2016 Cobargo Folk Festival looks like being the best
yet, certainly in terms o
People often a
how a small festival, with a limited
budget, can assem
le such a line up.
As Artistic Director the first thing that I and the
program committee look for is balance.
Cobargo is fortunate in that a l
ur patrons come back
every year. They lov
xperience of being part
of a creative, i
ate village for a few days.
hips begin at Cobargo and are renewed every
year. It’s also imp
tant, if the Festival is t
be sustained, to
attract new patrons each year.
look for balance in old and new, introdu
s and sty
s, bringing back old favourites and
providing something new
Most of our performers come through an application proce
which this year attracted nea
ly 300 applications, from
after a bit of pol
e argy bargy -
Timing and a bit of luc
are also an important ingredient.
This year three of the major festivals, Port Fairy, Blue
Mountains and the National Folk Festival, take place in the
ng Cobargo, so
e have become a relaxed and
friendly starting point for international
erformers who will
go on to play at those festivals.
We’re close to the beach, we look after our guests well in
ndly billeted a
ommodation and the
can shake off
cobwebs of inter
tional travel and jet lag
Cobargo 2016 welcomes The
ambling Boys (Ireland), The
East Pointers (
Hélène Brunet (France), Beth Patterson (USA), T
Honeymoon (USA) and Alistair Brown (UK).
We also draw the best from
he Australian scene - highlights
this year include N
il Murray, who is also running a series
of workshops with
nal musicians, focusing
on retrieval of local indigenous language.
e are also
delighted to feature one of Australia’s best blues bands,
The Backsliders, who will be presenting an acoustic
The great Louis Armstrong once said: “
usic is folk
c – I ain’t nev
heard a h
sing a song”. He was right and
Cobargo is the place to open your
mind and y
ur ears and embrace all
kinds of great m
rom the EXECUTIV
In my role as the new Executive Director, I
like to extend a very warm welcome to you to our
21st annual Cobargo Folk Fes
val which is shaping up
as one of the best ever, with a host
f international acts
complementing the high quality Australian performers.
Cobargo has always had a fabulous concert program but
while I love watching great acts, my fes
nce is a
lot more than simply enjoying the concerts. A festival with
a fantastic conce
program is a good festival. But a
festival is more than that.
A great festival
s warm and welcoming with endless
tunities for everyone to take part. It’s a place where
one can feel supported enough to
an instrument, sing
r dance for the fi
to participate in
workshop to learn h
to sing in New
Guinea Pidgin; to fall about laughing whilst dancing the
he kids; to join in a tunes session at the bar or
o the early hours of the morning with friends in the
campsite. Cobargo is all this a
2015 was a busy year for us.
ogether with the Cobargo
Showground Trust and the Cobargo Sho
Society, we have
funded and b
toilet and shower facilities, supported
by the Bega Valley Shire Council and the NSW Government.
I am sure you will appreciate these new facilities.
We have also benefited from two signi
ant grants: from
Destination NSW to assist the marketing of the Festival
m NSW Arts, which is helping t
fund Neil Murray’s
workshops with the Yuin community. We tha
organisations for their support
Over the past year we have said a sad farewell to three
ival stalwarts, Beryl Schaeffer, a founding mem
the Yuin Folk Club who w
instrumental in securing the
st Cobargo Folk Festival grant from the Bega council
all those years ago, C
istine Quelch and Chris Burrowes
whose contributions to the Festival over many years have
been deeply appreciated.
lways, this Festival is organised entirely by a dedicated
group of unpaid
teers from Cobargo and the many
ll villages and localities in the beautiful Bega Valley.
This core group is assisted during the Festival by s
any of whom hav
friends who r
ach year to help bring the festival alive.
My heartfelt thanks to all of you who have
een part of t
Enjoy the concerts, join in
the workshops, have fun
and friends. Sta
and be respectful of those
around you. Most
a great time.