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The Illawarra Folk Club Inc, who organises the event, has planned a reduced 'Folk by the Sea' event over one and a half days on Friday 24th Sept and Saturday 25 September 2021. To be held on the spectacular Kiama headland, with sweeping ocean views, unspoilt beaches and maybe even the odd dolphin.

Add some top folk performers and you have the perfect place to come and relax ...let the music engage your senses....or dance to a big band...or soak up some storytelling...or laugh or cry with some amazing poets. Join a session! Join the bush dance - you won't want it to end!

Tickets are limited to make it a Covid safe event so grab a ticket while you can...they will sell out!

Due to COVID restrictions ONSITE CAMPING is NOT AVAILABLE to the general public. Refer to INFO -where to stay for nearby OFFSITE camping and other nearby accommodation options.

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2021 Artists

The artists have been selected and here they are:

Amie Grisold (Vic), The Button Collective, Chutney, The Con Artists, Daniel Kelly, Daniel J Townsend (Tas), the dixie chOOks (Vic), Fiddledance, Fly Little Sparrow (Qld), Good Tunes, John Tubridy, Judy Small (Vic), Kiama Pipe Band, Linda Mizzi Trio, Penny Hartgerink, Redfern Shanty Club, Robyn Sykes, Rusty & The Saint, Saoirse (Vic), Shellie Morris (Qld), Stonybroke, The Water Runners



Our interstate feature artists:


Judy Small is one of the most influential singer/songwriters to come out of Australia. Her songs, which include one of the hardest-hitting looks at the effects of war, "Mothers, Daughters, Wives," and the ecologically minded tune "Charlesworth Bay," have been covered by Ronnie Gilbert, Eric Bogle, the McCalmans, the Corries, Charlie King, and Priscilla Herdman. The Oakland Tribune referred to Small as a "writer of some of the most powerful social and political songs of our time."


Poignant, knowledgeable and full of humour, Shellie Morris’ illustrious career has balanced being one of Australia’s most celebrated singer-songwriters with her unwavering commitment to healing through music within communities. Armed with personal experience of connection and disconnection, Shellie imparts the importance of having a voice, listening to one another and that every individual is important.


Saoirse, from Victoria, provide soaring harmonies, beautiful ballads sung in English and Irish including original material, jigs and reels and even the odd step dance. A SAOIRSE performance will engage and delight your inner Celt!

ABOUT FOLK by the Sea  2021

It will be an intimate folk festival style event featuring the sounds of folk, world, roots, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music on Friday 24th Sept ( 5pm - Midnight ) and Saturday 25 Sept (9am - Midnight)  in the picturesque seaside town of Kiama, famous for its blowhole.

The event will be with ticket only entry and will feature around 20 folk music artists from around Australia in 6 venues at the Kiama Showground Pavillion and surrounds.

Onsite camping at the showground will not be available this year. There are a number of nearby caravan parks as well other quality accommodation in and around Kiama. Click for more information on local locations.

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.

Volunteer applications will open in June 2021.

Join the email list (on right) to receive regular information about Illawarra Folk Club concerts and the Illawarra Folk Festival (January 2022).

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 Destination Kiama website or telephone them on 1300 654 262.


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