Dear <<First Name>>,
Congratulations and thanks to all those 174 fantastic composers who entered the 2020/21 Song and Tune competition funded by APRA AMCOS
Especial congratulations to the fifteen finalists -Ten songs and five tunes which were then handed over for the extra voting in The People's Choice Awards
The Fifteen finalists were (in no particular order):


  • Ruth Hazelton for her song “Shackled” (song for Nudem Durak)
  • Michael Fix for his song “Man on the Wire”
  • Oliver Northam for his song “If Your Love was Still Mine”
  • Sandy Pollard for his song “For a Moment”
  • Karen Law for her song “Wildflower Woman”
  • Belle Miners for their song “Cradle to Cave”
  • Brian Campeau for his song “Fool”
  • Bob McNeil for his song “Fury”
  • Kylie Morrigan for her song “Stuff” (factories in China)
  • Claire Anne Taylor for her Song “Stay Hopeful”


  • Yyan Ng for his tune “River Islands”
  • Paddy Riley for her tune “Fedora’s Dilemma”
  • Michael Fix for his tune “The Other Side”
  • Meredith Beardmore for her tune “Honey’s Last Trot”
  • Robert Zielinski for his tune “Farewell to the Doherty’s”
All these are still available to listen to on our website - they’re all wonderful!!

And the winners are...


Our four judges were unanimous in their decisions:

Best Song

“Stay Hopeful” by Claire Anne Taylor

Best Tune

“The Other Side” by Michael Fix

Runner up

“Cradle to Cave” by the Belle Miners

Peoples’ Choice


“Cradle to Cave” by the Belle Miners


The tune was jointly won by:

  • Paddy Riley for her tune “Fedora’s Dilemma” and
  • Meredith Beardmore for her tune “Honey’s Last Trot”
Congratulations to all! (and to our extraordinarily hardworking judges who painstakingly listened and examined all 174 entries!!) - our eternal gratitude!
The Pyjama Brothers

Youth Awards

If you’re under 24 there is still time to enter our Youth Showcase and awards which will be held at Willie Smiths Apple Shed on 25th February

Sign up to participate in the youth awards

Mp3s of your act useful, but not obligatory - you can just enter a brief description of your act.
We look forward to hearing from the next generation of performers at a fantastic venue with some great prizes!
Matthew Dames and Anna Talbot

Youth Showcase at
Willie Smiths Apple Shed

Due to COVID we were unable to have our usual youth showcase at the festival. SO - we plan to have a standalone Youth Showcase at Willie Smiths Apple shed next month 25th February 6.00 to 8.30 pm.

Our friends at Willie Smiths will make it a great night for the whole family!!

Weather permitting, it will be a mostly outdoor event with a special inexpensive event menu for the evening.

To keep the event COVID safe, we will sell all tickets online (only $5 or $10 per family) just so we can easily gather all your contact information.

We hope you can join us for a great night celebrating the next generation of performers!
Applications open today via “get involved” on the homepage of our website and are open to anyone up to the age of 25 (please read terms and conditions)
ALL applications are online this year. You simply need to submit your details.
Applications are open to soloists or groups.

We’d love to hear from you and the young folk in your life!
Matias Thomsen & Ella

History Project

As you may already be aware, we are collecting memorabilia to celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2022!

Thanks to a grant from Huon Valley Council, we have set up a form on our website where you can upload photos and stories; either in print or a short audio. We’d love to hear from you, especially if you attended some of the very early festivals!

Also, thanks to a very generous offer from our friends and regular festival goers, Pam and Paul Huxtable, we are able to purchase a large hard drive to store these memorabilia for posterity!

As well as a few photos we’ve received-here’s a lovely early story we’ve been gifted from lovely Uta and family! Exactly what we’re after, so please do add yours!!

When I attended the folk festival for the first time in 2003 as a tourist, I met a young gentleman in a Jigzag concert in the town hall… We have made the pilgrimage down to Cygnet every year since as a married couple.

Five years later we brought our first baby with us; but on the drive down the strong wind uprooted a large gum tree, which smashed our car…

Miraculously, we made it out alive and unscathed – a split-second would have made all the difference. We were deeply shaken, but the happiest people on earth for coming so close to disaster and being given a second chance.

When we eventually made it to the festival it didn’t matter that we’d missed half of it – we did get the whole of our lives. We have learned to enjoy every moment…


Upload your memory of the past festivals, images or documents via the History Project Upload Form.

Mick Flanagan, one of the founders of the Cygnet Folk Festival, playing button accordion during a session in what looks like the old Middle Pub!
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