Fremantle Folk Festival organiser hopes to build on success of inaugural event


Fairy Sandie with a number of Fremantle Folk Festival acts. Picture: Will Russell www.communitypix.com.au d473164
Fairy Sandie with a number of Fremantle Folk Festival acts. Picture: Will Russell www.communitypix.com.au d473164

AFTER the success of last year’s inaugural event, there was little doubt the Fremantle Folk Festival would be back in 2017.

Starting to plan this year’s bumper event shortly after last year’s one ended, organiser Tom Fisher said the family-friendly celebration would bring food, music and fun together in a not-to-miss Fremantle experience.

“Last year was a fantastic start; I know I’m biased but I’ve played festivals all over the country and world and I couldn’t fault the atmosphere, numbers were great and the balance of kids, parents, hipsters and grandparents all having a blast was very much what we wanted from the festival,” he said.

“The response was so positive, we received thank you letters and everything.”

Among this year’s bumper musical line up is headline act The Pigram Brothers, Eskimo Joe’s Kav Temperley, Soukouss Internationale, Toby Beard, Timothy Nelson, Dilip and the Davs and more than a dozen others set to entertain across three stages.

Circus WA will also open up its new big top for circus workshops, while a face painter, farm animals, nature play area and a range of activities will keep children occupied in the Kid’s Zone.

Mr Fisher said as Clancy’s was a live music venue for 30 years, it made sense to celebrate Fremantle’s love of music with a festival right outside its doors.

“For me it seems silly not to have a folk festival in Freo,” he said.

“I have a long term vision to make it a mainstay on Freo’s event calendar.

“It is such an inclusive, easy going day that caters to so many tastes, great food, craft beer, dancers, roaming performers, kid’s stuff and the general vibe Clancy’s has created over 30 plus years.

“It’s a super fun event for people of all walks.”

The Fremantle Folk Festival is at Princess May Park on October 14 from 11am to 10pm.

Tickets start from $25 and are available from www.clancysfishpub.com.au.

Visit www.fremantlefolkfestival.com.au for more information.

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