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Exile

'EXILE - Songs & Tales of Irish Australia' to be presented at Port Fairy Folk Festival 2018

9 - 12 March 2018 - Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

At the time of 'An Gorta Mor', The Great Hunger, between 1846 and 1850, the area around Port Fairy became home to the largest concentration, per capita, of Irish migrants in Australia and in many ways, ‘Exile’ coming to PFFF is a kind of homecoming.

Ireland's greatest export has been her people and for centuries, emigration and exile have been harsh, repeating themes of Irish history.

An astounding array of artists from Ireland and Australia gather in a moving celebration of the Irish impact on Australian life. Through abundant literature, music, poetry and art, as well as a keen hunger for justice, the Irish spirit has stamped itself on the evolving culture of Australia. 

Almost a third of all Australians claim some degree of Irish descent, so it's timely to reflect upon this history in the centenary year of the 1916 Easter Uprising, the catalyst for Ireland’s nationhood. The enduring influence on Australian history, music and politics is recounted through rich imagery and stirring performances in this special concert event. 
  
There is no denying the contribution that the Irish have made to Australian life. It's certainly varied but rarely dull.


Artists
Shane Howard (Artistic Director), Troy Cassar Daley, Andy Irvine , Declan O'Rourke, Leah Flanagan, Sean Tyrrell, Lynnelle Moran, Pauline Scanlon, John Spillane and John McSherry + an 8 piece band of traditional musicians.



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