South Australia's "largest and friendliest folk music festival" returns to Willunga this October, with a number of big-name acts set to serenade attendees across three days.
Now in its 15th year, the annual Fleurieu Folk Festival has hosted a celebration of diverse music and culture in Willunga since 2007.
2021 will be no different, with more than 50 local and interstate artists set to delight crowds across 11 venues on the weekend of October 15-17.
Punters can expect an eclectic range of music including Celtic, Americana, Trad Folk, Blues, Roots, Bluegrass, Country and Acoustic.
With workshops, sessions, dancers, blackboard concerts, musical theatre, poetry, spoken word and children's entertainment, as well as local food, wine and market stalls; there will be something on offer for everyone.
Although COVID-19 restrictions will stop international artists making their regular appearances at the festival, a swathe of top Australian talent is locked in to perform across the weekend.
Camping is available on site, and tickets can be purchased via: tickets.oztix.com.au
Headlining the 2021 Fleurieu Folk festival are:
Pete Denahy | Victoria
When Pete Denahy talks about his own show, he says, "It's not rocket science; I'm not the best singer, fiddle player or guitar picker in the world, but as far as I know, no one else is doing my show." Which is true; there isn't another show like it. He blends fiddle tunes, bluegrass style original songs and madcap comedy to provide the audience with an escape from reality most of them feel is worth their while.
Emma Dean | Queensland
Emma Dean is an imperfect, romantic and passionate human-being who loves to write theatrical pop songs about love and the human spirit. With an impressive tour history and collaborations to be jealous of, Emma has performed cabaret Off-Broadway, Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, and even the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
Toby Beard | Western Australia
Western Australia's Toby is so much more than your average singer-songwriter. She powers through each live performance with her own lyrical talent and fierce, dynamic vocals, with audiences revelling in the genuine honesty of both her song writing and her performance. Her compelling vocals and the way in which she captures her audience can't be explained but just needs to be heard and seen. Her live performance truly is a treat.
The Royal High Jinx | Victoria
Dance. Virtuosity. Exhilaration. Melbourne's mesmerising contemporary world music band The Royal High Jinx have burst onto Australian festival stages with originality, virtuosity, and theatricality. Their songs and tunes are inspired by European traditions, peppered with Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Balkan & Swing grooves with a pinch of Folk. Sing with and dance to Australia's most colourful high energy band!
Totally Gourdgeous | Victoria
Formed in 1998, Australian band Totally Gourdgeous are four outrageously diverse singer/songwriter/musicians united under gourd. Indeed, playing instruments made from those woody cucurbits brings their music together to make folk funk philosophy to feed your wildest pumpkin longings. Punning Pathos. Heartfelt Hilarity. Messages of love, fellowship, and environmental sanity.
Siobhn Owen | South Australia
Welsh born Australian Siobhan is a Celtic / Classical singer and harpist with a unique vocal style - blending her ethereal soprano voice with heart wrenching Celtic lilts. Performing at festivals and concerts around Australia from an early age, Siobhan is rapidly gaining recognition on the international stage. Heart-wrenching traditional Celtic ballads entwined with original contemporary Celtic songs... all woven together by Siobhn's exquisite, emotive voice.
For more information, visit: sites.google.com/view/fleurieufolkfestival