Fairbridge Festival will feature 100 acts

The band Jigjam is from Ireland.
The band Jigjam is from Ireland.

WA’s longest running music festival is back for its 27th year with a handcrafted program of more than 100 acts featuring the best in folk, world and roots music alongside dance acts, workshops, stalls and activities for all ages.

Three days of unique entertainment with music spilling from marquees and historic buildings, colourful markets, food and drink stalls and car-free camping grounds will be on for young and old in the magical setting of Fairbridge Village on April 26 to 28.

Artistic director Rod Vervest said Fairbridge Festival was accessible to all, with the return of some festival favourites and new acts.

“This year’s program is bursting at the seams with some of the very finest of American new acoustic masters like Kittel & Co, some of the UK’s busiest live bands including Manran (Scotland), Jigjam (Ireland) and Edgelarks (England) and a delightful Italian focus starring international world music superstars Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana and SONU and I Viaggiatori featuring Kavisha Mazzella – both Austro-Italian folk bands with poignant migrant stories,’’ he said.

Mandurah-based Maxima uses balls and play to tell a story about making friends and overcoming fears.

Other musical highlights include the return of high-energy bluegrass band Flats and Sharps (UK), a resounding crowd favourite in 2017, the incomparable Rory McLeod (UK), a one-man soul band, poet and story-teller, and Kimber’s Men, the most renowned shanty group in the world.

The Little Stevies are bringing two shows – their own set of endearing songs and a kids show called Teeny Tiny Stevies, which has been regularly aired on ABC Kids. Aussie folk sisters The Maes, Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission will be there.

The festival also has a dance program, with highlights including Jesse Teichelman with his upbeat hip-hop workshop and Taonga Maori, a workshop of traditional Haka performance and learning.

To purchase tickets visit Fairbridge Festival Tickets.