The National Folk Festival is delighted to announce its First Peoples’ Program with a stellar line-up of award-winning and emerging Aboriginal artists, writers and projects. Plus this week, 30 more acts from across Australia are announced.

Sister and brother Genise and Nicholas Williams are Aranda people from Hermannsburg, NT and come from Aboriginal country music royalty. Children of Aboriginal country singer Warren H Williams, one of Australia’s most highly decorated Aboriginal artists, and their grandfather country singer Gus Williams, their music sings of Hermannsburg in story and song.  With a recent tour to Germany with the Central Desert Aboriginal Choir under their belt, this talented duo will also be leading the Festival Choir with Rachel Hore.

Curated by award-winning composer, performer and creative entrepreneur Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is the first project of the Archie Roach Foundation. With exquisite harmonies and an important story to tell, the Mission Songs Project seeks to revive and perform a rare and almost forgotten collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were performed on missions and settlements, and around the campfires between 1900–1999.  Jessie Lloyd has also been awarded the 2017 National Folk Fellowship. Don’t miss hearing this vital part of Australia’s history at the National Folk Festival.

Also joining the Festival’s Celebration of Australia’s First Peoples is award-winning iconic soul & blues artist Kutcha Edwards and the high-powered Brisbane nine-piece dance, dub and reggae outfit Dubmarine. Canberra’s premiere indigenous dance group Wiradjuri Echoes will deliver our Welcome to Country with Aunty Agnes O’Shea and, from Yuin and Eora Country the acclaimed female Indigenous dance group, The Djaadjawan Dancers make a welcome return to the National.

Over 40 acts are announced in today’s January release. The line-up includes the vaudeville cabaret of the infamous Mic Conway’s National Junk Band; fresh from Nashville, The Mae Trio touting their highly anticipated second album showcasing powerful songwriting and stunning harmonies; and, get down and dirty with Heath Cullen and Band performing their latest highly acclaimed album ‘Outsiders’, which was recorded with Elvis Costello’s band The Imposters. With rave reviews and comparisons to the likes of Yo Yo Ma, don’t miss chamber-folk trio The String Contingent; the intense energy of The Barleyshakes; plus an intimate performance with folk virtuosos Kate Burke, Luke Plumb & Ruth Hazleton as they come together for a special one-off performance featuring songs from the album ‘Declaration’ and premiering new songs from future projects.

With just 3 months to go till the 51st National Folk Festival, now is the time to pick up your tickets and plan your visit to one of Australia’s most dynamic and enduring folk music events. Across five fabulous days in the Nation’s Capital at Easter, the 2017 Festival is from 13-17 April and features an A-list of over 200 international and national acts. Keep up with all the Festival news, masterclasses and announcements at or on our Facebook or Twitter pages. @natfolkfest #ournff #5daysinaperfectworld