3 Unique Performers + 1 Scientist at Woodford Folk Festival 2018

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Posted 09 November


With the sun at your back and dust on your feet, you’ll be feeling the summer vibes of Woodford Folk Festival 2018. With its usual mecca of over 2,000 local, national and international performers and presenters, this year’s program is sure to delight. Here are three unique performers you should check out, along with sessions with Australia’s favourite scientist, Dr Karl!Dan_Sultan_Woodford_Folk_Festival_2018_Unique_Performer

#1. ARIA Nominee – Dan Sultan

An ARIA Music Award nominee and winner of the Best Male Artist, Best Blue & Roots Album, Best Rock Album and Best Independent Release, you can’t go past a visit to Dan Sultan at the 2018-2019 Woodford Folk Festival.

Since learning the guitar at the age of four and writing his first song when he was 10, Dan Sultan now three studio albums, three EP’s and four singles. In 2014, Sultan won National Album of the Year for Blackbird and in 2015, was named joint artist of the year with Jessica Mauboy at the National Indigenous Music Awards.

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#2. UN’s First Aboriginal Employee – Henrietta Marie

For the 2018-2019 event, Woodford Folk Festival is bringing in a special theatrical play based on the life of social justice warrior, traditional owner, elder, mother and internationally recognised academic, Henrietta Marie.

Produced by JUTE Theatre Company, Bukal is a unique story that follows the story of Henrietta, the first Aboriginal person to work for the United Nations and make laws that changed the entire world, not just Australia. It is powerful, educative, entertaining and nothing short of inspiring and moving. Henrietta was also the recipient of the 100 Women of Influence Award in 2014 and is the grand-daughter of the King of Cairns.

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#3. Young Soccer Star – Alex the Astronaut

When young Australian Alex Lynn was just a student living in New York on a soccer scholarship, she released her Debut EP To Whom it May Concern. From spending her days studying science, Alex has now graduated and moved back to Sydney, released a new album and ready to make a third album. In 2017, Alex was nominated for a J Award for Unearthed Artist of the Year and performed for Like a Version. At just 23-years-old, Alex is a fast-rising folk-pop and folktronica artist often compared to and inspired by the works of Paul Kelly.

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#4. Scientist - Dr Karl

For over 30 years, Australia has known Dr Karl as that guy in the media, particularly the radio, that loves science. With over 44 books to his name and being recognized as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is heading to Woodford Folk Festival as a guest speaker. Presenting five times across the six-day event, Dr Karl will delve into all thing’s science and feature at the Children’s Festival on Sunday, December 30. From gardening to knowing almost everything you could possibly know about the ocean, Dr Karl will dive into some panel discussions about the wonder of our ecosystem.

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Bringing the kids? Don’t worry, check out the Woodford Folk Festival Children’s Festival

Not just a space for teens and adults, the Woodford Folk Festival caters well towards younger children. The Children’s Festival precinct within Woodford Folk Festival is a secluded space for those little ones and runs from 8 am to 5 pm each day. From puppet shows to crafts and games, theatre to circus and dance, there are more than 55 acts presenting more than 260 performances and workshops.

Check the full program for all the great talent attending this year’s Woodford Folk Festival between Wednesday, 26th December and Tuesday, 1st January.


Never been to Woodford before? Here are some top places to stop on your way to the Folk Festival

  • Splash in the cool waters of Stony Creek
  • Take the ‘Scenic Drive’ from Brisbane to the festival via Samford and Dayboro
  • Stop for a cellar door experience at Ocean View Estates

Celebrate summer with the best in Australian arts and culture at the Woodford Folk Festival and tag your pictures @visitmoretonbayregion and #visitmoretonbayregion

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