National Folk Festlval Exhibition Park in Canberra Until Monday 18 April 2022
ARIA Award-winning First Nations singer-songwriter Archie Roach will feature at the opening concert of the 2022 National Folk Festival on Friday 15 April.
The Let Love Rule opening concert at the vast Narragunnawali Stage venue on the EPIC oval from 6pm, also features the Hauptmann Trio, the Phoenix Collective String Quartet, Layla Barnett, Katie Noonan, Alinta Barlow, Tibetan refugee and musician Tenzin Choegyal and the Folk Festival Choir.
Listen to interviews and music with Tenzin Choegyal and other festival performers, including Snowy Mountains-based Folk/Americana duo Montgomery Church, and Canberra performers the Super Rats Romanian Band and the Shanty Singers.
Photo of Archie Roach at rehearsal by Living Arts Canberra
National Folk Festival Exhibition Park in Canberra 14-18 April 2022
After a two-year COVID hiatus, the National Folk Festival in Canberra is back this Easter – but the extended break wasn’t the largest challenge facing organisers, according to NFF Managing Director, Lynne O’Brien.
Montgomery Church Where the Quiet Can Hide album Performing at The Street, Canberra 11 February 2022 (COVID restrictions permitting)
Partners in music and life, Cielle Montgomery and James Church, are making the best of their inability to tour and travel because of COVID lockdowns.
They’d originally planned to travel to Nashville to record their new album. Instead, with remote help from a producer in Melbourne and collaborations with musicians from Braidwood, Melbourne, Newcastle and the the USA, they invested in recording equipment and used their stone hut in the Cooma area as a studio.
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.