Full Programme - Cygnet Folk Festival

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Full Programme - Cygnet Folk Festival
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Welcome to the 34th Cygnet Folk Festival
8 — 10 January 2016
There is a magical, intangible element to all festivals.
Certainly, folk festivals are a wonderful celebration of music, musicians, dancers, poets and lovers of all things folky; but we also celebrate the tribal nature of human beings where we gather
to honour and enjoy these very special events that are festivals.
Welcome
Information
Masterclasses
Workshops — Saturday
Workshops — Sunday
Dancing at the Festival
Kids Activities
Young Persons’ Blackboard Comp
Musical Instrument Makers Display
The Peoples’ Orchestra
Georgian Supra
Programme Grid
Performers A — Z
Acknowledgement
Tickets
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Cygnet Folk Festival is also a celebration of a diverse interception of communities. We hold the
festival in one of the most beautiful towns in the Huon Valley and of course with gratitude, enjoy
the invaluable support of the local community; many of whom provide essential services in the
festival management and smooth running of the weekend. The festival would not occur year
after year without the fabulous volunteer committee and the equally amazing volunteers who
fulfil numerous and necessary roles throughout the weekend.
The community of folk musicians and music lovers is also a very special group of people. We
have the rare privilege in folk music of crossing the generational divide with ease and grace.
Traditional and “old timey” music sits comfortably alongside the indie folk contemporary styles.
World music (folk music from somewhere else!) also exists happily alongside contemporary expressions from Australia‘s first people.
In 2016, we also have some new and special events occurring during the weekend. The Friday
night at the Sailing Club will see a Georgian Supra (traditional feast) featuring food, toasts to all
manner of things and much singing. We have the Festival Welcome of the St James’ Pilgrims with
a designated orchestra and choir. We will also extend the youth participation with a featured
Youth Showcase and a special forum moderated by Folk Alliance Australia.
In 2016 Cygnet Folk Festival will also partner with Woodford and Illawarra festivals to launch the
inaugural Tasmanian Festival of Small Halls in the weeks following the festival.
Come and visit the Festival Shop A great way to support the festival and the musicians! Opening hours: Fri 8 Jan 10am – 8pm Sat 9 Jan 10am – 8pm Sun 10 Jan 9am – 8pm A huge range of performers CD’s, festival merchandise, genuine festival T-­‐
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So come listen, play, sing, dance and be enveloped in the special magic of the wonderful and
diverse community that is the Cygnet Folk Festival. We hope the magic stays with you until the
next!
Erin Collins
Artistic Director
The Cygnet Folk Festival acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Tasmania
and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and
their cultures, and to the elders past and present. We particularly acknowledge the Mellukerdee
people of southern Tasmania on whose land we are holding this festival.
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Seating
Most concert venues are existing buildings with limited capacities. We urge you to choose a concert, come early
to get a seat and stay with it. There is a real possibility that if you give up your seat, you may not get to see a
performer in another concert if that venue is full when you get there. And please; keeping seats for others in your
party is not fair to those queuing outside. Our venue crews have instructions to fill empty seats.
Box Office & Information
Located in the St James Catholic College Quadrangle (see inside back cover for more information on tickets). If
you have any questions that aren’t answered in this booklet come and have a chat to our friendly volunteers who
can help answer your query.
Festival Shop
Located in the St James Catholic College Quadrangle, the Festival Shop is open 10am — 8pm Friday & Saturday
and 9am — 8pm Sunday. You can purchase festival t-shirts and CDs and other merchandise. The Festival Shop has
eftpos facilities (but no cash out).
First Aid
First Aid is located in the Carmel Hall (see map on back cover). St John Ambulance volunteers will be on-site for
the festival and can assist you in the event of an injury.
ATM’s
Cygnet has limited mobile phone reception. Please turn off your mobile phone while in concerts & workshops.
Toilets
Public toilets are available in Loongana Park. All venues have toilets and there are toilets at St James Catholic
College. Check the map for your nearest amenities.
Camping
We are pleased to announce that the Port Cygnet Scout Group has again volunteered to manage the Burtons Reserve campsite over the weekend. There will be overnight security at the campground on Friday and
Saturday. Public toilets and hot showers are available for campers. Camping at the Reserve is segregated
depending on whether you plan to stay up late or get up early, so choose either the Early Birds or Night Owls
section; — whichever suits you. RVs (Recreational Vehicles) and large campervans will be accommodated in
a separate area. Please note that Burtons Reserve is a bird sanctuary and dogs are not permitted on the site.
Camping tickets for Burtons Reserve usually sell out early, and can be purchased online or from the box office
if still available.
Commercial Campground
Camping and caravan sites with or without power are also available if you book in advance, at the Cygnet
Caravan Park at the top of Mary St, near the RSL club. Bookings on 0418 532 160.
Bendigo Community Bank, has an ATM in the front of the butcher shop next to the Town Hall. An ATM is also
available inside the IGA supermarket (opposite Loongana Park). The Newsagent has an ANZ sub-agency but no
general banking.
Buskers
Car Parking
A Wastewise Festival
Ample free off-street parking is available in the paddock behind the Town Hall (see map on back cover) and will
be manned on Saturday and Sunday morning by SES volunteers. The entrance is off Mary St (south side) opposite
Mitre 10. There is plenty of parking in nearby streets away from Mary Street, all of which are a short walk to
venues. Please be respectful of private property, narrow streets and park safely.
Arts Market
Opening Hours: Saturday 10am — 6pm, Sunday 9am — 5pm
Buzzing with songs, smiles and scrumptious smells, the Cygnet Community Arts Council Arts Market is a colourful
accompaniment to the Cygnet Folk Festival. Loongana Park plays host to a festival feast of locally made wares,
Tassie-grown foods and great coffee. The park provides a lovely relaxed space for family fun and picnics, all set
against a backdrop of lively sounds from the Loongana Park stage. This vibrant little market is run by the Cygnet
Community Arts Council and proceeds from the market support local community art events.
Festival Food
There are many good food outlets throughout the town along with accredited food vendors set up in Loongana
Park, The Piazza and at The Paddock all offering a wide variety of delicious food and drink.
Water
Clean drinking water is available from the water trailer in The Piazza, so don’t forget your water bottles to save
on waste.
Dogs
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While we all love our four legged friends, please leave them at home where they are
safe and happy. The festival is a very busy, noisy and unpredictable environment and
this can scare and upset some dogs. Please have your dog on a lead at all times.
Burtons Reserve Festival Campsite is a Wildlife Reserve and dogs are prohibited.
Performers are welcome to busk in Cygnet, but we ask you observe our busker’s guidelines available on the
website or from the Box Office.
Keeping Cygnet tidy over the weekend has always required a mammoth effort by the festival’s volunteer
Waste Management Team and festival-goers. Please take care in sorting your waste into the appropriate bins
provided. The recycling bins are for glass bottles, aluminium cans and PET bottles and thanks to your efforts,
we usually average about two tons of recyclables in the course of the festival weekend. We are proud of our
long record of recycling at the Cygnet Folk Festival. Please help us reduce the environmental impact of the
event by recycling as much as possible. Thanks to Terese Fiedler, our Clean Team Manager’s tireless efforts, we
will also have bins for compostables in Loongana Park, so please do what you can for the worms.
Access & Mobility
The Festival recognises the Companion Card Program. Wheelchair spaces are available in all our venues except
the Supper Room. Please let the venue staff know in advance that you will be coming so a place can be held for
you and to arrange for assistance if necessary. Accessible toilet facilities are in the Cygnet Town Hall, Carmel
Hall, Loongana Park, and the Huon Christian Life Church.
Lost Children
Lost children can be escorted to The Volunteers Centre (St James Catholic College quadrangle). Please report
missing children to The Volunteers Centre. Consider writing your mobile phone number on your small child’s
hand if you think they might get lost.
Lost & Found
A lost property box will be populated over the weekend. First try the venue where you think you may have left
something. Ask the Venue Manager, and then try lost property in the Volunteers Centre at St James.
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Become a Member
Membership of Huon Folk (Inc) entitles you to have your say in the shape and direction of future festivals.
Annual membership costs only $10.00 and forms are available at the Festival Box Office.
Instrument Lock-up
The Instrument Lock-up is located in the quadrangle of St James Catholic College. You can check your
instruments in and out between the following times:
Thursday 5 — 9pm, Friday & Saturday 9am — midnight, Sunday 9am — 11.30pm, Monday 6 — 10am
We have conscientious volunteers operating the check-in desk during these hours and they will take every
care with your instruments, but the festival accepts no liability for loss or damage.
Consumption of Alcohol
Alcohol is not permitted in any concert or workshop venue except the RSL club and The Paddock which are
both licensed. These are ticketed venues. In Tasmania it is illegal to have an open bottle of alcohol in a public
space. Please consume alcohol responsibly.
All our venues are smoke free. This includes Loongana Park, so if you wish to smoke please move to the
allocated smoking area away from stalls, kids and audiences.
Friday 8 January 11am-3:30pm at St James College
$50 per person available from www.cygnetfolkfestival.org until 6 January
$60 per person via the Box Office if spaces still available.
Georgian Songs with Nino Tsitsishvili and Joseph Jordania
(St Marks Hall)
Nino Tsitishvili is an Australian–Georgian ethnomusicologist, researcher, writer, music teacher, and choir
leader. She studied at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire in Georgia but gained her PhD at Monash Uni after she
came to Australia in 1995. She has held positions at Monash Uni and Melbourne Uni and teaches Georgian
choir songs at Melbourne Polytechnic. Recently she has been leading the Melbourne Georgian Choir
in preparation for concerts in Australia and Georgia. Nino is also a rock music aficionado. She has added
Georgian spice to some pop and rock favourites.
Joseph Jordania is an Australian-Georgian ethnomusicologist and evolutionary musicologist and professor.
He is an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne and the
Head of the Foreign Department of the International Research Centre for Traditional Polyphony at Tbilisi State
Conservatory. He is known for his model of the origins of human choral singing in the wide context of human
evolution and was one of founders of the International Research Centre for Traditional Polyphony in Georgia.
He is a fine guitarist, an expert on the Beatles and loves nothing more than singing with friends.
Joseph has broad academic interests including the study of worldwide distribution of choral polyphonic
traditions, origins of choral singing, and the cross-cultural prevalence of stuttering and dyslexia. His primary
expertise is Georgian and Caucasian traditional music and vocal polyphony. He has had five books published,
including “Why do People Sing? Music in Human Evolution”.
Fiddle tunes from East Coast Canada with Tim Chaisson from The East Pointers
(Workshop Room 3)
As one of the famous PEI ‘Chaisson family’, Tim is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who has been
part of his family’s Celtic ensembles practically since he was born! He has also amassed an impressive number
of awards and accolades, including COCA Emerging Artist of the Year and Music PEI Touring Artist of the Year
in 2012, on top of being chosen as Musical Director for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s highly-publicized
Royal Visit to PEI in 2011. Nominated for four East Coast Music Awards in 2013, including Entertainer of the
Year, Tim recently celebrated his first ECMA win for Roots/Traditional Solo Artist of the Year.
An extremely gifted performer, Tim has always shone brightest from the stage. And regardless of whether he’s
joined by a full band or simply his fiddle, guitar, or mandolin, Tim makes his craft look absolutely effortless —
the mark of a true artist.
This master-class will focus on repertoire and technique from PEI and Cape Breton, looking at tunes new and
old; with various ornamentation. Learn an old tune from PEI or a new tune from The East Pointers. Suited
for fiddle players of a more advanced skill level, very comfortable playing tunes at full-speed, and learning
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Workshops — Saturday
Gypsy Jazz Guitar with Jon Delany from La Mauvaise Réputation
(Workshop Room 1)
Jon Delaney is known as one of Australia’s most talented gypsy jazz guitarists. He began his performance
career in 1994, and has gone on to perform all over Australia in his Jon Delaney Trio and as a sideman with
countless other acts. Jon studied modern jazz improvisation and composition at the Victorian College of the
Arts (Mmus 2005), before discovering Gypsy Jazz and immersing himself in its techniques and traditions.,
and alongside his performance schedule, teaches guitar at tertiary level. He spent 2008 playing in and
around Berlin, and has also performed in the United Kingdom and Canada. In 2011 he travelled to Belgium
to study with manouche legend Fapy Lafertin.
Embodying Stories with Niki na Meadhra
(Workshop Room 4)
Niki na Meadhra is a professional storyteller, theatre artist and Creative Director of Hearth Tales. Her
storytelling practice emerged at Abbotsford Convent, where she hosted Enchanted Evening, a night of
traditional tales and A Night with Mother Nyx, stories exploring the dark side of the Feminine. Niki has 30
years’ experience in storytelling, acting, directing and Arts education. She performs in corporate, educational
and community settings. Passionate about her Irish ancestry, abundant in potent legends and folklore, she
powerfully engages audiences of all ages in stories with wisdom and joy.
