Cygnet Folk Festival 6-8 Jan 2017 Earlybird ticket discounts only until Sep 30!
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Youth Performer Awards

Applications for the Youth Performer Awards are now open; we’d love to hear from you if you’d like the opportunity to perform Saturday or Sunday with the chance to win some great prizes. More info

Song and Tune Writing Competition

This year we are introducing a brand new Song and Tune writing competition supported by a grant from APRA AMCOS. Application are open to Australian / New Zealand artists with a cash prize of $500. More info

Earlybird Ticket Discounts End Sep 30!

Offer ends September 30 or when tickets sold out. Get in now if you want the best prices.


Volunteer & Billet Applications Now Open!

Want free tickets to the Festival? Then click through via the links here to volunteer your time or open your home to host temporary billet accommodation for our lovely and talented performers! Volunteering and billet hosting is easy, fun, gets you connected with other like minded Festivalgoers and entitles you to free tickets. Places are limited, so get your application in before they close.

Masterclass Tickets Now On Sale here

Don McGlashan Songwriting

Thanks to APRA AMCOS, Don McGlashan will conduct a songwriting masterclass. Don is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded songwriters and performers, with five entries in APRA New Zealand's "Top 100 Songs Of All Time".

His career spans from the seminal post-pop-punk band Blam Blam Blam, to The Front Lawn (duo), to platinum selling and internationally recognised band The Mutton Birds, garnering awards from the NZ Recording Industry, NZ Music, The UK Independent Newspaper, PR Silver Scroll (NZ’s top songwriter) and the Auckland University Literary Fellowship.

Don has worked and performed with Crowded House, Paul Kelly, Johnny Marr, Wilco, Brian Ritchie and members of Radiohead and has scored many feature films, including Jane Campion's "An Angel At My Table". Check out video here

Tim O’Brien Bluegrass & Old Timey Fiddle

Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music.

Tim first toured nationally with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize, which formed in 1978. Kathy Mattea scored a country hit with his song “Walk The Way The Wind Blows” in 1986, and soon more artists like Nickel Creek and Garth Brooks covered his songs.

Since 1990, Tim has released 14 solo CDs, as well as collaborations with his sister Mollie O’Brien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old time musician Dirk Powell. He’s performed or recorded with Steve Earl, Mark Knopfler, Bill Frisell, and Steve Martin. Notable releases include the bluegrass Dylan covers of Red On Blonde, the Celtic-Appalachian fusion of The Crossing, and the Grammy winning folk of Fiddler’s Green.

His newest CD, 2015’s Pompadour, includes a banjo driven version of James Brown’s Get Up Offa That Thing.

Kavisha Mazzella Choral Singing

Kavisha is an ARIA award winning singer songwriter who first came to national attention with her appearance in the Franco Di Chiera documentary Joys Of The Women in 1993. Drawing on her rich multicultural heritage she creates contemporary songs with haunting melody and lyrical depth.

Since the late eighties Kavisha has been collecting Italian popular and folk songs remembered by Italian migrants arranging them in choral form to be sung and kept alive by the choirs Gioie Delle Donne (Joys of The Women) in Fremantle West Australia and La Voce Della Luna (Voice Of The Moon) in Melbourne Victoria.
For the Cygnet Folk festival masterclass, Kavisha will teach songs to be performed during the procession and in St James’ Church to welcome the pilgrims after their two day walk. The attendees will also be invited to perform in a special concert during the festival. Video here

AJ Leonard and Jenny Rowlands Ukulele

For intermediate to advanced players. A.J. Leonard is one of Australia's pioneer ukulele players and is highly regarded as amongst the best in the world. A.J. started playing ukulele nearly 40 years ago in Melbourne when “there were very few players in the whole of Australia”, learning specialist techniques and an appreciation of its true potential from a veteran of the ukulele hey-day of the 1920’s.

AJ has released ten albums since 2009 and together with cellist Jenny Rowlands, has performed and conducted workshops at major music festivals across Australia, NZ and the USA. More info on AJ & Jenny here.

People's Orchestra

There will also be a masterclass on the Friday to form the People's Orchestra. Players of any instrument are invited to work with composer/flamenco guitarist Andrew Veivers, vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist, and looping beatboxing songwriter, Mal Webb and violinist Kylie Morrigan.
This will be a free workshop, followed by a shorter workshop on the Saturday and the orchestra will welcome the pilgrims to St James on Saturday afternoon with the Festival choir and also be invited to perform with the choir at a special concert on the Sunday.

Sign up now for the Peoples Orchestra via Facebook Event

Excitement On The Dance Floor

Not break dancing, but breaking news - FourWinds from Ireland will be playing for an Irish ceilidh at Cygnet 2017.  This energetic quartet delivers a truly unique musical experience.  The band has just been awarded the prestigious Danny Kyle Award, presented by the Celtic Connections festival board in recognition of outstanding emerging talent in Celtic music. FourWinds has also been chosen as one of three finalists in the Rising Stars Competition, held by The Gathering in Killarney, Ireland.

We'll also have Ukrainian dancing with Yellow Blue Bus - a global fusion ensemble highlighting the Ukrainian bandura, a cousin of the lute. Their music includes both reinterpreted Ukrainian folk, as well as original compositions. Sometimes majestic and courtly, sometimes wild and thunderous, always passionate and uplifting, YBB ignites an audience with Kozak energy.
... and for something completely different, Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan will be playing for Cygnet's first techno contra.  Vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist, looping beat boxing songwriter Mal sings with guitar, mbira, slide trumpet, trombone and loopers. Kylie (who's played with Orchestra Victoria, Stevie Wonder and Barry White) provides violin and voice in perfect balance to Mal's nuttiness. Imagine Einstein, Dr Seuss and Paganini making pancakes.
2017 Artist Preview
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Wallis Bird
Acts have all been selected for 2017 and details will be on the website shortly. In the meantime, you can go to our Facebook page to see recent live clips of some of our performers. It’s an amazing lineup and promises to be a fantastic weekend!
We are also well into planning stages of posters, venue decorations, masterclass and workshop programming as well as all the community activities that accompany the Festival each year. Join us on Facebook to keep up with the latest.
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