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The Cygnet Folk Festival have recently been presenting and promoting some extra events in Tasmania.
This month, we are thrilled to welcome back Áine Tyrrell to our shores! Áine was one of our much-loved performers from January 2017 and returns to Tasmania with her, “Fledgling Fall” tour launching her new EP. The title track  'Don’t be Left Crying' recently achieved number one on the Irish national broadcaster RTE.e.
Tyrrell straddles that divide between the old and the new. Between being Irish and Australian, and between being the girl who plays tin whistle with her musician dad at the kitchen table and the woman who’s front and centre with her full band at festivals around the country. It’s this place in between that makes what she has so unique.
While in Ireland earlier this year Tyrrell was joined in recording by Liam O’Maonlai, Declan O’Rourke, Glen Hansard and her father Sean Tyrrell.
Tasmanian Tour Dates - Presented by Cygnet Folk Festival Áine Tyrrel website
Listen to Fledgling Fall now on Spotify

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.

Concert 7pm

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
This week we are releasing tickets to our ever-popular Friday masterclasses. These masterclasses are great value for four hours in a small group with some of the world’s best tutors in their field, for only $50.
For 2018 masterclasses will include:
Old Time/Appalachian Fiddle Tunes with Bruce Molskey
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 can be “walked” 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 tunes) 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. 

If you prefer to sit back, relax and enjoy the festival and you have a spare room in the cygnet area, then you could instead apply to be a billet host for one of our acclaimed visiting performers. Hosting a performer entitles you to a free weekend ticket also, sometimes two if you have the space to host a whole band. We usually only accept billets within walking distance to Cygnet or who are able to generously provide occasional transport for the performers to come in and out of town. For more info and to apply to host please click here
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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