FolkWorld Inc. board member, Emma Bradstock, recalls one of her most memorable Fairbridge Festival moments.
After attending as a punter for a few years, Annette Griffiths decided to volunteer and get a different perspective. So in 2007 Annette took on the role of Coordinator of the busy Artist Central and Instrument Lock-up marquee. What Annette enjoys most about the festival is the camaraderie within the team and that everyone is so excited to contribute to creating such a wonderful and uplifting community experience.
Leanne’s first reaction when asked if she’d like to go to Fairbridge Festival was “no” – she was a dyed-in-the-wool alternative music fan who didn’t do folk festivals; fiddles and banjoes were so not her thing! Under duress, she did go along and has not looked back since; in fact, she did a sort of Victor Kiam, not quite buying the company, but she now works for the festival as its marketing manager.
Glenn Swift has been a member of the Fairbridge Festival family since 1996 when he came to do three sets of stories on the Saturday of the festival. Since then, the storyteller and jester has only missed one festival. Steve Barnes, former artistic director and current board member, told Glenn that he has probably performed at the festival more than anyone else.
Gareth Almond has been a regular attendee of Fairbridge Festival since 2004, when his (now) wife, Bron, took him along – after attending almost every festival since its inception. A few years later Gareth started volunteering in Instrument Scheduling (a job he still refers to as his favourite) and in 2012 he took over the role of Volunteer Manager… a position he still holds today.