the nine to thirteen age group. It wasn’t long before Siobhan started winning Eisteddfods, most notably the Classical Voice sections.

Siobhan’s first solo performance on stage came just after her 10th birthday, in 2003, when she sang in a Riverdance Style show called “Shades of Green”, organized by the Adelaide Irish Dancing Association, which toured South Australian theatres. When she was 12, Siobhan gave her first major solo performance, singing a traditional Irish song at the Adelaide Festival Theatre to an audience of 2,500. The same year, she received a Music Scholarship from St Aloysius College and a Choral Scholarship from St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral Choir where she remained a soloist and chorister for over three years.

In August 2007, aged 13, Siobhan gave her first solo concert for Recitals Australia. She continues to perform for Recitals Australia every year.
Siobhan has played at many Festivals:
• Woodford Folk Festival – Woodford, Queensland
• National Folk Festival (Australia) – Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
• National Celtic Festival – Portarlington, Victoria
• Australian Celtic Festival – Glen Innes, New South Wales
• Cygnet Folk Festival – Cygnet, Tasmania
• Tamar Valley Folk Festival – Tamar Valley, Tasmania
• Celtica Festival – Port Adelaide, South Australia
• Kapunda Celtic Festival – Kapunda, South Australia
• Fleurieu Folk Festival – Willunga, South Australia
• Festival Interceltique de Lorient – Lorient, Brittany, France
• Triskell Folk Festival – Trieste, Italy
• Demat! Kansai Celtic Music Festival – Osaka, Japan

There are over 50 other acts performing at this year’s Festival. Festival goers can be assured they will be entertained by Performers who are the cream of the crop!

Fundraising is an important part of our Festival year.
Please write the following dates in your diary and join in the fun!

1. Friday 17th August
Trivia Night – Fitzroy Community Club Swan Ct. Renown Pk. Time: 7.30 for 8pm start. Price: $10 pp. Tables of 8
Bar facilities, BYO Supper. Lots of prizes to be won, including day passes to the Festival.
Contact: 0417 985 657 or admin@fleurieufolkfestival.com.au

2. Friday 21st September
Quiz Night Theme: School Dayz – wear your neatest school uniform!
Time: 7.30 for 8pm start. Price $10 pp. tables of 8.
Bar facilities. Lots of prizes to be won, including day passes to the Festival.
Contact: 0417 985 657 or admin@fleurieufolkfestival.com.au

3. Sunday 14th October
Fashion Parade: Fashion through the ages.
See Vintage fashions and accessories from 1910 to 1980’s. See a dress that would have been worn on Titanic, wedding dresses through the ages, men’s suits, the rainbow 60’s, ABBA inspired outfits etc.
Time: 1pm to 4pm. Price: $8 pp includes afternoon refreshments.
Supported: by City of Onkaparinga Council Every Generation Grant – ‘Celebrating Positive Ageing’.
Contact: 0417 985 657 or admin@fleurieufolkfestival.com.au


Application Forms for the 2018 Festival are now available on our website www.fleurieufolkfestival.com.au
Volunteering is always a very rewarding experience and our volunteers are looked after extremely well by our Volunteer Coordinator Jesse Davey Rankin.

Sponsorship plays an integral part in enabling the Festival Committee to choose the best possible acts for Fleurieu Folk Festival. If you are a business organization and would like to be part of our Festival, various grades of sponsorship are available. You could also boost your business prospects by taking out an advertisement in our Festival Souvenir Program. www.sponsor@fleurieufolkfestival.com.au

EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN IN THE FESTIVAL – be a part of the Festival, bring your own instrument/s to play in an Open Mic or Session, bring your poetry and read it at the Poet’s Round Robin and bring your dancing shoes to join in the dancing.

KIDS – join the KidZ Kaboodle workshops and entertainment in the Children’s Marquee. There will be fun, games and entertainment all day Saturday and Sunday.

I’m looking forward to catching up with you at Fleurieu Folk Festival 2018,
or at one of our fundraising events!

Annie Thornton
Publicity Coordinator
Fleurieu Folk Festival
0404 387 963