In this storytelling workshop we will; Explore, with expert guidance and feedback, skills in both contemporary
& traditional oral storytelling. Take away activities, skills & resources that you can apply in your classroom,
organisation or storytelling practice.
Niki has worked as an actor, director and storyteller for 30 years and has taught performing arts for over 25
years in settings including Melbourne and Deakin Universities, and University High School. Her storytelling
practice, Hearth Tales, began in the Abbotsford Convent Arts Precinct, where she hosted Enchanted Evening:
A Night of Traditional Stories, for two years.
Alexander Technique with Sheila Hale
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(Workshop Room 2)
Musicians, singers, dancers and actors have long
been at the forefront of those benefiting from the
Alexander Technique. This fact is not surprising
in view of the many benefits it offers: regained
natural grace and poise, injury prevention, a greater
awareness and control of the mind/body, a truly
free and supportive breath, and the means to realize
one’s full creative and performance potential.
The Alexander Technique is a form of embodied
mindfulness incorporating an integration of postural
support, movement and the breath. It is also of
great benefit to athletes, trades persons, people
with injuries and those in sedentary jobs who work
with phones and computers. This master-class will
be primarily experiential and active. Sheila will
introduce some basic Alexander principles, and you
will practice applying them to various activities. As
she teaches using her hands to guide, there will
be the opportunity to experience a new lightness
and freedom in movement. Participants will gain a
knowledge of some of the tools and skills available
to bring about a positive change and to explore a
new way of being in the world.
Beginner Ney
Workshop Room 4
10:30 AM — 11:45 AM
Learn how to play the Turkish ney flute, explore Turkish makam scales and perhaps even play a tune or two
with Kelly from Saray Iluminado. Plastic neys will be provided.
Kelly Dowell
Getting the Most from your Accordion
Workshop Room 1
10:30 AM — 11:45 AM
In this workshop Baz will explain the techniques and tricks to maximise your accordion playing.
Baz Cooper
Great Writers and Great Songs
Workshop Room 3
10:30 AM — 11:45 AM
Floyd Thursby presents analysis, discussion and performance of classic and modern examples of fine
songwriting and poetry from his favourite influences, from ancient texts to traditional English ballads to Serge
Gainsbourg to Leonard Cohen to Tom Waits and more.
Floyd Thursby
Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar
Workshop Room 2
10:30 AM — 11:45 AM
In this workshop Danny will discuss methods of developing the technique, looking back at some of the
pioneers, show ways implement fingerstyle guitar into your songwriting, and moving around the fretboard.
Danny Widdicombe
Nostalgic Songs from the Rose Garden
Workshop Room 1
12:00 PM — 1:15 PM
Dive into the nostalgic Bosnian and Herzegovinian song — Sevdalinka. Get inside the pronunciation, scales,
phrasing and articulation of Sevdah and learn some catchy tunes! Nela offers an interactive group workshop
for beginners and intermediate level singers
Nela Trifkovic
Scandinavian Fiddle
Workshop Room 3
12:00 PM — 1:15 PM
Jenny M. Thomas has had many musical adventures including rollerskating backwards whilst playing violin for
Circus Oz, playing a Norwegian Hardanger solo with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for the Lord of The
Rings premiere, a solo concert series in Europe performing Indian classical violin plus a European tour with
chamber- pop band ‘Naked Raven’. She has finessed every style she plays and here will impart tips and tunes
from the beautiful Scandinavian folk music repertoire.
Jenny M Thomas
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Songs in Language
Workshop Room 2
12:00 PM — 1:15 PM
Christina is a songwriter, performer and community choir leader. She is passionate about sharing stories
and Australian culture - in its rich diversity - through songs and stories. She was the 2009-10 Folk Fellowship
recipient and arranged songs from the National Library's Oral History and Folklore archive for massed choir
(including the Summers' song "Songlines of the Moonbird"). For this festival she teams up with Dyan and
Ronnie Summers who together will present and pass on songs about Aboriginal Tasmania to singers to
perform on Sunday morning in "Verandah Songs Tasmania".
Traditional Scots Songs
Workshop Room 4
12:00 PM — 1:15 PM
Come along and learn some songs the treasure trove of traditional Scots material — from working songs to
love songs, to the songs of Robert Burns and the big ballads. This workshop will also explore the traditional
style through recordings of tradition bearers, and discuss the use of Scots language and the meaning of the
songs themselves. Relaxing, fun & encouraging — as well as being highly informative & rich in material, Fiona
generously shares her knowledge of, and passion for, the Scots song tradition. The sang’s the thing!
Fiona Ross
Slide Guitar
Workshop Room 3
1:30 PM — 2:45 PM
Learn the fundamental techniques, tunings and equipment necessary to for this expressive guitar style.
Jed Rowe will take you through the fundamentals of lap slide playing, while Justin Bernasconi will cover
bottleneck slide guitar playing. Bring your guitar and slide if you have them!
Jed Rowe
Justin Bernasconi
Concertina Ring
Workshop Room 1
1:30 PM — 2:45 PM
A practical workshop for concertina players, beginners to advanced, exploring the possibilities of this
versatile instrument. Tips and techniques for all styles on Anglo and English instruments.
Dave Brannigan
Stories of Migration
Workshop Room 2
1:30 PM — 2:45 PM
In this workshop Mzaza will explore cultural backgrounds of participants and their own migration stories as
well as introducing them to the musical backgrounds of Mzaza. This is a participatory workshop where we
gather stories of migration of people's ancestors.
MZAZA
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Quebecois Foot Percusion
Workshop Room 4
3:00 PM — 4:15 PM
A workshop demonstrating Quebecois foot percussion and how to mix with other percussive instruments
using just the feet.
Tim Scanlan & Toshi Bodhran
Songwriting
Workshop Room 1
3:00 PM — 4:15 PM
Learn the craft of songwriting from highly respected artist Liz Stringer.
Liz Stringer
Greek Modal and Dance Music
Workshop Room 3
3:00 PM — 4:15 PM
This workshop is open to all instruments and singers (and dancers) that would like to take their understanding
of Modal Music a step further working on improvisation and additive rhythms, through the study of vocal
and instrumental repertory of music from Greece, Asia Minor (Turkey) and the Balkans.This class will teach
students to sing the magnificent vocal repertoire of early 20th Century Asia Minor Greek artists with
authenticity and ease. In this class, students will learn “The Blues of Greece” of the 1920’s, ‘30’s’, and ‘40's’.
— this is repertoire that is rich in melody and embellishment. Singer Pascal Latra and Bouzouki player Irine
Vela will teach vocalists and instrumentalists approaches to performing basic melodies and transforming
them in to melismatic and ornamental modes. We will give examples of intricate ornamentation, complex
rhythms, and modal scales in a process that speaks to beginner and advanced players alike.
The haBiBis
Gregorian Chant for Novices
Workshop Room 2
3:00 PM — 4:15 PM
A cook’s tour of Gregorian Chant performance practice, including notation and improvisation
Helen Thomson
Celtic Mandolin
Workshop Room 2
4:30 PM — 5:45 PM
Dave is a virtuosic player of most stringed folk instruments and will take you through the basics of Celtic-style
mandolin.
Dave O’Neill
Accompanying Irish Tunes on DADGAD guitar
Workshop Room 4
4:30 PM — 5:45 PM
This workshop will be aimed at guitarists that are new to dadgad guitar accompaniment and will demonstrate
how to accompany a reel (and a jig if time permits) using simple and more advanced chords and rhythms.
John Hickey
Breathe!
Workshop Room 1
4:30 PM — 5:45 PM
Riley draws from his four decades of shakuhachi-playing experience and his deep level of understanding the
breath, to present a thoroughly entertaining and profoundly practical workshop, which is geared for “anyone
who is still breathing”.
Riley Lee
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Bodhran
workshop room 3
4:30 PM — 5:45 PM
The ins and outs of this fine instrument with virtuoso Toshi Bodhran.
Toshi Bodhran
Making the Music Industry work for Emerging Artists and Others! Touring, agents etc
St Marks Hall
12:00 PM — 1:30 PM
Join some of our top National and International artists and managers and gain insights into the real
business of what its like to be a successful touring musician. This forum will take the place of a panel
where each presenter will offer their particular insights and also respond to your questions about how to
make it in the challenging yet rewarding world of a professional musician.
DIY Family History
St Marks Hall
2:00 PM — 3:15 PM
Learn how to collect folklore from:
• Yourself • Family • Friends • Work • Community • WWW
In this workshop we will have a look at what folklore is and provide a number of techniques and
approaches you can use to collect it.
DIY Folklore is relevant for family history, local history, heritage, community relations, intercultural
communication…
The workshop will be enlivened by the odd anecdote of triumph and disaster from Rob and Graham’s
experiences of collecting, researching, publishing and performing folklore over many years, throughout
Australia and abroad. A few songs, ditties and a yarn or two are sure to happen as well.
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Workshops — Sunday
Telling Tales of History
Workshop Room 1
10:30 AM — 11:45 AM
Using the Good Girl project as framework, Helen and Penny will guide participants through finding a way to
flesh out their own experiences into story and therefore song. We may even learn a chorus or two.
Helen Begley
Penny Larkins
Improvisation, Performance and Working with Traditional Tunes
Workshop Room 4
10:30 AM — 11:45 AM (doors at 12:00 AM)
Explore the sounds and rhythms of Balkan gypsy music, while discovering how these have inspired The
Woohoo Revue and influenced their approach to making music.
THE WOOHOO REVUE
Percussive Guitar and Open Tunings
Workshop Room 3
10:30 AM — 11:45 AM
An exploration of alternate guitar techniques including tapping, body percussion, & a variation of open
tunings to broaden your understanding of the guitar & its endless possibilities. Participants should bring
their guitar.
Tullara Connors
Songwriting and Performance Skills
Workshop Room 2
10:30 AM — 11:45 AM
Learn and discuss the nuances of songwriting with one of Australia’s finest. Enda will also take you through
the best tricks to make your performances shine!
Enda Kenny
Flamenco Music
Workshop Room 1
12:00 PM — 1:15 PM
Everything you wanted to know about flamenco but were too afraid to ask! Juan, Peter and Antonio present
an engaging workshop demonstrating musical aspects of flamenco and also talking about the culture. Bring
an instrument if you’d like to have a play.
Encuentro Dos
New Directons in Dulcimer
Workshop Room 2
12:00 PM — 1:15 PM
At this workshop you can revise basic techniques, and then discover new possibilities for performance and
composition on Appalachian and Stick Dulcimers. Printed handouts provided.
Sandy Pollard
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of the Cygnet Folk Festival!
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Celtic Rhythms
Workshop Room 3
12:00 PM — 1:15 PM
In this workshop David will show you some approaches to backing Irish and Scottish music on guitar which
enhance and support the flow and rhythm of the tunes, as well as discussing the role of the guitar in a
traditional session. Topics covered include: Commonly used chords and strumming patterns, Different tune
types — Reels, Jigs, Slip Jigs and Hornpipes, Different Tunings — Standard, DADGAD, Drop D.
David Hyams
Old Time Fiddle Tunes and Techniques
Workshop Room 4
3:00 PM — 4:15 PM
Award winning fiddler George Jackson and North Carolinian old time multi-instrumentalist Andrew Small;
both experts in old time and bluegrass music, will lead you through some tunes and techniques to bring this
music to life.
George Jackson
Andrew Small
Sound Production for Working Musicians
Workshop Room 3
3:00 PM — 4:15 PM
Lee is a professional sound engineer and gives insight into skills to make the working musician more
comfortable and capable with sound production.
Lee Nelson
Sepahardic Music
Workshop Room 2
3:00 PM — 4:15 PM
Learn a Sephardic tune or two. Melody led by violin/mandolin, Chords/Harmony by oud/lute/guitar.
Ernie Gruner
William Thompson
The Ancient Balladry of Britain
St Marks Hall
3:00 PM — 4:00 PM
The Ancient Balladry of Britain, especially those on both sides of the English /Scottish borders, are rightly
famed for their stories, their language and imagery, so much so that many are in frequent use today. They
were born of the strife endured by those in the ‘Debateable Lands’ around five to six hundred years ago, some
for circle dancing, singing the night away. Some have the delicacy of language to probe our darkest fears over
the Supernatural, and others ballads reinforce our need to be at one with kinfolk, famous and infamous.
Garland-Fine
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One of the many wonderful things about folk festivals is the ability to participate; and one of the most fun
ways to participate is to dance. Whilst there’s plenty of free dancing at concerts, Cygnet also runs a called
dance programme for the whole weekend, in the Town Hall, a great venue for dancing with a real wooden
floor. You get to listen to inspiring music but also have loads of social fun dancing with other happy people,
learning some new things, getting exercise and experiencing the joy of moving to live music. Of course,
even if you don't want to dance you're very welcome to come along and watch and listen. The music itself is
fabulous and features some of the festival’s headline acts.
