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Dear <<First Name>>,
Congratulations and thanks to all who came, performed, helped out, listened and otherwise took part in last weekend’s smaller CFF events.

We were blessed with glorious weather and some truly fantastic music, food and drink, ambience and lovely folk!

Song & Tune Writing Competition

In other news, our very hardworking judges have gone through ALL 174 entries in our song and tune competition and have announced the finalists.

The actual winners’ names will be revealed in the next week or so, but in the meantime you have the opportunity to choose your favourite of the ten songs and five tunes that made it to the finals
 
Go and have a listen and then cast your vote. You get one vote each for your favourite song AND tune. There’s a $250 ea prize for the best song AND best tune in the People’s Choice awards so help make it worthwhile to our great composers! (and enjoy listening to some great Aus talent!
 
Winners of all both the People’s Choice and the overall competition winners will be announced by February 1.
 
Vote for your favourite song and tune!

Youth Showcase at Willie Smiths Apple Shed

Due to COVID we were unable to have our usual youth showcase at the festival. SO - we plan to have a standalone Youth Showcase at Willie Smiths Apple shed next month 25th February 6.00 to 8.30 pm.

Our friends at Willie Smiths will make it a great night for the whole family!!

Weather permitting, it will be a mostly outdoor event with a special inexpensive event menu for the evening.

To keep the event COVID safe, we will sell all tickets online (only $5 or $10 per family) just so we can easily gather all your contact information.

We hope you can join us for a great night celebrating the next generation of performers!
 
Applications open today via “get involved” on the homepage of our website and are open to anyone up to the age of 25 (please read terms and conditions)
 
ALL applications are online this year. You simply need to submit your details and an mp3 as an example of your style. Applications are open to soloists or groups.

We’d love to hear from you and the young folk in your life!
Young Performer Awards competitor Toby Anagnostis

History Project

As you may already be aware, we are collecting memorabilia to celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2022!

Thanks to a grant from Huon Valley Council, we have set up a form on our website where you can upload photos and stories; either in print or a short audio. We’d love to hear from you, especially if you attended some of the very early festivals!

Also, thanks to a very generous offer from our friends and regular festival goers, Pam and Paul Huxtable, we are able to purchase a large hard drive to store these memorabilia for posterity!

As well as a few photos we’ve received-here’s a lovely early story we’ve been gifted from lovely Uta and family! Exactly what we’re after, so please do add yours!!

When I attended the folk festival for the first time in 2003 as a tourist, I met a young gentleman in a Jigzag concert in the town hall… We have made the pilgrimage down to Cygnet every year since as a married couple.

Five years later we brought our first baby with us; but on the drive down the strong wind uprooted a large gum tree, which smashed our car…

Miraculously, we made it out alive and unscathed – a split-second would have made all the difference. We were deeply shaken, but the happiest people on earth for coming so close to disaster and being given a second chance.

When we eventually made it to the festival it didn’t matter that we’d missed half of it – we did get the whole of our lives. We have learned to enjoy every moment…

 

Upload your memory of the past festivals, images or documents via the History Project Upload Form.

Mick Flanagan, one of the founders of the Cygnet Folk Festival, playing button accordion during a session in what looks like the old Middle Pub!
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