Lior and Domini
Animal in Hiding is a new collaboration between one of Australia’s most distinguished singer-songwriters Lior and exciting emerging artist Domini Forster. The songs on Animal in Hiding feature intimate harmonised storytelling underpinned by intricate guitar, harking back to iconic folk duos of the 60s.
Albi & The Wolves
Albi & The Wolves set fire to stages and fill hearts with hope with their energetic and relatable alternative indie folk songs. Chris Dent, the proud albino frontman Albi, Pascal Roggen and Michael Young have crafted a stage show that‚'s brimming with energy and moments to pause for reflection.
Anita George Band
A rare treat (Free Press Canada)‚ fine musician (Trad and Now). With Triple J airplay, John Butler Seed recipient and award-winning singer-songwriter Anita George and her band have captivated folk festivals nationally and internationally.
As the Crow Flies
Three fiddles; a double bass; originals, plus some favourite tunes. As the Crow Flies return with a concert of contemporary original compositions and some traditional tunes from near and far. Featuring Emily Wolfe, Rebecca Manral, Violet Harrison-Day and Isaac Gee. Expect a concert that packs a punch!
Ash and Sara
Singer-songwriters Sara Tindley and Ash Bell form a timeless folk-roots collaboration born of tough love and deep humanity. Ash and Sara create sincere, perennial music which floats in that sweet spot where folk and country unite. Their unique vocal harmonies call to mind the synergy of all the great duet partnerships.
Austral is a heart-stopping Australian-Celtic dance band combining cracking uilleann pipe tunes, fiery fiddles, earthy didgeridoo sounds and energetic foot percussion.
Bella the Bookworm
Bella the Bookworm is a travelling librarian, wandering the country with her spotty blanket and library bag full of books. Bella loves to tell stories and brings the pages to life Come along if you love good old-fashioned story time. Great for big and little people.
Bill Jackson with Kerryn Tolhurst
Bill Jackson has released seven solo albums, toured the US four times and had his song ‘Something in Blue’ recorded by the late and legendary David Olney. He will be performing songs from his latest release, ‘THE WAYSIDE BALLADS VOL. 3' and joined onstage by Kerryn Tolhurst (ex The Dingoes /Country Radio) who produced the album and will add Guitar/Lap Steel and Mandolin.
Bitches Brew is a carnival of young souls brimming with some old-time music. Cooked up by trombonist Lisa Baird (Lily and King, Melbourne Ska Orchestra) Bitches Brew marries oh-so-soulful roots compositions to a crack force of badass instrumental compadres, to lay down an archetypal lesson in A Good Time.
Brendan‚'s songwriting is influenced by the mixed genres that shaped Ireland, such as blues, folk, jazz and rock. Brendan's song CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT came 2nd in the 2020 Blues & Roots International Voyager Competition, which is available on music platforms.
Brothers of Country
Raw, earthy sounds of the Tasmanian bush eminate from these brothers: Elder Songman Dougie Mansell, singer drummer Mwase Makalani (Malawi), Warren Mason (Yorta Yorta and Yuwaalaraay), First Nations producer and musician Josh Langford (Yorta Yorta), pakana dancer Harley Mansell, walker and storykeeper Sean Mansell and cultural magpie Matthew Fargher (Adelaide).
Joyful, thought-provoking, totally engaging original songs from one of Australia's foremost songwriters and performers. Bruce‚'s music reflects life, ordinary people, and social justice, often with a twist and a quirky sense of humour. The best songwriter I have seen in a long time. (Eric Bogle)
Get ready to have your homely and totally archaic notions of Australian folk music exploded. Anti-establishment, risk-taking artists, this audacious trio have performed at some of the world‚'s most happening festivals including MonaFoma (Aus), Festival No.6 (Wales) and R.I.F.F. (India). 5 Stars (BBC Music Magazine)
Showcasing her stunning voice and cutting- edge songwriting, Cat Canteri intertwines bold acoustic guitar playing with poignant and poetic lyrics to create music that is both fragile and life affirming. With a disarming stage presence, her songs document rea- life situations and experiences with a brave, personal and candid honesty.