In more than 20 dances over the weekend we feature many different dance bands and styles of dancing,
giving you the opportunity to have great fun learning different folk dance traditions, including Balkan, contra,
Israeli, indigenous Latin American, Greek, bush, Irish Ceilidh, Ottowa Valley Step, Prince Edward Island,
Scottish Ceilidh, square, swing, regency, Zumba®, renaissance and Zydeco.
See the dance programme listing elsewhere in this booklet, and the listings under individual artists, but a
few ideas are: Kick up a storm with dances from Prince Edward Island and Ontario played and called by The
East Pointers or learn the brilliant percussive Ottowa Valley Stepdancing, dance to the captivating rhythms
of Xenos’s Balkan sound, groove and swing your way through two contra dances with As the Crow Flies
and Moonshine Whiskers and the Ragged Pony, or do some high energy Irish Ceilidh dancing to the driving
traditional Irish dance tunes and modern beats and sounds of world travelling Tim Scanlan (ex Ireland’s
demented trad trio “The Latchikos”) and Toshi Bodhran (master percussionist). You can also swing your
partner and promenade at a traditional square dance with One Up Two Down and an old-time American
barn dance with festival headlining Canadian folk fusion band, the Duhks.
All dances are taught and no partner or dancing experience is required.
Don’t go home early on Sunday! The dance programme wraps up with a twin finale — use up your last
dancing energy with a square dance to the raw old-time groove and bluegrass dexterity of One Up, Two
Down and then a rousing Ceilidh to the driving guitar and bouzouki, intense fiddle playing, warm pairing of
flute and whistles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion of Scotland’s Paul McKenna band.
Opening Bush Dance
Cygnet Town Hall
7:00 PM — 8:15 PM Friday
High-spirited traditional and contemporary dances for anyone who loves a good time, including children over
8. Dance to the Devil’s Own, with caller Sarah Lewis making it easy for everyone. There’s no need to bring a
partner although any children should bring an adult.
The Devil's Own
Sarah Lewis-Dance Caller
Renaissance Revelry
Cygnet Town Hall
8:30 PM — 9:15 PM Friday
Merry and intriguing early dances from western Europe, with fine period music by the Tasmanian Harp
Ensemble and dancing master David Wanless. Kick up your heels Renaissance style, verily.
Tasmanian Harp Ensemble
David “Oddsocks” Wanless
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Contra Dance With The Crows
Cygnet Town Hall
9:30 PM — 10:45 PM Friday
Contra dance is non-competitive, moderately aerobic and highly addictive. It’s a lively, social, swingy dance
style from the USA which has exploded in popularity in the last few decades. Done to a simple walking step,
it features flowing movements, lots of swings, a chance to dance with everyone and the opportunity for
improvisation. All dances taught by dance caller Sarah Lewis.
As the Crow Flies
Sarah Lewis-Dance Caller
Irish Ceilidh
Cygnet Town Hall
11:00 PM — 12:00 AM Friday
High energy dancing to the driving traditional Irish dance tunes and modern beats and sounds of world
travelling Tim Scanlan (ex Ireland’s demented trad trio “The Latchikos”) and Toshi Bodhran (master
percussionist). No dancing experience or partner required. Caller: David Wanless.
Tim Scanlan & Toshi Bodhran
David “Oddsocks” Wanless
21st Century Contra Dance
Cygnet Town Hall
9:30 AM — 10:45 AM Saturday
Contra is lively, fun, traditional, progressive and frequently improper. It’s a rapidly evolving tradition. Learn
some cool contra moves, or try contra dancing for the first time. If you were at the dance on Friday evening,
that’s great, but come and dance even if you weren’t. Groove to the hot old-time tunes of one of Australia’s
finest contra bands. No partner required. All dances taught by caller David Wanless.
Moonshine Whiskers & The Ragged Pony
David “Oddsocks”" Wanless
Balkan Dance Workshop
Cygnet Town Hall
11:00 AM — 12:30 PM Saturday
Traditional Balkan and Roma dances to the captivating rhythms of Xenos. This is a workshop designed to
teach the dances in readiness for the evening dance. We have chosen easy line dances that all can do. The
teaching style breaks each dance down into simple steps and that means success for everyone!
Xenos
Regency Dance Party
Cygnet Town Hall
2:30 PM — 3:30 PM Saturday
A dance party in the regency style, led by dancing master David Wanless. Frisky dances from Jane Austen’s
time. “It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing
many, many months successively, without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue
either to body or mind; — but when a beginning is made — when the felicities of rapid motion have once
been, though slightly, felt — it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more.” -- Jane Austen
Tasmanian Harp Ensemble
David “Oddsocks”" Wanless
Family Bush Dance
Cygnet Town Hall
4:30 PM — 6:00 PM Saturday
Easy and enjoyable traditional and contemporary dances for families with children ages 8 and up and anyone
else who loves a good time. Lovely and lively Tasmanian tunes, both traditional and contemporary, by the
Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble. Dance calling by Fiona Henwood. There’s no need to bring a partner
although children should bring an adult.
The Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble
Fiona Henwood
Irish Ceilidh
Cygnet Town Hall
7:00 PM — 8:15 PM Saturday
Find yourself lifted by the lilting of Sinn Araon at an Irish Ceilidh. Flautist Brian Owens is a master Irish dance
musician and Deanna Devers a wonderful dance musician in various genres. Caller Sarah Lewis will introduce
you to the world of evocative and energetic Irish ceilidh dancing.
Sinn Araon, Sarah Lewis-Dance Caller
Duhk Dancing: Old-Time American Barn Dance
Cygnet Town Hall
8:30 PM — 9:15 PM Saturday
Jump in and have a heap of fun with an oldtime American barn dance with music by festival
headlining Canadian folk fusion band, the Duhks. No
dancing experience or partner required. Music from
the Appalachian mountains and beyond.
The Duhks
David “Oddsocks” Wanless
Swing Dance Workshop
Cygnet Town Hall
1:30 PM — 2:15 PM Saturday
If you can walk, you can swing. Get up and dance with some fun swing dance moves, taught by Bibiana and
Michael from TasSwing. Swing is a fun, energetic form of dancing that is dynamic to watch and is incredibly
fun to do. Dance to the exciting 1930s French dance hall music of Melbourne’s La Mauvaise Réputation. You
don't need to bring a partner.
La Mauvaise Réputation
Bibiana Devlin
Balkan Gypsy Dance
Cygnet Town Hall
9:30 PM — 10:45 PM Saturday
Traditional Balkan and Roma dances to the
captivating rhythms of Xenos. The band performs
mostly on the floor with the dancers encircling them.
Energetic, acoustic and wild! Passionate dance music
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Canadance with the East Pointers
Cygnet Town Hall
11:00 PM — 12:00 AM Saturday
Come and learn traditional Prince Edward Island and Ontario square set dances, to the infectious music of
one of the festival’s headline acts, the East Pointers, returning after a brilliant first appearance at Cygnet in
2015. All ages and abilities welcome.
The East Pointers
Israeli Dance
Cygnet Town Hall
10:00 AM — 10:45 AM Sunday
Come and join to enjoy simple Israeli dancing with Michiko of Hora Tasmania. You will love the beautiful music
and variety of steps. Good exercise for your body and good food for your soul!!! Everybody welcome.
Michiko Gough
Ottawa Valley Stepdance
Cygnet Town Hall
11:00 AM — 11:45 AM Sunday
This is a Canadian dance form that is found predominantly in Ontario, Canada. Many decades ago, lumberjacks
would finish their work with a night of music and dancing. Since many of these workers were immigrants from
Europe, they brought with them their traditional dance styles. These styles are mixed with French-Canadian
and tap dancing to create a unique style now known as Ottawa Valley Step Dance. For those who have never
heard of or seen this style of dance, it is best described as a mix of Irish and tap dancing.
The East Pointers
Christine Carr
Balkan Zumba®
Cygnet Town Hall
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM Sunday
Get down and feel great! Want to learn the krill dance? The
dino stomp? All your dreams will come true with this oneoff Balkan-flavoured Zumba® class lead by Hobart Zumba®
instructor Elspeth to the live rhythms of Xenos. No dance
skills required, just a willingness to let go, get sweaty and
smile!
Xenos
Elspeth Hickey
The Big Hairy, Scary Australian Dance
Cygnet Town Hall
5:00 PM -- 6:15 PM Sunday
Traditional, historical and contemporary Australian dances,
with a tribute to Peter Ellis. Australia has a rich social/folk
dance tradition, from the First Fleet to the present day, from
the city ballrooms to the bush. The Scary Family Band and the
Chloe and Jason Roweth Band with caller David Wanless and
special guests will help you experience the fun and vigour of
Australian folk dancing, both old and new. Ages 8 and up, but
this is not a kids‘ dance — any children need to bring an adult.
No partner or dancing experience required. This is Australian
entertainment with the hair still on!
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Greek Dance
Cygnet Town Hall
4:00 PM — 4:45 PM Sunday
Enjoy traditional Greek dances from various regions of Greece, to the rhythmic folk tunes of the Aria award
winning haBiBis. All dances taught by experienced Hobart Greek dance teacher Marika Castrisios. No prior
experience necessary. Dances of passion, war and life.
The haBiBis
Mama don't want no Zydeco 'round here
Cygnet Town Hall
2:30PM — 3:45 PM Sunday
Zydeco is the accordion and rub-board driven, rhythm and blues infused music of the Creoles of Louisiana.
Here it's in the hands of Tasmanians who have put their own take on it with splashes of country and hints of
gypsy jazz. Mostly up-tempo and lighthearted the band best serves those who wish to dance. Experienced
callers Steve and Jane Ray will lead you in this exciting dance to infectious music.
Lagoon Hill Zydeco
Steve Ray
Jane Ray
One Up, Two Down Square Dance
Cygnet Town Hall
7:00 PM — 7:45 PM Sunday
Traditional square dances to the raw old-time groove and bluegrass dexterity of One Up, Two Down. Yeehaa!
One Up, Two Down
Scottish Ceilidh
Cygnet Town Hall
8:00 PM — 9:00 PM Sunday
Burn the last of your festival dance energy with a rousing ceilidh to the driving guitar and bouzouki, intense
fiddle playing, warm pairing of flute and whistles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion of festival headliners
the Paul McKenna band. Caller Sarah Lewis. No dancing experience or partner required, but do bring a drink
bottle and a bucket-load of enthusiasm!
Paul McKenna Band
Sarah Lewis-Dance Caller
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Acoustic Folk Singing Circle
Saturday and Sunday 10am — 4pm at the Kids Space
The Kids Space at St James Kindergarten is a place for kids of all ages to chill out, be creative and be
entertained. Come along and make something beautiful or participate in interactive activities designed
for little ones. Check the program in the middle of the booklet for performances by some wonderful and
amazing performers especially for kids this year. (Children need to come with an adult.)
Saturday 2:00 PM and Sunday 3:00 PM in Loongana Park.
Showcasing the performers of tomorrow, the Young Person’s Blackboard Comp is for all newcomers, 25
years and under. Be at The Stage in Loongana Park at 1.30pm to register if you have not already registered
online. Once again the event is sponsored by the Hon. Lara Giddings and Roger Joseph (Arelmedia
Management) and supported by Mountain River Mastering.
Cash Prizes for 1st ($100) 2nd ($50) and the winner will also receive recording time at Mountain River
Studio. The winners will also be nominated by the festival to be in the running for the Folk Alliance Youth
Showcase at the National Folk Festival in Canberra over Easter (age limits apply).
Winners to perform at the Youth Showcase along with the finalists of the National Youth awards sponsored
by Folk Alliance Australia at 4.15pm Sunday in the Carmel Hall.
You are invited to perform, or to join the audience, at the informal “Folk Singing Circle” in St. Marks Hall. So
bring along an acoustic folk instrument, or just your voice, and join in the fun. Songs or instrumentals could
include Aussie bush, Celtic, sea shanties and sea songs, English and American folk, old timey, and whatever else
comes to mind. Chorus songs are encouraged as well. We hope to see you there!
A Georgian Supra is a feast with a difference.
A Tamada (toast master) is appointed to orchestrate the proceedings, introducing toasts in a specific order
and entertaining the guests with his knowledge and wit. Guests can respond to the toast and on the call of
“garmajos” everyone empties their glass, or cow's horn if one is handy. Each toast is followed by a song, some
joyful, some sad, all beautiful in keeping with the mood. We have modified the Supra for Australian conditions.
We invite people to contribute to the toasting and encourage songs other than Georgian. World authorities on
Georgian singing, Joseph Jordania and Nino Tsitsishvili will lead a Georgian Song master-class on Friday before
the Supra.
You will enjoy good food, moving stories and spine tingling singing. It's at the Yacht Club with a view to die for.
Excellent wine available from the bar at most reasonable prices. (Not included in Festival ticket) see box office.
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10am — 4pm Sunday
St James School
On the Sunday of the Festival there will be a display and demonstration of handmade musical instruments
by local and mainland instrument-makers, featuring exquisite local timbers and materials. Come along and
see beautifully hand-crafted instruments by Australia’s leading craftspeople. You might even be tempted
to buy one.
