Welcome to The Albany International Folk’n Shanty Festival website.
New festival dates 1 - 3 October 2021
AIF&SF is an annual music festival that brings together folk musicians and shanty singers from all over the world. Mostly Australia. Actually mostly just Western Australia at the moment.
It is organised by a small group of volunteers who want there to be a shanty festival in Australia. We made it a folk and shanty festival because we also love other kinds of folk music and because we have loads of mates who are really good folk musicians and we wanted them to come too.
It’s free. Completely free. That said, we like you to throw some coins in the collecting tins for good causes. We raise money for charities that are important to us. It’s why all the musicians perform for free. We also gratefully accept donations to help cover the inevitable costs like artist accommodation and transport. Actually the donations are really important to the festival so if you could afford a few dollars it would really help us. You can find our donations page here.
There are no tickets. Having tickets means increased costs that would involve spending money we don’t have. If you turn up to one of the venues and it’s full then there will be fantastic music a short walk away at one of the other venues.
Because we are all volunteers and not professional event organisers, we have to fit running the festival in around work and family commitments. We sometimes make mistakes. There are always last minute changes. Artists sometimes pull out and fortunately some also become available at short notice. We hope that people understand this and are patient with us. We do our best.
People have been asking ‘ is it definitely going ahead?’ As far as anyone can say yes with any certainty at the moment, the answer is yes. However, if there is community transmission of covid in WA at the time of the festival, we will cancel. We would never want to put anyone’s safety at risk.
Our festival is all about bringing together a community of likeminded musicians and people who love to listen to them. It is a weekend of singing, dancing, playing, stories, laughter and reaffirming the bonds of friendship. We share our music generously and invite people to join in. We encourage new musicians and singers and we sometimes even help people take their first steps on the journey. It would be really great if you could come.
The festival runs from Friday evening at 7pm to Sunday evening at 10pm. People who arrive early might be interested to know that there is a regular Irish Session at The Liberte on Thursday evenings.
If you have any questions related to the festival, please send them to [email protected]