Originally from Ireland, Charlie McCarthy is an Australian based violinist/fiddle player who has performed with symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz combos, bluegrass and Irish bands as well as being a session musician/soloist for movie soundtracks, pit orchestras, studio recordings and everything in between.
Charlie & Jensen
Charlie & Jensen blast out of their f-holed instruments with an undeniable homage to acoustic music. This unique duo focus on pairing Mandocello and Mandolin to prove that acoustic instruments still pack a whole lotta punch. Unedited, undeniable.
Chris is a singer-songwriter who pens originals and plays vintage music the way it used to be: on banjo, lapslide, dulcimer, uke and plain ole guitars. Her mashup of Folk and Acoustic Blues draws on a lifetime of encounters with places, people, and musical magic; echoing global grassroots traditions.
Tony's imagination takes you into a world of amazing acrobatics, hula hoops, juggling and classy conjuring where anything is possible. A show full of fun and silliness, sandwiched beautifully between incredible acrobatic feats. This little company will leave you with a skip in your heart and a smile on your face.
Daniel J Townsend
The creator of 'Midland Highway: The Musical', Daniel J Townsend has a head full of stories, a soul old enough to have lived them, and a heart young enough to believe in their power to move us. Laugh, cry, and be renewed.
Dave Elliston Bush Band
Listen to classic Australian songs of shearers, drovers, convicts and bushrangers with Hobart folk singer Dave Elliston and his mates: Emily Wolfe, Brendan Kays, Isaac Gee and Oliver Gathercole. Together they bring about a lively, acoustic, traditional(ish), bush band sound.
On its 20th anniversary, Dave Steel revisits his album, Home is a Hard Thing to Find with the assistance of Ross Smithard (fiddle) and Graham Beer (bass)...and possibly a special guest or two! Special show, special players, special songs...
David 'Odd socks' Wanless
David Odd socks Wanless is a danceaholic from Hobart and dance caller for many Tasmanian bands. He has called dances from Antarctica to Canada. He calls dances from many traditions including Irish, Scottish, Contra, Renaissance, Australian bush dances, Balfolk, Klezmer, Regency, E-ceilidh, Southern Squares and his own compositions.
Gorgeous washes of melancholy electronics; minimal piano and percussion, thoughtful understated lyrics. David Bridie is a songwriter who tells Australian stories. Set in the suburbs and streets of our towns; in our rambling backyards, cluttered kitchens and jumbled lounge rooms. David‚'s distinctive vocal & use of textures ensures that his work is recognisable.
Emilia Leonetti is an acclaimed poet and spoken word artist from NSW. No stranger to Tasmania, Emilia has been a finalist in the Huon Storytelling Cup and a Tasmanian State finalist in the APS Championships. Emilia is excited to share her raw, personal stories in verse at the Cygnet Folk Festival!
emily cloud explores the extremities of violin and viola playing. Written in the depths of caves, in blackened forests and on mountain summits, her music evokes landscapes, both imagined and real. A haunting and emotive deep listening experience. Emily is joined by Georgia Shine (cello, voice) and Yyan Ng (shakuhachi, voice).
Fiddle & Squeeze
'Fiddle & Squeeze' is a Hobart based duo. For several years, we have been promoting the playing of traditional Australian bush dance tunes, performing regularly at live venues. We also run monthly sessions for interested musicians to play along, and provide historical background information of the tune origins.
Fiona is a keen danceaholic from Hobart who loves dancing in many varied traditions including Scottish, Irish, Contra, Regency and traditional Australian Bush and enjoys sharing the experience with others. No experience necessary, all dances called.
Award-winning singer Fiona Ross has secured her reputation as a highly gifted interpreter of Scots song. In 2019 she was shortlisted for Scots Singer of the Year in the prestigious MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. Here in her adopted home of Australia, she flies the flag for the Scots song tradition.
Five Things to Say
Drawing from expertise in classical, contemporary, jazz, Indian classical, Ethno folk, latin and bluegrass musical traditions, Five Things to Say offers a feast of musical flavours and textures; a rare glimpse into a process of collaborative music-making that transcends the boundaries of genre.