The Peoples Orchestra will be led by Dave McNamara and Alister Price from Xenos and Andrew Veivers;
composer and Flamenco guitarist who runs the People's Orchestra at Woodford Folk Festival each year. The
People's orchestra will also welcome the Pilgrims from The Way to St James on Saturday afternoon.
Rehearsal - Sat. Jan 9th 9.30 AM @ St James College Auditorium
Rehearsal - Sat. Jan 9th 1.30 PM @ Workshop Room 4
Combined performance: Welcome to Pilgrims 3pm Saturday
Rehearsal - Sun. Jan 10th 9.00 AM @ St James College Auditorium
Sun. Jan. 11th 5:00 PM Performance @ Carmel Hall
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This years' festival choir have the opportunity to work with the exuberant and wonderful Betsy Hanson.
Betsy runs Hobart's popular "Nourish Women's Choir" and has also taught numerous community singers
and groups including for conferences, multicultural groups and really anyone who wants to sing! Betsy is
coordinating arrangements with composer Andrew Veivers to teach the festival choir a repertoire to welcome
the Pilgrims arriving Saturday afternoon and will also work toward a joint performance on Sunday afternoon.
Do yourself a favour and sing with one of Australia's deservedly popular choral teachers.
Rehearsal - Sat. Jan 9th 9.30 AM @ St Marks Hall
Rehearsal - Sat. Jan 9th 1.30 PM @ Workshop Room 4
Combined performance: Welcome to Pilgrims 3pm Saturday
Rehearsal - Sun. Jan 10th 9.30 AM @ St James College Auditorium
Sun. Jan. 11th 5:00 PM Performance @ Carmel Hall
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Ange Boxall Duo (Tasmania / UK)
Alan Gogoll (Tasmania)
Alan has built his reputation as one of Australia's leading
guitarists and artisan wedding musicians on beautiful and
intimate performances and recordings, having been featured
on ABC Classic FM, endorsed by Cole Clark Guitars and
published in Guitar World for his innovative bell harmonics
technique and signature guitar tunings.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Sweet sounds in the supper room @
Supper Room
Sun. Jan. 10th 1:00 PM A gentle Festival Finish @ Huon
Christian Life Church
Alanna and Alicia (Victoria)
Known for sweet harmonies and fine songwriting, twin sisters Alanna & Alicia sing original folky/jazz/
roots songs. Their band features the talented Jen Hawley (guitar) Silas Palmer (violin/piano) and Sarah
Busuttil (violin). Alanna and Alicia are entertaining and lively characters with an unpredictable, unscripted
natural humour, brimming with talent, free spirit and endearing charm.’
Jamie McKew, Festival Director, Port Fairy
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Kick up your Heels it's Friday @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Burtons Breakfast @ Scout Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 1:30 PM Sweet Sounds and Cider; Heaven! @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sun. Jan. 10th 4:00 PM The Last in Loongana @ Loongana Park Stage
Alma Mater (Victoria)
Alma Mater reawaken voices of worlds gone by, bringing to life the traditions of Portuguese fado and
Brazilian modinha. The music is fiery, gripping, tense, yet surprisingly delicate. Travel back in time to a
world where delicate beauty and unrefined passion walk hand-in-hand down the snaking corridors of an
antique city.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Carmel's evening delights @ Carmel Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 12:45 PM Southern Swan's Afternoon Concert @ St James Catholic Church
Sun. Jan. 10th 11:00 AM Singers' Sunday @ St Marks Hall
When this gin-soaked southern belle performs with her trio, you get delicious harmonies and sweet hoedown tunes; a feast of the senses for all to enjoy. It's “Americana”, where folk meets country meets singer
songwriter at it's old-school best.
Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Willie Smiths SIRENS! @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sun. Jan. 10th 4:00 PM The Last in Loongana @ Loongana Park Stage
Anna & Jordan (Queensland)
Anna and Jordan showcase their original vocal and instrumental music, producing a colourful range of
harmonies. Combining Anna’s knowledge of traditional music and Jordan’s exceptional creativity in
songwriting, they create a distinctive combination of genres and styles that is truly exceptional and uplifting.
Sat. Jan. 9th 3:30 PM Strung and Sung @ Supper Room
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM In the Reserve @ Scout Hall
As the Crow Flies (Tasmania)
As the Crow Flies return to Cygnet after a year of travel and
musical exploration abroad. This contemporary fiddle quartet
compose and arrange vibrant melodies, intricate harmonies
and driving rhythms for three violins and double bass. They are
excited to bring you new compositions and a selection of their
favourite tunes from around the world.
Sat. Jan. 9th 7:00 PM Celebratory Cider on a Saturday Night @
Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sun. Jan. 10th 12:00 PM Stories and Tunes from Islands near
and Far @ Carmel Hall
Dance — Fri. Jan. 8th 9:30 PM Contra Dance With The Crows @
Cygnet Town Hall
Baz Cooper (ACT, UK)
Baz Cooper started out winning musical competitions on accordion in the UK, subsequently playing with
top bands in the UK and Europe. In Australia, Baz has played music from Cajun and Zydeco, to Blues and Jazz
and Traditional Aussie Folk , in various bands, duos and solo. Baz enjoys the musical versatility and passion
possible on the accordion.
Sat. Jan. 9th 1:30 PM Sweet Sounds and Cider; Heaven! @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Workshop — Sat. Jan. 9th 10:30 AM Getting the Most from your Accordion @ Workshop Room 1
Andrew Veivers & Oleyo Jimenez (Queensland)
Andrew Veivers is recognized as one of Australia’s finest Spanish Guitarists. He draws on a wide range of
musical influences to evoke the sensual and mesmerising sounds of the Spanish guitar in all of its guises.
Andrew’s current ensembles include Australia's only national flamenco touring company — Flamenco Fire
— and flamenco-tango-jazz ensemble — The Saruzu Quartet. Andrew has also been a special guest guitarist
in the Doch Gypsy Orchestra since 2002. Olayo Jiminez was born in /northern Spain and educated in Madrid
later studying singing in Seville. He comes from a family of Flamenco singers, dancers and castanet makers,
and is a master of the Pastos del Flamenco style. His passionate and heartfelt style has seen him perform in
theatres and stages across the world. Olayo is currently touring Australia with Andrew in “Flamenco Fire”
Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Fond Farewells in the Church @ St James Catholic Church
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Broads (Victoria)
BROADS is the musical partnership of Kelly Day and Jane Hendry.
With years of singing together in vocal vintage pop group The
Nymphs (as seen on Spicks & Specks, RocKwiz), Kel and Jane
have developed a harmonic symbiosis evident in their luscious
harmonies and interaction during live shows; frequently sharing a
knowing smile throughout their set
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Sweet sounds in the supper room @ Supper
Room
Sat. Jan. 9th 12:45 PM Southern Swan's Afternoon Concert @ St
James Catholic Church
Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Willie Smiths SIRENS! @ Willie Smiths Cider
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Bruce Watson
Although Bruce is a mainlander his dad was Tasmanian — so he’s half Tasmanian, and feels a strong spiritual
link to this State. So lots of his songs have a Tasmanian theme or connection; its history, its environment, its
people, and its foibles. This concert features these songs.
Sat. Jan. 9th 4.30 PM Half Tasmanian @ St Marks Hall
BUSH GOTHIC (Melbourne)
‘Bold, inspired and beautiful in its intensity, Bush Gothic takes your breath away.’ — The National Times.
Reclaiming lost Australian cultural territory, songs of criminal women and convict men, treachery and
transportation have been dragged out of the songbooks, ripped apart, then lovingly put back together as a
reminder that our history never leaves us.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Carmel's evening delights @ Carmel Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:30 AM Songs for Kids @ Kids Space
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:00 PM Evening Delights @ St James Catholic Church
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM Tranquil Point Concert @ St James College Auditorium
Cary Lewincamp (Tasmania)
Tasmanian favourite solo guitarist Cary Lewincamp will debut his new CD “Salamanca Saturdays”. featuring
his Huon Pine archtop 7 string guitar, made here in Hobart at his guitar workshop.
Cary was a featured performer at the prestigious Adelaide Guitar Festival.
This concert will showcase the 5th CD in Cary's Solo Guitar Series.
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:00 PM Evening Delights @ St James Catholic Church
Sun. Jan. 10th 9:00 AM Soulful Sounds @ St James Catholic Church
Chloe & Jason Roweth Band (NSW & ACT)
The Roweths work new and old traditional Australian ballads and work songs, early country music, original
music, poetry, yarns, and dance tunes, drawing explicit thematic connections to tell a larger story. These are
the songs of the kitchen, verandah, shearers’ huts, the local, and the campfire. Bill Browne, Baz Cooper and
Matt Nightingale add their exceptional talents to the mix.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Carmel’s evening delights @ Carmel Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 11:00 AM Bush Stories @ Huon Christian Life Church (Jason Roweth)
Sat. Jan. 9th 3:30 PM The World on a Saturday @ St James College Auditorium
Sun. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Verandah Music Tasmania @ Carmel Hall (Jason Roweth)
Sun. Jan. 9th 2:30 PM The Great Poetry Debate @ Cygnet Town Hall (Jason Roweth)
Dance – Sun. Jan 10th 5:00 PM The Big Hairy, Scary Australian Dance @ Cygnet Town Hall
Christina Mimmocchi (Australia)
Christina Mimmocchi is a Sydney-based songwriter drawing on traditional musics from all over and
contemporary life for her lyrics. Christina was the 2009-10 National Folk Fellow and arranged songs from
the National Library's Oral History and Folklore archive for massed choir (including the Summers' song
“Songlines of the Moonbird”).
Fri. Jan. 8th 6:00 PM Thanks God It’s Friday in Willie Smiths @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Sweet Sounds on a Saturday Morn @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Workshop — Sat. Jan. 9th 12:00 PM Songs in Language @ Workshop Room 2
Sat. Jan. 9th 1:00 PM Kids World at the Festival @ Kids Space
Sun. Jan. 10th 11:00 AM Kids Sleepy Sunday morning @ Kids Space
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM Verandah Music Tasmania @ Carmel Hall
Workshop — Sun. Jan. 10th 4:00 PM APOCALOPTOMISTIC NOW @ St Marks Hall
Coyote Serenade (Tasmania)
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For 12 years, Friday nights at the Lark Whisky Bar have kicked off with a hootenany cavalcade of banjos,
accordions, fiddles, ukeleles and double bass as Coyote Serenade take to the stage with their unique blend
of country, jazz swing. With sweet harmonies and frantic fiddling the dance floor fills with revelers.
Fri. Jan. 8th 6:00 PM Thank God its Friday in Willie Smith’s @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sat. Jan. 9th 6:00 PM An Evening at the Club @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen’s Club
Dandyman (Victoria)
Australian Comedic Genius Daniel Oldaker aka Dandyman presents an Award
Winning, 5 star performance
With exceptional energy, the show demonstrates Oldaker's live performance
skills while constantly subverting the conventions of comedy and circus. His
innovative use of everyday ephemera, high energy and low verbosity make
him one of Australia’s funniest physical comedians.
Sat. Jan. 9th 11:00 AM Mellow Morning @ St James College Auditorium
Sat. Jan. 9th 6:00 PM Circus in the Paddock @ Other
Sun. Jan. 10th 2:00 PM Circus in The Paddock! @ Other
Danny Widdicombe (Queensland)
Winner of the GW McLennan Fellowship and twice ARIA Award Nominated songwriter, Danny plays Chet
Atkins style fingestyle guitar to accompany his heart on the sleeve lyrics. The songs are full of hope and
honesty which stem from his now 20 year fight with leukaemia.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Kick up your Heels it's Friday @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Sweet sounds of Saturday @ Carmel Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 9:00 AM Soulful Sounds @ St James Catholic Church
Workshop — Sat. Jan. 9th 10:30 AM Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar @ Workshop Room 2
Dave Brannigan (Tasmania)
From the 60s folkclubs, via Colonials, Bushwackers, Shenanigans and beyond, Dave is 'back to basics' as a
solo folksinger, with a wide repertoire and a deep sense of social justice. Songs old and new on a variety of
instruments, prepared to talk at length and philosophise.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Larking around in Loongana @ Loongana Park Stage
Sat. Jan. 9th 12:00 PM Songs and sessions at the Club @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
Workshop — Sat. Jan. 9th 1:30 PM Concertina Ring @ Workshop Room 1
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Enda Kenny (Melbourne)
David “Oddsocks” Wanless (Tasmania)
David “Odd socks” Wanless is a danceoholic from Hobart, and dance caller for many Tasmanian bands.
He calls dances from many traditions including Contra, Irish ceilidh, Scottish ceilidh and country, English
country, ceilidh and e-ceilidh, renaissance, Regency, Klezmer, traditional and contemporary Australian,
Balkan, and his own compositions.
