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Sister Act, Ella & Sienna to play Fleurieu Folk Festival

Melissa Smith

Mark your calendars and get your dancing shoes on because the Fleurieu Folk Festival is back and it’s bigger and better than ever. From October 27 to 29, Willunga will be hosting a three-day extravaganza that’s more than just a music festival—it’s a folk-lover’s dream come true.

Willunga Recreation Park will be turned into a musical buffet, with over 50 acts of the best local, interstate and international folk musicians. 10 Venues will be belting out the tunes covering traditional and contemporary folk, acoustic melodies, Celtic rhythms, bluesy beats, Americana flavours, toe-tapping Bluegrass and more.

Included in the line up are South Aussie talents Ella & Sienna and their incredible band who are bringing their ‘Seven Ways to Say You’re Fine’ tour to the Fleurieu Folk Festival. The teenage songwriting, singing sisters from the Adelaide Hills may be known to some thanks to their star turn on last year’s season of The Voice, making it to the final six on Rita Ora’s team. With their dynamic vocals, incredible harmonies and fun, cheeky personalities shining through, it’s a performance not to be missed with their original music blending modern country, folk and acoustic pop. A swag of awards under their belt already, their a duo to keep an eye on.

Others to feature in the line up include Rob Barratt, a British entertainer who effortlessly weaves brain-tickling wordplay, verse, and song into his performances, spiced up with satire and audience participation! Beloved crowd favorites, The Humbuckin’ Pickups from Victoria deliver an electrifying blend of rock, blues, and soul plus New South Welshies, The Water Runners, take one part bluegrass, one part traditional folk and a dollop of country and mix it all together for some great story-telling.

The Humbuckin’ Pickups – Photo by Lachlan Bryan

From workshops, sessions, dancers, blackboard concerts, to musical theatre, poetry, spoken word, and entertainment for the little ones, the Fleurieu Folk Festival is a must do event for music lovers in October. You won’t go hungry or thirsty either, with local food, wine, and market stalls to keep your taste buds dancing.

For those folks who fancy strumming a tune of their own, there’s a special venue called “Cafe AcousticA” where you can do just that! And if you’re a budding busker, there’s a “Busk Stop” where you can showcase your talents. So, whether you’re a closet musician or a street-side virtuoso, you’re covered.

This year, the Fleurieu Folk Festival will be bringing back the “SPACE JAMS” stage, the ultimate youth-oriented safe space where you can let loose, sing, dance, and party to some of the best live music in South Australia.

Fleurieu Folk Festival prides itself for singing out for the future. They’re all about nurturing young South Australian talent. Each year, they pick a shining star aged 14 to 25 to represent South Australia in Folk Alliance Australia’s youth showcase concerts at the National Folk Festival in Canberra. It’s like a musical apprenticeship for the next generation of folk legends.

And the icing on the cake, the Fleurieu Folk Festival has scooped up the “Community Event of the Year” for their local area not once, not twice, but four times! Clearly, they’re doing something right, and that something is creating an amazing space where music, community, and fun collide.

For the full line up, click here

Fleurieu Folk Festival
October 27-29
Willunga Recreation Park – 2 Main Rd, Willunga


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