Frank Yamma is one of Australia‚'s most significant Indigenous songwriters with an ability to cross cultural and musical boundaries. An initiated Pitjantjatjara man, Frank sings in his native language and English. His mighty songs, magical guitar-playing and deeply evocative voice tell stories of country, protection, heartache, travel and love.
Fred Smith is simply the best folk/country musician working in this country (Bruce Elder, SMH). His new album, Domestic has been described as a stunning cycle of deeply personal songs about marriage, babies, love, tolerance, decency and the complexity of modern life. A sublime study in tenderness and vulnerability
Gelareh Pour's Garden
Gelareh Pour is a respected composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist; with her main focus being Kamancheh (Persian Spiked fiddle) and Qeychak Alto. Within Gelareh Pour‚'s Garden, she draws on her experience of living and creating music in two very different cultures. It is a unique, contemporary Iranian-Australian fusion of world, avant-garde, indie post-rock and ambient music, sung in Persian.
Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse
Ancient language, contemporary music, stunning vocals, guitar brilliance. Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse use music to highlight one of the most beautiful and rare languages; Noongar language of the southern corner of Western Australia. With less than 400 Noongar language speakers left, their work is about what connects.
A warm and engaging performer, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Hannah Acfield charms with exquisite vocals and bold self-assured songwriting. Described as a luscious blend of Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell and Jeff Buckley, she combines the storytelling of indie folk with soaring, stirring vocals inspired by soul and gospel
Hobart Old Time String Band
A community string band who perform a range of toe-tapping tunes: primarily sourced from old-timey and related instrumental music. Founded around 2002, the band has created its 'wall of sound' at numerous gigs, festivals and dances, along with informal street performances.
New Mexico born and New Zealand based, Multi Award-Winning songwriter Holly Arrowsmith is both poet and storyteller, drawing on universal themes and the boundless landscapes that raised her. Spare, subtle, approachable and utterly beautiful, anchored by a voice that pulls you close and cancels the noise outside. (NPR)
Honey & Knives
Honey & Knives are a 5-piece folk band driven by vocal harmonies and verve. With six years of performing live and 2 full-length albums in the bag, they continue to revel in their love of folk, bluegrass and country music while respectfully dipping their toes into jazz, soul, blues and Celtic influences.
Honeyfields provides audiences with sublime three-part harmonies and multi-instrumental talent inspired and formed by traditional folk styles. The trio have recently released a new album, 'Fortune's Wheel' (engineered and co-produced by Luke Plumb) and are delighted to share it with the world.
Hobart Ukulele Group is a fun-loving bunch of eclectic multi-generational performers performing with an array of songs from the 60's to 80's and enticing audiences to sing along. They perform in red. So, if you are not in bed, come and see the best, forgo the rest.
Huon Heritage Fiddle Ensemble
Huon Heritage Fiddle Ensemble is a community ensemble dedicated to the revival of music that has been part of the musical landscape since white settlement, in addition to contemporary compositions. We welcome all participants. Join the session and we will have 'the dots' for you. If you're an ear player, come and have some fun!
An artist, activist, academic and community worker, Ian has sung to save wilderness and created music/theatre development programs from homeless kids in Adelaide to the differently-abled in Hobart. Powerful song journeys performed with unique and rational passion and true sense of fun. Something always happens when Ian plays.
Isabel invites audiences into a cocoon of reflection on the subtleties of love, nature and human relationships. An emerging talent, Isabel shows a clear vision for her music. In 2020, she released an EP confirming her love of performing and storytelling through song. A debut album is in the works!
Improvisational songbird and international award-winning comedy queen Jenny Wynter performs the side-splitting cabaret, Fully Made Up. Never the same show twice.
Morris dancing is an Old English form of street dancing with origins dating back to the 16th century. Hankies, sticks and garlands add to the entertainment of the performances. Colourful dancers and musicians performing in various areas of Cygnet.
