The inaugural Folk by the Sea Festival will not only put Kiama on the local map but the world map after the announcement that the event, on September 27-29, will be beamed world-wide via live streaming on radio station VOXFM.
Hosted by the Illawarra Folk Club, it replaces the regular spring festival, Folk in the Foothills, which, for the past nine years, had been held at Jamberoo Valley Lodge, but the temporary closure of the venue has given the committee an opportunity to create a virtually new event.
Illawarra Folk Festival president Russell Hannah said they had been buoyed by the tremendous support they had received from Kiama Municipal Council and local Member for Kiama Gareth Ward, but the live broadcast on the Saturday afternoon was the ‘icing on the cake’.
“The two hour performance in the Norfolk Room (main auditorium) at The Pavilion will be a highlight of a great weekend of entertainment, with the live streaming meaning it will be going all over the world, which is a great thrill for everyone involved,” Mr Hannah said.
“That particular concert will include Celtic band Riogh, Enda and Lindsay, Wongawilly, Ted Egan, The Rusty Datsuns, Ami Williamson and Doctor Stovepipe and we are expecting a big crowd to not only attend this event but the whole weekend.
“We are also delighted to have one of Australia’s favourite folk entertainers Ted Egan coming again this year.
“Ted, who lives in Alice Springs is 88-years-old, but is still a wonderful act.”
The festival, which opens with a Family Bush Dance in the Norfolk Room on Friday night, will be held primarily in four main venues at the Kiama Showground precinct, three in The Pavilion and the fourth at Kiama Rugby Club, while there will also be free fringe events at The Sebel Harbourside Kiama and the Little Blowhole Café.
People will be able to camp at the venue, setting up a type of ‘music village’, right next to Surf Beach.
Mr Hannah said the variety of artists was amazing, and is highlighted by local artist Penny Hartgerink and her band The Mystics, Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan, Ami Williamson, daughter of legendary Australian artist John Williamson, Irish musician and song-writer Fintan Vellely, Queensland trio The Rusty Datsuns, well know ABC radio presenter Nick Rheinburger and Irish band Riogh to name just a few.
“Another highlight will be the free Sunday concert in Hindmarsh Park, with two stages operating alternatively from 10am while at 4.30pm, when the Festival Orchestra and guest artists will close the weekend with a one hour performance.”
Apart from the Sunday concert and events at The Little Blowhole Café and The Sebel, events over the weekend will be via weekend or individual tickets and for more information to www.folkbytheseas.com.au or through Kiama Visitors Centre on 1300 654 262.