Festival Friends


Wed, Jan 017:30PMLuna

Festival Orchestra Rehearsal

Join Andrew Veivers, Mal Webb, Andrew Clermont, Ric Halstead and Zaia Kendall with a musical instrument of your choosing and create a truly people-powered orchestra. After attending daily rehearsals to learn the simple and stunning arrangements, you will star in the festival’s fiery finale. For the performance, please dress as 1905-era workers – go wild with suspenders, shawls, dresses, peaked hats and other worker garb in muted colours. You are welcome to utilise the musical instrument cloakroom for a small fee.

Fri, Dec 279:00AMGrande
Sat, Dec 289:00AMGrande
Sun, Dec 299:00AMGrande
Mon, Dec 309:00AMGrande
Tue, Dec 319:00AMGrande

Fire Choir Rehearsal

Raise your voice in song! Join Beat Lehmann daily to learn the songs for the Fire Event before taking to the Amphitheatre stage for this spectacular theatrical performance. Please wear a plain red top for the performance - without prints or logos, and feel free to adorn yourself with red headscarves, hats and shawls. Bass singers – this is your year.

Fri, Dec 279:00AMCirque
Sat, Dec 289:00AMCirque
Sun, Dec 299:00AMCirque
Mon, Dec 309:00AMCirque
Tue, Dec 319:00AMCirque

Lantern Making

Make a lantern to light your way at the start of the Fire Event – after the performance it’s yours to keep. All materials are provided but under 12s must be accompanied by an adult for the workshops and Fire Event, and numbers may be limited due to high demand. Please wear a white top and covered shoes for the procession. You’ll meet at the True North Bar at 7:00PM for a 7:50PM procession.

Fri, Dec 2710:00AMAmphi
Sat, Dec 2810:00AMAmphi
Sun, Dec 2910:00AMAmphi
Mon, Dec 3010:00AMAmphi
Tue, Dec 3110:00AMAmphi

Ukulele Jam

Come on a musical adventure with these comedic gypsies as the take you step by step through the chords, rhythms and vocal harmonies that make their songs unique. Bring your ukes and your voices for a workshop for players of all abilities.

Fri, Dec 2710:00AMCoopers Bar
Sat, Dec 2810:00AMCoopers Bar
Sun, Dec 2910:00AMCoopers Bar
Mon, Dec 3010:00AMCoopers Bar
Tue, Dec 3110:00AMCoopers Bar
Wed, Jan 0110:00AMCoopers Bar


Bring your instruments or sing along to some ‘high lonesome’ standards from the great bluegrass repertoire.

Fri, Dec 2711:30AMCoopers Bar
Sun, Dec 297:00PMCoopers Bar

Music Camp Registration

Sign up with your instrument for free instruction in the folk tradition from our magnificent tutors.

Fri, Dec 271:00PMWorkShop
Sat, Dec 281:00PMWorkShop
Sun, Dec 291:00PMWorkShop
Mon, Dec 301:00PMWorkShop
Tue, Dec 311:00PMWorkShop

Time to Shine at the Pine!

The Piney loves to lavish praise and litres of succulent Shampines upon fresh talent, so be sure to enter your Shine at the Pine Talent Quest. Register each morning at the bar before 11.00AM to enter. Limited entries could open unlimited doors.

Fri, Dec 272:00PMPineapple Lounge
Sat, Dec 282:00PMPineapple Lounge
Sun, Dec 292:00PMPineapple Lounge
Mon, Dec 302:00PMPineapple Lounge
Tue, Dec 312:00PMPineapple Lounge
Wed, Jan 012:00PMPineapple Lounge

Irish Tunes

Lively traditional Irish tunes and songs played by ear on fiddles, whistles, mandolins, banjos and more. Join in for a tune, sing a song or dance the night away from where the craic is certainly mighty.

Fri, Dec 275:30PMCoopers Bar
Sat, Dec 289:00PMCoopers Bar
Sun, Dec 295:30PMCoopers Bar
Mon, Dec 309:00PMCoopers Bar
Tue, Dec 317:00PMCoopers Bar

Welcome Ceremony

We gather together after another year around the sun to celebrate and dream. Emir goes exploring in the sunset; where earth and sky and fire collide. Jinibara Custodians and Woodfordian Elders welcome you all home in song and ceremony.

Fri, Dec 277:30PMAmphi


Join in with the songs sessions. Bring along your voice, your instrument, your friends and all of your energy for open sessions of acoustic songs with a few tunes thrown in for fun.

