Folk music lives from generation to generation - with the songs and traditions passing down to new performers. Futurefolk are these people - young people learning, or older folk discovering folk music or picking up new instruments. These people will keep folk music alive into the future.
Frances warmly welcomes Futurefolk. All the activities at the Gathering encourage younger and/or less experienced players. Everyone, regardless of age, is welcomed into workshops and sessions, and blackboard concerts and competitions provide supportive performance experience. Frances holds a busking competition exclusively for the under 16s.
We can proudly say futurefolk works. A number of futurefolk have gone on to make a name in the folk scene and pursue musical careers.
Some of our Futurefolk
Paddy Montgomery in 2005 and in 2010. Paddy now plays in Melbourne based band Mustered Courage.
Emily Schoof in 2011 and performing at our 2014 fundraiser concert. In 2014 Serendipity, Emily's duo with Kasey Stephensen won the 21st Lis Johnston Award for Vocal Excellence at the National Folk Festival.
Matthew Lykos in 2007 and 2014. Matthew has pursued his singing in Barbershop, as a member of the Fish Bowl Boys and The Festival Statesmen Youth Chorus. In 2014 Matthew was awarded "Best Soloist" at Acapella Australia's competition for national finalists.