Regular Events

Festivals, music, dance, sessions, tuition, places to play, advertising and publicity opportunities, etc

We advise you to check with the venues or organisers of regular events before travelling – sometimes sessions and regular events cease, change, or miss a week. While we give the latest information we have here, some of it may be out of date!

If you know that an event has changed, please let us know via email to

Folk Dance

There is so much happening for folk dancers throughout the state that the information is on a separate page. Click here to find out information about getting involved in folk dancing, dance bands and instructions for folk dancing.


See the Major Annual Festivals and Events section of our forthcoming events page

South – Music

Music sessions: In addition to below, see

Most Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm: Union Choir at AEU Building, 32 Patrick St, Hobart. Occasional performances on Mondays.  Contact Peter Hicks 0409 216 752 to confirm.

Fortnightly Mondays: Hobart Society of Recorder Players. New players of all abilities welcome! Please go to the website for meeting places and dates.

Every Wednesday during school terms, 5-6:30pm: Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble
Contact: Emily Wolfe, emilywolfe4@gmail.com0458 913 411,

First Wednesday of every month, Australian Bush Dance Tunes Session
At the Maypole Hotel, New Town, starting at 7.00pm.  Bring your fiddle, accordion, squeezebox, mandolin, guitar etc. The session is informal and musos of all experiences are welcome. We provide a different tune handout each session, playing slowly at first so you can get familiar with them. Contact Trish, 0400 734 559.

Every Thursday, from 7:00pm, Hobart Old Time String Band (
All Saints Church, Macquarie St, South Hobart (Lower Hall)
For melody and rhythm players of acoustic, stringed instruments, we play traditional American old-time tunes along with other related genres. We welcome ‘newbies’, experienced players and visitors. (Please note: our band Covid protocol requires all attendees to be double vaccinated)

Enquiries – email:   John – 0418 138 939

Second Friday of every Month: from 8:00pm, mixed session at the Cygnet Supper Room, Cygnet

Every Saturday: 2:00pm to 6:00pm, Irish music session, New Sydney Hotel, Bathurst St, Hobart

First Saturday each month from 1st June 2019, Kunanyi Folk Club
7:30pm, Ferntree Tavern, $20, $15 concession/FFT member, $10 youth

Saturdays, generally fortnightly: 4:00 to 5:30pm, Huon Heritage is a community music group devoted to playing and teaching folk music sourced from around Tasmania. Anyone can come along…fiddles, mandolins, flutes, whistles..treble clef instruments as well as banjos, guitars, cello and bass welcome. The sessions are generally fortnightly. Held at Gadd’s Cottage, second on the left, Walpole Lane Franklin.  We can supply notation, chord charts, and banjo and mandolin tabs. there will also be some teaching/learning of tunes by ear.
Contact: Steve Gadd <>; 03 6266 3446

Third Saturday each month, Franklin Folk Club at Frank’s Cider
Adults $15 Concession $10 Kids Free (under supervision of parent or guardian)
Featured Performers and Open Mic
Contact: Alice Toner 0497 268 220

Third Saturday each month, Open Mic  Koonya Hall, 6 to 11pm
Koonya Hall, Koonya (on the right), Nubeena Rd, Tasman Peninsula
$5 door.
Dessert and drinks on sale.
Benjamin Dean
Mob. 0448 669 996
Turrakana Tasman Arts

Third Sunday of every month, 2pm, Ouse Session: We are starting a regular Irish/Folk music session at the Ouse Community Hall.  The first will be at 2pm on Sunday 18th March 2012 and following, 3rd Sunday of each month at 2pm, unless otherwise notified.

The session is open to all musicians and beginners are very welcome.
Inquiries to Maureen Bennetts 0423 113 741.

Second and last Sundays each month, 2-5pm (Jan-Mar 5-8pm): Irish session at Irish Murphy’s

Second and last Sundays each month, 2-5pm (Jan-Mar 5-8pm): Irish session at Irish Murphy’s
21 Salamanca Pl, Hobart.
Contact: Matt on 0487 336 462.

North – Concerts and sessions

Music sessions: In addition to below, see

Every Monday: “The Folk Show”, City Park Radio 103.7 FM, 11pm-12 midnight.  Launceston’s only locally produced folk music program.

Third Friday of each month: Liffey Music Gathering (folk, blues etc.), at the Old School, Liffey, 7:45-11pm and sometimes beyond. Open fire and good music.  Bring a log for the fire, and some nosh. Tea and coffee available.  A gold coin donation will help each session to meet hire and insurance costs.  Hope to see you there.  Contact: Garry Stannus:

Third Saturday of each month: Sheffield Folk Unplugged
Chalkboard style folk evening at Mountain Mumma restaurant
Music 7-9pm. Music Contact – Kate Fraser 0412 322 729
Check Sheffield Folk Unplugged FB Group for updates
Dinner available from 5pm. Bookings essential.  Table bookings – Mountain Mumma 6491 1041

Every Sunday: Launceston trad. session at the Cock n Bull, Launceston 4.00pm.  See

Second Sunday of every month: Celtic session at the Yolla Tavern, from 2 pm until 4:30pm.  See

North – Things to learn

City of Launceston RSL Pipes and Drums: John Fardon, 0409 864 318.  They are looking for members.  Their band practice nights are Mondays, and their learners night is on Wednesdays.

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).  Join in the current middle ages.  Contacts: Derek Binns  6344 2273, Kim Strong 6326 4256, Paul Harris 6327 1252.

String Powered Productions: CD mastering, digital recording, graphic design, web page design. Bill Myers 0409 – 013459 Email –

Updating these details

This page and the linked pages are maintained as a free community service by the Folk Federation of Tasmania who accept no responsibility for the accuracy or otherwise of information supplied to us for listing.  If you find that anything has changed or you know of another event which might be worth listing and the organiser wants publicised, please let us know at