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Happy New Year & workshop program announced
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Dear Port Fairy Folk Festival Friend,
 

We hope you had a wonderful festive season and that 2018 brings you much happiness. Over the summer season all of us at the festival have been putting everything in place for March and excitement is brewing.
 
Our volunteers are working away and creating some fabulous pieces of art for the festival, once again taking inspiration from the work of the wonderful Reg Mombassa. His quintessential quirky style will abound throughout the arena with Norfolk Pines, lighthouses, guitars and the whole shebang.
 
The 2018 Festival has a wonderful variety of workshops on offer. From yoga & tai chi in the mornings to get your bodies and souls in to gear, to tango dancing and body percussion. We are also thrilled to be presenting a full suite of Irish set dancing and ceilidh workshops. For those of you who want to just exercise and fine tune your voices and minds, there are festival choir and gospel singing workshops, and a sea shanty workshop that pays tribute to festival legend the late Danny Spooner. There is also a great session on how to enhance health with music and songs, which will give you a snapshot on how Tonchi McIntosh is working with the First Nation people of the Kimberly.
 
Of course we haven’t forgotten those of you who are musicians. Be a part of a great workshop with The Thin White Ukes and take on a song or two of the one and only David Bowie in preparation for the big Thin White Uke Off, and for lovers of the traditional mandolin maestro, Luke Plumb will lead a workshop on the intricacies of playing this fine instrument.
 
For the little ones we have a ukulele workshop with Fiona Kershaw, we will have a limited number of ukuleles to be borrowed so please bring your own along if possible.
 
Let us not forget an all in wonderful workshop with King Marong & Afro Mandinko where you will be guided through wonderful rhythms from across West Africa in song, dance and percussion.
 
Third release tickets on sale now until 15 February or until sold out.
 
Warmest regards,

The Program Team x
Full interactive workshop program:
TAI CHI
Presented by Brendan Dowd
SAT      Stage 4            8:30 – 9:30am
SUN     Stage 4            8:30 – 9:30am
Rejuvenate your body, relax your mind and give yourself the kick-start you may need to boost your energy levels for the day. Tai Chi is an ancient art of moving meditation that combines a series of gentle flowing movements and postures to help strengthen and relax the body. Join Brendan as he guides you through the gentle practice of Tai Chi.
TRUE SPIRIT REVIVAL YOGA
Presented by Kimberly Erin & Tom Richardson
SAT    St Patrick’s Hall    9:00 – 10:00am
SUN   St Patrick’s Hall    9:00 – 10:00am

Canada, Europe, Bali... Port Fairy! Internationally renowned presenters, Canadian-born yoga instructor Kimberly Erin and Australian singer-songwriter Tom Richardson are back in Australia following a busy 2016 sharing their blend of yoga & music all around the world! Flow with your breath in an uplifting and playful yoga practice that consciously merges live music with body, mind and heart. Ride the wave of movement into the corners of your soul and reconnect to your own strength, beauty and truth! All levels welcome.
GOSPEL SINGING
Presented by Kerri Simpson & guests
SAT      Lecture Hall               10:00 – 11:30am
SUN     Workshop Hub           6:00 – 7:15pm
SUN     Stage 3                       10:30 – 11:45pm         Performance – The Port Gospel Session
Kerri Simpson is one of Australia’s finest singers. In addition to her trademark blues performances she has also led the resurgence in the utter joy of gospel singing in Australia. Over these two workshops you will learn some of the songs that will be a feature of Sunday night’s Port Gospel Session, so you can take part.
IRISH SET DANCING & FAMILY CEILIDH
Presented by Marie Brouder
SAT      St Pat’s Hall    11:00 – 12:00pm
SAT      St Pat’s Hall    5:30 – 6:30pm
SUN     St Pat’s Hall    3:45 – 4:45pm
SUN     St Pat’s Hall    7:00 – 8:30pm Family Ceilidh
Marie loves dancing - all kinds of dance - especially Irish. It's energetic, fun and everyone is smiling or laughing as they dance. Over the years Marie has taught workshops and called na ceilithe (dances) at the National Folk Festival, National Celtic Festival, Maldon Folk Festival, Turning Wave Festival and has taught for the past eight years at the Lake School in Koroit. Join Marie for a series of dance workshops preparing for the fun of the Family Ceilidh on Sunday night, featuring a live all-star Ceilidh band!
SEA SHANTY SINGING WORKSHOP
Presented by The Southern Ocean Sea Band
SAT      Lecture Hall    12:00 – 1:00pm
SAT      The Wharf          4:00 – 5:00pm Danny Spooner Memorial Sea Shanties
The Sea Shanty workshop and following Sea Shanties at the Wharf pays tribute to festival legend Danny Spooner. The workshop is chance for people to learn about the history of settlement on Victoria’s south west coast, and to also learn the songs and be in fine voice for the Shanties at the Wharf on Saturday afternoon.
THE FESTIVAL CHOIR
Presented by Jane Thompson & James Rigby
SAT      St Pat’s Hall                1:00 – 2:30pm
SUN     Workshop Hub            12:00 – 1:30pm
MON    Stage 3                         9:30 – 9:50am Performance
Highly sought-after choir leaders for their warm and welcoming style, great teaching skills and stunning arrangements of well-chosen uplifting Australian contemporary songs, Jane Thompson and James Rigby invite YOU to come and sing with them in this year's Festival Choir! Join 100-plus other audience members for a wonderful sing in the beautiful St Pat’s Hall and the Workshop Hub, and then take to the stage on Monday morning for a performance experience of a lifetime... All welcome.
ENHANCING HEALTH WITH MUSIC & SONGS
Presented by Tonchi McIntosh
SAT      The Pavilion    2:30 – 3:45pm
Tonchi works as the Male Health Regional Facilitator for the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service, providing support to nine community clinics in some of the remotest areas of Australia where people are experiencing the highest rates of morbidity in the western world. This video/pictorial presentation shows how he is working with First Nation people of the Kimberley, using respect and a shared love of music and song to help develop male health strategies for each region that are cultural, grassroots, engaging, educational, empowering and self-sustaining. Includes an acoustic performance by Tonchi and special guests.
 
