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"Playing traditional acoustic music
in and around Darwin Australia
for more than thirty years."
Top End Folk Club Incorporated
PO Box 41551
Casuarina Northern Territory Australia 0811
ABN 20 835 317 702

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The 32nd Top Half Folk Festival

Queen's Birthday Weekend 2002

June 7th - 10th

Logo - Thanks to Jayne Nankivell

This year's festival was presented by the Top End Folk Club with the assistance of The Mary River Park and Folk Clubs associated with the Top Half Folk Federation. The festival committee acknowledges the contribution from 'Outback 2002 Ltd' and appreciates the support of all performers who donated their skills and time.

The Festival this year celebrated 'The Year of the Outback' by focusing on singers and songwriters from the Northern Territory.

Territory artists included, Ted Egan, Scott Balfour & Bob Barford (members of Bloodwood), Murphy & Friends, The Darwin Ceili Band, Suzette Watkins, Brenda Williams, Priscilla Rowlands, and a special performance by members of the Mills Family all making wonderful contributions to the festival.

Other artists to feature were the talented West Australians, Sean Roche and Phil Beck; and the amusing tales of Jim Smith and Campbell 'The Swaggie' Irving.

The Top Half Folk Festival is always a great Festival - lots of laid back fun with great sessions. This year was no exception, the Festival was held at Mary River Park - Arnhem Highway NT.

Thanks again to everyone for making the festival the fun weekend it was.

Jayne, Chris & Di

Festival Photos

Kids stuff

The little folkies printed a special kids festival t/shirt with Kate de Koning and Jayne Nankivell - they were just gorgeous; each and every one an individual work of art.
Childrens t-shirt workshop

Workshop: Ted Egan

This was a wonderfully informative performance presented by Ted Egan. Ted has a wealth of historical knowledge that he imparts as background before his songs and he accompanies himself on a 'victorphone' (an empty VB carton).

"A true entertainer".

Ted Egan


9:30 - 11:30
Stupendous 'Strine Stuff', presented by Paul 'Stewey' Stewart

Stewey about to play a musical instrument...
Members playing the Strine workshop songs.  Peter Bate, Mic Travers, Elspeth Kent & Tony Suttor.

Kids stuff

The little folkies this time made Rain Sticks with Kate de Koning.
Rainsticks workshop

'Boozing, bloody well boozing'

Presented by Sean Roche & Phil Beck, followed by a session...
Paul Stewart, Sean Roche & Phil Beck
Paul Stewart, Sean Roche, Ted Egan, Nerys Evans & Phil Beck
Workshop at Bark Hut Inn

Festival LogoLogo - Thanks to Jayne Nankivell

Thanks to Jayne Nankivell

Festival photographs on this page

Thanks to Di Howard

More 2002 Festival photos