Folk School

Wednesday 16 & Thursday 17
January 2019

2 days – $85  |  1 day $55 | 1 session $25

For further information, please contact Ann Lehmann

The 2019 Folk School will be held on the Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th January preceding the Illawarra Folk Festival and incorporates approximately 40 workshops.

The Folk School aims to increase awareness of folk music traditions and provide opportunities for musicians of all ages to build on their skills & open new musical doors.

The workshops are held in the Northern Illawarra Uniting Church, corner of Point Street & Princes Highway, Bulli (across the road from the Illawarra Folk Festival site).

Information about 2019 Folk School Scholarships – CLOSING 11 December 2018.

The Festival campsite will be available from Wednesday 9am for Folk School attendees.

As well as the workshops, participants are encouraged to take part in the following events:


 The parade and festival choir performance is on Sunday evening. Rehearsals at the Folk School and during the festival. (Festival Pass required)


The Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra is a new gathering of young folk musicians and singers (15-30yrs) from across Australia meeting to learn, teach each other and perform traditional and contemporary folk songs and tunes from Australia and beyond.  Through a tapestry of workshops, sessions and performances, Folkaphonic will provide opportunities for young musicians to learn a variety of musical styles in a space dedicated to development, friendship, inspiration and sharing.


2018 Folk School Program

Wed 17 January 2018

Folk School New Hall Folk School Chill Out Room Folk School Old Hall
10am Ukulele workshop- The Swingaleles Beginner Fiddle- Emma Nixon Writing Bush poetry- Robyn Sykes
11am Folk Song Writing 1- George Mann Playing with Rounds- The Grenadiers
Midday Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra Concertina workshop- Steve Turner Finger style acoustic guitar-Tim Lukey
1pm Bodhran- John Spillane Basics of looping- Tim Lukey
2pm Turkish Folk Dance in 9/8 Rhythm- Cinnamon Twist Getting the most from your piano accordion- Baz Cooper Scottish Fiddle: Tips and Tricks to a ‘Scottish Accent- Emma Nixon
3pm Waidaiko Japanese drumming- Taiko no Wa (limited to 20 participants) Story Telling to create connection & community- Heart to Heart Storytelling
4pm Waidaiko Japanese drumming- Taiko no Wa Song writing –David Benuik


Thurs 18 January 2018

Folk School New Hall Folk School Chill Out Room Folk School Old Hall
9am Song writing –David Benuik Intro to didjeridoo- Richard Perso
10am Tin whistle- Maggie Carty & Mairtin Staunton Clawhammer Banjo- Richard Galluzi Singing technique for beginners- Ella Belfanti
11am Folk Song Writing 2- George Mann Scales for Folkies (any instrument/intermediate) – Emma Nixon Harmony singing- Honey & Knives
Midday Ken Field’s Hoot New Orleans Second Line Pick-Up Band! Jaw harp- Oi Dipnoi Traditional Irish singing- Maggie Carty & Mairtin Staunton
1pm Ken Field’s Hoot New Orleans Second Line Pick-Up Band! Scottish Fiddle: Exploring the Airs (intermediate/advanced) – Emma Nixon Song writing and Stagecraft- The Balkan Elvis (Michelangelo)
2pm Live performance tips- Love in the Jungle Scottish Fiddle: Exploring the Airs (intermediate/advanced)- Emma Nixon Folk Songs from Around the World- Sing Gong Go
3pm Swedish Dance workshop- Josefina & Jonas Italian Frame Drum- Santa Taranta Discovering Django & French Gypsy music- Dom Ferry
4pm Sicilian Cane Flute- Oi Dipnoi Intro to didjeridoo- Richard Perso Write a fiddle tune- Jess Randall