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It’s the Year of Scotland in Australia… here’s how you can celebrate

It’s the Year of Scotland in Australia… here’s how you can celebrate

Put on your kilt and get ready for a spectacular line-up of Scottish musicians touring Australia at various festivals around the country.

Music lovers, this one’s for you. The Year of Scotland in Australia in 2020 will be the largest showcase of traditional Scottish music and heritage in Australia ever, and is only just getting started. Taking place over 12 months, Scottish artists from contemporary folk and trad scenes will take centre stage across the country in VIC, SA, NSW and ACT, and will also perform in smaller communities with The Festival of Small Halls. The celebratory occasion is designed to inspire you to visit Scotland and seek out traditional folk music events in the local pubs, grand halls and quaint castles.

Festival of Small Halls (Woodfordia), VIC, SA, NSW, ACT

6 March – 14 April

Scottish Artists:

  • The Paul McKenna Band

13 March – Lameroo, SA – Lameroo Memorial Hall

14 March – Orroroo, SA – Orroroo Memorial Hall

15 March – Beltana, SA – Beltane Assembly Hall

18 March – Red Cliffs, VIC – Red Cliffs Civic Centre

19 March – Wycheproof, VIC – Wycheproof Shire Hall

20 March – Caldwell, VIC – Caldwell Hall

21 March – Sedgwick, VIC – Sedgwick Public Hall and Recreation Reserve

22 March – Glenlyon, VIC – Glenlyon Hall

25 March – Loch, VIC – Loch Public Hall

26 March – Merton, VIC – Merton Memorial Hall

27 March – Hallston, VIC – Hallston Mechanics Institute Hall

28 March – Tarwin Lower, VIC – Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute

29 March – Port Albert, VIC – Port Albert Mechanics Institute

1 April – Heyfield, VIC – Heyfield Memorial Hall

3 April – Dalgety, NSW – Dalgety Memorial Hall

4 April – Ganmain, NSW – Ganmain Hall

5 April – Brungle, NSW – Brungle Memorial Hall

8 April – Barnawartha, VIC – Barnawartha Soldiers Memorial Hall

9-13 April – Canberra, ACT – National Folk Festival

Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

6-9 March

Scottish Artists:

  • Fara
  • The Jellyman’s Daughter
  • Paul McKenna Band
  • The Langan Band
  • Tony McManus

WOMADelaide, SA 

6-9 March

Scottish Artists:

  • RURA

Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW

13-15 March

Scottish Artists:

  • Fara
  • The Jellyman’s Daughter
  • The Langan Band

To keep up to date with the fast expanding year long programme, more detailed information and ticket links, visit and follow @YOSA2020 #YOSA2020.

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Pictured from left to right: Emily Kelly & Graham Coe (Jellyman’s Daughter), Fiona Ross, Rick Roser, Alan Morrison, Tom Morris

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