Dear Port Fairy Folk Festival Friend,
Port Fairy Folk Festival today announced Kasey Chambers as Artist of the Year, 2019.
This year the Artist of the Year Award will include a donation to OUR RAINBOW HOUSE, an Australian owned primary school in Zambia, Africa, for which Kasey is Ambassador.
Accepting the award, Kasey Chambers said: “OUR RAINBOW HOUSE is a beautiful small school with only 50 primary students which provides education, nutrition and lots of love to orphans and particularly vulnerable children in a special local community in Zambia. I am proud to be their ambassador and I visit there often, teaching music, song writing and just generally helping out on the ground, and to have this award support OUR RAINBOW HOUSE is just overwhelmingly beautiful!! THANK YOU!!”
The 2019 Artist of the Year Award is proudly sponsored by sponsored by Towards Zero TAC.
"Kasey Chambers has been a vital member of the Australian musical community for over a quarter of a century, first as a member of the Dead Ringer Band, then as a stand-out solo performer and award-winning singer/songwriter. She moves easily across musical styles, and has recorded with diverse and exciting players from around Australia and around the world. Kasey’s skill and charm rests in her ability to tell a tale which may, at first glance, be about herself but which, on closer inspection, is really about all of us – the ups and downs of what real life is for us all. And if that’s not a definition of folk music then I’ll go he! It’s an absolute thrill to have Kasey at Port Fairy this year, and it’s similarly exciting that she is our Artist of the Year for 2019.” - Derek Guille
The annual Artist of the Year award was established in 1995 and recognises artists who have made a significant contribution the music community, culture and industry.
The inaugural recipient was the late Danny Spooner and previous recipients include John Butler, Archie Roach, The Waifs, Mick Thomas, Dobe Newton, Kavisha Mazella, Tiddas, Margret RoadKnight, Neil Murray, the late Rick E Vengeance, Judy Small, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Marcia Howard, Mic Conway and Eric Bogle.
With 12 award-winning albums under her belt, Kasey Chambers will perform at the 43rd Port Fairy Folk Festival this March, bringing her brilliant songwriting and world-class performance to the seaside stage.
Kasey’s latest album, Campfire, invited fans to join her in sharing captivating songs and stories that have inspired her unique musical journey. Kasey will perform songs from Campfire plus many of her much-loved songs from way back to The Captain and Barricades and Brickwalls days.
The Artist of the Year concert will take place on Stage 3 on Saturday evening, and Kasey will join a stellar line up for North East x South West on Stage 1, Sunday.