From the National Library of Australia's e-newsletter:
Ian Blake, a highly regarded Australian folk composer/performer and 2005 ACT Creative Arts Fellow, is this year's recipient of the National Folk Fellowship, organised by the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival.
Ian, who lives and works in Canberra as a performer, composer, sound engineer and sound artist, has a strong research background, extensive knowledge and practice in folk music traditions.
The National Folk Fellowship, now in its fourth year, offers performers such as Ian a unique opportunity to research original folklore materials held in the National Library.
Through his Fellowship project, Ian intends to create a combination of live and electro-acoustic music based on melodic and rhythmic ideas from children's songs and games recorded in Australian children's folklore collections.
The Fellowship will culminate in performances and workshops at the 2007 National Folk Festival.
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