Corrected dates: One-day Events in Hobart and in Cygnet
The dates in the previouse newsletter were wrong, the events are of course in January 2021!
Dear <<First Name>>,
Exciting news from the Cygnet Folk Festival team!
Thanks to the one hundred and seventy-four (yes, you read that right!!) musicians who entered our 2020 song and tune competition, funded by APRA AMCOS.
As you can understand, our judges may need a little extra time to listen to and review all those entries, so if you’re one of the entrants, we thank you for your patience.
As 2020 winds up a most unusual year, we are pleased to announce that while we cannot safely or logistically hold a 2021 festival, we are planning a couple of smaller, one-day events over what would have been the festival weekend
These will be “A Day at Rosny Farm” on Saturday 9th January, with featured artists including Claire Anne Taylor, Meyers and McNamara, Les Coqs Incroyable, Ned and Friends, John Coleman and the Lovely Boats and more to be announced soon!
Followed by “An Afternoon at Port Cygnet Cannery” on Sunday 10th January. Featured artists include Claire Anne Taylor, Meyers and McNamara, Yyan and Emily, Dewayne Everettsmith, Tiffany Eckhardt and Friends and others to be announced soon!
Bob Brown will also conduct his popular “Earth Celebration” on the Sunday morning at the Port Cygnet Cannery.
There will also be a few pop-up events around Cygnet township on the Sunday, so keep an eye and ear out!
Tickets to all three events will of course, be very limited due to COVID restrictions, so get in quickly.Tickets are now available
At both concert events, as well as featuring some of Tasmania’s finest musicians, there will food and drink, a lovely outdoor ambience and the opportunity to support some of the musicians and production crew who have been so adversely affected by the pandemic.
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…”