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Almost six weeks ago we wrapped up the 36th Cygnet Folk Festival, and what a wonderful weekend it was!

The weather on the first day or so may have dampened the grass, but not the enthusiasm or enjoyment for audiences and performers alike.
We had a stellar lineup and I’m sure everyone’s highlights would vary depending on what you managed to see. Can’t wait to see applications for 2019!
As always, enormous thanks go to our volunteers on all fronts.

Community groups such as the Scouts, Sea Dragons, local schools and the Arts Council all provide volunteers to fundraise for their organisation fulfilling particular invaluable roles at the festival.
Then we have the amazing crew handling production, box office, performer transport together with veritable army of wonderful volunteers who cheerfully run errands, manage venues  and even clean toilets and pick up rubbish to make the whole event run so smoothly.
Thanks to everyone who came, whether as a performer, volunteer or attendee.

Hopefully we’ll see many of you in 2019.

Erin Collins
Artistic Director
The festival is again supporting other events throughout the year. The Red Velvet Lounge in Cygnet hosts frequent events on Friday and Saturday nights. Check out their website
Up in Hobart we have two events this coming week.
On Saturday night at the Founders Room at Salamanca Arts Centre “The Young Folk” from Dublin will play their compelling songs and tunes supported by popular local Gypsy Jazz outfit “Frumious”   

“The Young Folk are known for their immaculate harmonies and sing tales of times that impacted on their lives with a commitment that is hard to match and easy to fall in love with.

The Young Folk marry traditional acoustic instrumentation, perfect harmonies and contemporary production techniques resulting in a sound which has seen them compared with Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Crosby Stills & Nash, and are continually winning over new audiences the world over who are blown away by their fresh take on the Folk genre.

"This is an accomplished musical aggregate that join the microdots between Noah & The Whale and old Greenwich Village Kweskin Jug Band. This is folk in Cuban heels." Eamon Carr - Irelands Evening Herald”
For bookings: Salamanca Arts Centre
Then on Monday 5th March Áine Tyrrell returns to Hobart for an intimate house-concert at kdcworks at the Centre For Creative Communities in South Hobart.

For reservations email or call 0402 004 551
Finally in April we have the stellar Canadian folk group “Ten Strings and a Goat Skin” again at the Founders Room on Thursday April 20th

Thursday 5 April

Founders Room / Salamanca Arts Centre

Tickets: $25 GA / $15 Children under 15.

Door open 7pm. Show starts at 8pm

Ten Strings and a Goat Skin (Canada)

Transforming tradition with vigour, curiosity, humour and spark, this trio from Prince Edward Island wielding bodhrán, acoustic guitar and violin plays seamless, polished, barrel-drum-tight, rhythmically innovative and wildly entertaining music.

Singing in both French and English, they were awarded "World Music Recording of the Year" (2015) by East Coast Music Association, been nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards, and received "Roots-Traditional Album of the Year" (2012) from Music PEI.

Touring constantly through Canada, USA, Europe and the UK, playing at major festiva ls including: Winnipeg, Vancouver and Calgary Folk Festivals, North Country Fair, Edmonton Folk Festival, Folk Alliance International, Tønder Festival (Denmark), and were been invited back for 2 years in a row to Shewsbury Folk Festival (UK).

Their new album "Auprès du Poêle" (2016) weave old-school Acadian roots (Franco-Canadian) with Breton, Irish and Scottish tunes, filled with wicked grooves and cunning quirks, featuring both traditional and original songs.

This will be the trio's very first tour in Australia, performing at Blue Mountains Music Festival, The National Folk Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival and a series of special concerts across TAS, VIC and NSW.
Don't miss this extraordinary ensemble!

 “A seamless, polished, barrel-drum-tight, rhythmically innovative and wildly entertaining traditional music powerhouse.” : The Guardian

 A drive and perspective that blows the cobwebs off any outdated view of folk music." : Kerry Dexter - Ireland - 2016

“Ten strings And A Goat Skin are merely the instruments. It is the talent and charm of these three lads that brings them alive... A magic I never wanted to end.”: Val Haller ~ Valslist - Chicago (2016)

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