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One week from today marks the opening of the 37th cygnet Folk Festival!!
 
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One week from today marks the opening of the 37th cygnet Folk Festival!!
 
We can’t wait to share with you all the incredibly exciting events we have planned for our favourite weekend of the year!
 
Once again we will start with our ever-popular masterclass series. These classes are four hours tuition in small groups with true wizards of their genre. There are still tickets remaining, but numbers are capped so get in soon if any tweak your interest.

Honestly though, you can walk into almost any venue to hear and see quality music, poetry, historically themed performances and dance.

Or you can wander the newly vamped market spaces eating and drinking some of the best Tasmanian produce or try your hand at a new skill in one of our many workshops.
 
Weekend and masterclass tickets are still available at the cheaper online prices until Thursday 10th  or will be available all weekend at the box-office and online at box-office prices.
 
Finally we still have a few volunteer spaces to fill, so if you’d like to join a fantastic team and earn yourself a weekend pass register online as a volunteer.

Erin Collins
Artistic Director
 
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For female songwriters, we have been supported by APRA AMCOS to present a very special masterclass with Irish/Australian Aine Tyrrell called “Write to Rise”  - a very important message in these times:
 
"Women's stories and voices are finally being heard, believed, and are a changing force in the foundations of what we know as society and culture. Yet, only 12.3 percent of songwriters of the 600 most popular songs of the last six years were written by women. Expressing the things we cannot express through words can be a form of therapy not only for each woman in the workshop personally as she develops her songwriting skills, but also for the community as the song is sung out"
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A few of our International acts have just wowed the crowds at Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland….they tell us that they cannot wait to experience the friendly atmosphere and beautiful Tasmanian hospitality!
 
Who to look out for in the extraordinary lineup of over 100 acts during the 37th Cygnet Folk Festival 11-13 January?
Coming from Estonia are the extraordinary trio TRAD ATTACK! These exceptional musicians had a 5000-seat venue at Woodford Folk Festival absolutely pumping last week
 
Once again we seem some of Canada’s finest grace our shores. Sublime and innovative string arrangements from The Fretless, brilliant Quebecois songs and danceable tunes from Les Poules a Colin, the unbelievable voice and passion from Irish Mythen and traditional tunes from both Canada and Ireland from Sophie and Fiachra.
 
Scandinavian trio Fru Skaggerak feature charming fiddle tunes from Denmark and Norway and they will continue around Tasmania with one of our favourite songwriters, Liam Gerner on the Festival of Small Halls tour.
 
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Lindsay Lou and her band feature some of the best from the USA and finally from over the other “ditch” we welcome Albi and the Wolves from NZ with some of the craziest virtuosic fiddle playing around.
 
Not only the International acts, but from all over the country we have some of the best coming to Cygnet in 2019. Some of Melbourne’s rising stars including Clio Renner, Hannah Cameron and Brian Campeau will likely join forces over the weekend in addition to their solo spots. The Morrisons from Sydney will have you humming bluegrass tunes for weeks to come and don’t miss the extraordinary voices of Kelly Menhennet and Kerryn Fields.
 
As always we love to feature the amazing musicianship from our own state. We will showcase up-coming young musicians with the Youth Showcase and awards and also young bands such as Frumious, the Tinderboxers and Little Island as well as young local musicians Imogen Skye, Katie Wilson and Zac Henderson.
 
Veteran performers such as Claire Anne Taylor, Tiffany Eckhardt, Luke Plumb, the Clementines and many, many more remind us of the wealth of Tasmania’s talent.

Too many to mention individually, the rest of the lineup can be found online
Once again we are building on engagement with the local Aboriginal community beginning with a community concert at SETAC (South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation).

Then in Loongana Park on the renamed tununnehuk stage will be a healing Ceremony, Welcome to Country, dedications to and displays from, Aboriginal women following on from the NAIDOC week’s “Because of Her, We Can”.

Claire Anne Taylor CD Launch

There will be loads of special events during the weekend including themed concerts, a CD launch from the amazing Tasmanian artist Claire Anne Taylor.

Volunteer

If you can’t afford a weekend ticket you can get one by volunteering at the festival!!
There are lots of different roles that our wonderful volunteers manage, and for 12 volunteers hours before, during or after the festival you are entitled to a weekend pass.
Of course, if you’ve volunteered before you will know what a wonderful volunteer family that we get at Cygnet Folk Festival and Tanya and Zoe, our wonderful volunteer coordinators will welcome you back with open arms!
Volunteer application forms are now open online.
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Mission Songs Project with Jessie Lloyd

And we welcome Jessie Lloyd’s return to Cygnet Folk Festival with her Mission Songs Project-this time as a four hour masterclass in addition to performances;
 
Jessie Lloyd has spent much of her time in recent years researching and collecting great songs from the time of the Aboriginal Missions around Australia In this masterclass Jessie will teach some of the songs and their background from her research and the attendees will be invited to joining Jessie in special performances during the festival weekend
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Everything about slide guitars with Lucky Oceans

Australian slide guitar legend, Lucky Oceans will present a workshop on Slide guitar:
 
Lucky will trace the evolution of the slide guitar, from a simple acoustic guitar with strings raised above the fretboard played with a knife, to the complexities of the modern pedal steel guitar. Starting with the G and D tunings, the basis of Blues and Early Hawaiian music, Lucky will illustrate what can be done with these tunings and then explain what and why new tunings and guitar designs were developed.

He will cover left and right hand techniques and principles for the slide guitar and will explain the reasoning behind the construction of the pedal steel guitar. He will illustrate the different styles of different schools of playing and some of his own innovations.

You may bring your own instruments and Lucky will be able to answer individual questions.

 
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Irish Fiddle with Rob Zielinski

For fiddlers, we have the wonderful Rob Zielinski presenting a class on Irish Fiddle technique.
 
Rob has spent much of his life learning from several masters of traditional Irish music and is now considered one of the finest exponents of the style in Australia. In this masterclass Rob will teach the principal of "The Floating Bow". Attendees will also learn some of Mick Doherty tunes: bowing, ornamentation and approach.
 

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