From its beginnings on a makeshift stage on the back of a truck at the football oval in 1974, the Maldon Folk Festival has grown into a four day event showcasing music, dance, workshops and other events across the National Trust Classified township. And it’s on again this long weekend.
“Once again, we have a great line-up and it’s looking to be another great festival,” says Maldon Folk Festival Director, Pam Lyons.
“Eric Bogle is back and we have Damien Leith, Mile Twelve (USA), The New Macedon Rangers (USA) and Rob Barrett (UK) all joining us for the first time.”
This year’s performers also include Celtic-rock sensation Claymore and gypsy dance band The Royal High Jinx, Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo, The Good Girl Song Project, Rich Davies & The Low Road and many more.
“As well as our concerts, workshops and street performers we have a memorial concert for Danny Spooner, long time festival stalwart, who sadly passed away early this year,” says Pam.
While the early years might have consisted of sessions at the Kangaroo Hotel or around the campfire at the oval, with a Sunday concert at Butts Reserve at the foot of Mount Tarrangower, the present day Festival has spread out to venues across the town.
Butts Reserve remains the hub, with the Guinness Tent and Troubadour Wine Bar now popular features, but visit these days and you’ll find events in the local pubs, cafes, gardens and churches. The link with the football club continues with musical items and the Poet’s Brunch held in the clubrooms and at Maldon Primary School you’ll find the popular craft market and Children’s Circus on the Saturday.
Experience the legendary, festival atmosphere over four decades in the making this long weekend 3 – 6 November. Check out the full Maldon Folk Festival program here.
Waller Realty is pleased to have been a sponsor of the Maldon Folk Festival for many years and to be able to continue our involvement in 2017.