Justin Bernasconi is one of Australia‚'s finest guitarists. This consummate instrumentalist delivers mesmerising performances. His acclaimed solo albums Winter Pick and Barefoot Wonderland showcased the singer-songwriter‚'s range of influences from classical to Americana. Latest release Sleeping Like a Maniac revisits his UK roots, in a collection he calls Folk Impressionism.
Kath & Lea
Kath & Lea are an acoustic duo from Colombia. The duo evoke warm and rhythmic sounds from all over Latin America. Be immersed in a magical journey from the Caribbean to Patagonia.
Fuelled by humility, integrity and a raw clarity of vision, Kerryn Fields paints enduring musical portraits that detail the colour and feeling of everything that makes us human. Pure Magic (Radio 13). Personal, tender and passionate at once (NZ Musician). Completely fresh and in the moment (13th Floor).
Indie folk singer-songwriter Kim Yang writes songs that speak from her experiences as a partner, a daughter, a traveller and an insecure soul. Her ethereal blend of sounds balances delicately between vulnerability and power. Born in Taiwan, Kim bridges cultures with songs in her own fresh and honest style.
Kym is a soulful poet and songwriter with a haunting voice and deep reverence for country. She evokes a sense of ecological connection masterfully pertinent to our times. Kym and her band unveil the waiting places of the heart, weaving intrepid and evocative musical landscapes to carry the songs home.
The Last Aurochs are an international gathering of musicians playing music from ancient territories of Europe, keeping tradition alive with old tunes, modern arrangements and new compositions. This band brings a modern fusion of traditional music, mixing a few traditions; predominantly French, Irish, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Liam Gerner and Luke Moller
Australian folk singer Liam Gerner and recently multi-quarantined Nashville escapee, celebrated fiddler Luke Moller are reuniting. Liam and Luke have written and performed together for 8 years, touring the USA, Japan, Australia, Europe and New Zealand. Liam and Luke are releasing their new album The Bulletin Debate (Henry Lawson vs Banjo Paterson) recorded on Banjo‚'s childhood farm.
Looking For Alaska
Looking For Alaska are a duo from Hamilton, New Zealand. Drawing from a diverse range of country, soul, folk and Maori influences, Aaron and Amy perform hard hitting original music. Their songs are inspired by their life and travels, complete with exquisite harmonies and acoustic guitar that both whispers and roars.
Multi- award-winning singer-songwriter Loren Kate is a timeless artist with the courage to write about issues that are raw, honest and real. Kate writes with a depth and passion that is rare and inspiring and her songwriting is undeniably beautiful. Loren is launching her new album, Nobody Knows at the 2022 Cygnet Folk Festival!
Lucy Wise‚'s whimsical contemporary folk sound has won the hearts of audiences across Australia, the US and the UK. Joined by her band, she explores themes of love, the natural world, friendship and healing with disarming honesty, and accompanies her stunningly pure vocals with fingerpicked guitar, ukulele, and Appalachian dulcimer.
MAKEPISI is a Melbourne-based 5 piece South African acapella group, singing traditional and contemporary songs. In the style of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, this group showcases powerful voices hailing from South African choirs and shows, including The Lion King. Their rich, invigorating sound is guaranteed to inspire and uplift.
Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan
Vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist and looping beatboxing songwriter Mal sings his brain-provoking songs with guitar, mbira, slide trumpet, trombone and loopers. Kylie (who has played with Orchestra Victoria, Stevie Wonder and Barry White!) provides violin and voice in perfect balance to Mal's nutsness. Imagine Einstein, Dr Seuss and Paganini making pancakes.
Meyers and McNamara
Meyers and McNamara's energetic and joyfully unrestrained performances have been festival favourites in recent years. In 2022 Rachel and Dave's shared love of melodic lyricism, minimalism, experimentation and improvisation will be the inspiration behind their concert of original pieces from their upcoming album of violin and accordion.
Michael Fix & Mark Cryle
Michael Fix and Mark Cryle join forces to present ‚ÄöTime Lines - Australian Stories in Song'; a unique musical perspective on Australian history. Both multi-instrumentalists and seasoned performers, Fix and Cryle are passionate about keeping Australia‚'s chequered history alive - the good, the bad and the ugly.
