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Festival of Small Halls - Tallangatta

Festival of Small Halls - Tallangatta

The Festival of Small Halls brings high quality international and local artists to communities across Victoria. This year, the Tallangatta Memorial Hall will host Canadian Arcadian trio Vishtén and Australian based duo The Little Stevies.

Following a fantastic reception for the inaugural Southern run of Festival of Small Halls in 2015, the folk tour returns with a new line-up in March and April 2016.

For most of the 17 date run, which revolves around partner event the National Folk Festival in Canberra, Canadian Acadian trio Vishtén (twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle Le Blanc from Prince Edward Island, and Pascale Miousse from Isle de Madeleine) are joined by Australian folk duo The Little Stevies (sisters Byll and Beth).

The first tour, which took place in Autumn 2015, received a wonderful response from audiences, and producers Woodford Folk Festival are delighted to be able to send such high quality artists on the road into towns where communities really appreciate great music.
‘We presented Vishtén at the Woodford Folk Festival a few years ago, and we know that locations on this tour are going to love them,’ says Halls producer Chloe Goodyear.

‘They’re multi-instrumentalists and come from the French-speaking Acadian tradition in North East Canada. They’re some of the best presenters of a style of music that we don’t see a lot of in Australia and is really unique – whistles, percussion, fiddle, vocals, accordion, guitar, mandolin, jaw harp, and a really interesting and complex foot percussion. Plus, there’s something special about siblings singing together. Having Vishtén and The Little Stevies makes us really happy, and we know that’s something audiences will feel too. We know they’re going to have a ball together.’

Tickets are on sale 20 January at www.festivalofsmallhalls.com and at Crisps Newsagency from 3 February.

Last updated: 29 January 2016