The Folk Federation of NSW offers two Young Folk Artist awards annually to support young musicians for solo or group performance of song and/or music in a folk style. The aim of these awards is to foster an interest in folk music and to assist young people in developing their performance skills. Each award includes $500 and a number of mentoring and performance opportunities over the year of the award including a performance at the Sydney Folk Festival’s Youth Concert. The 2021 Awards have now closed. Calls for applications for the 2022 Young Folk Artist Awards will be announced on the Folk Federation of NSW’s website in early 2022. View our Terms and Conditions here.

Folk Federation of NSW is delighted to announce the 2021 Young Folk Artists of the Year and looks forward to working with these exciting young talents over the coming year. Meet our 2021 Young Folk Awardees.

Charlie Gastineau-Hills – Sydney-based fiddler Charlie Gastineau-Hills, with her take on a range of traditional Celtic tunes has been named the 2021 Under 16 years Junior Awardee. Charlie has been playing the violin since the age of 8. She has played in school groups and local youth orchestras and performed many times as a member of ensembles and as a soloist in venues ranging from the local shopping mall to the Sydney Opera House.

“My Dad plays Scottish fiddle and I have been around Scottish and Irish music my whole life. I have recently started listening to a wider variety of folk music and I am loving being able to perform some of the tunes.

Bodhi Turner – South coast singer-songwriter Bodhi Turner received the Under 21 years Senior Award after impressing the panel with her heartfelt original songwriting. Performing as a solo artist Bodhi has done two professional gigs playing as a support act as well as appearing at the Candelo Folk Festival for a music camp at the crossing in Bermagui.

“I am a singer, song writer and guitarist. I have 10 original songs that are complete for performance. I performed a 3 hour performance at Mal’s Pizza Bite in Bega playing a mix of originals and covers. I regularly busk around Bega.”

Listen to our Young Folk Awardees

Two reels, The Scholar and Frank’s Reel played on fiddle by Charlie Gastineau-Hills, Under 16yrs Junior Young Folk Awardee.

Bodhi Turner, Under 21yrs Senior Young Folk Awardee performing her original song Rock in the Sky.