Monday, February 14th, 2011
If you agree with English guitarist Robert Fripp that music is the wine that fills the cup of silence, you will have no trouble finding satisfaction at this month’s Cobargo Folk Festival.

This is the 16th year the historic and picturesque village on the far south coast (Sapphire Coast) of NSW has come alive with a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend of music, dance, song, comedy and poetry and the telling of tall tales and true.

More than 200 performers and thousands of fans from all over Australia will converge on the village over the weekend of February 25-27, for a broad range of musical entertainment. In keeping with the trend of recent festivals Cobargo Folk Festival has broadened the concept of ‘folk’ to include not only Celtic, English and Australian traditional music but elements of blues, bluegrass and jazz. The music and dance program covers a wide range of cultures.

From Australia come musicians such as Bruce Watson, The Fagans, Warren Fahey and Daniel Champagne, while the international music community is also well represented by artists such as Danny Mack (Canada), Martyn Wyndham-Read (UK), Dana Lyons (USA) and Lhamo Dolma (Tibet).

There will also be a variety of children’s activities as well as comedy, music and songwriting workshops, poets’ breakfasts and demonstrations of Irish, Scottish and Middle Eastern belly dancing.

Widely described as the best little folk festival in the country, the Cobargo event started out as a small celebration organised by the locally-based Yuin Folk Club and steadily grew, requiring a move to its current ‘home base’ – the Cobargo Showground – six years ago.

The Showground is a short walk to the Cobargo village for a range of refreshments, a variety of food and craft stalls that are part of the Festival, or a chance to wander the craft and antique shops the area is well known for.

Early bird tickets are available on the website ( until February 23 with an adult ticket for the weekend priced at $70, children from 12-17 are $20 and children under 12, accompanied by a paying adult, free. Single day tickets are also available. From February 23, the full adult weekend price is $85.

Information on accommodation is available from the Cobargo Information Centre (phone: [02] 6493 6110; 10am-4pm; closed Tuesday and Wednesday.) Or you can find details on accommodation and other activities in the area (including bookings) by visiting the Sapphire Coast website ( or calling toll-free on 1800 150 457.

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Cobargo is situated on the Princes Highway, midway between Narooma and Bega, about three hours’ drive from Canberra and five hours from Sydney. The nearest airport is at Merimbula which has regular flights to and from Sydney and Melbourne.

For more media information, please contact Liz Swanton, 0417 232 643 or [email protected]
Liz Swanton, Write Reaction
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