Music for your soul at Illawarra Folk Festival

Those wanting to release their inner gypsy should pick up a fiddle or flute and head to Dicey Riley's pub in Wollongong.

The hotel in Crown Street is hosting Illawarra Folk Festival training sessions where musicians can learn folk tunes from around the world that they can play at the festival in January.

Music will be supplied and the public are welcome to join in or sit and enjoy traditional folk music.

"We want to expose people to a different style of music," festival artistic director David De Santi said.

"It's great for socialising," clarinet player Helena Groves added.

"Anyone can come in, pick up an instrument and play."

Sessions will be held from 2-4pm on December 2 and January 6. The 28th Illawarra Folk Festival will be held from January 17-20.

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