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Ritual.
Celebration.
Community.
Pursuit of excellence.
Legacy.

Two major projects occurring during our 2020 festival illustrate the pertinence and potency of these ideals.

We are thrilled to present “Sharing Culture through Language and Song”, showcasing and presenting some of our finest First Nations artists from all over Australia, from West Papua and from Canada who are generously sharing their culture and stories with our festival patrons.

The
Year of Scotland in Australia 2020 is a year-long celebration of Scottish music, culture, food and drink in partnership with over 35 festivals and events across Australia. Cygnet Folk Festival are thrilled to be a part of this wonderful event, and we are featuring some of the finest of Scottish music.

Other special events include for the second time at Cygnet Folk Festival, a
Georgian feast (Supra) involving singing, feasting and toasts to all that makes life worthwhile and wondrous! Get your tickets now!

Tilly Bébé is an all-female Gypsy Jazz mentorship programme culminating in a special performance and jam session at the festival.

We also have our wonderful themed concerts,
youth mentorship projects and again present the best of new music from our song and tune competition finalists.

We continue to celebrate this troubled but wondrous planet with ‘
Earth Celebration’ and this year ‘For Takayna’ and we also continue to explore the hard questions in our relationships with the original Tasmanians with “No offence, but…

In the creation of this event we rely on the kindness, support and expertise of a veritable army of good people.

From the exceptional musicians and artists who have worked for years and years honing their considerable skills, to the wonderful locals who host many of them year after year.

From our amazing volunteer committee and our awesome coordinator, to the fantastic crew and many volunteers who, every year make the magic happen (with remarkably little outward sign of the blood sweat and tears!)

From our extraordinarily generous supporters both big and small, to those who gently remind us where we can do a little better.

From you, our wonderful audiences who spread the word about this event, to those who we hope will join us in years to come.

We all create legacy.

Erin Collins
Artistic Director

Who is playing at
Cygnet 2020?

The 2020 schedule has been finalised, and what an exciting weekend it’s proving to be

A few highlights are sure to be:

Elephant Sessions

Hailing from the Highlands of Scotland, Elephant Sessions create a progressive blend of intricate tunes, engulfing guitars, with a bass and drum heavy backline, their music combines the very best of trad, funk and electronica resulting in a new and exciting sound.

Siobhan Miller

Also from Scotland, Siobhan Miller is an exceptional talent; renowned for her unique vocal style and evocative song-writing. The only artist ever thrice-crowned as Scots Singer of the Year, Miller creates music with detail and rich melodies that combine the sounds of indie and alternative music with her folk music roots.

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra

A mostly acoustic, groove oriented, sing-along, high energy dance party from the West Coast of Canada; performing songs in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese!

Belle Miners

... or for something a little gentler. Belle Miners are known for their ‘bright shimmery folk-country pop beautiful harmonies and touching lyrical storytelling ’ (Alt Media Sydney)
Austral-Canadian Band Belle Miners have been spellbinding audiences in Canada, Europe and Australia. In Melbourne “the crowd weren’t going to be satisfied before demanding two encores’’ (Music World Media).

The Brother Brothers

The Brother Brothers' sound is striking and undeniably captivating. Frequently leaning towards the darker, moody elements of Appalachian folk and bluegrass traditions, their songs are laden with near-perfect sibling harmonies, or unison singing with compelling writing and imaginative arrangements.

There are over a hundred more fantastic acts for 2020

You can keep an eye on our facebook page for updates or check out the line-up on our website.

Check them out on the Festival Spotify play list:
Listen to the Cygnet Folk Festival 2020 Spotify Playlist

We are still taking volunteer applications, so throw your hat in and earn a weekend ticket.There’ll be much more to come regarding this amazing weekend in January soon.

Last Week for Cygnet Folk Festival Song and Tune Competition entries!


Entries for the 2020 Cygnet folk Festival Song and Tune Competition close on 30th November, so if you haven’t already submitted, and you have a song or tune that you think is worth hearing, submit an mp3 of your work via the festival website

All entries are presented anonymously to the judges, so no video clips please!

There are great cash prizes to be won and finalists will present their work on the Sunday afternoon and receive a free Sunday pass to the festival

We are also still taking registrations for the Young Performer awards.

Once again, there are cash prizes, a free recording session and the opportunity to be nominated for the FAA youth showcase at the National Folk Festival over Easter (age limits apply). Young performers all welcome whether soloists, duos or ensembles.

Volunteeer, have fun and earn yourself a free ticket!

The Festival's fantastic reputation rests on our enthusiastic, resourceful, friendly volunteers: some come back to help year after year and their experience and loyalty is inspiring. Others just happen to be coming down to Tassie or down from Hobart and bring new energy, talents and experience from other events. Everyone's contribution is valuable!

Volunteer applications now open

We are excited to introduce a
new open venue for the 2020 Festival!
The Port Cygnet Cannery will be open for business with great food, drinks and music!
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