Fri. Jan. 8th 8:30 PM Renaissance Revelry @ Cygnet Town Hall
Fri. Jan. 8th 11:00 PM Irish Ceilidh @ Cygnet Town Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 9:30 AM 21st Century Contra Dance @ Cygnet Town Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 2:30 PM Regency Dance Party @ Cygnet Town Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:30 PM Duhk Dancing: Old-Time American Barn Dance @ Cygnet Town Hall
Sun. Jan 10th 5:00 PM The Big Hairy, Scary Australian Dance @ Cygnet Town Hall
David Beniuk (Tasmania)
“Few artists successfully wed cerebral lyrics with melting melodies. Beniuk does and levitates into the
Paul Kelly, Michael Thomas, Tim Rogers, Neil Finn group of bloody good songwriters.” — The Australian.
Wollongong-raised, Hobart-based David Beniuk was also Tasmania's folk songwriter of the year in 2014.
Sun. Jan. 10th 2:30 PM Savour this Supper @ Supper Room
Workshop — Sun. Jan. 10th 1:00 PM Australian Songwriters on Eastern Europe @ St Marks Hall
David De Santi (NSW)
David De Santi has been involved in the Australian folk music scene since 1984. An original piano accordion
wielding member of the Wongawilli (Bush Band), I Viaggiatori, Zumpa (Italian Folk), The Humphreys
(contemporary folk), The Con Artists (folk orchestra) and the Folkaphonic Punk Orchestra David has travelled
the world performing Australian folk music.
Sat. Jan. 9th 12:00 PM Songs and sessions at the Club @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
Workshop — Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM Verandah Music Tasmania @ Carmel Hall
East-West Trio (Tasmania)
Enda Kenny is widely recognised as Australia's premier folk entertainer. An award-winning songwriter with
seven albums since the mid 90's, he has played dozens of international tours and festivals. His engaging Irish
wit shines through an impressive catalogue of humorous and thought-provoking songs and he delights in
engaging audiences wherever he plays.
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:00 PM Evening Delights @ St James Catholic Church
Sun. Jan. 10th 12:15 PM A Song to Remember @ Supper Room
Workshop — Sun. Jan. 10th 10:30 AM Songwriting and Performance Skills @ Workshop Room 2
Fiona Henwood (Tasmania)
Fiona is a keen Danceoholic from Hobart who loves dancing in many varied traditions including Scottish,
Irish, Contra, traditional Australian Bush and enjoys sharing the experience with others. No experience
necessary, all dances called.
Sat. Jan. 9th 4:30 PM Family Bush Dance @ Cygnet Town Hall
Fiona Ross Band (Victoria)
A renowned traditional singer from Scotland, Fiona is passionate about Scots song. Now in Melbourne, she
performs with outstanding musicians Ken Maher (guitar), Michelle Burton (harp), Ewen Baker (fiddle). The
Fiona Ross Band have just released their highly anticipated debut album The Thistle May Bloom.
Sat. Jan. 9th 7:00 PM Sweet Sounds of Saturday's supper @ Supper Room
Sun. Jan. 10th 9:00 AM Soulful Sounds @ St James Catholic Church
Floyd Thursby (Victoria)
Floyd Thursby — songs & stories from the dark & the light. Songpoet Floyd Thursby creates uniquely
evocative folk and country songs with striking lyrics and strong melodies. Thursby mines the collective — and
personal — unconscious: love and death, brimstone and ecstasy, the sacred and the profane. He performs
solo: one guitar, one voice.
Sat. Jan. 9th 12:00 PM Words from the Poets @ Huon Christian Life Church
Sun. Jan. 10th 2:30 PM Savour this Supper @ Supper Room
Workshop — Sat. Jan. 9th 10:30 AM Great Writers and Great Songs @ Workshop Room 3
This Trio features Allan Badalassi on concert piano and composition, Roman Astra on Sitar and Indian
violin and Lynne Griffiths on harp and flutes. The charm of their music arises from the interweaving of
both Western and Eastern scales The trio enjoys mixing and matching styles and always find time for some
tongue in cheek humor.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Exquisite Sounds @ St James Catholic Church
Sun. Jan. 10th 1:00 PM A gentle Festival Finish @ Huon Christian Life Church
Encuentro Dos (Victoria)
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Encuentro Dos plays flamenco music; passionate, fiery,
mesmerising, deep.With roots in the traditional flamenco artform,
they also borrow from latin, funk, jazz and other contemporary
styles. Encuentro Dos brings together the exquisite flamenco
guitar playing of Juan Martinez, the rhythmic brilliance of Peter
Vadiveloo on percussion, and the outstanding melodic groove of
Antonio Mazziotta on bass.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Sweet sounds in the supper room @ Supper
Room
Sat. Jan. 9th 3:30 PM Carmel Cacophany @ Carmel Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM Tranquil Point Concert @ St James College
Auditorium
Workshop — Sun. Jan. 10th 12:00 PM Flamenco Music @
Workshop Room 1
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Frumious (Tasmania)
Fiery and notorious, Frumious is a vibrant, highenergy band from Hobart. Drawing on various
influences in their original and reinvented music,
Frumious brings an infectious groove, guaranteed to
have you up and dancing. Revitalising Gypsy jazz and
contemporary folk, Frumious fuses instrumental and
vocal harmonies featuring violin, accordion, baritone
ukulele and acoustic bass.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Sweet Sounds on a Saturday
Morn @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sat. Jan. 9th 6:00 PM Local Legends @ Huon Christian
Life Church
Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Burtons Final Fling @ Scout
Hall
Furneaux Islands 'Music around the kitchen table' (Tasmania)
Influenced by the Music from Cape Barren Island and mixed with a history in Jazz, this group perform “around
the kitchen table” songs and melodies from diverse backgrounds; songs and stories from the Brown Boys
from Cape Barren Island, selections from Ronnie Summers' repertoire, folk fiddle songs played on trumpet,
north Italian folk songs from Sandro Donati's 'Projget Friul' (sung in Furlan language) and selections from
Judy Jacques' “Making Wings” CD including 'Bird Call Song' originally recorded by Fanny Cochrane Smith
sung in language.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Supper Treats @ Supper Room
Sun. Jan. 10th 2:15 PM Furneaux Islands 'Music around the kitchen table' @ St Marks Hall
Garland-Fine (NSW)
A broad tapestry of folk, blues, jazz, country and
psychedelic rock are woven together in this act, which
features warm vocal harmonies, dynamic rhythm and
percussive indulgences. The Trio’s prodigious playlist
is a treasury of provocative originals and avant-garde
interpretations of old fav’s that harken back to the heyday
of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Sweet Sounds on a Saturday Morn
@ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM “Eyes of a Fisherman” @ Supper
Room
Graham Seal, Rob and Olya Willis — The National Library of Australia (Western
Australia, New South Wales)
Graham Seal, Rob and Olya Willis, The National Library and Folklore go hand in hand. Graham is Professor
of Folklore at Curtin University, Perth and Rob and Olya have been recording memories and music for the
National Library of Australia for many decades. Rob, Olya and Graham are experienced performers, multiinstrumentalists, writers and producers of folk documentaries, many with an unusual twist.
Sat. Jan. 9th 2:00 PM DYI Family History @ St Marks Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM Verandah Music Tasmania @ Carmel Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 2:30 PM The Big Hairy, Scary Australian Dance @ Cygnet Town Hall
Grateful Folk (Tasmania)
Members of Golden Gate Trio team up with fantastic local musicians, Dave McNamara and
Rachel Myers to create some gentle seventies sounds.
Carole Garland, well known in Australia and the UK for her
powerful alto voice and concertina is joined by Michael Fine,
fine finger style guitarist and singer. Together; a duo with a
strong folk heritage of Border Ballads, Tyneside classics, great
traditional folk and a couple of self-penned masterpieces.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Singers in Saint Marks Friday @ St Marks
Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Supper Treats @ Supper Room
Workshop — Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM The Ancient Balladry of
Britain @ St Marks Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 5:00 PM Local Legends @ Huon Christian Life Church
Georgia Spain (Victoria)
Helen Thomson (Tasmania)
Melbourne based singer-songwriter Georgia Spain draws her audience in with her distinctly vulnerable vocal
delivery and haunting lyrics accompanied by sparse banjo and guitar.She connects with her audience through
songs that stem from deeply personal experiences, and hark back to an old-worldly way of story telling with
sincerity and honesty.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Sweet Sounds in the Supper Room @ Supper Room
Sat. Jan. 9th 1:00 PM Park Picnic @ Loongana Park Stage
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM In the Reserve @ Scout Hall
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Golden Gate Trio (Tasmania)
Harry Edwards Trio (Tasmania)
The Harry Edwards Trio has developed a unique creative approach to performances by integrating original
jazz compositions with the performance of gypsy jazz swing repertoire. Harry's composition draw on his love
of jazz manouche, contemporary jazz, and classical music.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Kick up your Heels it's Friday @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Sweet sounds of Saturday @ Carmel Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Burtons Final Fling @ Scout Hall
Helen Thomson (vocals, bass, live electro) is a partly-lapsed classical soprano who's branched out into folk,
improvisation, songwriting, musical direction, and instrument-playing, all of which she does gleefully and
some of it even skilfully.
Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Fond Farewells in the Church @ St James Catholic Church
Helen Thomson and Gerard Mathews (Tasmania)
Gerard (vocals, and master of all things guitar-shaped) and Helen (professional classical soprano gone
bush), draw on Indy, Celtic, Gregorian and Medieval traditions. Their work ranges from heart-wrenching to
downright silly, but always comes from the heart and always with an emphasis on skill, artistry, and general
jolly good music-making.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Supper Treats @ Supper Room
Workshop — Sat. Jan. 9th 3:00 PM Gregorian Chant for Novices @ Workshop Room 2
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Honey & Knives (NSW)
Jim and Al — Dynamic Duo (NSW)
Jed Appleton (Tasmania)
John Bennett with David Hyams (Western Australia)
Honey and Knives marry the sweetness and beauty of life’s possibilities with honesty blunt as a butter knife.
Drawing together influences from folk, bluegrass, country and blues, Honey and Knives craft compelling, raw
original music informed by love, loss, redemption and resignation.
Fri. Jan. 8th 6:00 PM Thank God its Friday in Willie Smith's @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Supper Treats @ Supper Room
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:30 AM Sunday's Sounds @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
“There's no other way to describe it other than hauntingly
stunning.” Newcastle Gig Guide (UK). Fascinating crowds with
his stripped back and pensive songwriting, this 19 year old has
captured the ears of many, from street corners to sold out venues
around Australia, United Kingdom, Netherlands & Ireland.
Sat. Jan. 9th 1:00 PM Island Stars @ Scout Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 4:00 PM The Last in Loongana @ Loongana Park
Stage
Jed Rowe (Victoria)
Jed Rowe is an acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist from
Melbourne. His music walks the line between country, blues and
folk and his 3rd album “The Last Day of Winter” was produced
by Aria winner Jeff Lang, featuring rich vocal harmonies from The
Stillsons. Rowe has toured extensively in Australia and Europe.
Fri. Jan. 8th 6:00 PM Thank God its Friday in Willie Smith's @
Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Burtons Breakfast @ Scout Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Fond Farewells in the Church @ St James
Catholic Church
Workshop — Sat. Jan. 9th 1:30 PM Slide Guitar @ Workshop
Room 3
Jen Allen (Canada)
Jen Allen is a Canadian yoga teacher based out of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Her classes are challenging
yet calming, grounding yet elevating. Moksha yoga is a hatha-based dynamic system of postures and
breathing exercises intended to open, strengthen and detoxify the entire body. Lots of instruction — great
for all levels!
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:00 AM Moshka Yoga @ Cygnet Town Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 8:30 AM Moshka Yoga @ Cygnet Town Hall
JENSEN (Tasmania)
JENSEN's genre can best be described as a melting pot of Indie Folk Rock, drawing influence from Jazz and
Reggae. Recently recording their début EP and regularly playing around Hobart, Harry, Andy, Oscar and Finn
aspire to engage with audiences young and young at heart!
Sat. Jan. 9th 1:00 PM Island Stars @ Scout Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 12:00 PM Sunday Picnic In The Park @ Loongana Park Stage
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Jim and Al, are talented artists in their own right and jointly bring to the stage an easy manner gleaned from
glittering careers spanning over eighty years, performing the best kind of blues and good time music. The
dynamic duo are a formidable twosome on stage.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Kick up your Heels it's Friday @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
Sat. Jan. 9th 7:00 PM Celebratory Cider on a Saturday Night @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Accompanied by multi-award winning David Hyams, John Bennett’s songs have an astounding ability to
transport listeners to his home country and transcend cultural barriers. His lyrics speak of the beauty of
the land and sea that surround a remote Aboriginal community and the wonderful people who live there.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Friday Night in the Church @ St James Catholic Church
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:00 PM The Jetty House Concert @ Carmel Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 2:30 PM Savour this Supper @ Supper Room
Workshop — Sun. Jan. 10th 12:00 PM TBA @ Workshop Room 3
John Hughes (Tasmania)
From English roots John performs self-penned
songs & guitar tunes and traditional material. He
intersperses his presentation with short comic
verse written to send his wife to distraction. His
playing style comprises complex guitar patterns
developed over 40 years of performance.
