Folk School

Friday, 20 January 2023

1 day $65 | 1 session $30

For further information, please contact Ann Lehmann

The 2023 Folk School will be held on the Friday 20 January preceding the Illawarra Folk Festival and incorporates approximately 24 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 will be held at the Bulli Showground, in the festival venues.

Information about 2023 Folk School Scholarships – CLOSING 30 November 2022

The Festival campsite will be available from Thursday 19 January 3pm for Folk School attendees.

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


The Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra is a new gathering of young folk musicians and singers (15-30 yrs) 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.


2023 Folk School Program to be advised in October 2022

2020 Folk School progam (2 days)

WEDNESDAY 15 JANUARY 2020 9am Beginner Ukulele
The Swingaleles
Scottish Dance Music
Emma Nixon
A Capella singing for beginners
Sally Forth
10am Funky Ukulele
Nick  Rheinberger
Autoharp for beginners
Denis McKay
Sing Fit – How to train your voice like an athlete
Stu Tyrrell
11am Egyptian dance workshop
Cinnamon Twist Bellydance
The Autoharp Rhythm  Method
Cindy Harris
Words with music – accompanying poetry
Chloe & Jason Roweth
Midday Samba Drumming
Drum De Gong
Chopping and Groove for string players
Lucy Menzies
Looping for fun and profit
Nick Rheinberger
1pm Ukrainian dance for beginners
Jaga Band
Uilleann pipes
Andrew McKay
Song writing for beginners
Abigail Wighton
2pm Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra
Emma Nixon
Building Community through Storytelling
Heart to Heart Storytelling
Part songs from around the world
3pm Fiddle as accompanying instrument
Emma Nixon
Basic Anglo Concertina
Dirty Stay Out Skifflers
Community Choirs: A how to guide
Alexa Sheppard
4pm Fingerstyle guitar – playing in 10ths
Ann Lehmann-Kuit
Any One Can Play Skiffle/Jug Band music
Dirty Stay Out Skifflers
Political song writing workshop
SONiA disappear Fear
THURSDAY 16 JANUARY 2020 9am Hornpipes, jigs, and polkas
Burnt Roast Band
Posture for performers
Body In Tuition
Scottish Fiddle Airs
Emma Nixon
10am Adding melodies into your guitar playing
David Shanhun
Italian Mandolin technique
Carlo Aonzo
Songs from Asia and the Pacific
Anna Smyrk
11am Jamming on a West Javanese scale
Luke O’Neill
The Rock Mandolin
Carlo Aonzo
Old time Appalachian fiddle tunes
Cindy Harris
Midday African Drumming
Elemental Grooves
Appalachian old-time banjo frailing
Mitch Hall
Joyous Singing workshop
Penny Larkins



Advanced fingerstyle guitar workshop
David Shanhun
Bringing Out Tunes From Your Autoharp
Cindy Harris
Stolen Generations – telling the story through  songwriting
Brian Morley
2pm Live performance tips for beginners
Chris McEvoy
Irish whistle
Andrew McKay
Shanty songs & tunes session
Dave Elliston



Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra
Emma Nixon
Melodeon workshop
Saul Rose/Faustus
Which Way?’ Songwriting and Mental Health
David Spry
4pm Hoot New Orleans Brass Band workshop
Ken Field
Scottish Small Pipes
Brighde Chaimbeul
Folk music of Britain
Paul Sartin