New “Services to Australian Folk Music Award” presented to John Thompson

Below is a transcript of the recent bulletin from FAA regarding this Award.

Folk Alliance Australia presents “Services to Australian Folk Music Award 2021” to John Thompson.
Folk Alliance Australia is currently considering the Awards we present to members of our community and are in the process of launching a program of national folk awards.
When singer John Thompson’s ill health was called to our attention we moved to recognise his contributions to folk music by making him the inaugural recipient of our discretionary Award for Services to the Folk music community. This was awarded 4 Feb 2021 the same day as his passing.


Pam Merrigan
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Currently President, FFNSW. Previously Artistic and Managing Director National Folk Festival (8yrs). Experienced Artistic Director with a demonstrated history of working in the festival and music events industry. Skilled in Event & Festival Management, Social Media, and Music Industry. Worked successfully with a broad range of individuals, groups and organisations as curator, creative facilitator, performer and arts administrator. Strong arts and professional music background with a life long and passionate engagement with the folk arts in all their diverse forms. Performed in folk and trad. music bands including Coolfinn Mac, Coast Ceili Band, Bush Bandicoots (twice winners of National Battle of the Bush Bands, Tamworth Country Music Festival) and, Rum Culls. 20 years in music education both at secondary level and free-lance. Holds a MMus degree (UNSW).

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