Candelo musicians on National Folk Festival stage

CANDELO artists Heath Cullen, Kate Burke and Mike Martin will join an A-list of international and national artists performing at this year’s National Folk Festival in Canberra at Easter. 

They will be sharing the stage with the likes of British folk icon Martin Carthy - who is a leading figure in the British folk revival period and inspired Bob Dylan and Paul Simon - and blues legend Woody Mann, who will be performing three big shows, leading a master class and doing a special presentation of his award-winning doco Harlem Street Singer about blues and gospel icon Reverend Gary Davis.

Cullen is going from strength to strength and has achieved rave reviews from across the nation for his latest album The Still and the Steep, which was recently long-listed for the nationally acclaimed Australian Music Prize. 

An acclaimed singer and multi-instrumentalist, Burke is returning to the festival after a four-year hiatus with her band Trouble in the Kitchen, which is at the forefront of Irish music in Australia. 

Well-known Candelo identity and entertainer Mike Martin will be teaming up with fiddle player Lindsay Martin, returning to one of their favourite festivals after a long summer performing and touring in the UK.

Expect nothing less than five days in a perfect world with over 1200 artists from around the planet in the national capital at Easter from April 17-21.

There will be 14 venues at the festival site at Exhibition Park including a delightful and entertaining KidzFest, ArtefACT – hands-on art experiences and workshops - hundreds of poetry, dance and music experiences and workshops to indulge in, and don’t miss out on witnessing the wonders of the festival parade as it twinkles its way through the festival village. 

The National Folk Festival is one of Australia’s biggest and longest-running festivals, captivating Australian audiences since 1967, and is recognised as Australia’s leading festival of contemporary and folk music.

It attracts over 52,000 festival-goers every year from around Australia. 

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Tickets start from $87 - come for a day, a night, or experience the full five days from sunrise to sunset. 

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