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 While we give the latest information we have here, some of it may be out of date!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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Every Monday, 5:30pm: Union Choir at Unions Tasmania, Elizabeth St, North Hobart (next to the Alley Cat). All are encouraged, no particular skill at singing is required, just an enthusiasm for singing and union history and solidarity (much needed in these times). Come along and have fun warming up those vocal chords. — Peter Hicks. Phone (03) 6239 1320.
Second Tuesday of each month 7.30-9:30pm: Songwriters’ Circle at Polish Club
For songwriters, creators and poets. Bring your new song(s) to the session for a professional discussion. For added excitement, write to the theme. Contact: 0449 083 621
4th Wednesday of every month (except Jan.), Folk and Acoustic Music Night
New Sydney Hotel, Bathurst St, Hobart, 8:00 pm till late.
Every Thursday, from 7:30pm, Hobart Old Time String Band
All Saints Lower Hall, Macquarie St, South Hobart
Bring an acoustic, stringed instrument and enthusiasm to join in with us and learn. Mostly American Old Time toe-tapping music, and other types too.
Every Friday, live Folk entertainment at the Lark Distillery, Davey St, about 6pm-8pm.
Second Friday of every Month: from 8:00pm, mixed session at the Cygnet Supper Room, Cygnet
Every Saturday: 4:00pm to 6:30pm, Irish music session, New Sydney Hotel, Bathurst St, Hobart
3rd 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.
North – Concerts and sessions
Every Monday: “That’s All Folk”, City Park Radio 103.7 FM, 8-10pm. Launceston’s only locally produced folk music program.
Last Tuesday of month: Jazz at the Royal Oak. 14 Brisbane St. 20% off main meals for FFT members. Contact 6331 9653.
Second Friday of each month: Session at the Westbury RSL. 7.30pm.
Third Friday of each month: Liffey Music Gathering (folk, blues etc.), at the Old School, Liffey, 8-12pm. Open fire and good music. Bring a log for the fire, and some nosh. BYO. Tea and coffee available. A gold coin will be requested each session to help meet hire and insurance costs. Hope to see you there. Contact: Patrick Gambles. email@example.com
Every Sunday: Celtic session at the Royal Oak, Brisbane St, Launceston 5.00 – 7:30pm. Don’t forget FFT members get 20% discount on meals at the Royal Oak. Royal Oak: (03) 6331 5346.
First Sunday: Monthly Celtic session at Ross
Early in 2015 Celtic music players in Launceston and Hobart decided to start a session midway between the two cities which could be reached by folk from either area within an hour or so’s drive. The Man’o’Ross hotel proved to be a welcoming and acoustically friendly venue and sessions began from noon on the first sunday of each month.
The music played is mostly Irish tunes with some Scottish ones and a song now and again. So far the attendance has been around six to ten people, for whom the hotel provides a lunch platter and a log fire. It goes till about 330pm and is followed, for those with the stamina, by the weekly sunday session at the Oak hotel in Launceston from 5pm.
All Celtic players are welcome to participate, and anyone who wants further information can contact Cyril on 0427343578. Car pooling can usually be arranged. Visitors to Tassie may find the the historical aspects and regional beauty of the Ross area an additional attraction (Tasmanians themselves have often become immune to such appreciation). A sense of humour is always good to bring, provided it is properly in tune.
North – Things to learn
Launceston Recorder Society – ph Olga Trojan, 6343 3011.
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.
Tasmanian artists with CD’s available. If you want to be heard nationwide on Radio National, send a copy of your CD and a biography to Doug Spencer, The Planet, ABC Radio National, Box 9994, Perth WA 6848.
Gay Stewart CD Release – “Itchy Fingers” – A collection of Busking Tunes.To purchase ph. 6397 3324
String Powered Productions: CD mastering, digital recording, graphic design, web page design.Bill Myers 0409 – 013459 Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Places for performers to play around Tas
South: Republic Bar & Café: 299 Elizabeth St Hobart 6234 6954
New Sydney Hotel: Alistair Derham, 87 Bathurst St Hobart 6234 4516 fax 6236 9965
Moonah Arts Centre: fortnightly series of concerts, 03 6274 0318.
North: Royal Oak Hotel, Brisbane St, Launceston. Bruce Potter 6331 5346
North-East: “Todd’s Hall” at St.Marys. Phone: Astrid Hunkeler & Todd Dudley, 6376 1049
North-West : Bridge Hotel, Forth, near Devonport 6428 2239
Molly Malone’s, 34 Best St.
Devonport 7310 6424 1898 McGinty’s (Burnie Town House) 139 Wilson St
Burnie 7320, 03 6431 4455 fax 03 6431 1026 (sold recently)
See also our Venues Page
If you wish to have your event(s) published on the Tasmanian Government’s ‘Events Database’ submit your entry/entries by: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: 03 6233 8424
Post: Arts Tasmania, 161 Davey Street, HOBART TAS 7000 http://www.tas.gov.au/
If you have recently forwarded information, please let us know of any changes and/or alterations. Remember – there is no charge for this service. Di Spencer
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If you want to be heard nation-wide on Radio National send a copy of your CD and a bio to Doug Spencer, The Planet, ABC Radio NationalBox 9994, Perth 6848, WA