Posted 15 Oct 2018

Excited is an understatement, but we are over the moon to announce Stiff Gins will be playing Woodford Folk Festival 2018, with the exciting new program unveiled over the weekend.

Press Release – Woodford Folk Festival

Continuing its reputation for blending tradition with discovery, Woodford Folk Festival once again brings together music, art, circus, cabaret, yoga, dance, comedy and ceremony, in its 2018/19 festival programme.

The largest gathering of artists and performers of its kind in Australia, Woodford Folk Festival showcases more than 2000 artists, musicians and presenters in over 400 acts, over 25 venues to an estimated aggregate audience of 125,000 people. The highly anticipated programme was announced in full during a special launch on Saturday night.

The 500-acre festival site known as Woodfordia will play host to Kimbra, Julia Jacklin, Electric Fields, Jen Cloher, Stella Donnelly, Alex the Astronaut and Remi. They join festival favourites The Cat Empire, The Waifs, Nattali Rize, and Xavier Rudd, already released as part of a talks programme that includes Dr Karland Costa Georgiadis.

Bringing together performers from around the globe, alongside a huge number of homegrown talents, this year’s international visitors include Canadian consorts Irish Mythen, The Fretless, Old Man Luedecke, Les Poules a Colin and podcast Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids. From just across the ditch, a special brand of electric blue witch-hop comes courtesy of Estére, and one of New Zealand’s most established songwriting stars Mel Parsons brings alive her new album Glass Heart with her dynamic live show and full band. Travelling from all corners of the world will also be Rura (SCOT), Lindsay Lou (USA), River Matthew(ENG), Sun Collective (IRE), Fru Skagerrak (NOR/SWE/DEN), Ross Daly Quarter(USA/GRE), Tim McMillan & Rachel Snow (GER/AUS) and a plethora of street theatre, meditation in motion and Children’s Festival artists.

A festival that loves to provide unique offerings, dynamic duo Hat Fitz & Cara host a Blues Breakfast BBQ each morning, bringing together laughter, stories and music with a revolving door of surprise guests. One of those not-so-surprise guests is Jo Jo Smith. Regarded by top musicians and her devoted audience as one of Australia’s greatest soul singers, she celebrates 50 years in the business with two special shows across the festival and an intimate chat at the Blues Breakfast BBQ.

The blues continues with the return of Sweet Felicia and the Honeytones, Tullara and multi-award winner Leanne Tennant joining the lineup alongside Chris Tamwoy, Montgomery Brothers, Vince Jones and the Astral Orchestra, Mick Thomas, Glenn Cardier and Christian Marsh.

Flicking through the 128 page programme booklet feels like diving into a different world, full of artists like Dan Sultan, The Maes, Emily Wurramara, The Teskey Brothers, Wanderers and Stiff Gins. Artists such as The Little Stevies and Teeny Tiny Stevies take to the stage in the main programme and Children’s Festival, as previously announced.

The diversity in the lineup reflects the wide variety of patrons that attend Woodford Folk Festival each year. And yet, despite this variation in demographics, year after year studies at the festival show that patrons feel a strong sense of belonging in the Woodfordia community. It is a place where everyone is welcomed, and connection is key.

Stiff Gins Performance Schedule:
Thursday, 27 Dec – 11pm at Luna
Friday, 28 Dec – 9.10am at Luna
Saturday, 29 Dec – From 3.10pm at Grande
Sunday, 30 Dec – 10.30am at Grande

For tickets, and further information about the festival, please head to