Michael Waugh‚'s insightful tributes to friends, family and parenthood are simultaneously deeply personal and nationally recognisable; we see our own brothers, parents, pubs, rivers, struggles and joys reflected in the faces of those characters who live large in Michael's songs.
Montz Matsumoto and Voicestrings
This Tasmanian-based trio play a unique blend of Americana, Celtic and Japanese. With Montz Matsumoto's versatile banjo style and voice, Elisse Kleiner's virtuosic flute, Louis Gill's tasteful and solid bass, you will experience mesmerizing moments of excitement and tranquillity, happiness and sorrow.
Musical Instrument Maker's Display
Showcasing makers of fine instruments from local artisans and others around the country, the Musical Instrument Makers Display is a much-loved feature of the festival.
Noah Earp is a singer-songwriter originally from Melbourne. Noah released his debut album Disinheritor in 2016, and lived in Berlin until the pandemic compelled him to relocate to Tasmania. Sometimes puzzled and quizzical, always warm, Noah's songs are tender, smooth, understated and meticulously crafted.
Oliver Northam has developed a strikingly honest and enthralling approach to storytelling. His lyric-driven originals showcase traditional folk sensibilities wrapped in captivating contemporary arrangements crafted alongside the talents of Dylan Hamilton and Olivia Cromarty. Together this trio boast delicate three-part harmonies, fervent saxophone melodies, and an unforgettable charm.
Paddy McHugh is a traditionalist singer-songwriter who adheres to the time-honoured approach of using music to tell a good story. His honest, no bullshit approach to writing and performance has seen him entertain, challenge and inspire audiences all over Australia and the world.
Parkville cut their teeth busking on the streets of Melbourne. Bandmates Liam and Dylan soon developed a winning formula: a driving Mumford & Sons-style backbone featuring rich vocal harmonies and soaring violin riffs, taking influence from The Beach Boys and Punch Brothers.
Solo performances by Melbourne's Peter Anderson feature his mastery of the Appalachian dulcimer, with accordion, guitar and crooning vocals joining the party. To say that his repertoire is eclectic is understatement: ranging from Medieval to Pink Floyd, with TV themes and mad parodies along for the ride!
Peter Hicks has been performing original and folk blues on the Australian folk circuit for over 30 years and has been described as playing‚Äö folk with bite. Peter will be performing songs from his acclaimed new album, The Last Butterfly.
Phil Smith & The Lights
‚ÄúSimilar to classic Bob Dylan, The Band or Neil Young with Crazy Horse‚Ä¶‚Äù is how Music Mainline‚'s Rob Dicken‚'s described Phil Smith & The Lights. A ‚Äòbeautifully loose vibe that is foot-tapping and brain-engaging‚' is what this Hobart based 6 pce folk/ rock band delivers when they get up onstage, with well crafted, storytelling songs that appeal to music lovers of all ages.
Phoebe like the Moon
Phoebe like the Moon's powerful stage presence, mesmerising voice and intricate melodies have won the hearts of all who hear her. Phoebe‚'s songs are stories, weaving a tapestry of haunting folklore and fairy tales like a map of her heart.
Riches & Wood
Collaborating for over seven years, NW Tasmanian chamber duo Josie Riches and David Wood perform music from the renaissance to the 21st century. Beethoven to Bartok, Bulgaria to Brazil. Their repertoire, composed and arranged for violin and guitar, includes folk influences from Eastern Europe to South America.
Roaming Trees Storytelling
Tamas Oszvald is an international storyteller and community artist from Hungary. His performances are intergenerational events, an occasion for people to gather where the book-captured sleeping stories are released and come to life again. Tamas tells tales from his own Hungarian tradition and from cultures from around the world.
Violin maker and performer, Rob Zielinski grew up in Perth learning by ear from Sean and Mick Doherty. Mick was the last of a well-known family of travelling fiddle players, storytellers and tinsmiths from Donegal. Accompanied by John Hickey, a well-respected accompanist of traditional Irish music on guitar.