Sat. Jan. 9th 3:30 PM Strung and Sung @ Supper
Room
Jolley Hatters Morris Dancers & Friends (Tasmania)
Jolley Hatters Morris Dancers perform traditional English Morris folk dances and tunes from diverse regions
of England with their own particular eccentricities, live music, a wee oss and an occasional appearance from
a dragon.
Catch them roaming the streets and the park.
Kaurna Cronin (South Australia)
Kaurna Cronin was awarded the 2015 Folk Alliance Youth Award, the prestigious APRA-AMCOS Emily
Burrows Award and Best Acoustic Act in late 2014.
With grand story-telling, and a lyrical sincerity beyond his years, Cronin's moving performances have been
capturing audiences throughout Europe and Australia.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Sweet sounds of Saturday @ Carmel Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 3:30 PM Strung and Sung @ Supper Room
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM In the Reserve @ Scout Hall
La Mauvaise Réputation (Victoria)
French gypsy swing virtuosos La Mauvaise Réputation are Australia’s most authentic interpreters of the wild
rhythms and passion of 1930s Parisian hot jazz and the beautiful melodies of classic French chanson — sung
en français, bien sûr.
The group’s repertoire specialises in the timeless songs of Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet and Serge Gainsbourg
and Jean Sablon and the unique sounds of Django Reinhardt.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Carmel's evening delights @ Carmel Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 3:30 PM The World on a Saturday @ St James College Auditorium
Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Concert @ St James College Auditorium
Dance — Sat. Jan. 9th 1:30 PM Swing Dance Workshop @ Cygnet Town Hall
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Lagoon Hill Zydeco (Tasmania)
Lagoon Hill Zydeco is a fun and lively dance band strongly influenced by the distinct musical culture of
Louisiana.
Here this style is in the hands of Tasmanians with their own take interspersing splashes of country and hints
of gypsy jazz.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Kick up your Heels it's Friday @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
Sat. Jan. 9th 1:00 PM Island Stars @ Scout Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 6:00 PM An Evening at the Club @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
Dance — Sun. Jan. 10th 2:30 PM Mama don't want no Zydeco 'round here @ Cygnet Town Hall
Lee Nelson (Tasmania, Queensland)
Lee has a warm and witty stage presence engaging the audience with comedic quips and original songs. With
extensive vocal range and stylish guitar picking, Lee invites the audience into his world of insight and caring
with a rare understanding of human emotion.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Morning Concert @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM Wake in the Park @ Loongana Park Stage
Workshop — Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Sound Production for Working Musicians @ Workshop Room 3
Liz Stringer (Victoria)
Liz Stringer has carved out a reputation as one of Australia’s most respected and critically acclaimed
songwriters and performers. In 2014, Liz released a solo album ‘Live at The Yarra’ including beloved songs
from each of her four studio albums. Critical acclaim led to sold out shows on a 15-date solo tour around
Australia.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Sweet sounds in the supper room @ Supper Room
Sat. Jan. 9th 3:30 PM Carmel Cacophany @ Carmel Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Willie Smiths SIRENS! @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Workshop — Sat. Jan. 9th 3:00 PM Songwriting @ Workshop Room 1
Lizzie Flynn and The Reckoning (Queensland)
With perceptive lyrics, Lizzie Flynn’s songs evoke a strong
response from her listeners.
Her live performance showcases her ability to connect with a
wide range of people through stripped — backsongs that share meaningful stories.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Supper Treats @ Supper Room
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM Hair of the Dog @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Mandy Breeze & Doug Kelly with special
guest Steph Donovan (NSW, WA)
Mandy Breeze & Doug Kelly's careers span nearly 4 decades in
Australian music. Doug featuring in popular world music bands
'Sirocco', 'Churinga' and 'Tanseys Fancy'. Featuring Mandy's
haunting voice & Bodhran, the listener is taken on a musical
journey through ages past. Joined by Steph Donovan on violin,
medieval vielle & vocals
Sat. Jan. 9th 7:00 PM Sweet Sounds of Saturday's supper @
Supper Room
Sun. Jan. 10th 9:00 AM Gently Awake @ Carmel Hall
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Margaret Walters (NSW)
A consummate singer of good songs, Margaret Walters has been involved in the Australian folk scene for
nearly forty years; as a soloist or with the Roaring Forties and others.
She sails solo with a selection of songs; many from a woman’s perspective; generous Australian content and
an unaccompanied, traditional singing style, exemplified on her latest CD, “Steadfast”.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Singers in Saint Marks Friday @ St Marks Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 4:00 PM Sea Shanties Session at Port Cygnet Sailing Club @ Other
Sun. Jan. 10th 4:00 PM APOCALOPTOMISTIC NOW @ St Marks Hall
Matthew Dames (Tasmania)
One of Tasmania's top contemporary folk singers, Matthew Dames, originally from Cambridge, UK, has made
a name for himself on the folk scene with his soaring melodies and intricate guitar work. Matthew was the
2015 recipient of the Liz Johnston Memorial Award for Vocal Excellence at the Nation Folk Festival.
Sat. Jan. 9th 1:30 PM Sweet Sounds and Cider; Heaven! @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sat. Jan. 9th 4:15 PM Lovely Sounds in Loongana @ Loongana Park Stage
Workshop — Sun. Jan. 10th 4:15 PM Youth Showcase Awards @ Carmel Hall
Moonshine Whiskers & The Ragged Pony (Tasmania)
Hobart based trio featuring multi-instrumentalists, Ross Smithard, Graeme Beer & Jackie Gregory, playing
not-so-well known numbers and some strange twists on the well known!
Roger Joseph says “The band that makes me feel like each time is the first time”. ..We take this as a
compliment!
Sun. Jan. 10th 2:00 PM Last Drinks at the Club @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
Dance — Sat. Jan. 9th 9:30 AM 21st Century Contra Dance @ Cygnet Town Hall
Mr Beep and Ellie (Tasmania)
Daryl, a regular at the Poets' Breakfast and Debate, morphs into Mr Beep who, with his partner Ellie, present
a fun-filled show of magic, ventriloquism, music and madness for the younger festival-goers.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:30 AM Songs for Kids @ Kids Space
Sun. Jan. 10th 11:00 AM Kids Sleepy Sunday morning @ Kids Space
Mravalzhamier (Victoria)
Mravalzhamier means “eons of good fortune to you”.
Musical directors Joseph Jordania and Nino Tsitsishvili, migrated from Georgia to Australia in 1995. Their
repertoire, with singers from Golden Fleece, Gorani and Utskho Suneli includes passionate love songs,
sublime church songs, galloping horse riding songs, wild wedding songs, and radical blending of traditional
Georgian with Beatles and Spice Girls songs!
Mravalzhamier.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Larking around in Loongana @ Loongana Park Stage
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:30 PM The Republic Bar and Cafe Concert @ St James College Auditorium
Sun. Jan. 10th 12:00 PM Sunday Picnic In The Park @ Loongana Park Stage
Workshop — Sat. Jan. 9th 11:00 AM Georgian Love Song @ St Marks Hall
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MZAZA (Queensland)
Lead by French-Sephardic front-woman Pauline Maudy, this award-winning group of cultural refugees from
Bosnia, Latvia, Greece, France and Australia has been mesmerising audiences with powerful and inspired
performances.
MZAZA create their own set of traditions from a tapestry of skilfully woven influences from France, the
Balkans, the Middle East and Sephardic Spain.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Southern Swan's Opening Concert @ St James College Auditorium
Workshop — Sat. Jan. 9th 1:30 PM Stories of Migration @ Workshop Room 2
Sat. Jan. 9th 5:30 PM Children of the Road @ Huon Christian Life Church
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:00 PM The Jetty House Concert @ Carmel Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM Tranquil Point Concert @ St James College Auditorium
New Holland Honey Eaters (Tasmania)
The New Holland Honey Eaters specialise in traditional music from the southeastern United States,
drawn from rural string bands, minstrel, ragtime, shape-note hymns, Cajun, jug band, Jubilee and Gospel
quartet, western swing, country blues and more. They bring the folk music of the region alive through the
performance of ‘on-stage documentaries’ and real-time “radio shows”
Sat. Jan. 9th 7:00 PM Celebratory Cider on a Saturday Night @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sun. Jan. 10th 11:00 AM Wyoy Melody Hour @ Supper Room
Niki na Meadhra Storyteller (Victoria)
Niki na Meadhra embodies the storyteller, in a warm, captivating and, sometimes electrifying style. In
keeping with the Irish tradition of the seanchaí, she invites you to be transported to ancient Ireland and
other lands, to immerse yourself in tales of heroes, crones, tricksters and maidens. Expect hyperbole,
extravagance and wonderment!
Sat. Jan. 9th 12:00 PM Words from the Poets @ Huon Christian Life Church
Sun. Jan. 10th 2:00 PM Kids farewell @kids Space
Nourish Women’s Choir (Tasmania)
Nourish Women's Choir are a dynamic Hobart Choir; singing together since 2009. Director Betsy Hanson
arranges for their mostly contemporary repertoire.
You will hear renditions of songs by U2, Dire Straits and Nick Cave in addition to world music. Accompanied
by guitar, drums, mandolin, violin and washboard, well known songs come with a twist!
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:00 PM Evening Delights @ St James Catholic Church
Sun. Jan. 10th 5:25 PM Festival Choir, Peoples' Orchestra and Choir and Master-class Performers @ Carmel
Hall
One Up, Two Down (Victoria, North Carolina)
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One Up, Two Down hail from three countries joined by the
Pacific Ocean, George Jackson (NZ), Andrew Small (USA) and
Daniel Watkins (AUS) bring together raw old-time groove,
bluegrass dexterity and folk storytelling. One Up, Two Down is a
perfect example of music bringing people together.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Carmel's evening delights @ Carmel Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 7:00 PM Sweet Sounds of Saturday's supper @
Supper Room
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM Tranquil Point Concert @ St James
College Auditorium
Workshop — Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Old Time Fiddle Tunes @
Workshop Room 4
Dance — Sun. Jan. 10th 7:00 PM Square Dance @ Cygnet Town
Hall
Paul McKenna Band (Scotland)
The New York Times called them 'the best folk band to have
come out of Scotland in the last 20 years'. With a contemporary
approach to songs, while not straying far from their roots, their
arrangements are both fresh and innovative. Expect driving Guitar
and Bouzouki, intense fiddle playing, a warm pairing of flute and
whistles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Friday Night in the Church @ St James
Catholic Church
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:30 PM The Republic Bar and Cafe Concert @ St
James College Auditorium
Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Concert @
St James College Auditorium
Dance — Sun. Jan. 10th 8:00 PM Scottish Ceilidh @ Cygnet Town
Hall
Peter Hicks (Tasmania)
Peter Hicks continues to impress as a solo artist in a concert of songs about “stuff that matters” . Peter plays
new and topical songs but will also delve into the back catalogue for his most requested songs. Peter's songs
have humour, poignancy and — watch out they bite!
Sat. Jan. 9th 7:00 PM Celebratory Cider on a Saturday Night @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Philip R Rush (Tasmania)
Phil Rush is one of Australia's top-selling poets. He has performed over much of Australia; and have been
part of Cygnet Folk Festival for twenty years. Always worth listening to!
Phil will co-host the Poets' Breakfast and argue one side of the Great Poetry Debate...but which side?
Sat. Jan. 9th 12:00 PM Words from the Poets @ Huon Christian Life Church
Sat. Jan. 9th 1:00 PM Kids World at the Festival @ Kids Space
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:30 AM Poets Breakfast @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sun. Jan. 10th 8:30 AM Poets Breakfast @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Riley Lee (Hawaii, NSW)
Riley Lee first began playing the shakuhachi in Japan in 1971. n 1980, he became the first non-Japanese to
attain the rank of dai shihan (大師範; literally ‘big teacher,’ though usually translated as ‘grand master’). He
was also the first non-Japanese to play wataiko (和太鼓;
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Friday Night in the Church @ St James Catholic Church
Sat. Jan. 9th 3:30 PM Carmel Cacophany @ Carmel Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Fond Farewells in the Church @ St James Catholic Church
Workshop — Sat. Jan. 9th 4:30 PM Breathe! @ Workshop Room 1
Rory Campbell (Tasmania)
Rory Campbell is a Hobart-based singer/songwriter. His songs are about moving and standing still; the joy
and sorrow, celebration and desolation of contemporary Australian life.
Rory has performed with various acts in the US , London and more recently in Sydney and Melbourne as a
backing vocalist for Damon Albarn [Gorilaz/Blur].
