Folkie returned to pre-Covid festivities

National Folk Festival
Exhibition Park In Canberra
6-10 April 2023

This year’s Festival was headlined by Australian folk rock group The Waifs and English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, with Canberra’s own Fred Smith performing songs from his Afghanistan albums, as well as new work.

Here is a playlist of interviews by Festival artists and organisers recorded before and during the Festival.

As promised by organisers, there was also a return to Festival traditions, such as a large variety of food and merchandise outlets.

Returning performers included Steve Poltz, Jan Preston, The Pigs, Tony McManus, Apodimi Compania and ARIA Award-winning Kavisha Mazzella, as well as Natalie and Brittany Haas from the USA; storytelling duo We Mavericks; local trio Keith Potger (formerly of The Seekers) with Moya Simpson & John Shortis; and UK duo Chris While & Julie Matthews.

Information about the festival is available at