Ross Smithard and Up Jumped Trouble
Ross, tune wrangler and fiddler; together with Annette, old time banjoist; Jackie on banjolele with Margaret joining on guitar for dances, will showcase Ross‚'s original‚Äö new time tunes from his recent CD. Interwoven with Appalachian old-time tunes and songs, their performance is focused on groove and fun.
Equipped with an electric guitar and a 5-string banjo, multi award-winning folk singer and instrumentalist Ruth Hazleton is joined by Fiona Steele and Luke Plumb presenting traditional and original songs from the album Daisywheel: a voyage of history, struggle and resilience in song.
Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir
Silent movies in black and white with smoke drifting across couples embracing to the Tango - this is the scene that Ruth paints with her music. Classical mandolinist, Ruth Roshan has gathered an exceptional group of musicians around her to create Tango Noir.
Sally Andrews has brought lively accordion tunes and stirring ballads to Irish sessions everywhere from New York to New Zealand. This performance will walk you through a series of Irish ballads dating from the 1600s to the present day, telling stories of famine, war and transportation.
Sands Family Circus
The Sands Family Circus perform and teach a wide range of circus skills to all age groups and abilities; creating shows with a great atmosphere of fun, impromptu moments and inspiration.
Sarah 'Twinkletoes' Lewis
Every time feet move in search of dance, lips find smiles million galaxies wide (Shah Asad Rizvi). Search no more! Join in any dance of Twinkletoes to experience astronomical fun. Whether you're from Venus or Mars, attainable dances will lead to enjoyment that's out of this world. All taught and called.
Straddling borders of acoustic music and storytelling, Saray Iluminado immerses its audiences in an intimate and enchanting world of Sephardic Jewish and Sevdah songs from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Led by Bosnian-Australian artist Nela Trifkovic, the ensemble features a memorable line up of multi-instrumentalists including Ernie Gruner, Irine Vela, Kelly Dowall and Dan Witton.
Shake Sugaree perform a raucous mixture of blues, bluegrass and jug-band music. They hit the Tasmanian music scene sowing the seeds for a broader interest in roots music. The band have re-formed to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Cygnet Folk Festival. Prepare for a mix of flat chat picking and fiddling, comedy and mayhem.
She Walks Through Dusk
Returning to their roots as a singer-songwriter act, She Walks Through Dusk strip away their high energy rock arrangements to create a collection of dark ballads bringing the band‚'s gothic-infused lyrics and lead singer Imogen‚'s incredible voice‚Äö(Hysteria Mag) to the forefront.
Sinn Araon - 'together as one' - perform enchanting arrangements of old Irish music. Deanna‚'s magical harp and Brian Owen‚'s flute playing will carry you off to a lost wonderland of fairies and castles.
Slim Pickens is the musical alter ego of Chris Ellis, a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He has performed for over twenty years including several Victorian and Tasmanian folk festivals. He is joined by Victoria‚'s Evan Jones and Adam Burke to perform some entertaining and fingerpicking good country, folk, blues, and jazz.
Linda, Misi, Rozi and Tamas are the ROAMING TREES with their roots in Hungary. Eight years ago, they roamed to Tasmania, and are still roaming. The ensemble performs stilt walking, and comic interplay with the audience; highly visual and definitely attention grabbing.
Francesca Mountfort (well-loved for her ethereal multi-layered cello creations) teams up with aunt, My Friend the Chocolate Cake cellist Helen Mountfort, and cousin Alice Mountfort-Hurwood (Apra/Amcos young songwriter of the year 2020). Combining the lush tones of three cellos and three vocals, Strings Attached create delicate songs, waltzes, tangos and other cello delights.
Tannin was launched when Anna and Lindsay were asked by the Tasmanian Land Conservancy to provide music to support the protection of our wilderness heritage. The performance at Skullbone Plains galvanized the duo's musical direction. The pure, acoustic sounds of cello and guitar create a sensitive reflection of the natural world.
