Fred Smith serenades the People Competition launch. Photograph: Helen Musa.

NATIONAL People Competition workers and supporters had been out in drive on Monday to take pleasure in an early afternoon pub launch in Braddon.

President David Gilks took to the mike to speak up what he predicted can be the most effective ever.

The five-day celebration of folks life, he stated, can be headlined by The Waifs and English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, however there was way more to it than that and the headliners can be “solely a small a part of the competition expertise”.

Gilks went on to announce that the competition’s high lifetime achievement award for 2023 would go to folks fiddler Bob McInnes from the Southern Highlands of NSW, who had been within the ’70s considered one of solely two Scottish fiddlers in Australia.

Canberra singer-songwriter Fred Smith stepped up, singing affectionately, “it’s simply folks music, and it’s higher than it sounds”.

Smith described the competition as a “cauldron” earlier than he launched into one other quantity, his paean to multiculturalism, singing, “there’s extra to being Australian than your esky and your thongs.”

2023 Nationwide People Competition, Exhibition Park, April 6-10.