A Special Community – A Beautiful Part of the World

This weekend 27-29 Feb would have seen the staging of the 26th Cobargo Folk Festival in the historic and picturesque village of Cobargo on the Far South Coast of New South Wales. Many of us, I’m sure would have been there too if COVID hadn’t changed our plans.


All photos used with the kind permission of Cobargo Folk Festival.


In a recent Facebook post the organisers wrote, “In the world of normal, today the wonderful organisers and volunteers would be tired but excited as we kicked off the 26th Cobargo Folk Festival. It would have been a few days of great music, dance, song and tomfoolery, where we mixed with old friends and made new ones in this beautiful part of the world.”  And oh, how we’re missing those few days, not only at Cobargo but at all our regional folk festivals around NSW.




Cobargo though has been particularly hard hit with their 2020 Festival cancelled due to the devastating fires that ravaged through the country destroying their beautiful town, wildlife, vegetation and property. But, they are a resilient mob and are already planning for the 2022 event and, in the meantime are looking to hold a series of concerts in the coming months. So, watch this space. Right now they are inviting people to share their favourite Cobargo photos on Facebook so use the link below to have a look or share your favourite memory.


Sydney Folk Festival News

Sydney Folk Festival aims to showcase the diversity of folk music and the folk arts in NSW and beyond with an event that is fresh, vibrant and engaging. Our artistic team is looking for performers, poets, dance and community groups that represent a range of styles under the broad umbrella of folk. Whether you’re involved in acoustic, blues, roots, bluegrass, Celtic, country or music that expresses one of the many folk traditions from our own back yard to those from around the world, we want to hear from you.

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About the Folk Federation

Founded in 1970, the Folk Federation of NSW facilitates statewide development of the folk arts, dance and in particular folk music of all genres and ethnic diversity. Through affiliated folk clubs, festivals, interstate bodies and our membership we link those interested in presenting folk to the widest possible audience. Our main revenue is derived from membership. By joining you are helping us to support folk music and the related arts in NSW and beyond.

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You can support the Folk Music and Related Arts Sector by making a donation to the Folk Federation through our tax deductible public fund. Help us to make a difference by contributing to the promotion, preservation and development of the folk arts in NSW.


Young Folk Artists of the Year Awards 2021

Applications for the Folk Federation of NSW’s Young Folk Artists of the Year Awards 2021 will open soon. Are you, or do you know a young performer you would like to nominate? More details will be available in mid March.

Committee – 2020/21

Executive :

  • Pam Merrigan (President)
  • Margaret Walters (Vice President)
  • Pam Davis (Secretary)
  • Dallas Baxter (Treasurer)

Committee Members :

Ros Baker

Alex Bishop

Andy Busuttil

Terry Clinton

Russell Neal

Craig Sinclair

Christine Wheeler