Hilary Harper to host a great session, Song Circles, Song Catchers & your chance to win a Maton guitar
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Dear Port Fairy Folk Festival Friend,

The themed concerts and forums are one of the many highlights of our dear festival. In 2020 we are delighted to be introducing Interpreting History and Traditions hosted by Hilary Harper, who has done just about every job in radio - live reporting, special broadcasts, traffic reporting (with occasional haiku) and presenting programs across ABC Radio Melbourne. She hosted Saturday Breakfast and Mornings on ABC Victoria for ten years, and now presents Life Matters on ABC Radio National. She is passionate about stories, books and sustainability, and has an unfashionable attachment to sugar. 

Great music and theatre are often inspired by history and traditions. This year Hilary will lead a great conversation sprinkled with musical moments with festival artists Ash Davies and Derek Guille from Ned Kelly, Michael Veitch from Hell Ship, Ruth Hazleton and Ye Vagabonds. They will explore how historical moments and events inspire their art, and how musical traditions still resound in a contemporary setting.

The joy of song underpins so much that we do. This year we have a Song Circle with Greg ArnoldIan Sherwood and The Little Stevies, and Song Catchers hosted by our Founding Director and FAI Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 recipient Jamie McKew with John MCutcheonKieran Kane & Rayna GellertShane Howard and Susan O’Neill (SON), plus in conversations with William Crighton and Grace Petrie. Where we, as an audience get an insight in to the craft and art of the song.

We proudly celebrate the power of song with the great support of APRA/AMCOS.

Of course many songs are written with the help of that wonderful instrument, the guitar. Maton Guitars have been long time friends of the festival, and this year all ticket holders can go in the mix to win a magnificent Maton S808.

To go in the mix it is simple. Make a note of your ticket number and tell us what you are most looking forward to at the 2020 Festival. Send your answer to:

The lucky winner will be presented with the new Maton S808, a delightful addition to the well established and much loved Maton 808 range, at The Guitarists concert on Saturday at 11:45am. this concert features Daniel ChampagneJeff LangJohn Smith, Leisha JungalwallaTony McManus and Will Kimbrough, and is hosted by Nick Charles and introduced by Pat Evans of Maton Guitars.

The Maton S808 produces a tone that is a complete surprise given the small size of its body. Scalloped bracing and a 95mm soundhole combine to make the Sitka spruce top super responsive across all frequencies.

The solid Queensland maple back and sides provide a crisp, clear character to the tone and the full depth of the 808 body provides a deep, clean bass response.

An Ovangkol fingerboard and bridge add presence to the treble frequencies making this guitar ideal for fingerstyles or more intricate flat picking styles.

Port Fairy Folk Festival and its extended community is united in this catastrophic fire season and our hearts go out to the regional communities across Australia who have experienced such loss on so many levels.
The Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee has committed $25,000 to BlazeAid to purchase and fit out a works trailer which will support BlazeAid volunteers to work alongside rural families to help rebuild fences and other structures that have been destroyed.
In addition to the above commitment, throughout the 2020 Festival we will be fundraising for BlazeAid. To learn more about BlazeAid please visit
Best regards,

Port Fairy Folk Festival. 
The 44th festival: March 06 – 09, 2020
Ph: 03 5568 2227 |
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