Billy Bragg headlines folks pageant

Billy Bragg

UK star-activist Billy Bragg will convey his musical tales of romance, politics and protest to the Nationwide Folks Pageant, whereas Aussie folkies and acquainted  Folks Pageant performers The Waifs are additionally among the many headliners for the 2023 occasion, to run at Exhibition Park over Easter 2023.   

Different acts embody Canberra bard Fred Smith, Steve Poltz, Jan Preston, The Pigs, Tony McManus, Apodimi Compania and Kavisha Mazzella.

The pageant will even embody Natalie and Brittany Haas from the US, storytelling duo We Mavericks, native trio Keith Potger (of The Seekers fame ) with Moya Simpson and John Shortis and from the UK, Chris Whereas and Julie Matthews.

Lots of this 12 months’s Folks Alliance Australia Folks Music Award winners will performing, together with Fred Smith; Attraction of Finches, The Misplaced Clogs and Hillbilly Goats.

Co-artistic administrators, Dave O’Neill and Jo Cresswell

Co-artistic administrators, Dave O’Neill and Jo Cresswell have each had a protracted involvement with the Nationwide, with Jo a part of the executive and inventive staff within the early years of the pageant in Canberra and Dave as inventive director 2006-2012.

Nationwide Folks Pageant Board president, David Gilks, who prefers the phrase “The Nash” for what others name “The Nationwide” or “the Folkie”, says, “The Nash is one among Canberra’s most inclusive, shocking and energising occasions, and we’re excited to welcome everybody to hitch in. Greater than 15,000 guests flock to the occasion every year for the music, dance and spoken phrase and likewise to benefit from the markets, the meals and the pageant ambiance on Ngunnawal nation.”

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That determine is  effectively down on earlier estimates of 45,000 to 50,000 by way of the gates at EPIC, however Gilks is optimistic, saying: “We have now such a robust neighborhood of supportive, pleasant and dependable of us that come every year… many individuals discover a actual neighborhood and stay up for returning to see their buddies once more every year.”

Nationwide Folks Pageant 2023, Exhibition Park, April 6-10. 

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