Port Fairy Folk Festival has revealed Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse as the recipients of its revered Artist of the Year award.
The festival also acknowledged the talents of Ruby Gill with the Emerging Artist of the Year title.
The artists were honoured by festival program director Caroline Moore.
“Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse are stunning artists whose music is a celebration of life, community and a shared humanity,” Moore said in a press release. “The depth of their talent is extraordinary, and I am so pleased that the Festival is able to recognize their great contributions to our music and cultural scene with this Award. I am also so very excited that we are able to acknowledge the great talent of Ruby Gill, with the Emerging Artist Award. She is a captivating young performer and I can’t wait for her to take to the stage at Port Fairy in 2020.”
The Artist of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year awards are a way for the festival to acknowledge the talents and contributions of artists who will be performing at the festival.
Previous recipients of Artist of the Year include Kasey Chambers, Archie Roach, Neil Murray and Tiddas.
The Port Fairy Folk Festival will take place from March 6 – 9, 2020 in Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia. Tickets are available here.
The full lineup for the Port Fairy Folk Festival, 2020
Archie Roach with Paul Grabowsky and Sally Dastey
Band of Brothers
Blind Boys of Alabama (USA)
Cool Out Sun
The East Pointers (CAN)
Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse
Grace Petrie (ENG)
John McCutcheon (USA)
Judith Owen (WALES)
Kieran Cane and Rayna Gellert (USA)
The Langan Band (SCOT)
Māmā Mihirangi and the Māreikura (NZ)
Rhiannon Giddens (USA)
Patty Griffin (USA)
Sarah Carroll and Shannon Bourne
Sibusile Xaba (ZA)
The Small Glories (CAN)
Susan O’Neil – Son (IRE)
This Way North
William Kimbrough (USA)
Ye Vagabonds (IRE)
Yolanda Brown (UK)
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