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Showcase held at the National Folk Festival in Canberra on Sunday 27 March 2016
Folk Alliance Australia (FAA), in partnership with the National Folk Festival (NFF), is very excited to present the FAA Youth Award again this year. The Youth Award is an annual event that takes place at the NFF. The aim of the project is to boost the profile of young performers and introduce, support and encourage them to the next level of their development.
We are asking festivals, folk clubs, groups and arts organisations from around Australia to nominate an outstanding youth act. FAA will consider all nominations that fall within the genres of traditional folk to contemporary folk. Solo acts and small bands between the ages of 14‐25 will be considered. Cross‐cultural performances are encouraged.
Selected nominees will perform a 10‐12 minute showcase at the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award Concert held at the National Folk Festival in Canberra on Sunday 27 March 2016. The FAA Youth Performer of the Year will be announced at the conclusion of the Awards Concert. All showcase performers will receive a free festival pass to the NFF (including camping), as well as some support towards travel. FAA will profile all selected showcase performers throughout the year.
In addition to 12 months of development support, the Winner will have the opportunity to feature and participate in the FAA Conference and will perform at a minimum of three national festivals.
The Runner‐Up will receive development support within the music industry to the value of $500. Examples of this may include marketing support, design, photography, etc.
For more information please contact Una McAlinden at email@example.com.
FOLK ALLIANCE AUSTRALIA YOUTH AWARD 2015
The Folk Alliance of Australia held their annual Youth Awards at The National Folk Festival on Sunday 5 April. A total of eight young acts took part being nominated by festivals and like folk organizations all round the country. This year we had 3 acts from Tasmania, 2 from Victoria, and one each from NSW, QLD and SA. This was probably the best national spread of representation we’ve had for the Awards. The two acts judged the most worthy of FAA support over the next year were Kaurna & Tom Kneebone from SA and The Raglins a duo from Victoria. Honourable mention was made of Frumious from Tasmania. The overall standard of musicianship of all participants was highly encouraging and many of them portrayed levels of composition and originality that spoke mountains for our music education system, and indeed for the future of folk and its branches in Australia.
The larger groups, which played mainly instrumental music, were Frumious, As The Crow Flies from Tasmania, and Paddy and The Wonderland from NSW. Frumious played music in a Eastern Euro/Gypsy swing style, whilst as The Crow Flies with a three girl all fiddle line up had a more Celtic feel to their compositions. Paddy and the Wonderland very clearly based their material on jazz roots featuring improvisation on fiddle and baritone sax. The winners Kaurna & Tom Kneebone were a guitar duo with strong original songs; The Raglins are Rob Hillman and Hannah Pelka-Cavan with an interesting mix of originals with trad roots; and the other acts, Wayfare from Victoria, Anna Armstrong & Jordon O’Farrell from QLD, and Matthew Dames from Tassie all performed their own original songs and tunes.
The 2 hour plus concert was concluded by a short performance by the excellent Oh Pep! who were the recipients of the 2014 FAA Youth Award. The band also made a big splash when they performed at the 2015 Folk Alliance International in Kansas City earlier this year. During the past year Oh Pep! and several other young acts performed at special FAA showcase concerts at Woodford Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Music festival and were included in the Port Fairy Folk festival program. Folk Alliance Australia much appreciates this valuable support and is especially grateful to The national Folk Festival for its continuing support for young and developing folk artists.