Renowned indigenous singer-songwriter Archie Roach has been announced as the new headline act for the 2014 Illawarra Folk Festival.
Roach, whose 2012 album Into The Bloodstream won numerous accolades including album of the year at the National Indigenous Music Award and Deadly Awards, replaces Canadian star Harry Manx, who was forced to withdraw from the festival due to illness.
"Archie is a fabulous artist, and an icon among indigenous performers in this country," festival artistic director David De Santi said.
"We had already booked indigenous artists Shellie Morris and Glenn Skuthorpe, so the festival will be a great showcase for indigenous talent."
The festival has its biggest ever line-up in January, with more than 130 musicians, singers, poets, comedians and dancers from 10 countries celebrating the 29th year.
Roach joins performers from Denmark, Gambia, Japan and Brazil at the festival, which runs from January 16-19 at Bulli Showground. Tickets from illawarrafolkfestival. com.au.