Fri, Dec 279:00PMCoopers Bar
Sat, Dec 281:30PMCoopers Bar
Sun, Dec 291:30PMCoopers Bar
Sun, Dec 299:00PMCoopers Bar
Mon, Dec 301:30PMCoopers Bar
Tue, Dec 311:30PMCoopers Bar
Tue, Dec 319:00PMCoopers Bar
Wed, Jan 011:30PMCoopers Bar

10 Years Pine Time!

Sounds like fake news but the Pineapple Lounge and her adorable conjoined twin, Shampine, were born a decade ago this festival. Joined at, by and for the hip, our legendary duo celebrates double figures with a unique nightly double-act: a shape- shifting pineapple house band carving out fresh-cut grooves and later (until much later) Woodfordia’s only DJ spinning his juicy hip- swivelling set.

Fri, Dec 279:30PMPineapple Lounge
Sat, Dec 289:30PMPineapple Lounge
Sun, Dec 299:30PMPineapple Lounge
Mon, Dec 309:30PMPineapple Lounge
Tue, Dec 319:30PMPineapple Lounge
Wed, Jan 019:30PMPineapple Lounge

ABC Live Recording

Join ABC Sunshine Coast as they record the ABC’s national New Year’s Eve broadcast. Aired across Australia on the ABC Local Radio network on the night of 31 December, this popular broadcast connects listeners with artists who make up the festival.

Sat, Dec 282:30PMBob’s Bar

English Tunes

Traditional English dance and morris tunes – come play music that makes you want to hop, skip, and jump!

Sat, Dec 285:30PMCoopers Bar
Mon, Dec 305:30PMCoopers Bar

Old Time Tunes and Songs

Bring your banjos, fiddles, guitars and mandolins for some great play-along American fiddle tunes. Sing along to songs that have stood the test of time, with familiar choruses that you didn’t realise were rattling around in the back of your brain.

Sat, Dec 287:00PMCoopers Bar
Wed, Jan 015:30PMCoopers Bar

Prom Night

If you weren’t ‘you’ when you had your prom, formal or school dance, 20 years ago or two weeks ago, this is the night to reclaim it. Taffeta, tulle, tuxes and tunes – if you’re looking for a chance to be OUT while you twist and shout, whether you’re a wallflower or a dancing Queen, all colours of the rainbow are welcome tonight to the prom you never had.

Sat, Dec 2811:00PMSmall Hall

Learn and Share Trad Tunes

Want to learn a new traditional tune, share a favourite, or have a go at playing by ear? Rock up for a relaxed early sharing session to get the day started.

Sun, Dec 299:00AMCoopers Bar
Tue, Dec 319:00AMCoopers Bar

Slow Irish Tunes

Learn and play slow to intermediate traditional Irish tunes by ear. Yes, you can!

Mon, Dec 3011:30AMCoopers Bar

Italian Tunes

Learn tunes to earn your free spaghetti and meatballs at your next Italian restaurant. Based upon David De Santi’s Zumpa – a Folk Musician’s Italian Tunebook. Sheet music provided.

Tue, Dec 315:30PMCoopers Bar
Wed, Jan 017:00PMCoopers Bar

The ‘All In’ Sessions

Tunes, songs, absolutely anything goes! All welcome.

Tue, Dec 3111:30PMCoopers Bar
Wed, Jan 019:00PMCoopers Bar

Festival Director’s Report

Bill Hauritz reports back on the year and the festival that was, and what lies ahead for Woodfordia. Questions and constructive comments are always welcome.

Wed, Jan 012:45PMLuna

Fire Event Lantern Parade

Wed, Jan 017:50PMAmphi

Fire Event: I Knew a Phoenix in My Youth (Part I)

A feather falls, drifting lazily toward the scorched earth. Summer beats down on freckled knees, as Emir kicks the dust and wanders on through days drawn long and golden. The chirp of a lonely hatchling becomes a song, and soon a child with a bird becomes a youth with a phoenix – and few are ever that lucky. The days wear on, and the inseparable pair teach one another the things we all must learn. Yet as summer’s end approaches, goodbyes come too soon. Emir learns that in the silent hour of sadness, help is never far away if you need it.

Wed, Jan 018:00PMAmphi

Blues Bar Jam - All Welcome

You’ve been itching to pick up the guitar, and with the festival done, now’s the chance. Sit in with other festivilians... and a guest or two.

Wed, Jan 0110:30PMBluestown