Festival Awards

Recognising achievement and excellence, and nurturing new talent make an important contribution to maintaining a dynamic Australian folk community. The National Folk Festival is proud to host the following awards that are presented to individual artists and groups in recognition of artistic endeavour in folk music, dance and the folk arts.

Congratulations to the following 2018 Award Winners:

National Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award
Margaret and Bill Winnett (NSW)

National Folk Festival Volunteer of the Year Award
Judy Baker (ACT) – Pre Festival Registration   

National Folk Fellow Recipient 2017
Salvatore Rossano (VIC) – “Sonu” A musical map of Italian music in Australia

Peter J Daly Memorial Award
Trioc (VIC)

Lis Johnston Memorial Award for Vocal Excellence
Sadie Mustoe – Girl on the Hill (VIC)

Gill Rees Young Musicians Award
The Beamish Boys (QLD)

Alistair Hulett Memorial Award
Teri Young (TAS) for her song Fishing at Okehampton Bay

FAA Young Performer of the Year

Traditional Social Dance Association of Victoria Awards
Beat Klippel Memorial Trophy – Keith Wood (NSW) for his Green Apple Quickstep
VFMC Perpetual Trophy – Keith Wood (NSW) for his Eureka

National Folk Festival Reciter of the Year Award
John Peel (NSW)

National Folk Festival Yarn Spinning Award
Dave & Malcolm Upton (NSW)

Blue the Shearer Award for Best Original Poem (NEW)
Peter Mace (NSW) for his poem What Price a V.C.

Infinite Song Competition (Infinite David Bowie)
SON Susan O’Neill