Tenzin Choegyal is one of the world's finest musicians in the Tibetan tradition. Tenzin plays lingbu (flute) and dranyen (Tibetan lute) but is best known for his extraordinary vocal ability. With his powerful vocal style and connection with his audiences, he has become a favourite on the world music scene.
From one side of Bass Strait to the other, Teresa Dixon plays gritty alt-country folk songs of love, loss and hope. Celebrating the release of her new album‚ Here We Go Again‚ she is joined on stage by mate from The Stragglers and The Dead Maggies, Hannah Morrell and renowned double bass player, Hamish Stevenson.
The Big Scrub Revival
A 7-piece string-band reimagining archived field recordings from the Northern Rivers, carving a new intersection between the old-time and bush music traditions, The Big Scrub Revival was born from the National Folk Fellowship and performs contemporary compositions of traditional bush music, while also critiquing the colonial legacy of the Australia folk tradition.
The Clementines sing songs that tell of womanhood, love, place and belonging. Their harmonies are sublime, their stage presence endearing, and their stories honest and uplifting. They are masters of intricate vocal arrangements, rendering classic folk, country and pop songs in surprising ways, alongside their own moving originals.
The Dead Maggies
Tasmanian Convict Folk Punk (ABC Radio). Where historical tales of oppression are set to fast, wild and dark folk music. They straddle the folk-punk genre proudly, being the raucous band at the folk festival or the acoustic band at the punk gig.
The Gob-Iron Cajun Band
The Gob-Iron Cajun Band plays early Cajun songs and dance tunes. Duelling fiddles ride the thick melodies of a modified harmonica (or Gob-Iron), in place of the traditional box accordion. With clanging triangle, crashing guitar and a front man who can really holler, this band delivers a 'honk' that makes folks want to stomp and waltz.
The Lost Clog
Melbourne's Lithuanian tour de force, The Lost Clog brings a high energy folk-a-polka, gorgeous harmonies and a sharp wit. The Lost Clog breathes new, humorous life into archaic Lithuanian pagan songs of harvest, love, talking horses, ruined rue gardens, amorous toads, drunken goddesses, drunken mosquitoes, drunken sparrows and drunks.
The New Holland Honey Eaters
The New Holland Honey Eaters play old-time music with a vibrant unity coming from 33 years of experience. You will hear music from rural string bands, minstrelsy, ballads, ragtime and gospel, to Cajun, jug-bands, western swing and country blues, all set in social context. You‚'ll leave both entertained and informed.
The Porch Syndicate
The Porch Syndicate draw their influences from bluegrass, Australian, Irish and American folk music. They combine guitar, cello, banjo and vocals to create a unique sound, including original songs that can move through the haunting and ethereal; taking the audience on a fun road trip with traditional instruments and sweet harmonies.
Deeply rooted in traditional folk music, award winning Victorian duo The Raglins bring a contemporary approach to traditional folk songs, reinterpreting Australian, English and Irish ballads and showcasing them with fresh and innovative arrangements. With guitar, bouzouki and stunning harmonised vocals, Robert and Hannah will transport you.
The Royal High Jinx
Melbourne's mesmerising contemporary world music band, The Royal High Jinx burst onto Australian festival stages with originality, virtuosity and theatricality. Their songs and tunes are inspired by European traditions, peppered with Gypsy Jazz, Latin Balkan and Swing grooves with a pinch of folk cabaret. Their Murder Motel album will launch at Cygnet Folk Festival!
The Stetson Family
The Stetson Family walk the line between alt-country and bluegrass with their free-wheeling, spirited songs, awash with soaring harmonies. Described in American Songwriter Magazine as champions of fresh bluegrass but with a bedraggled soul of rock and roots, the band takes their audience on a journey down life's crooked highway.
The Stranded Wailers
Although often found in matching flannel, the Stranded Wailers are neither prisoners, professional sailors nor professional singers, but they sing heartily. The songs they sing are of loss, whiskey and loss of whiskey along with some references to various landmarks.
