Fleurieu Folk Festival 2016 has a strong focus on local and youth musicians

THERE will continue to be a strong focus on local and youth musicians at this year’s Fleurieu Folk Festival, which will take place in Willunga from October 21 to 23.

The family-friendly folk music festival is always a popular event among the local community and will this year see a number of great local acts.

HEADLINER: Internationally-acclaimed folk musician Eric Bogle will be one of the headline acts at this year's Fleurieu Folk Festival in Willunga.

HEADLINER: Internationally-acclaimed folk musician Eric Bogle will be one of the headline acts at this year's Fleurieu Folk Festival in Willunga.

The festival also celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, which is a momentous occasion for the proud local event.

International folk musician Eric Bogle returns to Willunga for another year and said the local focus was what made this festival so great.

“The problem with bigger festivals is they are so expensive to run so they have to get the big names,” Mr Bogle said.

“The locals don’t really get much of a look in.

“But Peter and Annie Thornton (Fleurieu Folk Festival organisers) have a different philosophy, to focus on local and youth musicians.”

Mr Bogle said he was looking forward to another year involved in the Fleurieu Folk Festival, which was one of his favourites as it was just down the road from his Adelaide home.

“I’ve been involved in the music scene my whole life and there’s no doubt the best festivals are the ones that are community-based,” he said. 

Other major acts at this year’s festival include the multi award winning Australian singer-songwriter Archie Roach and UK-based folk singer Martyn Wyndham-Read.

There are several other performers at the festival including Co-Cheol from Victoria, South Australian Bortier Okoe, The Willie Wagtails from Victoria and South Australian-based Nancy Bates and the Baker Suite with more acts to be announced soon.

Thousands of festival-goers are expected to head to Willunga for the annual entertainment event, which was named Community Event of the Year in the City of Onkaparinga’s 2016 Australia Day Awards.

Packed full of music, dance, workshops and children’s entertainment, the Fleurieu Folk Festival is one you don’t want to miss, so book your tickets now at www.fleurieufolkfestival.com.au 

I’ve been involved in the music scene my whole life and there’s no doubt the best festivals are the ones that are community-based. - Musician Eric Bogle

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