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 While we give the latest information we have here, some of it may be out of date!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

Every Monday, 5:30pm: Union Choir at AEU Building, 32 Patrick St, Hobart. 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.

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

Every Tuesday, 7 for 7:30-9:30pm: Mostly Acoustic Jam

Tune and chat from 7pm for a 7:30pm start, and finishing about 9:30pm
The JAM session is informal and open to new musicians at all skill levels.
Contact: Glenn Ferguson <>; 0408 100 321

Host venue: Bright Eyes Cafe, Brook St Pier Hobart: 0402 264 499;


Second Tuesday of each month 7.30-9:30pm: Songwriters’ Circle – Hobart

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 for details on venue.

Every Wednesday during school terms, 5:30-6:30pm: Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble

Contact: CC Thornley,, 0455 885 580,



First Wednesday of every month, Australian Bush Dance Tunes Session

Lenah Valley RSL, Lenah Valley Rd, starting at 7.30pm.  Bring your fiddle, accordion, squeezebox, mandolin or guitar etc.  We will have tune handouts.  The evening will be informal and all about participation. The format will be to go through the tunes, slowly and repetitively at first, so you can get familiar with them.  Contact 0418 138 939 or 0400 734 559.

Last Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm: World Music Folk Orchestra
Alma Street Community Centre, 17 Alma Street, Bellerive. Parking and venue at the rear of Bellevue House.  Contact: Fred Pribac, 0408 555 925,

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.
Contact 6273 2127;

Last Thursday of every month, Trad Session at the Fern Tree Tavern

Be great to see some familiar faces – and some new ones! Kick off around 8. Come along for a night of music! There’s buses back down the hill quite late also.  Contact Luke Plumb.

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

First Saturday each month from 1st June 2019, Kunanyi Folk Club
7:30pm, Ferntree Tavern, $12, $10 concession/FFT member
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
Upstairs, Palais Theatre, Franklin.  $5.00 and $8.00.
7pm start.  Feature performers and open mic.
Contact: Steve Gadd <>; 03 6266 3446

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.

North – Concerts and sessions

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

Last Tuesday of month: Jazz at the Royal Oak.  14 Brisbane St.  10% off main meals for FFT members.  Royal Oak: (03) 6331 5346.

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.  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.

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