Sat. Jan. 9th 6:00 PM An Evening at the Club @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
Sun. Jan. 10th 12:00 PM Sunday Picnic In The Park @ Loongana Park Stage
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Rosenstein (Victoria)
Serendipity (South Australia)
Ruth Doblo (NSW)
Shane Howard Trio (Victoria)
Rosenstein are a Melbourne-based five-piece who take their influences from the whimsical and fiery
traditions of Hungarian and Romanian folk as well as infectious Balkan music.
Their virtuosic melodies combined with a driving rhythm section create a sound that is at once soulful
and uplifting.
Sat. Jan. 9th 3:30 PM The World on a Saturday @ St James College Auditorium
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:30 AM Sunday's Sounds @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
Ruth began playing music when she was eight years old, beginning with the fiddle. Ten years later, she
sings and plays with a steady finger picking style and a pure straightforward voice that displays fidelity to
the melody and lyrics of classic and contemporary blues and roots songs.
Sat. Jan. 9th 4:15 PM Lovely Sounds in Loongana @ Loongana Park Stage
Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Burtons Final Fling @ Scout Hall
Sands Family Circus (Tasmania)
The Sands Family Circus perform and teach a wide range of circus
skills to any age group and any ability. All seven of their children
are usually involved in performances, creating shows with a great
atmosphere of fun, impromptu moments and inspiration.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Circus in The Paddock
Sun. Jan. 10th 4:00 PM Circus in The Paddock
A young and fresh approach to folk, mixing the Irish Tin Whistle seamlessly with beat boxing and guitar/
mandolin arrangements. Melodical lyrics and goose-bump raising harmonies, teamed with catchy and
upbeat tunes makes for a new and individual sound.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Sweet sounds of Saturday @ Carmel Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM Hair of the Dog @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Shane Howard is a prolific Australian songwriter, admired
and respected for his integrity and commitment. His songs
champion the cause of the common man, the environment
and the injustices endured by Australia’s Aboriginal people.
After 30 years of singing, writing and journeying the
globe, from campfires to concert halls, he has become an
important addition to the evolving folklore of modern song.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Friday Night in the Church @ St James
Catholic Church
Sat. Jan. 9th 12:00 PM A Hint of the Celts @ St James
College Auditorium
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM Hair of the Dog @ Willie Smiths
Cider Tent
Silkweed; Maria-Island of Dreams
(Tasmania)
Sandy Pollard (Tasmania)
Using multiple guitars and tunings, Appalachian dulcimer — and piano, Sandy presents a show full of light
and shade. From softer, acoustic-only evocative originals to high-energy rhythmic songs and instrumentals,
you'll come for the strong vocals and songwriting — and stay for the skillful instrumental work.
Sat. Jan. 9th 6:00 PM An Evening at the Club @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
Sun. Jan. 10th 1:00 PM A gentle Festival Finish @ Huon Christian Life Church
Sarah Lewis-Dance Caller (Tasmania)
Sarah has been bringing smiles to Tasmanian feet for several years now. A keen dancer and caller of many
genres she loves to make dancing accessible to all those who thought they never could. She is pleased to
report that no-one has ever failed. You may have more fun than you thought possible!
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Opening Bush Dance @ Cygnet Town Hall
Fri. Jan. 8th 9:30 PM Contra Dance With The Crows @ Cygnet Town Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 7:00 PM Irish Ceilidh @ Cygnet Town Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 8:00 PM Scottish Ceilidh @ Cygnet Town Hall
Saray Iluminado (Victoria)
Saray Iluminado play Sevdah from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Jewish Sephardic music from the Balkans.
Led by Bosnian singer/composer Nela Trifkovic, with Ernie Gruner (violin, mandolin), Kelly Dowall (clarinet,
ney), Will Thompson (oud, lute), the band celebrates their debut CD. “Hauntingly evocative music and
songs thrilled the audience.” Mary Lou Jelbart, Fortyfivedownstairs
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Friday Night in the Church @ St James Catholic Church
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:00 PM The Jetty House Concert @ Carmel Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 9:00 AM Soulful Sounds @ St James Catholic Church
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“Maria-Island of Dreams” is a story of place and the dreams
that place can inspire.
“Named for a woman it is a siren that has shipwrecked
many a man’s dreams”.
Silkweed brings their stories to life through strings, piano,
flute, accordion and voice.
You’ll hear the echo of her past inhabitants and know their
dreams, their solitude and their solace.
Sun. Jan. 10th 12:00 PM Stories and Tunes from Islands near
and Far @ Carmel Hall
Sinn Araon (Tasmania)
Brian the Flute and Deanna the Harp take the audience through the whole of the Irish Tradition, from
haunting lingering Slow Airs to foot tapping Jigs and Reels! They weave harmony and melody effortlessly,
both in the concert arena and the energy charged atmosphere of the Ceilidh!
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Exquisite Sounds @ St James Catholic Church
Sun. Jan. 10th 1:00 PM A gentle Festival Finish @ Huon Christian Life Church
Dance — Sat. Jan. 9th 7:00 PM Irish Ceilidh @ Cygnet Town Hall
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Siskin River (NSW)
A compact duo with big sound, Siskin River deliver an original style
of folky blues & roots, with a stomping groove factor, delectable
riffs, fast fingers, and evocative lyrics.
Having featured at an astounding number of festivals and venues
across Australia, the duo finally released their much anticipated
Debut Album 'The Hours They Keep' in August 2014.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Sweet sounds of Saturday @ Carmel Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 7:00 PM Celebratory Cider on a Saturday Night @
Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Burtons Final Fling @ Scout Hall
Workshop — Sun. Jan. 10th 10:30 AM Percussive Guitar and Open
Tunings @ Workshop Room 3
Summerhouse (Western Australia)
Wowing audiences with tantalizing a capella harmonies for over 10 years, Summerhouse is a highly original
small vocal ensemble hailing from Perth. Presenting a feast of vocal fare showcasing original arrangements of
world, folk, jazz, rock, gospel and pop tunes, together with original compositions.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Singers in Saint Marks Friday @ St Marks Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 12:00 PM Songs and sessions at the Club @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
Workshop — Sun. Jan. 10th 5:00 PM Harmonise with the 'House @ St Marks Hall
Sweet Potato Pie (Tasmania)
Folk music for all ages! Sweet Potato Pie breathe new life into Americana family favourites as well as obscure
gems that have undeservedly been gathering dust. They will tickle everyone's fancy (but especially the little
folk!) with their sweet harmonies and playful arrangements.
Sat. Jan. 9th 1:00 PM Kids World at the Festival @ Kids Space
Sun. Jan. 10th 2:00 PM Kids Farewell @ Kids Space
Tasmanian Harp Ensemble (Tasmania)
This novel ensemble of harpers and guest musicians play Tasmanian folk music from the Huon Valley to Cape
Barren Island. Kick up your heels or just come to listen at our Regency dance featuring period Tasmanian folk
music or our Renaissance Revelry dance. We also do concerts.
Dance — Fri. Jan. 8th 8:30 PM Renaissance Revelry @ Cygnet Town Hall
Dance — Sat. Jan. 9th 2:30 PM Regency Dance Party @ Cygnet Town Hall
Presentation - Sat. Jan. 9th 4:30 PM Tassie Tunes in Sound and Sight @ Huon Christian Life Church
Teri Young (Tasmania)
Woman makes lyrical mouth sounds, wielding wooden and steel figure-eight instrument, stands on two feet,
sings on topics of family, Tasmania, and other love stories.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Larking around in Loongana @ Loongana Park Stage
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM In the Reserve @ Scout Hall
Tessa Devine (Australia)
This one women Band is fast on the rise in this whirl wind of an industry. She travels all over the country
mixing her own harmonies, unique percussive guitar style and collection of eclectic instruments together
using her loop pedal to name a few.
Sat. Jan. 9th 1:00 PM Island Stars @ Scout Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 4:15 PM Lovely Sounds in Loongana @ Loongana Park Stage
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:00 AM Hair of the Dog @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
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The Devil's Own (Tasmania)
Four of Tasmania's finest folk musicians team up for a treat of wonderful harmony singing, and special string
and accordion arrangements of traditional and original material. They feature an historical presentation of
the life and times of the “gentleman bushranger” Mathew Brady. They also whip up a mighty storm on the
dance floor for colonial and contra dances.
Dance – Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Opening Bush Dance @ Cygnet Town Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 2:00 PM Last Drinks at the Club @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
The Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble (Tasmania)
Rogue Folk act The Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble provides beautiful music with intense lyrics, capturing
the soul of stories, guiding audiences through a traverse of deep personal relationships, leaving them with
an internal sigh.
Accordion, guitar, ukulele, sharp harmonies and percussion create a zany, aggressive, high energy
performance with Punk, Blues, Cajun, and Lithuanian influences.
Sat. Jan. 9th 4:15 PM Lovely Sounds in Loongana @ Loongana Park Stage
Sun. Jan. 10th 1:00 PM A gentle Festival Finish @ Huon Christian Life Church
The Duhks (Canada, America, Sweden)
“Canada's premier neo-tradsters romp from world-beat to
blues, urban-pop to old-timey, with wild-eyed invention,
haunting traditionalism, and spine-rattling groove.” (Scott
Alarik, The Boston Globe) A syncopated bluesy banjo number
seamlessly follows a Brazilian samba; an old-time jaunt nestles
comfortably next to a gospel performance. One of the most
musically adventurous bands to come from the roots scene in
the past decade.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Southern Swan's Opening Concert @ St
James College Auditorium
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:00 PM The Jetty House Concert @ Carmel Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:30 PM Duhk Dancing: Old-Time American Barn
Dance @ Cygnet Town Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 9:00 AM Soulful Sounds @ St James Catholic
Church
The East Pointers (Canada)
Ontario guitarist Jake Charron and 7th generation PEI
musicians Tim (fiddle) and Koady Chaisson (banjo) make
traditional music seem ridiculously hip. An adrenalized, roofrattling, performance monster, the trio’s excellent new release
‘Secret Victory’, penned mostly in Australia in early 2015,
features beautiful songs and a series of free-wheeling, feisty
instrumental jigs, stomps and reels.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Southern Swan's Opening Concert @ St
James College Auditorium
Sat. Jan. 9th 1:30 PM Sweet Sounds and Cider; Heaven! @
Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Concert
@ St James College Auditorium
Dance — Sat. Jan. 9th 11:00 PM Canadance with the East
Pointers @ Cygnet Town Hall
Dance — Sun. Jan. 10th 11:00 AM Ottawa Valley Stepdance @
Cygnet Town Hall
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The Good Girl: A Song Project (Victoria)
Helen Begley and Penny Larkins present: The Good Girl: A Song Project.
Australians know of 19th century immigration; convicts and families, but little about the brave and
adventurous women that changed their lives forever by responding to a call. The departure, the journey,
the arrival and the embedded historical line that has influenced the women we are today.
Sat. Jan. 9th 3:30 PM Afternoon Matinee @ St Marks Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 2:30 PM Savour this Supper @ Supper Room
The haBiBis (Victoria)
The haBiBis are an Aria award winning band that perform much-loved traditional music from Greece and
the Eastern Mediterranean. They perform Plaintive rembetika, contemporary ballads and rhythmic folk
tunes that tug at the heartstrings and coax an audience to their feet. “The haBiBis perform music with
passion and intelligence, which can move a listener of whatever ancestry”. Doug Spencer ABC radio. A
striking aspect is their vocal sound — particularly the vocals of Pascal Latra- “The vocals of Pascal Latras are
as sweet as nectar, as intoxicating as tsipouro, a spirit much stronger than ouzo!”. Green Left weekly
Fri. Jan. 8th 6:00 PM Thank God its Friday in Willie Smith's @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sat. Jan. 9th 7:00 PM Sweet Sounds of Saturday's supper @ Supper Room
Sun. Jan. 10th 4:00 PM Greek Dance @ Cygnet Town Hall
Workshop — Sat. Jan. 9th 3:00 PM Greek Modal and Dance Music @ Workshop Room 3
The Scary Family Band (Tasmania)
This prize winning ethno family of buskers, ages eight and up, will scare the ethno socks off you with their
talent for folk, blues and ethno. The scary family band are an extraordinary eccentrocentric, ethnoclectic
experience.
Sat. Jan. 9th 1:00 PM Kids World at the Festival @ Kids Space
Sun. Jan. 10th 11:00 AM Sunday in the Park @ Loongana Park Stage
Dance – Sun. Jan 10th 5:00 PM The Big Hairy, Scary Australian Dance @ Cygnet Town Hall
The Stetson Family (Victoria)
The Stetson Family respectfully tip their hats to Americana, bluegrass and folk whilst delivering a fresh
twist on these timeless sounds.
Their original songs are filled with lush harmonies and their stories take the listener on a journey down
life’s often-joyous and sometimes-crooked highways.
