Port Fairy Folk Festival | Where Creativity Meets At Home

9 Oct 2020

Geelong Arts Centre and Port Fairy Folk Festival join forces to bring you a special one night only online event, Home Folk!

Celebrating some of regional Victoria’s extraordinary musicians with three festival favorites in Sal Kimber, Fenn Wilson and Van Walker, this special event is delivered straight to your home.

The annual Port Fairy Folk Festival has been a staple for music lovers in the Victorian coastal village for the past 44 years but due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the plans for 2021 were put on hold with the Festival returning to Port Fairy on the long weekend in March 2022.

Where Creativity Meets At Home - Live is proudly supported by Major Artistic Partner,
Deakin University



Born and raised in North-West coast Tasmania, Van Walker first heard the music of Bob Dylan around adolescence and began picking guitar and writing songs.

Some hundreds of songs later and a hell-bent pick, he moved to Melbourne to form bands such as The Swedish Magazines, Goatpiss Gasoline and The Livingstone Daisies, and sing his unique hillbilly stuff on the side.

Now based in Geelong, Victoria, Van comes to the Geelong Arts Centre stage off the back of his latest album Ghosting, which was released in August this year.

‘’Words and music flow out of Van Walker like the rivers that sometimes set the scene for his wonderful storytelling.’’

– Martin Boulton, The Age.


Sal Kimber is steeped in talent, personality, and connection.

Sal’s authentic and warm stage presence, storytelling and antipodean vocals, along with the captivating musicianship of her close-knit band ‘The Rollin’ Wheel has seen the five-piece win over loyal audiences all over Australia.

Born and bred in the mountain valleys of Victoria, Kimber’s songwriting is stitched with tales of rivers, wild horses, flood, fire and the strength and vulnerability of the human spirit. Sal’s third album “Southern Light”, released in early 2016, featuring the talented Rollin’ Wheel and captured by award winning producer Shane O’Mara, is an expansive, soulful route through country, folk, rock and pop.

Picking up accolades, rave reviews, feature album slots across the country and high rotation on ABC and Community radio, “Southern Light” #1 on the AMRAP Regional Airit Charts for two consecutive weeks.


Fenn Wilson 's stunning vocals and mesmerising stage presence shows a depth of talent which belies his young age. Think George Ezra with Nick Cave’s early songbook.

Both Queenscliff Music Festival and Port Fairy Festival to announce him as their emerging artist of the year in 2018/17.

With a baritone that is resonant and expressive well beyond his years. Fenn's songwriting forms a snapshot of his recent past; brushes with heartache, depression, world-weariness and uncertainty, and often lightened with compassionate observation, love and redemption

Fenn unleashed his debut album, "Ghost Heroin" onto the world in October 2019 and the Jury is in with AIR making it their feature album of the week and critics reaching for superlatives.

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