“Gippsland Live” features the 2024 Boolarra Folk Festival

Boolarra Folk Festival 2024

3BBR-FM was there for the 21st Anniversary of the multi-award winning Boolarra Folk Festival, recording every concert for Gippsland Live, our weekly showcase of local live performances.

Again, thousands of people flocked to Boolarra in early March for the festival, a completely free community event held at Boolarra’s Memorial Hall on the Friday night, and around Centennial Park throughout Saturday.

Gippsland Live (heard 8:00pm Wed & 2:00pm Fri) begins broadcasting concerts from the festival on April 10, and then fortnightly to include other recordings at local venues on alternate weeks.

First up is the stunning opening act from Friday night, the finger-slidin’ gutsy blues guitar and voice of Steph Fischer-Ivancsy with the Bad Jackets. Steph’s unique brand of blues rock is a throbbing, stomping, wailing blast cut through with a voice that will bring you to your knees.

Steph Fischer-Ivancsy and The Bad JacketsTodd Cook and The Rufous Whistlers, Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo Preachers, guitarist Stephen McCulloch in fine voice, the amazing Tim Scanlan and Mana Okubo with Tim playing foot percussion, guitar, harmonica and singing all at the same time, plus trad. jazz fusion from Shirazz are just some of the many fine acts to follow in subsequent programs.

“Once again there were great performances, and we appreciate the help of the Festival and performers in allowing us to share the musicianship and community spirit,” said producer/engineer Garry Havrillay, “We’re also thrilled to be able to give these under-represented and emerging artists a chance to be heard more widely via Community Radio.” *

Tune in to 103.1FM on Wednesday nights at 8.00pm or Friday afternoons at 2:00pm, stream online via 3bbrfm.org.au or the Community Radio Plus App, or listen later via our audio-on-demand  service at https://3bbrfm.org.au/programs/gippsland-live.

* Special thanks go out to live sound engineer Brett van Hoorne for his generous help in catering to our needs for recording for broadcast.

Broadcast schedule for 2024 Boolarra Festival concerts
Wed April 10 @8pm
Fri April 12 @2pm
Steph Fischer-Ivancsy & The Bad Jackets
Stephen McCulloch Pt.1
Wed April 24 @8pm
Fri April 26 @2pm
Stephen McCulloch Pt.2
Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo Preachers
Wed May 8 @8pm
Fri May 10 @2pm
Shirazz Trad. Jazz Band
Tim Scanlan & Mana Okubo Pt.1
Wed May 22 @8pm
Fri May 24 @2pm
Tim Scanlan & Mana Okubo Pt.2
Meg Doherty & band
Wed June 5 @8pm
Fri June 7 @2pm
Strzelecki Stringbusters
Mast Gully Fellers Pt.1
Wed June 19 @8pm
Fri June 21 @2pm
Mast Gully Fellers Pt.2
Todd Cook & the Rufous Whistlers
Wed July 3 @8pm
Fri July 5 @2pm
Smokin’ Dog Johnson
Wed July 17 @8pm
Fri July 19 @2pm
The Hip Pockets
Wed July 31 @8pm
Fri Aug 2 @2pm
Boneyard Blondes
Ally Row Pt.1
Wed Aug 14 @8pm
Fri Aug 16 @2pm
Ally Row Pt.2
Half-Cut Hicks