Fri. Jan. 8th 6:00 PM Thank God its Friday in Willie Smith's @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sat. Jan. 9th 3:30 PM The World on a Saturday @ St James College Auditorium
Sun. Jan. 10th 2:00 PM Last Drinks at the Club @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
The Tasmanian Grassroots Union Choir (Tasmania)
The Tasmanian Grassroots Union Choir are dedicated to ensuring that workers songs, old and new, are
being sung and heard
The Choir follow up their successful folk opera “Loveless in Hobart Town” with another visit into Tasmania’s
radical nineteenth century history . This time they follow the fortunes of William and Mary Cuffay.
Sat. Jan. 9th 2:00 PM “Cuffay and the Brother Slaves” @ St James College Auditorium
Tim Scanlan & Toshi Bodhran (Victoria, Japan)
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Australian one man band meets Japanese bodhran player.
Mixing old world melodies with modern beats and sounds, these lads have been known to have steam
coming off bald men’s heads in festival tents the world over.
This will be their second Australian tour, and they’re excited to bring new tunes to the cool shores of
southern Tasmania!
Sat. Jan. 9th 12:00 PM A Hint of the Celts @ St James College Auditorium
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:30 AM Sunday’s Sounds @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen’s Club
Dance — Fri. Jan. 8th 11:00 PM Irish Ceilidh @ Cygnet Town Hall
Workshop — Sat. Jan. 9th 3:00 PM Quebecois foot percusion @ Workshop Room 4
The Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble (Tasmania)
Founded in 2000 The Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble is a large community group including some of
Tasmania's top fiddlers. They play concerts, festivals and dances...and sometime present themed shows. It
is the principle group devoted to the performance, teaching and extension of traditional Tasmanian country
dance music.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Larking around in Loongana @ Loongana Park Stage
Sat. Jan. 9th 4:30 PM Family Bush Dance @ Cygnet Town Hall
The VerandahCoots (Tasmania)
Step back in time with The VerandahCoots! This three-piece band with their 19th century 'street piano', oldtime melodeon and traditional washboard, all in vintage costume, will entertain you daily from the footpath
with their quirky old-time songs and lively tunes collected from older Tasmanian players. Old fashioned,
toe-tapping entertainment!
The Wheels (Tasmania)
The Wheels, with Kathy Hickey on whistles and John Hickey on guitar, are based in Hobart and recognised
for their authentic traditional Irish sound. This year The Wheels includes Leueen Morgan, an award-winning
Irish fiddler, based in Launceston, and acknowledged as being among the great fiddlers in Australia.
Sat. Jan. 9th 12:00 PM Songs and sessions at the Club @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
Sat. Jan. 9th 7:00 PM Sweet sounds of Saturday’s Supper @ Supper Room
THE WOOHOO REVUE (Victoria)
Electric performances, extravagant costumes and frenzied virtuosity; The Woohoo Revue is a travelling
circus of sound that transcends geography and time. This fiendishly talented collective has tirelessly toured
their all-out instrumental party across Australia and Europe, liberating dance-floors from crowds of merry
revellers to tornadoes of joyous abandon. They return with an all new album for 2016.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Southern Swan's Opening Concert @ St James College Auditorium
Sat. Jan. 9th 1:00 PM Island Stars @ Scout Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:30 PM The Republic Bar and Cafe Concert @ St James College Auditorium
Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Willie Smiths SIRENS! @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Workshop — Sun. Jan. 10th 10:30 AM Improvisation, Performance and Working with Traditional Tunes @
Workshop Room 4
Tim Scanlan & Toshi Bodhran (Victoria, Japan)
Australian one man band meets Japanese bodhran player.
Mixing old world melodies with modern beats and sounds, these lads have been known to have steam
coming off bald men's heads in festival tents the world over.
This will be their second Australian tour, and they're excited to bring new tunes to the cool shores of southern Tasmania!
Sat. Jan. 9th 12:00 PM A Hint of the Celts @ St James College Auditorium
Sun. Jan. 10th 10:30 AM Sunday's Sounds @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen's Club
Dance — Fri. Jan. 8th 11:00 PM Irish Ceilidh @ Cygnet Town Hall
Workshop — Sat. Jan. 9th 3:00 PM Quebecois foot percusion @ Workshop Room 4
Tinpan Orange (Melbourne)
Critically acclaimed Melbourne indie-folk darlings Tinpan Orange enter their tenth year as one of Australia’s
most loved brother-sister outfits. With the ethereal and mesmerising Emily Lubitz at the helm, joined by
her brother, guitarist Jesse Lubitz and violin virtuoso Alex Burkoy, Tinpan Orange’s 60’s inspired folk has a
melancholy, candid and playful edge.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Southern Swan’s Opening Concert @ St James College Auditorium
Sat. Jan. 9th 1:30 PM Sweet Sounds and Cider; Heaven! @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:30 PM The Republic Bar and Cafe Concert @ St James College Auditorium
Sun. Jan. 10th 3:00 PM Fond Farewells in the Church @ St James Catholic Church
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Trouvers (Tasmania)
To Our Volunteers
Trouvers present an eclectic selection of songs by eminent songwriters like Alistair Hulett, Tom Paxton,
James Keelaghan with a smattering of originals. You might discern a trend toward songs of social justice
only to be thrown into a deep love song.
Beautiful harmonies from Elaine Chevalier-Carter, Roger Joseph and Peter Hicks; accompanied by Peter
Hicks’ understated, brilliant guitar work.
Sat. Jan. 9th 12:00 PM Songs and sessions at the Club @ Cygnet Ex-Servicemen’s Club
Sun. Jan. 10th 12:15 PM A Song to Remember @ Supper Room
Every year we say this and every year, it’s truer than ever. We simply couldn’t contemplate staging the
Cygnet Folk Festival if we didn’t think a small army of capable and motivated people would materialize to
cheerfully take on a vast array of tasks armed with little more than their initiative and an orange t-shirt. If
this is the first time you have volunteered for us, we hope you enjoyed your experience seeing the Cygnet
Folk Festival inner workings and we hope you will come back next year. If you are one of our treasured
regular troopers, we can’t express enough how much your contribution and experience means to the
success of the festival over the years. Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts.
Velvet Sledgehammer (Tasmania)
To Our Production Crew
Cygnet Folk Festival is blessed to have a great, professional production team of people who have been
with the festival for many years. Thanks to Mel Fazackerly, Nigel, Mike Raine, Viljo Guilfoil, Rueben
Hopkins, Matthew Finlayson, Rob and Ailsa Nicholls, Kathy O’Hara, Monique deBarse, Phil Williams, Aiden
Maidment and Robin Janus. Thanks also to Cody Maine from Mayne Stage: our major sound and lights
provider.
Comprised of an eccentric multi-instrumentalist, a “crooning English export” and the finest “warbler” in
the west, this Tasmanian inter-generational folk trio boasts a whopping 46-year age-gap between its oldest
and youngest members, yet delivers a surprisingly comfortable blend of vocal harmonies, described by critics as “stunning” and “refreshing”.
Fri. Jan. 8th 7:00 PM Singers in Saint Marks Friday @ St Marks Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 4:00 PM Sea Shanties Session at Port Cygnet Sailing Club @ Other
Sun. Jan. 10th 11:00 AM Singers' Sunday @ St Marks Hall
Water Voice (Tasmania)
Traditional Celtic and original songs featuring Jane Le Rossignol's lyrical and magical harp playing with
Georgina Richmond's strong, rich haunting voice, creating a unique and memorable sound.
Their music will transport you to another world, of ancient harp playing and singing with passion and feeling.
Sat. Jan. 9th 10:00 AM Exquisite Sounds @ St James Catholic Church
Words United — Yvonne Gluyas and Joy Elizabeth (Tasmania)
Yvonne Gluyas and Joy Elizabeth are “Words United”. These vibrant, outgoing women bring poetry to life
on stage and at Poet's Breakfasts. Both are award winning writers, poets and performers with many years
experience in hosting poetry and spoken word events and a policy of including and encouraging original
work from new poets while welcoming the ‘seasoned veterans’.
Sat. Jan. 9th 8:30 AM Poets Breakfast @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Sat. Jan. 9th 12:00 PM Words from the Poets @ Huon Christian Life Church
Sun. Jan. 10th 8:30 AM Poets Breakfast @ Willie Smiths Cider Tent
Xenos (Tasmania)
XENOS play the music of the Gypsies of Macedonia, driven by subtle complex and captivating rhythms,
woven through with seductive sax solos in mysterious and evocative scales.
Sat. Jan. 9th 11:00 AM Balkan Dance Workshop @ Cygnet Town Hall
Sat. Jan. 9th 9:30 PM Balkan Gypsy Dance @ Cygnet Town Hall
Sun. Jan. 10th 12:00 PM Balkan Zumba® @ Cygnet Town Hall
Festival Partners
St James Catholic College
Our deepest appreciation goes to the board, the staff and the school community of the St James Catholic
College for providing many of the venues and supporting the festival in so many ways. Without the
generous partnership contributions from the School then the festival would not be possible.
Concert Sponsors
Republic Bar & Café
Southern Swan
Jettyhouse
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Tranquil Point
Friends of the Festival
TPR Property Group
Cygneture Chocolates
Arelmedia Management
The Red Velvet Lounge
Tassielink
Comp Prize Sponsors
Arelmedia Management
Lara Giddings MHA for Franklin
Mountain River Mastering
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or call 1300 300 520 Award Winning Chocolates & Confectionery 20 Mary Street. Cygnet. 0408970440. Open Wednesday to Monday Chocolates handmade on site using the finest local ingredients from the Huon Valley and the Channel. Salted Caramels, Leatherwood Honeycomb, McHenry’s Sloe Gin and Lotus Chai Bars, Pagan Cider and Willie Smith’s Caramels, Fruit Marshmallows and so much more Supporters
Anthony and Anne Reardon
BP Service Station Cygnet
Cygnet Community Arts Council
Cygnet Ex-Servicemen’s Club
Cygnet Sea Dragons Soccer Club
Huonville SES Unit
Huon Christian Life Church
Huon Valley Council
Port Cygnet Scout Group
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Marcato
Maree Harvey
Southern Business Services
St James Catholic College
St James Parish
St Johns Ambulance
St Marks Parish
Sustainable Living Tasmania
Tasmanian Police
The Lark Distillery
The Folk Federation of Tasmania
Veolia Environmental Solutions
Willie Smith Organic Cider
The Credits
The Cygnet Festival is largely a voluntary, community
run event. Planning and preparations for the festival
take all year by a group of dedicated people who are
always on the lookout for new members.
Huon Folk Inc Management Committee: Vallorie
Hodges (President), Isabel Sykes (Vice President),
Erin Collins (Secretary), Michael Thomsen (Treasurer),
Tanya Green, Karen Cosier, Sally Port, Robert Durand,
Anne Foale, Joe Pickett
Festival Coordinator: Joe Pickett
Artistic Director: Erin Collins
Marcato Liaison & IT Support: Beryl Farrell
Production Coordinator: Robin Janus
Volunteers Coordinator: Tanya Green, Susan Appleton
Box Office Coordinator: Alison Wilkes
Box Office Assistant Coordinator: Abbey Lack
Site Manager: Michael Rowe
Site Office Assistant: Caitlin Sly
Clean Team Coordinator: Terese Fiedler
Venues Coordinator: Isabel Sykes
Webmaster: Michael Thomsen
Kids Activities Coordinator: Imogen MacDonald
Graphic Design and Artwork: Isabel Sykes
Festival Shop Coordinator: Karen Cosier
Festival Shop Assistant Coordinator: Val Andrews
Food Stalls Coordinator: Isabel Sykes
Debate Coordinator: Naomi Edwards
Cabaret Coordinator: Fran Butler
Dance Programme Coordinator: David Wanless
Supra Coordinator: Lissa Villeneuve
Festival Camping: Port Cygnet Scout Group
Programming: Erin Collins, Isabel Sykes & Fran
Butler
Venue Managers: Sam Bester, Kath Jeffrey, Bill
Kelly, Michael Pfundt, the Cygnet Country Womens
Association, Dave Joyce, Rory Cadman, Eloise
Maree, Rob and Ailsa Nicholls, Dane Hunnerup,
Ailsa Nicholls, Mia Robinson
Yarn Bombing the Cygnet Folk Festival brought
to you by the Cygnet CWA with the assistance of
many many volunteers.
Weekend
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Child (5-12 yrs)
Youth (13-17 yrs with ID)
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holders will be required to produce the valid card and photo ID at the box office to receive an entry
wristband.
Presale Tickets
Tickets are available online from at www.cygnetfolkfestival.org until Wednesday 6 January.
Festival Box Office
The Festival Box Office is located in the St James
Quadrangle. At the festival Box Office you can
exchange your presale ticket for a wristband and
purchase tickets. We have credit card and eftpos
facilities but no cash out.
Box Office Opening Hours
Thursday 7 Jan
Friday 8 Jan
Saturday 9 Jan
Sunday 10 Jan
9am — 7pm
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9am — 5pm
Huon Folk (Inc)
Cygnet Folk Festival
PO Box 2 Cygnet TAS 7112
+613 6295 0202
[email protected]
www.cygnetfolkfestival.org
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