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Champion fiddle player Donal
Baylor knows there is nothing
better than a good festival and for
him, the National Folk Festival is one of the
No stranger to festivals, Donal has been
performing live bluegrass music at the
National Folk Festival for the past 15 years.
However, it was happenstance that
introduced him to the genre and the festival
In 1979 he was passing by a folk
festival at La Trobe University in
Melbourne, where the stains of live
bluegrass enchanted him.
With his fiddle – a slightly less fancy
and more endearing name for a violin
– Donal has taught, performed and
jammed with budding and professional
musicians over the years.
This year, Donal will be playing in
a true family band with three Baylor
brothers playing the fiddle and guitar.
While playing with the bands is a
highlight, it is the spontaneity of the
festival and the chance to create all kinds
of music that keeps Donal and his fiddle
a festival fixture.
“ The jamming sessions of the festival
are peerless,” he said.
“ There have been jam sessions that
have really caught fire out of nowhere.”
It is the molten nature of the festival
that has kept it going for 45 years.
Its constant adaptations, changes and
improvements ensured its standing as
one of the nation’s best festivals.
A new feature for 2011 really takes
the festival tagline ‘Explore your own
Folklore’ to heart.
National Folk Festival managing
director Sebastian Flynn was inspired by
With fiddlers, buskers,
dancers and culinary
delights, the National
Folk Festival is back and
it’s better than ever. By
MaSter: Champion fiddle player donal Baylor will
be playing at the National Folk Festival.
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