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29th Woodford Folk Festival program released

IT'S a party and they coming from across the globe to join in.

Woodford Folk Festival launched its 29th festival program last night with a line up designed to make everyone who walks through the gate believe it was especially created for them.

Violent Femmes (USA), Bertie Blackman, The Cat Empire, Archie Roach, Nahko and Medicine for the People (USA), are just a taste of what is in store for guests at the 2014-15 festival that runs from December 27 to January 1.

As well there's Triple J darlings Husky, Little Scout and The Cairos. Former Powderfinger guitarist Darren Middleton brings his solo project and the sweet melodies of New Zealand's Tiny Ruins (NZ) will fill Woodfordia for the first time.

Australian Blues royalty Jeff Lang will be joined by Israeli-Australian singer-songwriter Lior.

  • Violent Femmes (USA), 
  • Bertie Blackman, 
  • The Cat Empire, 
  • Archie Roach, 
  • Nahko and Medicine for the People (USA), 
  • The Topp Twins (NZ), 
  • Sticky Fingers, 
  • Kate Miller-Heidke, 
  • Jeff Lang, 
  • Lau (Scotland), 
  • Matt Anderson (Canada), 
  • Christine Anu, 
  • Tiny Ruins (NZ), 
  • Del Barber (Canada), 
  • We Two Thieves, 
  • Shooglenifty (Scotland),
  • Led Kaapana (Hawaii), 
  • Hiatus Kiayote, 
  • Mia Dyson, 
  • Darren Middleton (ex-Powderfinger), 
  • John Smith (England) and 
  • Jenn Grant (Canada)

Festival highlights will also include the electrifying coupling We Two Thieves, as well as the raw and energetic blues queen Mia Dyson, the stunning and dynamic Kylie Auldist and The Glenroy Allstars, Hiatus Kaiotye, the ever-striking

Christine Anu and harmony-folk travellers, Siskin River.

"Anyone who comes to Woodford should feel there is a program that was made just with them in mind, no matter what age, interest, musical persuasion or place they've come from," festival director Bill Hauritz. said.

"If the real world has beaten you down during the year, we hope we have created a program that provides opportunity for rejuvenation, play and a reset for the year ahead.

"If you are a seeker, we hope we offer a program to discuss, explore, observe, and participate in new experiences in an environment amongst positively-minded fellow patrons.

"If your idea of the festival season is simply for fun, sharing with friends and listening to some of the best music in the world, we reckon we've found those acts - you're going to have a ball."

Whatever the motivation for leaving Christmas behind and heading to Woodford, the makeshift arts and cultural village that springs up for six days provides everything needed for an incredible time.

It is home to more than 40 food stalls and restaurants with 14 bars offering incredible food and drink have been selected to provide culinary experiences for every taste - effectively a global feast in the Australian bush.

In its eccentric setting of colour, light and sound Woodford promises a holiday from the every day.

This year's program features more than 400 acts presenting 1556 shows in 35 performance venues over six spectacular days and nights.

Beyond the music, Woodford welcomes the dreamers, the makers, the bards, the line-pushers, history-makers and the leaders in their fields.

This year Woodford welcomes from Morocco the spellbinding Fez Hamadcha Sufi Brotherhood, historical author and public personality Blanche d'Alpuget, South African award winning flute wizard Wouter Kellerman and ARIA-winning composer and musician Joseph Tawardros Trio.

The Woodford's Talks program is a meeting of minds and an exchanging of ideas with topics ranging from global socio-political matters to the far reaches of science and the inner workings of our cognitive selves.

Heading the list of current affairs speakers is festival veteran and former PM, Bob Hawke. SBS TV political correspondent and author Karen Middleton, author, comedian and social commentator Catherine Deveny, documentary maker, Josh Fox from the United States and Red Dwarf actor come science and tech TV presenter Robert Llewellyn.

A feature of Woodford's ongoing Music in Politics series is an exploration of the role of hip-hop in modern storytelling and articulation of current socio-political issues, featuring L-Fresh the Lion, Pataphysics, and Sistagurl.

The Greenhouse venue will host the University of the Sunshine Coast Climate Conversation focusing on innovation and discovery in understanding and sustaining our environment as well as evenings with ABC Radio National featuring Richard Fidler and Melanie Tait.

The sweet, the strange, the curious and simply fabulous will be on show in the Parlour and Palace venues featuring ABC 4's impossibly tricky The Vaude-villanious Mr. Gørski, the tragically fantastic Mrs Friby's Fanfare, Belfast's incredible Tumble Circus and the return of Woodford's very own audience game show Festival of Fortune.

Children visiting Woodfordia can join in to Build a bamboo cubby, dance and sing with the delightful Mic Conway's National Junk Band and Papa Piki Music (England/Japan). Each day is a new adventure through hands on making and craft experiences like Stories in Suitcases or learning all about growing food - then cooking it with Permakids and Kids Kitchen Chaos.

Organisers at Woodford are quick to highlight the importance of their audience's feedback when considering the mix of acts in the programme each year.

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