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Official Programme Launch

Red Velvet Lounge - 4th November

The official programme launch for the 2018 festival will be held at the Red Velvet Lounge, 24 Mary St, Cygnet on Saturday 4th November.
Dinner will be available from 6pm.


Dinner will be at 6 pm - the concert starts at 7 pm.
Fred Smith, accompanied by Liz Frencham on double bass, will be presenting songs from his brand new double album Great, along with a reading or two from Fred's book The Dust of Uruzgan, published by Allen and Unwin last year.  

a wonderful album…insightful, poetic and often personal…beautifully drawn vignettes of the human experienceIan Phillips

And here’s a video of the single, What Could Go Wrong?, a romp of a satire on one Donald Trump
Call 6295 0730 for dinner bookings from 6pm.
Ticket price: $20 (no concession)
Purchase tickets online now or at the door if tickets available
Big and bold, soft and sweet, the Brass of the TSO are coming to Franklin with a great selection of music.
Thursday 9 November 7.30pm Palais Theatre, Franklin.

Further info and tickets

Mattresses for musos
Many in our small community generously open their homes to accommodate our amazing musicians for the weekend.

The feedback we receive from the billet hosts is overwhelmingly positive and many comment how much they enjoy welcoming the musicians into their homes for the weekend.

However, due to a large influx of interstate musicians, we are a little short this year and are looking for more potential billet hosts to join our merry throng.

In return for bed and breakfast we offer the host a weekend festival ticket or two day passes as a thank you.

If you would like to offer some accommodation, click here for further information

Dance, Dance, Whomever You May Be

That’s not actually quite how the song goes, but I hope you get my drift.  Cygnet has a full and full-on dance programme, for everyone.  

We ask the festival’s top bands to play for our dances and give you a smorgasbord of different dances to enjoy.  This is our biggest dance programme yet – 24 different dances over the weekend.  You don’t need to bring a partner or have any dancing experience, just come along and have fun.  As Sarah, one of our most prolific callers, says “2 left feeters welcome”.

Dancing can be quite a workout, so bring a water bottle and some sensible shoes (street shoes are fine).

Most of the dances are in the Town Hall, a venue with a great wooden dance floor, although we are branching outdoors and have our Bush Dance Al Fresco in Loongana Park on Sunday with the HOT String band.

Of course, even if you don't want to dance you're very welcome to come along and watch and listen.  The music is fabulous and features some of the festival’s headline acts.
We kick off with klezmer dancing to the energetic and joyfully unrestrained music of Meyers and McNamara at 7pm on Friday, and go right through to Sunday night, finishing in a Balkan Fire with Faith i Branko (Serbia/UK). 

In between, dare to discover how to dance contra with the Black Swans of Trespass, the Railsplitters (Colorado) and Moonshine Whiskers and the Ragged Pony, jig and reel till you drop with not one, but two, high energy Irish Ceilis with Ewen Baker (Friday) and John John Festival (Saturday), learn some fascinating, social and beautiful Scandinavian dances with Duo Akerlund and sCanDans, dare to be square with One Up, Two Down and the Button Collective, then swing your thing with the Moonlight Aviators and the Band Who Knew Too Much.
Strut your stuff with Tango by La Busca, ignite your passion with Flamenco to Alma Salero, bring out your Balkan Gypsy rhythm with Xenos, go bush with the Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble, Morris on with the Jolley Hatters and dance with the Devils and Van Diemen’s Angels.

Saturday night finishes off with our Old Time Dance Party with the stellar Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, led by Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents”.

Groove, break, jive and shake. For ages 1 to 100, get ready to CHEZA! Mpaphi Nfandizo and Suzie Mzuri are purveyors of easy-going African township music and dance with a contemporary play on musical arrangement, dance choreography and songlines from its folklore roots.
Dancing is great exercise, an easy way to meet people, good for all ages, great for your mental and physical health, releases those endorphins, blows away the cobwebs and the blues, makes you laugh, burns off those calories, builds social capital and increases the joy in the world!  Come and join us.  You’ll be wondering why it took you so long.

For more details, see the listings under individual artists.

Cygnet Folk Festival Masterclasses

Music, movement, meditation and mantra—singing as a tool for health and wellbeing.