The Tuck Shop Ladies
The triceps ain‚'t what they used to be, but the funny bone has only gotten sharper... folk music darlings Sam Lohs (Fruit) and Rosie Burgess (Rosie Burgess Trio) strap on a pair of ukuleles and pull back the curtain, sharing an intimate selection of the often ridiculous, but always harmonious songs.
The Wolfe & Thorn
Emily Wolfe (fiddle) and CC Thornley (banjo) play traditional music from the beginning through to the current day of traditional Tasmanian folk music. Songs from the Bass Strait Islands' indigenous string bands, convicts, apple sheds, and more. Music as it was and still is played, with the sincerity and liveliness of two great friends.
The Young Irelanders in Van Diemen's Land
The Young Irelanders in Van Diemen‚'s Land is a themed concert that explores the exploits of seven Young Irelanders sentenced in 1848 to Van Diemen‚'s Land for their political activism during the Great Irish Famine. The musicians are Annie Woolley, Barry Higgins, John Hickey, Leueen Barber and Mat Woolley.
Jeremy finally has an idea that will make him rich. I.B.I.S (International Bin Integration Services) will train birds commonly known as Tip Ducks to keep our world clean and tidy. Enter Ibsen, the world‚'s first rubbish-collecting ibis. But on launch day everything goes wrong, with hilarious (and messy) consequences.
Tom Steel is an Australian guitarist from Victoria, now in Tasmania. Tom picked up guitar at a young age and has progressed to play in a variety of styles, including fingerstyle, blues and rock, incorporating experimental techniques. He looks forward to spreading his love of music to all.
Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Tracy McNeil and The GoodLife deliver shimmering indie Americana, combining McNeil‚'s Canadian roots. You Be the Lightning‚Äö was ARIA nominated for Best Blues/Roots Album and won Music Victoria's Best Country Album. Long-listed for the Australian Music Prize and released through Cooking Vinyl Australia (home to Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin and John Prine).
Trouble in the Kitchen
Trouble in the Kitchen have now been at the forefront of Irish traditional music in Australia for a generation. Once considered an up-and-coming youth band, they are now middle-aged with kids, mortgages and 23 years of experience playing together.
Urshula Leung Duet
Urshula Leong Duet offers a unique slant on folk, jazz, pop-rock and blues, converting selected works into a seductive fusion. Expect snippets of Emmylou Harris, Nina Simone, Billy Holliday, Prince, Sia and Gotye. Featuring Nicholas Mercer on cello/vocal harmonies and beautiful lead vocals from Urshula Leung.
Iconic folk singer, Kerrie Maguire; balladeer, Matthew Dames; and singing bodhran player, Anna Talbot produce velvety, smooth as Guinness harmonies, applied to traditional and contemporary folk songs. Their themed concert, King Billy is Ablaze, features original songs describing tragic, heroic and inspiring events in Tasmania‚'s West Coast history.
We Mavericks pack punches but have songs to heal your scars. Martin‚'s masterful strings and vocals meet Vigenser‚'s captivating voice and rhythms, all in a wild and interesting connection. There are echoes of soulful Americana and Celtic roots in their gritty, evocative material, wrapped in award-winning musicianship and a trademark tightness.
Xenos brings you the traditional music of the Balkans: sounds of the gaida and tulum (bagpipes), zurna (double reed pipe) and davul (large drum). Anne and Rob have spent decades absorbing the music of Eastern Europe. Mother and daughter Anne and Sabine front the band with their distinctive blend songs of love and death in Roma (gypsy) language.
Vocalist Kacey Patrick and guitarist Andrew Veivers combine to present an enigmatic program of jazz, folk and world music. Best known for her work with duo stringmansassy, Kacey‚'s voice expresses sublime intuition and beauty. One of Australia‚'s finest Spanish guitarists, Andrew Veivers evokes the sensual and mesmerising sounds of the Spanish guitar in all its guises.
Zinnia Blue are an alt-country/Americana duo from Cygnet, featuring interweaving guitars and two-part harmonies. The pair create sparse and brooding melodies and lyrical, uplifting ballads that reinterpret country, folk and old-time music traditions. Zinnia Blue released their debut album The Garden at the Cygnet Folk Festival in 2020.