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 While we give the latest information we have here, some of it may be out of date!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 news@folktas.org

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.

Festivals

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 – 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.

1st Wednesday of every month, Australian Bush Dance Tunes Session

Maypole Hotel, on the corner of Main Road and Risdon Road, New Town, 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.

 

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; cathleen.hutchinson@gmail.com

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.

Burnie_Folk_Club_01Last Thursday of each month: Burnie Folk Club, 8.00pm – midnight
At The King of Burnie Hotel (A.K.A. The Menai Tavern)
Come along and bring ya instrument
For more info contact Phil on 0447 154 240

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.  patrick.gambles@mvc.tas.gov.au

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.

 

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.

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

Updating these details

If you know of any other events or changes to the above details, please email updates to events@folktas.org.

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