Folk Coup for National Folk Festival First Lineup Announcement

Nov 6, 2019

The National Folk Festival has today announced a first glimpse at what will be a 200 strong lineup for the five-day, Easter long-weekend event in Canberra, including a coup in an exclusive, Australian-first appearance by Jon Boden, lead singer of former UK progressive folk juggernaut, Bellowhead.

“We are so excited to share this first look at the 2020 program,” said Managing Director, Helen Roben.

“Our Artistic Director, Pam Merrigan has worked tirelessly to bring the best and brightest in folk from all corners of the world to Canberra this Easter and securing Jon Boden is a real coup for the National.

“Jon has become the stand-out performer of his generation and to have him perform exclusively for Australian audiences is a big win for folk fans!”

The first 34 acts also sees the Australian premiere of English songstress, Fay Hield, who has been the driving force behind a number of ground-breaking projects including The Full English; American folk-rock band, The Mammals, for their first run of shows after a 12 year hiatus; and the return of Scotland’s multi award-winning neo-trad quintet, Elephant Sessions.

An abundance of international acts include fierce, all-female Māori world-roots production, Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura and award-winning African reggae-man, Afro Moses; and on the local front, we see festival favourites and fresh faces from the likes of gypsy punk band, All Strings Attached, ARIA nominated jazz-folk fusionists, Chaika, hip hop roots from far north Queenslander, Deline Briscoe, and for those who like their pop intelligent and their folk dark, Bush Gothic.

“Folk is for everyone and the National Folk Festival really prides itself on delivering a diverse program that appeals to people from all backgrounds and ages,” said Ms Roben.

“There’s a wonderful mix of international, Aussie and local acts across a full range of folk genres, as well as the opportunity to discover, share and engage in the full folk experience with arts, food, dance, poetry and more.”

With over 750 shows throughout 20 venues, a children’s festival, themed bars, masterclasses, workshops, markets and a huge arts program, the National Folk Festival attracts festival goers both nationally and internationally.

The National Folk Festival is held over the Easter long weekend, 9-13 April 2020 at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Early-bird tickets are on sale now at

National Folk Festival 2020

First Lineup Announcement

Afro Moses (AFR)

Aidan Connolly (IRE)

All Strings Attached

Amazing Drumming Monkeys


Bush Gothic


Chloe and Jason Roweth with Matt Nightingale

Deline Briscoe

Elephant Sessions (SCOT)

Fay Hield (UK)

Georgia State Line

Hat Fitz and Cara

Jon Boden (UK)


Late additions to the list

Littmus Steampunk Band

Liz Frencham Trio

Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura (NZ)

The Mammals (USA)

Mark Moldre

Muddy Wolfe

Pagoda Project (UK)

The Peppercorns

The Raglins

Rob Barratt (UK)

Ruth Hazleton & Daisywheel


Shelley’s Murder Boys

Stiff Gins

The Stowaways

'Uptown' Brown!

We Mavericks (NZ)

Whitetop Mountaineers (USA)


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