THE GENIUS OF DAVID BOWIE ON THE UKULELE
Presented by The Thin White Ukes
SAT      The Workshop Hub      3:45 – 5:00pm
SAT      Stage 4                          6:45 – 7:45pm Performance
Thin White Ukes will teach you a well-known David Bowie song on ukulele, arranged in parts including chords, strumming, fingerpicking, bass and melody lines that respect its composition. Then join The Thin White Ukes for a song at the Thin White Uke Off later in the day as they honour David’s timeless genius with small but perfectly formed arrangements for three precision ukuleles and devastating three-part vocal harmony.
MANDOLIN
Presented by Luke Plumb
SAT      The Pavilion    4:30 – 5:30pm
Luke is one of Australia’s foremost mandolin players. Apart from a stellar solo career he has performed with Shooglenifty, and is performing with Andy Irvine at the Festival. Join Luke for for an intimate session on the intricacies of the Mandolin.
BODY PERCUSSION WORKSHOP
Presented by Greg Sheehan
SUN     St Pat’s Hall    12:15 – 1:30pm
Learn to create your own rhythms and music through clapping, walking and number games with brilliant rhythmist and teacher Greg Sheehan. Greg will take you through a myriad of elements including polyrhythms, creative games, improvisation, rhythmic numbers and patterns (diamonds theory), culminating in a thrilling group rhythmic experience.
UKULELE FOR THE LITTLE ONES
Presented by Fiona Kershaw
SUN     Stage 4            12:30 – 1:15pm
Join Fiona for a fun filled beginners workshop on ukulele, where there is sure to be some lovely sing-a-longs for all as well.
TANGO DANCING
Presented by La Busca
SUN     St Pat’s Hall    2:00 – 3:15pm
Led by Juan Veron, this workshop encourages human connection through movement and music. There are no restrictions on who can enjoy the dance; tango dancing is in essence about moving in synchronicity with a partner to the music. It is not necessary to bring a partner, as participants will regularly change partners during the workshop. Both complete beginners and experienced dancers are welcome.
DRUM, DANCE & VOCAL WORKSHOP FOR ALL AGES
Presented by King Marong & Afro Mandinko
SUN     Workshop Hub            2:15 – 3:30pm
SUN     Stage 2                         4:45 – 5:45pm Dance Friendly Performance
Take part in this dynamic workshop where you will be swept up by the irrepressible rhythmic energy and skill of King Marong and members of Afro Mandinko. They will take you through their influences from across West Africa, from coastal Gambian highlife to deep Saharan desert blues, which is underpinned by the deep roots of the traditional rhythms and melodies of their Manding heritage. Put what you learn in to practice later on in the afternoon as they take to Stage 2, which is dance friendly.
3rd release early bird tickets on sale until 15 February unless sold out - click here to book
The dates for the 42nd festival next year are March 09 – 12, 2018
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