Alex and Annette Hood to receive lifetime achievement awards at Good Folk

Alex & Annette Hood – a Tribute
Supported by Paverty Bush Band and featuring St Gregory Primary School
Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall
1.30pm Saturday 3 April 2021

COVID-19 put paid to last year’s National Folk Festival, at which Alex and Annette Hood were to have received Lifetime Achievement Awards for their significant commitment and contribution to enriching folk music and culture in Australia. 

While this year’s festival was also cancelled, the Good Folk event in Queanbeyan during Easter will be a fitting opportunity for them to receive their awards.

Richard spoke with National Folk Festival managing director Helen Roben about the tribute to Alex and Annette Hood. The audio features excerpts from a performance of the Hoods’ Brumby Jack, recorded by the National Film and Sound Archive

Alex Hood, who is 86, joined the cast of Reedy River in 1954, and later the Bushwhackers, and the Rambleers. He’s written several plays and folk operas for children. Annette has a background in modern dance and classical ballet.

They met in 1982 and developed the Australian Folk Theatre, which for 24 years travelled Australia performing songs, poems, dances, and stories for children, with more than 7,500 shows by 2012. They collect and make oral history recordings for the National Library of Australia

Information and tickets are available from the Good Folk website at

Picture of Alex and Annette Hood from Good Folk website