Next Gathering:

February 23rd, 24th, 25th  2018

2018 programme is out - download and print

General information for 2018 - download and print


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Frances 2018 is almost here at last!
Some of the things to look forward to

  • Lovely weather. Present forecast is for high 20's, low 30's.
  • The wonderful Ami Williamson as our featured act.
  • The release of our fundraising CD "THE GATHERING" featuring 19 tracks donated by Junior, Serendipity, Pete Denahy, Luke R Davies, Greg Champion, Lazy Farmer's Sons, Sonsy, Danny Spooner, Dave de Hugard, Keith Potger, Eric Bogle, Andrew Clermont, Bernard Carney, Henk Groot, Peter Thornton, Bruce Watson, John Francis, Halfway to Forth and Mike O’Callaghan.
  • Workshops, Blackboard concerts, performance competitions (Still a few spots left), Bandemonium, the Mixed Grill, Dancing, Poetry, Art exhibition,Singing, Non stop Sessions for those with the stamina, Sunday markets and a great Youth and Schools program.

Special event for 2018 - Vocal Performance Workshop with Ami Williamson.

Our special Guest Artist, Ami Williamson will be presenting a Masterclass in Vocal Performance on Sunday 25th February at the Frances Folk Gathering. 

If you would like the opportunity to receive coaching in Vocal Technique and presentation from a professional singer, this is your chance.  You would asked to perform a song, or part of one, to our live audience.  Ami would then provide feedback and work with you on ways to improve your technique.  If it is your own song, she can also assist with ideas on developing your song-writing.  Vacancies for only four singers so, if you are interested, contact Michael McGregor on 0419 820 605 or email to

Sing your song, sing any song and be inspired. “The day I don’t want to improve, is the day I hang up my racket” Venus Williams.




Frances Folk Gathering is a small and very special event in the folk calendar.

On the last weekend of February each year the tiny village of Frances on the Victorian/South Australian border opens its doors and hearts to folk lovers: musicians, dancers, poets, artists and appreciators.

The essence of Frances is participation. Frances only books one or two guest artists each year - the weekend's program is brought to life by everyone who comes. Everyone contributes to the fun and entertainment, young and old, beginners and old hats, the well-known, the never heard of and, sometimes, the infamous. Find out how you can get involved in Frances.

For musicians, blackboard concerts run all weekend in various venues. There are scheduled sessions, circles, serious and silly competitions, and workshops throughout the program as well as informal circles, busking and jamming just about everywhere. There is an art exhibition where artists are welcome to exhibit and art lovers can peruse and purchase art. For dancers, the dance program offers a variety of lively dances and workshops throughout the Gathering.

Each year online registrations open in the months leading up to Frances for those who want to enter the competitions, offer a workshop, or enter the art exhibition. Find out more: Competitions - Bandemonium - Art Exhibition - Workshops.

Frances is a true gathering of people - making and celebrating folk arts together - and the spirit of Frances has a cheeky, wonderful and unique magic to it. 






Coming to Frances

You just turn up! There are no tickets, bookings or palava. Attending the Gathering is FREE.

Login to Frances

You need to register to be involved in the competitions, to compete, judge or MC.

Staying at Frances

Frances is a friendly country town that lays out camping, food and drink for the weekend.

Spirit of Frances

The spirit of the Gathering was created at The First Frances Folk Gathering in 2000.


Frances Sponsors

The Gathering couldn't happen without the support of our wonderful sponsors. 

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Other generous sponsors include 

Circle H Farms; DiGiorgio Wines; Tender Cuts Butchers; The Veg Shed and Naracoorte Foodland