‘Twas the night before Woodford
And all through the farm
Some creatures were stirring
Applying last minute charm
Some stages had changed but
Friendly vibes had remained
Reminding all while improving
Woodfordia’s heart stays the same
Tropic and Garland stages had disappeared, replaced by a new major venue in Luna and a circus themed outlet called Cirque. Larrikin reinvented itself into Halcyon, opening itself up into the lake and introducing a cushioned “moshpit” for headnodding while sitting. So started our evening investigation on the eve of the Festival commencing.
The following morning, after a surprisingly chilly night, brought delighted whispers of anticipation in the campsite. We set out promptly. The kids’ festival ball toss; a bamboo sculpture creation metres tall, filled with funnels through which balls are thrown by children (and more dads than you might expect); was met with screams of awe and excitement as the sounds of hip hop kids entertainment filled the fenced area.
The Gold Coast contingent kicked off early, the Hussy Hicks bringing their bluesy folk vibes to Bills Bar, where the imposing avian oversight of Hinterland sculptor Ivan Lovatt’s great Galah that featured at 2018 Swell Sculpture Festival set the tone in the stage bleachers. While we expected to see Burger Joint later at night, T-Bone’s familiar face met punters on arrival outside Bill’s Bar, with a kids performance on uke worthy of a headliners mention, given the rousing applause received.
“Yeh, its a hectic workload for us… three kids performances each morning, then Burger Joint plays at night,” T-Bone explains, articulating the work ethic common of many of the artists at Woodford.
As the crowd built for the Hussy Hicks late morning set, their popular tracks like ‘That Old Heartache’, ‘The Pirate Song’ and ‘On the Boundaries’ drew cheers driven by Julz’ impressive guitar riffs and Leesa’s amazing voice, setting the tone for another big festival for the pair, and the contingent of Gold Coast acts showcasing their talent. Woodford Folk Festival continues until the evening of 1 January 2019.
Image Hussy Hicks (c) FishFilms