10 reasons to check out the Folk Festival if you’ve never been before

johnboy 21 March 2009 33

[First filed: March 20, 2009 @ 10:13]

The National Folk Festival is on again this Easter at Exhibition Park. It’s a bit of a religion for the faithful but we asked the organisers for some reasons why one of you should go if you’ve never been before.

They came back with a list of 10 things and some gorgeous photographs from previous festivals, so here we go:


1. Big Rory and Ochie.
Trust us, you’ll understand when you meet them.



2. So you’ll have a really good answer next time someone says,
“Canberra is boring, there’s nothing to do there!”


3. You can sing in public without being stared at.


4. You need to do something to make it up to the kids
after the dog ate all the Easter eggs you hid in the garden.


5. Because there’s a lot more to it than you think
– food, wine, beer, music, song, dance, poetry, debate,
markets, theatre, comedy – we’ve got it all.

But be warned: once they’ve visited the National Folk Festival,
people do tend to come back every year.

You may never be able to make other plans for Easter again.



6. Because you‘ve never been before: that’s reason enough.
50,000 people every year can’t ALL be wrong.


7. You can eat three different meals
from three different continents in one day
(and, as everyone knows, food eaten at Festivals is calorie-free:
the calories remain harmlessly on site after you leave…)


8. Afterwards you might be able to claim two degrees of separation
between you and Bob Dylan (his fiddler will be there).



9. Because deep, deep down inside…
in places you don’t like to talk about at parties…
you really, REALLY want to try Morris Dancing.
Tough hide and love of beer essential..



10. Because you don’t know your aardvark from your gaida,
your cajon from your cimbalom, or your duduka from your furulya.
Hint: they’re all musical instruments.

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33 Responses to 10 reasons to check out the Folk Festival if you’ve never been before
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Granny Granny 10:20 am 20 Mar 09

I think the calorie and aardvark reasons are the best.

misspris misspris 10:23 am 20 Mar 09

Rodney Crowell is playing twice – that’s a good enough reason for me 🙂

Thumper Thumper 10:40 am 20 Mar 09

I can’t wait. love it…

ant ant 10:55 am 20 Mar 09

Teh bloke who used to fix my car used to rave on about it, from which I gathered that it was a pretty full-on event. He was quite evangelical about it.

Sure reckon the local residents will prefer to have this going on nearby, rahter than the summernats!

Disposable Disposable 10:59 am 20 Mar 09

Is it true that someone at the Folkie sells a decent alcoholic ginger beer?

Granny Granny 11:03 am 20 Mar 09

I have never in my entire life even heard of an alcoholic ginger beer! I must have this thing. Now!!

Thumper Thumper 11:04 am 20 Mar 09

The Session Bar, late saturday night.

Brilliant, just brilliant. take your guitar, harp, banjo, squueze box, whatever. It’s great…

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 11:04 am 20 Mar 09

I like the feral Morris dancers – they make up for the ones who take it seriously. And where else can you go and expect to find at least one good bluegrass band?

Jim Jones Jim Jones 11:10 am 20 Mar 09

Granny said :

I have never in my entire life even heard of an alcoholic ginger beer! I must have this thing. Now!!

It’s the easiest form of homebrew to make – you can pick up a kit for about $70 or so and be making your own in no time, G.

A good tip is to chuck a chilli into each bottle for second stage fermentation, it gives the ginger beer a nice kick.

Danman Danman 11:13 am 20 Mar 09

Granny – Oh My Gosh – You can purchase proprietary alcoholic ginger beer – Blue Tongue do a pretty poor version, Bundaberg (Qld Rum Co.) do a really great sweeter version that will see you intoxicated very quickly and Jim Beam has just released a version.

Ginger Beer is easy to maake homebrew, either alcoholic or otherwise.
Sarsparella is also an easy hombrew as well, and we done an alcoholic version that was scrummy 🙂

Anyone know what the price for entry to folk fest is…. ahh ill follow the link at the top – apoligies.

Granny Granny 11:14 am 20 Mar 09

Is that a kick like a mule or more like a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster?

Disposable Disposable 11:16 am 20 Mar 09

Hey Granny. Check out Stone’s alcoholic ginger beer at most bottle shops. They are usually out of stock though as it is so popular.

It is very sweet but easy to drink. I asked the people at Boozle if they could get it listed but it hasn’t been done yet.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 11:17 am 20 Mar 09

Oooh. Alcoholic sars – that sounds awesome. I gotta try that.

Granny – I’ve made different strengths of chilli ginger beer. From the ‘zingy’ numbers that have half a chilli in each bottle, to ‘the ringstinger’ — which was loaded with 7 extra hot chillis (home grown, with the pods slit open to allow the seeds to steep in the mixture).

Nobody’s ever managed to drink more than half a ringstinger.

Disposable Disposable 11:19 am 20 Mar 09

Hey Danman where do you get the Bundaberg product? Stoked to hear there are some more options now.

And the blue tongue is a ginger infused lager, not ginger beer as they claim.

Should we start a ginger beer thread?

johnboy johnboy 11:19 am 20 Mar 09

Back on topic please

RandomGit RandomGit 12:12 pm 20 Mar 09

All these years of Black Adder put downs of Morris Dancers and now I realise, I’ve never actually seen a Morris dance……

I’ll have to go now.

Thumper Thumper 12:43 pm 20 Mar 09

Morris dancers are funny, because they are so serious…

astrojax astrojax 12:54 pm 20 Mar 09

morris dancing is a hoot, but leyland dancing is much harder…

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 1:02 pm 20 Mar 09

There’s nothing better than watching a bunch of cardigan-wearers don the de rigeur olde worlde costumes and skip about slapping their ankles and waving hankies in rhythm to dulcimers and other jangling instruments of the Middle Ages.

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 1:02 pm 20 Mar 09

…except a quick death.

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