Musical chairs have O’Neill again on the folks competition

Again on the helm….Dave O’Neill.

FORMER inventive director Dave O’Neill and former employees member Jo Creswell have taken management as co-artistic administrators for the following Nationwide Folks Pageant, which runs run over the Easter lengthy weekend in 2023.

O’Neill is a virtuoso guitarist and fiddler who has been an expert musician and instructor for greater than 35 years and who works as a music instructor out of his riverside studio in Queanbeyan. He has performed with many Australian artists together with Jimmy Barnes, Eric Bogle, The Bushwackers, Fred Smith and Enda Kenny, and has toured and recorded abroad with artists in America and Europe.

Cresswell directs the Celtic Arts Company, strolling/music/singing journeys in France and directs the Charlotte Move Celtic Music Camp with Dave O’Neill, additionally co-hosting residential singing occasions. She labored with the Folks Pageant workplace within the early days of its institution in numerous inventive roles.

There are been many actions on the station this yr, with the sotto voce departure, shortly after the Easter competition, of earlier inventive director Katie Noonan and after that of managing director, Lynne O’Brien, who stays on the board of administrators, however the competition has been notably quiet about its plans.

The earlier chair of the competition board, Stephen Gallagher, moved to NZ and has been changed with long-standing competition volunteer and stalwart of the people neighborhood David Gilks.

They’re now engaged on this system, which must be finalised within the subsequent week, with a small workforce of employees, together with present managing director Suzanne Hannema, who joined the organisation two months in the past.

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In July 2021 the competition had acquired $900,000 from the federal authorities’s “Rise“ funding, arrange for organisations severely impacted by covid, for use over two festivals, that means that half of that is nonetheless to be expended, however one competition insider stated this was solely a fraction of what could be wanted to ship the occasion.

The competition was not among the many 29 Canberra arts and cultural organisations and humanities centres lately funded by the brand new ACT Arts Organisation Funding Program.

2023 Nationwide Folks Pageant, April 6-10.

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