Prince Edward Island singer Teresa Doyle offers a workshop on The Yoga of Sound introducing singing as a healing modality. Teresa has been exploring healing sound traditions for more than two decades and will share some simple practices that you can use on your own. She will lead us in toning, gentle movement, free improvisation and chanting.

Teresa completed a three-year study program with South Indian master Russill Paul. The Yoga of Sound, nada yoga, is a parallel stream to the physical postures we are familiar with here in the west. Mantras are ‘sonic’ postures that move our brain out of the stress of beta to a more relaxed and peaceful brain wave state.

Teresa will introduce us to some simple mantras that we can include in our daily practices. These chants are a core part of the yoga tradition and have been sung for centuries.

Old-time/Appalachian fiddle tunes with Bruce Molsky

Bruce Molsky has become known as one of the most influential traditional fiddlers of his generation and has brought the beauty and depth of American old-time music around the globe.

“With fiddles in hand, we’ll look at a couple of old time Appalachian fiddle tunes in depth to discover what makes the style so unique. Tunes are taught a phrase at a time, first melody, then bowing, and then piecing things together.  We'll dig into old-time music's unique phrasing, rhythm and syncopation, intonation, etc.  The tune is the vehicle, so mostly we'll be playing!“

Flamenco dance with Simone Pope

Simone's discovery of Flamenco music and dance began in 1990. Training with some of the best flamenco dancers in Australia, Simone decided to devote herself entirely to flamenco and in 1998 she took her first trip to Spain to dedicate herself to the art of flamenco.
Since that time Simone has become an established and accomplished flamenco dance artist both in Brisbane and throughout Australia. Guided by some of Spain's finest dancers, including Belén Fernandez, Pili Ogalla, Mercedes Ruiz, Andres Peña, La Truco, Maria Juncal, Isabel Bayon, La China, La Tati, Ciro, and Manuel Reyes, and Simone returns to Spain every year to immerse herself in the latest technical and artistic directions of Flamenco.

Storytelling with Irish Joe Lynch

Back by popular demand! Joe the ‘authentic Irish storyteller, singer and poet’, born in the mountains of Cork, an area steeped in the ancient art of storytelling.
Joe's stories and poems are deeply romantic, thought provoking and often hilarious. Joe will aid the group in developing the skill of crafting and delivering a story that will hold your audiences spellbound: covering all aspects of writing and developing the storyline.

Songwriting with Charles Jenkins

Charles Jenkins is published songwriter of more than 30 years as well as a musician, producer and performer with more than 30 years experience in the Australian music industry.
He has recorded and released 14 albums, both locally and internationally, toured Europe and the USA several times and been nominated for two ARIA awards with the Icecream Hands. In 2014, his sixth solo album Too Much Water In The Boat won the AGE/Music Victoria award for best folk/roots album.

Pilgrimage Procession

And once again we will be offering a FREE masterclass with Andrew Veivers and Dave McNamara to learn the music for the procession with the pilgrims on Saturday afternoon. Any instrument that you can walk with is suitable…the louder the better!
Cygnet Folk Festival Song Writing Competition
Applications now open

Young performer awards

Once again we are conducting our youth blackboard competition on both Saturday and Sunday of the Festival.

If you are aged between 12 and 25 and would like to present a song (or tune) or two at the 2018 festival with the chance of winning some great prizes, including cash, studio recording time and the possibility of being nominated for the FAA youth performer awards at the National Folk Festival.
Get Involved and help us to run the event
Each year the festival relies on a huge team of over 100 enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help us stage the festival. in exchange for their huge contribution to the event volunteers get a free weekend ticket. Volunteer applications close 30 November and are available from our website.
Some of the volunteer roles that we need to fill every year include front of house at venues, selling tickets in the box office, performers transport, site assistants and traffic marshals. It’s a great team atmosphere and all volunteers are encouraged to celebrate with us at the end of the festival.

Because Cygnet Folk Festival has such a great reputation we are often having to turn away volunteers who apply late, so please get your applications in before the end of November to avoid disappointment. Places will fill up this year early.
With over a hundred acts over three wonderful days, this is truly just a taster. The programme will be out early November but the full artist list is online now.
See you in Cygnet in January 2018!!

Erin Collins
Artistic Director
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