Eric Bogle Announced for National Folk Festival 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Feb 19, 2019

Australia’s longest running major folk festival, the National is pleased to announce one of the country’s most important singer songwriters, Eric Bogle will be awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s festival in Canberra at Easter.

Best known for anthem, ‘And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’, Bogle is an internationally renowned singer and songwriter previously awarded an Order of Australia Medal and a United Nations Peace Medal. 

“Now in our 53rd year, the National Folk Festival is in a unique position to recognise and acknowledge artists who have made significant contributions to folk music and culture over the years,” said Festival Director, Pam Merrigan.

“Eric Bogle has made an unparalleled impact on Australian and international folklore with his music, which have become an integral part of our social fabric and history. I am delighted that National Folk Festival is presenting this award to Eric, who is much loved in the folk community.”

A stalwart of the folk scene for more than 40 years, the Scottish born Aussie will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in a special ceremony at the National Folk Festival in April, where he will perform live throughout the weekend.

“In many ways, my musical career in Australia started in Canberra back in the early 70s,” said Bogle.

“I wrote my first songs in Canberra, including ‘And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’, which has become something of an Australian icon (I know this because a few years ago it appeared as a question in Trivial Pursuit).

“So it’s fitting that I should accept the National Folk Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award back where it all really started, Canberra. 

“And so at the National Folk Festival, I’ll join thousands of others who think like me, both audiences and performers, who look to this music we love not to fill our pockets with dollars, but our souls with happiness…and joy…and hope…,“ he said. 

The 2019 National Folk Festival will see more than 180 acts from 14 countries converge on Canberra for five days over the Easter long weekend to celebrate the exciting world of folk.

Featuring 750 shows throughout 20 venues, a kids festival, themed bars, food and market stalls, roving entertainment and an engaging, multi-discipline arts program, festival director, Pam Merrigan says, “whether you’re a die-hard folkie or trying it out for the first time, you will love getting your folk on at the National this year!”

From contemporary and trad, to bluegrass, celtic, country, blues and more, festival goers can look forward to unforgettable sets from artists like the inimitable Irish Mythen (Canada); The Fagans, one of Australia’s first and favourite folk families; Aussie heavyweights John Schumann + Shane Howard and The Red Rockin’ Dirt Band; ARIA nominated alt-country dream girl Fanny Lumsden; multi award-winning bluesman Lloyd Spiegel; grammy nominees, Kittel & Co. and many, many more.

National Folk Festival is held over the Easter long weekend, 18-22 April 2019 in Exhibition Park, Canberra.