|Wed, Jan 01||7:30PM||Luna|
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 27||9:00AM||Grande|
|Sat, Dec 28||9:00AM||Grande|
|Sun, Dec 29||9:00AM||Grande|
|Mon, Dec 30||9:00AM||Grande|
|Tue, Dec 31||9:00AM||Grande|
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 27||9:00AM||Cirque|
|Sat, Dec 28||9:00AM||Cirque|
|Sun, Dec 29||9:00AM||Cirque|
|Mon, Dec 30||9:00AM||Cirque|
|Tue, Dec 31||9:00AM||Cirque|
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 27||10:00AM||Amphi|
|Sat, Dec 28||10:00AM||Amphi|
|Sun, Dec 29||10:00AM||Amphi|
|Mon, Dec 30||10:00AM||Amphi|
|Tue, Dec 31||10:00AM||Amphi|
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 27||10:00AM||Coopers Bar|
|Sat, Dec 28||10:00AM||Coopers Bar|
|Sun, Dec 29||10:00AM||Coopers Bar|
|Mon, Dec 30||10:00AM||Coopers Bar|
|Tue, Dec 31||10:00AM||Coopers Bar|
|Wed, Jan 01||10:00AM||Coopers Bar|
Bring your instruments or sing along to some ‘high lonesome’ standards from the great bluegrass repertoire.
|Fri, Dec 27||11:30AM||Coopers Bar|
|Sun, Dec 29||7:00PM||Coopers Bar|
Music Camp Registration
Sign up with your instrument for free instruction in the folk tradition from our magnificent tutors.
|Fri, Dec 27||1:00PM||WorkShop|
|Sat, Dec 28||1:00PM||WorkShop|
|Sun, Dec 29||1:00PM||WorkShop|
|Mon, Dec 30||1:00PM||WorkShop|
|Tue, Dec 31||1:00PM||WorkShop|
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 27||2:00PM||Pineapple Lounge|
|Sat, Dec 28||2:00PM||Pineapple Lounge|
|Sun, Dec 29||2:00PM||Pineapple Lounge|
|Mon, Dec 30||2:00PM||Pineapple Lounge|
|Tue, Dec 31||2:00PM||Pineapple Lounge|
|Wed, Jan 01||2:00PM||Pineapple Lounge|
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 27||5:30PM||Coopers Bar|
|Sat, Dec 28||9:00PM||Coopers Bar|
|Sun, Dec 29||5:30PM||Coopers Bar|
|Mon, Dec 30||9:00PM||Coopers Bar|
|Tue, Dec 31||7:00PM||Coopers Bar|
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 27||7:30PM||Amphi|
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 27||9:00PM||Coopers Bar|
|Sat, Dec 28||1:30PM||Coopers Bar|
|Sun, Dec 29||1:30PM||Coopers Bar|
|Sun, Dec 29||9:00PM||Coopers Bar|
|Mon, Dec 30||1:30PM||Coopers Bar|
|Tue, Dec 31||1:30PM||Coopers Bar|
|Tue, Dec 31||9:00PM||Coopers Bar|
|Wed, Jan 01||1:30PM||Coopers 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 27||9:30PM||Pineapple Lounge|
|Sat, Dec 28||9:30PM||Pineapple Lounge|
|Sun, Dec 29||9:30PM||Pineapple Lounge|
|Mon, Dec 30||9:30PM||Pineapple Lounge|
|Tue, Dec 31||9:30PM||Pineapple Lounge|
|Wed, Jan 01||9:30PM||Pineapple 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 28||2:30PM||Bob’s Bar|
Traditional English dance and morris tunes – come play music that makes you want to hop, skip, and jump!
|Sat, Dec 28||5:30PM||Coopers Bar|
|Mon, Dec 30||5:30PM||Coopers 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 28||7:00PM||Coopers Bar|
|Wed, Jan 01||5:30PM||Coopers Bar|
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 28||11:00PM||Small 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 29||9:00AM||Coopers Bar|
|Tue, Dec 31||9:00AM||Coopers Bar|
Slow Irish Tunes
Learn and play slow to intermediate traditional Irish tunes by ear. Yes, you can!
|Mon, Dec 30||11:30AM||Coopers Bar|
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 31||5:30PM||Coopers Bar|
|Wed, Jan 01||7:00PM||Coopers Bar|
The ‘All In’ Sessions
Tunes, songs, absolutely anything goes! All welcome.
|Tue, Dec 31||11:30PM||Coopers Bar|
|Wed, Jan 01||9:00PM||Coopers 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 01||2:45PM||Luna|
Fire Event Lantern Parade
|Wed, Jan 01||7:50PM||Amphi|
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 01||8:00PM||Amphi|
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 01||10:30PM||Bluestown|