Top Half Folk Festival




Austral to headline at Top Half Folk Festival

by Melody O’Meara

 TN155 Apr 23

Mary River Holiday Park have altered the arrangement we had in place for the festival.

We are currently working to resolve the issue and are continuing to gear up for this year’s Top Half Folk Festival over the June 9-12 long weekend.

The committee is currently negotiating with several parties and will stay in touch as changes develop.

Festival favourites include the folk quiz, songwriters’ round robin and a tribute to the late, great Aunty Kathy Mills, combined with an exploration of the rich cultural legacy of old Darwin tunes presented by Jeff Corfield.

On top of this solid foundation, the Top End Folk Club is proud to present the fully charged four piece Australian tunes band Austral.

Awarded the Traditional Folk Album of the Year at the 2022 Australian Folk Music Awards, Austral combines didgeridoo, Irish pipes and high energy fiddling with journeying songs and energetic foot percussion.

Austral is shaping a new face for music.

The group will be performing on stage and conducting a number of workshops during the Festival.

Past interstate headliner, Bill Jackson, recalls his experience of playing at the Festival with partner and Australian folk music songstress, Ruth Hazleton, as “an experience I will always treasure.

“You don’t ever forget a show on a warm Saturday night under mango trees playing to a beautiful and receptive audience.

“I can’t wait to get back there and would highly recommend it to any music lover.”

Festival organisers look forward to welcoming new guests along with regular attendees.

Early bird adult tickets are $140 (direct bank transfer only) until April 30.

Tickets for 12-18 years are just $50, day tickets $90 and single concert tickets are $40.

Don’t miss out – book now!

Visit for details and email with any queries.


The Top Half Folk Festival is back in the Top End

by Anna Grosvenor

 Published in T&N 153 December 2022

The Top End Folk Club is excited to be hosting the 51st Top Half Folk Festival (THFF) at the lovely Mary River over the June 2023 long weekend.

With a refreshed committee and energy, the focus for the Festival will be on young and emerging artists and building knowledge, expertise, talent and skills in music, performing and song writing.

These artists will be performing alongside the stuff that has become legend at the Top Half, such as a presentation by Paul Stewart, the Folk Quiz (eat your heart out Tom Gleeson) presented by Dave Evans and our many other long term contributors.

An exciting program is being formulated so if you’re keen on getting involved by performing, running a workshop or holding a presentation, please contact us now.

We will try our best to accommodate everyone who wants an opportunity.

Send your expression of interest to:

The venue is Breeze Holiday Parks – Mary River, located 110km east of Darwin on the Arnhem Highway –

The park has been booked for the Festival long weekend with accommodation options including bungalows, pool side and family rooms, powered and unpowered campsites.

To make a reservation either call the venue on 08 8978 8877 or email the manager at

Make sure you let them know that you are attending the THFF and do not use the online booking option.

If there is a shortfall of accommodation on the Friday evening, the Folk Club has cabins reserved at the Bark Hut Inn.

Contact: to access.

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