Folkie’s fourth and final announcement

WELCOME TO BEAUTIFUL PORT FAIRY: Australian singer-songwriter Lior will play at the 2017 Port Fairy Folk Festival. He joins Paul Kelly, Gretta Ray and The Young Folk. Port Fairy Folk Festival has made its last act announcement.

AustralianstarLior will take to the stage in March next year, along with a raft of other musical talent.

Lior, whose voice andguitar style has drawn comparisons with Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright, will be joined by New Zealand musician Marlon Williams, who’ll perform with his bandThe Yarra Benders

Williams has described as the impossible love child of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt.

International star Mercan Dede is aTurkish-born, Montreal-based musician, producer and DJ.

He will be accompanied byhis groupSecret Tribe, fusing his turntables with traditional instrumentationand the entrancing whirling of spectacular dervish dancerMira Burke.

This year’s winner of Triple J Unearthed and the Vanda & Young Songwriting CompetitionsGretta Ray is another highlight.

Irish singer-songwriterAoife Scott, the United Kingdom’sHewerdine and Juno Award winning Canadian actDigging Roots havejoined the jam-packed bill.

The Changing Roomwill sing original, award winning songs in English and Cornish language, while Mexico’sMexrrissey, described as a ‘7 piece horn-infused love letter toMorrissey’.

Also joining the line-up is ARIA nominated and much loved bluegrass bandThe Wilson Pickers,Australian folksingerDanny Spooner,Melbourne’s own Charles Jenkins,multi-genre mini orchestraTEK TEK Ensemble, alternative folk/rock troubadourTimWheatley,folk female four-pieceThe Drowsy Maggies, violin virtuoso Ewen Baker,regional Victorian groupFeatherheadfeaturingGary AdamsandJimmy Williams, and the West Ireland infused Australian traditional actLisnacrieve.

Port Fairy’s ownThe Southern Ocean Sea Band andFolk Alliance Australia Act of the Year winnerThe Bean Project are also tuning up to play the Folkie.

Special events includeBuried Country, a show that reveals the hidden and powerful history of Indigenous Australian country music, The Mission Songs Project, which willexplore the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music connecting the traditional with the contemporary, and Barry Versus Kelly, a musical drama by Felix Meagher about the trial and execution of Ned Kelly in November 1880. Itwill be staged at the Port Fairy Courthouse.

Previously announced acts include Eddi Reader(Scotland),Roo Panes(UK), The Young Folk(Ireland),Les Poules à Colin(Canada).

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