VALE PETER ROOKE
Peter Rooke died peacefully on Friday 27th April following a long illness. Even though he was ill for some time Peter never let his declining health limit him and he continued to be very active almost to the end. Peter had a passion for traditional folk music and, though not a musician himself, he attended every Festival he could and was very well known across the Folk scene.
Peter has been a valuable and much loved member of the Frances Folk Gathering Organising Group for a number of years. He always contributed with positive enthusiasm and infectious good humour and his knowledge of who’s who in folk music was second to none. He also worked tirelessly for the Folk Federation of South Australia as a Committee Member and would be the first to volunteer for any role which advanced folk music in the community.
We have lost a good friend and the Gathering will not be the same without him.
If you know of others who knew Peter, as he had many friends, please make them aware of his passing.
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.
You just turn up! There are no tickets, bookings or palava. Attending the Gathering is FREE.
You need to register to be involved in the competitions, to compete, judge or MC.
Frances is a friendly country town that lays out camping, food and drink for the weekend.
The spirit of the Gathering was created at The First Frances Folk Gathering in 2000.
The Gathering couldn't happen without the support of our wonderful sponsors.
Other generous sponsors include
Circle H Farms; DiGiorgio Wines; Tender Cuts Butchers; The Veg Shed and Naracoorte Foodland