Get ready, Freo folk

THE Fremantle Folk Festival is back for a third year and there’s a great line up of entertainment with something for everyone.

“This is for grannies and hipsters,” organiser and musician Tom Fisher says.

Princess May Park will come alive with stages in the park as well as inside Clancy’s, circus workshops and shows in CircusWA’s big top and singalongs in the historic old boys school (DADAA’s HQ).

The annual festival is family friendly, and a limit on tickets means minimal clashes with acts, shorter queues, and a great house party vibe, Fisher says.

“My major thing I think Fremantle is lacking a bit is something with family access.

“I want a festival where kids can see music in a safe environment.”

The son of Jim Fisher, he grew up around music: “[But] so many parents say this is the first time their kids have seen a band.”

Bob Evans

Eastern states group Things of Stone and Wood, who had a huge hit with Happy Birthday Helen, and Jedediah frontman Kevin Mitchell, aka Bob Evans are the headline acts.

But Clancy’s has long championed local live music and the line up is predominately local musos.

Highlights include Gracé Barbe, folk prodigy Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks, Zydecats, Peter Bibby,  and rock n blues band Blue Shaddy.

“And we always have something cultural, this time it’s the Chung Wah Chinese Orchestra and Lion Dancers,” Fisher says.

Dad Jim, and Natalie Gillespie, will lead a giant pub choir, and a circle of musicians will invite punters to join in for a good old campfire sing-along at the Ring of Fire.

“And there’s a great nature play zone, with fairies,” Fisher says.

There’s also no shortage of food outlets, and craft beer.

Fremantle Folk Festival is on Saturday December 1. Tix via Clancy’s website and oztix.   


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