The Southern Ocean Sea Band do Port Fairy proud at Folk Festival

Local musician Jordan Lockett has never missed a Port Fairy Folk Festival, but this year’s will stand out from the rest in his memory.

As part of The Southern Ocean Sea Band, Lockett and his friends were the first and last band on at the festival, and did it all while singing songs about the history of Port Fairy.

“It’s a pinnacle moment in my life,” he said after walking off stage on the Fiddler’s Green on Monday afternoon. 

“The songs are about Port Fairy so to play them at the Folk Festival is an honour and privilege.”

Saturday night’s CD launch in the Shebeen was a high watermark for the band, but each of the band’s four gigs were special in their own way, Lockett said.

“It exceeded all expectations,” he said. 

“To play with such an amazing bunch of beautiful people, who have been good friends for a long time … it was momentous. I’m lost for words.”

Lockett said the final gig on Monday afternoon was particularly powerful because he noticed a large number of Port Fairy residents in the crowd.

“I could see family and friends and local people watching,” he said.

“I got a bit emotional.”

The Southern Ocean Sea Band comprised Lockett, Gus Franklin, James Dyson, David Gibb, Gavin Franklin, Tim Conlan, Kate Gane, Lucinda Franklin, and Merran Moir.