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 While we give the latest information we have here, some of it may be out of date!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

Most Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm: Union Choir at AEU Building, 32 Patrick St, Hobart. Occasional performances on Mondays @ The Duke on Macquarie St.  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 Tuesday, 7-9pm: 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: The Duke, 192 Macquarie St, Hobart.

Second Tuesday of each month 7.30-9:30pm: Songwriters’ Circle – Hobart, upstairs at The Hope and Anchor Tavern, 65 Macquarie St Hobart. Everyone is welcome to come with a creation — song, sonnet, lyrics, haiku, poem, prose, play, pantomime, psalm? See you there, bring a friend, come earlier, have a meal, good food, spread the word. Alkeiya:


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
Maypole Hotel, 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 0400 734 559.

Last Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm: World Music Folk Orchestra
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.
John, 0418 138 939, email:

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 are 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: 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, $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 at the Palais Theatre

Doors 6:30pm Music 7pm $10 ENTRY kids FREE
BYO Plate to share + BAR OPEN.
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.

Tasman and Forestier Arts Association
Tas Regional Arts

Benjamin Dean
Mob. 0448 669 996


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: Irish session at Irish Murphy’s
21 Salamanca Pl, Hobart.
Contact: Matt on 0487 336 462.


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.

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

Third Sunday of every month: Celtic session at the Wynyard Wharf Hotel, from 2 pm until 4pm.  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

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