The tiny border town of Frances will once again ring to the sound of music and festivities as the Frances Folk Gathering gets underway.
The Frances Folk Gathering is widely regarded as Australia’s very best free music festival and this year will be from February 23 to 25.
The gathering is held in the township, and centred around the Frances Hotel.
There will be a wide range of activities with concerts, dancing, lots of workshops for singers, musicians, poets and dancers and sessions where, if you play an instrument, you are welcome to join in.
This year the gathering features the brilliant musical and comedy talents of Ami Williamson.
Ms Williamson is the daughter of country music star John Williamson but has forged her own career as a singer, songwriter and entertainer.
Ms Williamson has classical training and has studied and performed opera as well as writing and performing her own songs about life, love and family.
The gathering is well supported by the Naracoorte Lucindale Council, CUB and a number of local organisations and will be opened by mayor Erika Vickery on the Friday night.
The Frances Folk Gathering is in its 19th year and this year, as a fundraiser, is launching a CD featuring most of the brilliant guest artists featured in the last 18 years, including Eric Bogle, Keith Potger and Pete Denahy.
The CD will be for sale at and following the gathering for $25.
For further information, or to purchase a CD, visit the website, www.francesfolkgathering.com.au or call the chair Michael McGregor on 0419 820 605.