Our festival just keeps getting bigger and more exciting with three recent line-up additions…!!!!

On December 22nd via our Facebook page we revealed that Irish singer-songwriters Pauline Scanlon and John Spillane will be joining our line-up for shows on March 17 & 18.

Pauline Scanlon at 23rd Blue Mountains Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues
Pauline Scanlon
John Spillane at 23rd Blue Mountains Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues
John Spillane

Pauline Scanlon, hailing from Dingle, West Kerry, has performed and recorded with a wide range of Irish artists including Damien Dempsey, Sinéad O’Connor, Eleanor Shanley, Karan Casey, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, and Andrea Corr. She has been involved with a wide range of collaborative singing projects including The Irish Sea Sessions, A Stor Mo Chroi and Homeward Bound, all projects involving the leading exponents of Irish Song.

“Her voice is a superb mix of china fragility and steely strength” – The Irish Times

John Spillane is a native of Cork, the County he lovingly describes as “the centre of the universe”, and it has been a huge creative influence on him. Vocally, he is quite unique with an almost sean-nós element in his singing and he is said to have a voice “full of honesty, commitment and sensitivity”. Two-time Meteor award winner, John is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today. Among those who have covered his songs are Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Cathy Ryan, Sharon Shannon, Sean Keane, George Murphy, to name a few.

"…funny, quirky, massively entertaining. John is a storyteller, a shanachie." – Dan Regan - Kansas City Irish Festival


On January 22nd, Briggs was announced. This follows on from the overwhelming success of Urthboy's show in 2017.

Briggs at 23rd Blue Mountains Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues

Adam BRIGGS is a powerhouse rapper, founder and CEO of Bad Apples Music and a pioneer of the new wave of Australian hip-hop. His outspoken critiques of Australian culture have given a strong voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders nationally.

By spitting out brutally honest aggressively powerful 'no bullshit" lyrics about complex issues First Nation Australians face, Briggs has become a beacon for justice, Aboriginal pride and indigenous rights. Be it about incarceration and Closing the Gap, or to Change the Date, the deadly MC uses music to spark change not only within the country but for all First Nations people who have been disadvantaged across the world.

As one half of the multi-award winning group, A.B. Original alongside Trials, the group released their album Reclaim Australia to Aria success in Nov 2017.

A multidisciplinary artist, Briggs is on your television screens starring in Cleverman, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering and Get Krackin as well as writing scripts for Matt Groening's (The Simpsons) new animation series Disenchantment.

Briggs will be playing one show on the Saturday night of the festival…Not to missed!