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February 24th, 25th, 26th  2017

Frances Folk Gathering 2017 – Less than a week to go!

Download the 2017 Programme 

It’s all coming together for another great Frances weekend.

14 day weather forecast for Naracoorte says mid 20’s max all weekend, no rain predicted.

A stellar weekend of music, dancing, singing, poetry, art, workshops, sessions and merriment is planned.

As well as our many talented regulars, we have Pete Denahy as our featured artist, along with appearances from Jude Iddison (a gifted violinist, singer/songwriter from Denmark in Western Australia,) and the delightful voices and talents of Merrily and Ginger Hansen from Co Cheol (stars of last year’s Fleurieu Folk Festival).

And it’s not too late to enter our competitions.
BANDEMONIUM still has a space with your group’s name on it!

Looking forward to meeting you at the meet ‘n greet BBQ at the Bowling Club at 6PM on Friday night!

Welcome to the Frances Folk Gathering!




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, 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. A particular focus of the Gathering is FUTUREFOLK- involving and nurturing young folk artists and up-and-coming talent. 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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