The Cobargo Sessions At the 2018 Cobargo Folk Festival we did something a bit different that we intend to be the start of a lasting and far-reaching online archive of the music we love. We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Cobargo Sessions, a series of high quality videos showcasing a range of artists who have performed at the Cobargo Folk Festival. We want people all over Australia and around the world to see the range of extraordinary talent that makes its way to the sleepy, beautiful village of Cobargo in rural New South Wales, Australia, to entertain at an annual Folk Festival held in the first weekend of March, now firmly on the global folk and roots map. We also want these artists, many of whom struggle financially and emotionally for their art, to have something special and useful over and above the modest fees we are able to pay them each year. With the generous support of the NSW Government tourist promotion body, Destination NSW, we were able to engage two young film production companies, Pegleg Productions from the Albury region, and Crewcible from the ACT, to weave their magic on a pretty limited budget.
Video: THE COBARGO SESSIONS: JOHN MCSHERRY, DONAL O'CONNOR and NIALL HANNA - The Autumn Winds The first of our international bands in The Cobargo Sessions features brilliant Irish trio, John McSherry (low whistle and Uillean pipes), Donal O'Connor (fiddle and vocal harmonies) and Niall Hanna singing his own composition, The Autumn Winds. The beautiful song is followed by the El Garrotin set - a Renaissance dance melody followed by a cracking Asturian tune As you’ll see on our Cobargo Folk Festival YouTube channel and on our website, they did a fantastic job. We are giving each video to the artists involved gratis, asking only that they use their own online platforms to promote themselves and our Festival. Finances permitting, we hope to grow this archive over coming years. Our programming team will make selections based on availability during the festival, genres, Australian and international audience reach, and helping emerging artists. We hope you will take time to look at this year’s excellent performances and to share them far and wide with your family and friends.