Folk crosses the border for Easter to replace cancelled festival

Good Folk concert series
3-4 April 2021
Various venues in Queanbeyan, NSW

ARIA award and five-time Golden Guitar winner Fanny Lumsden will headline Good Folk, an event being held in Queanbeyan in lieu of the cancelled 2021 National Folk Festival in Canberra.

The Festival will partner with Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council to present 22 concerts over two days of the 2021 Easter break.

Richard spoke with National Folk Festival managing director Helen Roben and the Mayor of Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council, Tim Overall, at the launch of Good Folk on 29 January. The music performer is Kim Yang.

NFF Managing Director Helen Roben says the festival’s usual venue of Exhibition Park in Canberra is not fit for purpose because of COVID restrictions. The Festival looked at a number of COVID-safe proposals before approaching the Council.

Based on current requirements, the Good Folk concerts will be able to use up to 75 per cent of the capacity of the three concert venues – The Q theatre, Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall and the Royal Hotel. A fourth venue, the Campbell and George, will be a session venue for the two days.

Performers will include Central Coast trio Little Quirks, one of Australia’s most enduring musical ensembles Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, Fourplay, the Stiff Gins, and Queanbeyan author, poet and rapper, Omar Musa.

All concerts will be ticketed individually. Tickets and the concert program are available through the National Folk Festival website,