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The 40th St Albans Folk Festival By Suzie Vlaming


The 40th St Albans Folk Festival will be held over four days from Thursday, 25 April to Sunday, 28 April in the historic St Albans village, during the Anzac Day long weekend. 

The affordable, family-friendly festival provides the chance for music lovers to embrace folklore festivities where they can join in or relax as well as children’s activities, international food stalls, market stalls and more.

Come along to enjoy the sounds of fiddles, accordions, banjos, acoustic guitars, and singing! The unique festival showcases local and interstate performers, songwriters and musicians, offering a diverse range of traditional and modern sound. Hawkesbury City Council is proud to sponsor the 40th St Albans Folk Festival, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert said. “We’re delighted to support this wonderful festival,” the Mayor said.

“To help support this hugely popular festival even more, Council has also provided more camping areas and improved the toilet facilities to ensure this is a great experience for everyone. “This event is loved by locals and international visitors alike, and it’s great to see St Albans welcome the artists, performers and happy campers into such a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere along the banks of the Macdonald River,” he said.

“The riverside opening ceremony features a ‘Welcome to Country’ as a mark of respect and to acknowledge the past and continuing connection that the local Darkinjung and first peoples have with the land. Then, as the sun sets, there will be dancing, singing and storytelling around the fire, guided by the indigenous performers. It’s a great way to connect our community.”

The festival will have over 50 acts to enjoy, including Chloe and Jason Roweth Band, Senor Cabrales, Enda Kenny, The Dead Maggies, Whisky Dram, Traditional Graffiti, The Trippy Hippy Band (with Hippytrippyaoke – live band karaoke songs of the 60s), Bluegrass, Celtic music and more.

Feature performers the Shane Howard Trio will have the audience thrilled to hear ‘Solid Rock’, first recorded with his band Goanna during the 80s.

Visit www.stalbansfolkfestival.com.au for full details of performances.

One of Australia’s oldest pubs, the Settlers Arms Inn will provide entertainment on the outdoor stage, with great pub meals available. The historic stone church will provide great acoustics for intimate performances, while workshops will also be offered in dance, singing, learning instruments, storytelling and poetry. There will be impromptu street performances in the village and the four stage areas will showcase outstanding interstate and local talent.

To book workshops and to purchase four day, weekend or day passes, visit www.stalbansfolkfestival.com.au or Facebook.