Do you love Gospel, Jazz and Spiritual music? Have you heard of the annual Port Fairy Folk Festival that’s on in early March 2020? This annual four-day festival is held in the historic fishing village of Port Fairy in Victoria and has an awe-inspiring international line-up! There’s John McCutcheon, Patty Griffin, YolanDa Brown, Eleanor McEvoy, CW Stoneking, The Maes, and The Blind Boys of Alabama!
Who are “The Blind Boys of Alabama”?
This group formed in the late 1930s, first singing together at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the USA. They are literally living the legends of Gospel music and are not only five-time Grammy Award winners, but are also one of the most honoured roots music groups in the world! They have been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), as well as being inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
The Blind Boys of Alabama are touring Australia!
After more than seven decades since first singing together, The Blind Boys of Alabama are as strong as ever and are still belting out their music! Touring Australia in 2020, they will bring the sounds of the American deep south to Port Fairy. Known for crossing multiple musical boundaries, their repertoire includes everything from Gospel to Contemporary Spiritual. They have recorded with many heavyweights in the industry including Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Ben Harper and Patty Griffin, and appeared on The Tonight Show, Late Night, 60 Minutes and many other TV shows in the USA.
Following on from more than a year of live performances, The Blind Boys of Alabama put together a new album showcasing some of their best performances and are now heading to Australia! These roof-raising musical events are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience these musical titans! Apart from the Port Fairy Folk Festival, they will be playing at the Brunswick Music Festival, the Theatre Royal in Castlemaine, Perth (TBA), WOMADelaide and the Uniting Church in Sydney’s Pitt Street.