From 23-25 September 2016 the beautiful NSW South Coast town of Kiama will host the 4th Folk by the Sea Festival. You'll be joining 45 acts from all over Australia with over 100 artists.

Go to this LINK and you can view the 2015 online 20 page program or download the 4 page liftout program to get a flavour of the 2016 event.

Early bird passes prices to be announced. Limited camping is available but only with the festival pass, so hurry! Tickets will be available from April 2016.

FOLK by the SEA is an intimate folk festival style event featuring the sounds of folk, world, roots, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music over 3 days in the picturesque seaside town of Kiama, famous for its blowhole. This event replaces Folk in the Foothills which was held at the Jamberoo Valley Lodge.

The event is a combination of ticket only entry (Friday and Saturday) featuring 45 artists from overseas and all around Australia in 70 concerts at Kiama Showground and a free day of local folk artists on the Sunday in Hindmarsh Park and other locations around Kiama. CLICK FOR THE PROGRAM

There will be 6 venues at/near Kiama Showground for the Friday and Saturday events. Camping is available at the showground as well other quality accommodation in and around Kiama.

The festival is presented by volunteers from the Illawarra Folk Club Inc. who present regular folk music concerts in the Illawarra region and the world famous Illawarra Folk Festival.

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Kiama is about a 2 hour drive from Sydney on the South Coast of New South Wales. Motel and hotel accommodation online enquiries to be directed through the Kiama Visitor Centre website or telephone them on 1300 654 262.


Over 45 artists will be appeared at the festival including Christine Anu, Jodi Martin (SA), The Hillbilly Goats (Qld), Brendan Gallagher, Starboard Cannons, The Settlement (Vic), O'Leary (Qld), The Timbers (SA), Penny Davies & Roger Ilott (Qld), Lagoon Hill Zydeco (Tas), Marcus Sturrock (WA), Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton (UK) and more. SEE THE FULL LIST

2015 Folk BY the Sea PROGRAM

Click on the image below to view online the full 20 page Souvenir Program which included artist biographies, playing times, venue maps, venue grids, festival features, messages and the help guide to a good folk festival.

There's also a 4 page liftout program. Click for a PDF version of the 4 page centre liftout program grid (0.8MB).

Click on the image below to view.



Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton (UK), Bob McInnes, Brendan Gallagher, Cap In Hand, Christine Anu, Claire Roberts, Danny and Kate, David De Santi, Dead Men Talking, Den Hanrahan and the Rum Runners, Fresh Off the Boat, Garry Tooth, The Hannafords (Vic), Hillbilly Goats (Qld), Jodi Martin (SA), Lagoon Hill Zydeco (Tas), Marcus Sturrock (WA), No Such Thing, Nova and the Experience, O'Leary  (Qld), Penny Davies & Roger Ilott (Qld), The Rhymer from Ryde, Russell Churcher, Ryebuck, The Settlement (Vic), Starboard Cannons, Steve Wilson - The Man with the Concertina, The Timbers (SA), The Tinkers

2015 festival SUNDAY ARTISTS

Ana Otero Flamenco, The Blowhole Buskers, The Con Artists, Doux Manouche, Dane Overton, The Faraway Eyes, Handsome Young Strangers, The Humphreys, Joe Mungovan, Kiama Pipe Band, Rosas Flamencas​, Silver River Band, Three-Sixty, The Water Runners, We Came for Dinosaurs, Wollongong Welsh Choir

Click for more details about 2015 Artists

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