Industry News

A Parting Glass

February 14, 2021 Pam Merrigan 0

Our folk community has been united in grief (Feb ’21) with the passing of two of its much-loved: folk organiser and raconteur, “Mr Merry Muse” Bill Arnett aka Billy Folkus; and, musician, singer, songwriter, debater and […]

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For the song goes on…

February 7, 2021 Pam Merrigan 2

This is a lovely piece from Cathy Rytmeister posted on her Facebook page and reproduced here with her kind permission. It encapsulates the wonderful inclusiveness and sense of community that is at the heart of our […]


A Tale of Grace and Pride

February 6, 2021 Pam Merrigan 0

In Dec ’19 I sat in Bob’s Bar at Woodford Folk Festival to hear a new trio. Three women with diverse musical backgrounds, multi-instrumentalists and no strangers to the folk scene; Kate Burke, Melanie Horsnell, […]


The ShantyTok Phenomenon

January 31, 2021 Pam Merrigan 1

Wellerman Goes Viral In an unlikely partnership TikTok and a Scottish postie have unwittingly popularised the Sea Shanty. Old is made new again as the “ShantyTok” trend emerges. Wellerman is the shanty at the centre of […]


National Folk Festival Celebrates GOOD FOLK

January 30, 2021 Pam Merrigan 0

In news just announced yesterday, Fri 29 Jan (via Facebook) the National Folk Festival is set to stage a new, re-imagined, COVID safe, 2021 event in Queanbeyan over the Easter weekend replacing its traditional 5-day Festival format […]

Industry News

Latest News from Folk Alliance Australia

January 24, 2021 Pam Merrigan 0

Following what has probably been one of the most disastrous years for Folk Music in recent times and, when recovery and revitalisation of the Australian folk sector has never been more important Folk Alliance Australia […]

President's Reports

President’s Report 2019/20

January 15, 2021 Pam Merrigan 0

The past year was certainly not the one we were all expecting. From the new year fires that raged on the NSW south coast to the even more devastating impact of the Coronavirus pandemic our […]

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