Folk by the Sea


Tickets selling fast.

Earlybirds still available. Camping on showground full but nearby campgrounds still available.

FOLK by the SEA is an intimate folk festival featuring the sounds of folk, world, roots, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music over 3 days in the picturesque seaside town of Kiama, famous for its blowhole. Now in its 6th year at Kiama, this event replaced Folk in the Foothills which was held at the Jamberoo Valley Lodge.

The event is a combination of ticket only entry (Friday and Saturday) featuring artists from overseas and all around Australia in 100 concerts at Kiama Showground and a free day of local folk artists on the Sunday at the Kiama Showground Pavillion and Kiama Bowling Club.

There will be 8 venues at/near Kiama Showground for the Friday and Saturday events. Camping is available at nearby campgrounds and other quality accommodation in and around Kiama.

The 2018 Folk by the Sea artist list is:

International: Alan Reid & Rob van Sante (Scot) , Danny and Kate (NZ), Fiona Ross (Scot), Ken Nicol (Eng)

National: Glenn Skuthorpe, Kavisha Mazzella, Linda Mizzi and Band, Little Foot, Luke O’Shea, Mad Kelpie Playdate, Matt Katsis, Margaret & Bill Winnett, Michael-John Azzopardi, Nerida Cuddy, Pete Wild, Robyn Sykes, Rusty & The Saint, Seanchas, Snez, Stringline, Suzette Herft, Terry Fielding, The Dead Maggies, The Heart Collectors, The Honey Sippers, The Mutual Acquantainces, The Royal High Jinx, Willie and the Correspondents, Witches Leap

Local: AZ- I-AM, Chord-eaux, Dear Violet, John Tubridy, Ian Hayden & Kiama Ceili, Jessica Grainger, JOCEAN, No Such Thing, Sing Australia Kiama, Steampunk Vagabonds, The Lurkers, The Water Runners, Wally Byrne, Wolf Gordon, Zlatkos Balkan Cabaret

Ticket Prices – BUY TICKETS

  • Earlybird Adult (2 Day – Fri & Sat) $60
  • Adult ( 2 Day – Fri & Sat) at gate $75
  • Youth (12-18yrs) (2 Day) $30
  • Child (U/12yrs) (2 Day) Free
  • Friday night Adult $30
  • Friday night Youth $10
  • Saturday Adult $70
  • Saturday Youth $25
  • Saturday Evening (from 5pm) Adult $40
  • Saturday Evening (from 5pm) Youth (12-18yrs) $20

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We’d appreciate help with Volunteering if you can. Please fill in this form here

Launch of Folk By the Sea – Richard Grainger in Concert – Friday 14th Sept – 7pm Joyce Wheatley Community Hall, Hindmarsh Park, Kiama

Richard Grainger (UK)

Richard Grainger is a prolific and diverse artist, songwriter and musician who has been performing on the British Folk Scene since the 1980’s.

30 years have elapsed since he made his first recording and this was celebrated in his 30th Anniversary Concert in Middlesbrough Town Hall in 2015.On stage with Richard were Dick Miles,Chris Parkinson, Flossie Malavialle, Steve Dawes & Helen Pitt, Graham Brotton and The Wilson Family.

‘Widely respected songwriter and guitarist with a clear and ‘captivating’ vocal style’. His songs are performed widely by artists including The Teesside Fettlers, Baldricks Plan, The Wilson Family, Flossie Malavialle, GU4, John Morris, Dick Miles, Monkeys Fist , KImbers Men, Derek Gifford and many more…

Born in Middlesbrough, an industrial town on the North East coast of England, he was brought up in a musical family, and sang with them from a very young age. He now resides in Whitby, North Yorkshire.

From his early days,Richard toured the north east folk clubs and in 1981 joined the popular ‘ Teesside Fettlers’ in1981. He followed in the footsteps of Vin Garbutt , and his ‘mentor’ Ron Angel. Richards songs achieved wider recognition in the process

In recent years he has added several musical plays to his repertoire. Among the most notable of these is ‘The Journey Home’ – an adaptation of Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, which was premiered in Sicily at The University of Catania, in 2003.

That was preceded by the folk-opera ‘Eye of the Wind’ telling the tale of the world renowned explorer Capt.James Cook. The play was also produced for radio by the BBC with Sir David Attenborough narrating.

‘The Moorland Whalers’, was inspired by his long association with the Yorkshire Coast town of Whitby and a project with The Ryedale Folk Museum in North Yorkshire . It tells the story of The Yorkshire Whaling Industry through the eyes of a young man who left his farm in Bilsdale, tramping over the moor to Whitby where he was ‘lucky’ to be signed on for his first voyage aboard a Whitby Whaler.

Have your say !!…help the Folk Club secure a place to have our Festival.

Bulli Showground Precinct Master Plan Survey

Wollongong Council has commissioned a survey and asked for comments on what we all want for the future of the Bulli Showground.
Please Note : Over the last 5 years we ( the Illawarra Folk Club ) have searched for a suitable alternate Festival site within the Illawarra Region. We have not been successful.
In the case of the Bulli Showground and surrounds, used by the Illawarra Festival, we have a site which is 50% existing structures and 50% hired structures and equipment. The existing utilities are insufficient for our needs so items such as tents, stages, toilets, generators, fencing, traffic barriers etc have to be rented in. Overall our hire costs and site waste removal make up close to 50% of our overall budget.

Overall, in the medium term, the only future that the Illawarra Folk Festival has to survive, is to help Council and the NSW Government to adopt a policy of creating regional festival and multi functional precincts within the State Planning Rules in key regions, including the Illawarra Region, for use of all the current, once a year users of the Bulli Raceway and Showground.


click on the link and fill in the survey.
Bulli Showground Master Plan Survey

Folk ClubFolk by the Sea is presented by volunteers from the Illawarra Folk Club is a non-profit incorporated association with the objective to present and encourage folk music and folklore as it exists in Australia and abroad, in all its most genuine, and valuable musical, social, historical, cultural and pleasurable forms.

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