Folk in the Forest was born after a group of bush walkers spent a weekend in Dwellingup in preparation for a planned Coast to Coast walk in England. Banksia Springs was our home for that weekend and our after-dinner chat indicated that a return visit to this lovely spot would be highly desirable. All of us being folkies from way back, a musical weekend was proposed and a further suggestion by Steve Hogan that it should be a fundraising event for Little Folk was agreed. Our host, Geoff Bell, creator of Banksia Springs immediately booked us in for the third weekend in November. That was 2006 and this year we’ll hold our 17th festival!
We’ve had lots of fun in those seventeen years.
Performers from Ireland, England and America along with many Western Australian and interstate artists have willingly given their time and talent free of charge. This, along with Geoff Bell’s donation of his accommodation costs has enabled us to raise in excess of $250,000.00 for cancer research at Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.
This is a unique festival with a very special quality --- the enthusiastic audience spend the weekend with the artists and really get to enjoy their company. We breakfast together, enjoy a ramble in the jarrah forest (if we’re up early enough) and sing, dance and play into the wee small hours.
Tickets open 9.00am Monday 15 August
The festival returns for 2022 with a wonderful line up from NSW, Queensland, Victoria and WA to entertain and delight...
Tickets prices have not changed for many years now, and at least for this year will remain at $60 early bird, and if there are any left after 30 September they will go to the full price of $75.
Who's playing ?
2022 will see the return of the Dingos Breakfast, and a few other Little Folk regulars with new line ups from some old favourites.
We will also be joined by some interstate guests that will be know to a few of our audience - Jeff Corfield, and Davey Browne are both joining us for the first time.
Where to stay ?
As ususal - the primary accomodation for the weekend is camping (swags, tents, campers, motorhomes and caravans welcome) - but there is a very limited number of beds available in the lodge and cottages - these go VERY fast, get in early.
While we would love to have everyone staying on site for the great vibe it creates (and it helps contribute to our fundraising target), we realise that camping is not for everyone.
If you must find a bed somewhere offsite - we have partnered with the absolute closest accomodation to the festival ( 2 Minute drive) at the Jarrah Forest Lodge, and if you mention you are coming for Folk in the Forest at Banksia Springs they will look after you.
The bar zone will be back on the lawn outside the lodge , and we are delighted to have Dion from Fremantles Gypsy Tapas House back again with his mobile bar - You can look forward to their hand crafted Karafilas wines, and Forge beers and ginger beer.
We are still negotiating with food vendors, and will update with menue details as soon as available.
Please support our vendors - they have made the long trip down to support the charity, and help create a great atmosphere for the festival.
You can also self cater in your van, or in the shared kitchen in the lodge. Bear in mind there are a lot of people using the limited kitchen and fridge space so please be patient.