The FUTUREFOLK program has been replaced with a Schools program which aims to bring folk music and traditions to many local and surrounding school children.

The Competitions program is designed to encourage both young and old performers to "get up and give it a go!"

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 still holds a busking competition exclusively for the under 16s.

We can proudly say Futurefolk was a catalyst to encourage a number of young performers who have gone on to make a name in the folk scene and pursue musical careers. 

Some of our Futurefolk success stories

Paddy Montgomery in 2005 and in 2010. Paddy now plays in Melbourne based band Mustered Courage and is still a regular performer at the Gathering. 





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. Emily's song "Life Song" is featured on the soon to be released Frances fund raising CD "The Gathering - 18 Years of Frances"






Matthew Lykos in 2007 and 2014. Matthew has pursued his singing in Barbershop, as a member of the Fish Bowl Boys, The Festival Statesmen Chorus, and Anatole Road, a new young folk band from Melbourne and Adelaide. He has also bought friends to the Gathering from the acclaimed Celtic female quartet Co-cheòl. 
In 2014 Matthew was awarded "Best Soloist" at Acapella Australia's competition for national finalists.