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Fairbridge Festival: Bursting With Cultural Diversity

April 1, 2017 Whats On No Comments Email Email

The Fairbridge Festival of inspired music – that inspired novelist, playwright, television writer and lyricist Ben Elton to his new movie ‘Three Summers’ – is back for its 25th year in April 2017 with more of the music and camaraderie that patrons know and love all packaged up together in a magical weekend escape that will feed your soul.

Taking place from 21 – 24 April 2017, this family-friendly festival features over 100 local, national and international world, folk and roots acts of renown across multiple stages set in a beautiful rural village all just 5 km north of Pinjarra and an hour south of Perth. The much-loved festival also incorporates bespoke youth and children’s festivals so there is something for everyone along with artisan markets, well-being zone, community stalls, workshops, comedy, dance and street theatre – what’s not to like!

Besides the selected interstate and local West Australian artists, there will be the following artists who join the growing bill of internationals totalling 15 — the highest number of acts from foreign shores to grace the hallowed stages of Fairbridge Festival!


This charming trio of musicians draw deeply from the wells of tradition while creating a new sound full of personality. Watch them perform alongside Francesca Campione, who accompanies with traditional dances.


Fairbridge Festival favourites, this Danish new roots band are a sensation with their constantly evolving repertoire; fusing an amazing number of influences that have seen them play virtually every corner of the globe.


You can’t say more than this: “Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade,” says leading Irish musician & producer, Dónal Lunny.


Chamber musicianship woven into folk, newgrass and rock! Yes, we may even get Stairway to Heaven! Three women on cello, viola and banjo who just happen to sing like angels as well.


Praashekh Borkar is part of a family musical dynasty from Puna, India where both his father and brother are renowned virtuosi of the sarod – one of India’s most famous string instruments. Praashekh is regarded as one of India’s leading younger-generation musicians and is joined by three of WA’s hottest world music players.


Lively, impulsive and playful, this duo of fiddle and guitar is full of virtuosity. Old swingy traditional tunes and songs are combined with their own compositions that have won them a number of awards in Denmark.


Hailing from North Carolina and New South Wales, The New Macedon Rangers are winners of ribbons in fiddle, banjo and folk song contests from top US fiddlers conventions — as well as the mandolin category at the 2015 Australian National Bluegrass Championships.


DE CUBA SON (Cuba/Australia)

Born in Havana, De Cuba Son bassist and singer, Arvis, grew up listening to the sounds of many iconic bands such as Irakere, Buena Vista Social Club and all the Rumba played around his neighbourhood. Joined by Tara Tiba, Glenn and Julius Rogers, they create a fabulous expression of traditional Cuban music.


Jack Harris’s songs take a compassionate look at things both common and uncommon, and see them differently. Literate, curious songs, often in character and always intriguing. Jack was the youngest ever winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Award in 2005 (previous winners include Gillian Welch, Devon Sproule and Anais Mitchell).

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