ARIA winner Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and Academy Award winner Glen Hansard are among the first big batch of acts announced for next year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival.
They will join international acts, national stars and south-west favourites at the 37th annual event, to be held March 8-11.
Gurrumul Yunupingu and his stunning voice shot to acclaim with the release of his self-titled debut in 2008, which led to a world tour.
Hansard is best known for his work with his Irish band The Frames and his work on the film Once, which scored him an Oscar.
Also on the bill is American blues and folk singer Ruthie Foster, platinum-selling Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, indigenous pop star Christine Anu, Irish legend Finbar Furey, veteran American folkie Chris Smither and well-travelled bluesman Eugene Hideaway Bridges.
Other internationals on the line-up include North American roots trio Go Jane Go, American multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon, young Irish new folk star Lisa Hannigan and Shane McGowan’s former backing band The Popes.
National acts named include The Little Stevies, Suzannah Espie, Blue Shaddy, The Bostocks and The Bedroom Philosopher.
South-west acts who have been given the nod for the Folkie include Warrnambool pop-soul group Tank Dilemma, the festival-ready roots band The Tom Richardson Project and Folkie regulars The Hog Stompin’ Zydegators.
They join the previously announced acts Arlo Guthrie, Eric Bogle, Tuba Skinny, Grace Barbe and Kim Churchill.
The second allocation of tickets went on sale last Monday and are expected to be snapped up soon. A third allocation will hit the box office on January 8.