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F

rom the

ARTISTIC D

I

RECTOR

Th

e

2016 Cobargo Folk Festival looks like being the best

yet, certainly in terms o

f

artistic talent.

People often a

sk

m

e

how a small festival, with a limited

budget, can assem

b

le such a line up.

As Artistic Director the first thing that I and the

s

mall

program committee look for is balance.

Cobargo is fortunate in that a l

ot

of

o

ur patrons come back

every year. They lov

e

the Cobargo

e

xperience of being part

of a creative, i

nt

im

ate village for a few days.

Many frien

ds

hips begin at Cobargo and are renewed every

year. It’s also imp

or

tant, if the Festival is t

o

be sustained, to

attract new patrons each year.

So w

e

look for balance in old and new, introdu

c

ing different

cultur

e

s and sty

le

s, bringing back old favourites and

providing something new

a

nd unexp

ec

ted.

Most of our performers come through an application proce

ss

which this year attracted nea

r

ly 300 applications, from

which we

after a bit of pol

it

e argy bargy -

s

elected 50

acts.

Timing and a bit of luc

k

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

month follo

wi

ng Cobargo, so

w

e have become a relaxed and

friendly starting point for international

p

erformers who will

go on to play at those festivals.

We’re close to the beach, we look after our guests well in

fr

ie

ndly billeted a

cc

ommodation and the

y

can shake off

t

he

cobwebs of inter

na

tional travel and jet lag

.

Cobargo 2016 welcomes The

R

ambling Boys (Ireland), The

East Pointers (

C

anada), Vin

G

arbutt

(

UK), Nicol

a

Hayes and

Hélène Brunet (France), Beth Patterson (USA), T

ru

ckstop

Honeymoon (USA) and Alistair Brown (UK).

We also draw the best from

t

he Australian scene - highlights

this year include N

e

il Murray, who is also running a series

of workshops with

l

oc

al

Abori

gi

nal musicians, focusing

on retrieval of local indigenous language.

W

e are also

delighted to feature one of Australia’s best blues bands,

The Backsliders, who will be presenting an acoustic

b

ased

performance.

The great Louis Armstrong once said: “

A

ll

m

usic is folk

mu

i

s

c – I ain’t nev

er

heard a h

or

se

sing a song”. He was right and

Cobargo is the place to open your

mind and y

o

ur ears and embrace all

kinds of great m

u

s

ic.

'DYH &URZGHQ

Artistic Director

F

rom the EXECUTIV

E

DIRECTOR

In my role as the new Executive Director, I

w

ould

like to extend a very warm welcome to you to our

21st annual Cobargo Folk Fes

ti

val which is shaping up

as one of the best ever, with a host

o

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

ti

val exper

ie

nce is a

lot more than simply enjoying the concerts. A festival with

a fantastic conce

rt

program is a good festival. But a

great

festival is more than that.

A great festival

i

s warm and welcoming with endless

oppo

r

tunities for everyone to take part. It’s a place where

everyone and

a

ny

one can feel supported enough to

p

ick up

an instrument, sing

o

r dance for the fi

r

st tim

e;

to volunteer

;

to participate in

a

workshop to learn h

ow

to sing in New

Guinea Pidgin; to fall about laughing whilst dancing the

Troika with

t

he kids; to join in a tunes session at the bar or

jam i

nt

o the early hours of the morning with friends in the

campsite. Cobargo is all this a

nd

more!

2015 was a busy year for us.

T

ogether with the Cobargo

Showground Trust and the Cobargo Sho

w

Society, we have

funded and b

ui

lt n

ew

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

fic

ant grants: from

Destination NSW to assist the marketing of the Festival

and f

ro

m NSW Arts, which is helping t

o

fund Neil Murray’s

workshops with the Yuin community. We tha

nk

both

organisations for their support

.

Over the past year we have said a sad farewell to three

Fe

st

ival stalwarts, Beryl Schaeffer, a founding mem

be

r of

the Yuin Folk Club who w

as

instrumental in securing the

fir

st Cobargo Folk Festival grant from the Bega council

all those years ago, C

hr

istine Quelch and Chris Burrowes

whose contributions to the Festival over many years have

been deeply appreciated.

As

a

lways, this Festival is organised entirely by a dedicated

group of unpaid

v

ol

un

teers from Cobargo and the many

sm

a

ll villages and localities in the beautiful Bega Valley.

This core group is assisted during the Festival by s

om

e 2

0

0

additional volunteers,

m

any of whom hav

e

b

ec

ome loyal

friends who r

t

e urn

e

ach year to help bring the festival alive.

My heartfelt thanks to all of you who have

b

een part of t

h

is

exciti

n

g team.

Enjoy the concerts, join in

the workshops, have fun

w

ith

fami

ly

and friends. Sta

y

safe

and be respectful of those

around you. Most

o

f

a

ll, have

a great time.

=HQD $UPVWURQJ

Ex

ec

utive Director