FOLK by the SEA is an intimate folk festival style event featuring the sounds of folk, world, roots, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music over 3 days in the picturesque seaside town of Kiama, famous for its blowhole. This event replaces Folk in the Foothills which was held at the Jamberoo Valley Lodge.

The event is a combination of ticket only entry (Friday and Saturday) featuring 35 artists from overseas and all around Australia in 70 concerts at Kiama Showground and a free day of local folk artists on the Sunday in Hindmarsh Park and other locations around Kiama.

There will be 6 venues at/near Kiama Showground for the Friday and Saturday events. Camping is available at the showground as well other quality accommodation in and around Kiama.

The festival is presented by volunteers from the Illawarra Folk Club Inc. who present regular folk music concerts in the Illawarra region and the world famous Illawarra Folk Festival.

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Kiama is about a 2 hour drive from Sydney on the South Coast of New South Wales. Motel and hotel accommodation online enquiries to be directed through the Kiama Visitor Centre website or telephone them on 1300 654 262.

2014 Folk BY the Sea PROGRAM

Click on the image below to view online the full 20 page Souvenir Program which includes artist biographies, playing times, venue maps, venue grids, festival features, messages and the hitch-hiker's guide to a good folk festival.

Click for a PDF version (6.8MB)



Damien Leith, Beth Patterson (USA), Mic Conway & Phil Donnison, Rory Faithfield (Ire/WA), A.J. Leonard & Jenny Rowlands, Bowralhouse, Carol Heuchan, Dingo's Breakfast Oz Music & Poetry Band, Graeme Murray, Green's Dairy Angel Ensemble, John Broomhall, Kiama Seaside Orchestra, Michael Waugh, Miriam Lieberman, No Such Thing, Penny Hartgerink Trio, Purple People Polka Band, RAPT, Southern Cross Bush Band, The Bottlers, The Button Collective, Zondrae King

2014 festival SUNDAY ARTISTS

Ana Otero Flamenco, Berkeley Songbirds, Big Erle, Big Seaside Singalong, Blowhole Buskers, Curragh, The Humphreys, Joe Mungovan, Lucette, Ray Marshall & The Bluegrass Deputies, Ruido Flamenco, Strung Secrets, The Con Artists, We Came for Dinosaurs, Wollongong Welsh Choir, Wongawilli

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