2011 Performers


Pearl is Marcia Howard & Rose Bygrave (ex Goanna). As members of the multi-award winning Goanna Rose Bygrave and Marcia Howard helped create the unique vocal sound that even now sets them apart from every other Australian act. Since then they have established their individual reputations as acclaimed singer-songwriter, vocalists and performers on the world stage. Over 3 decades they have mesmerized audiences with their musical strength, fearless politics and their tender hearts. Their solo CD's have achieved the highest possible praise. Together they are PEARL.


Dennis O'Keeffe
One of Australia's most original and authentic songwriters. The success of his songwriters classes and their concerts at the Lake School of Celtic Music in Victoria every year, have become legendary. His craft of story-telling has evolved through continuous performances of our wonderful Australian traditional songs and his uncanny ability to compose unique songs pertaining to the tradition. Dennis, considered my many, to be the leading authority on the origins of 'Waltzing Matilda', is a permanent fixture, leading Australian Traditional Song Sessions at the Australian National Folk Music Festival in the nation's capital of Canberra every year.


Dennis O'Keeffe


The Hannafords


The Hannafords
Craig and Auriol are a talented twosome who’ve developed their own contemporary folk sound. Coming from Healesville they capture the raw energy of the country with a tinge of the big smoke. They combine insightful lyrics with toe tapping tunes to leave you with a uniquely “Hannafords” experience! “…This couple are the real deal. Real songs about real people….”- Hugh McDonald (Apr 16, 2010)

Ealey & Tyers
Wendy Ealey and Moira Tyers have been playing together in various combinations for four years,they compliment each other vocally and instrumentally withtight harmonies and a huge emotional as well as musical range. They are currently in the studio working on recording the songs of Unsung Heroes of Australian History and are preparing for their first album as a duo.They also work together running the Darebin Songwriters Guild.




The Blue Mosquitoes
An energetic vibrant sound playing contemporaryfolk with Celtic influence.Think the Pogues with mellow undertones of Dougie Maclean and a harsh hint of the Cranberries. Basically the Blue Mosquitoes are aiming to take celtic folk music to a whole new generation. The band formed in 2006 and comprises four very talented young musicians: Hannah (Mad Fiddle and Vocals) and Stuart (Crazy on Guitar and Mandolin), their cousin Chris (Hardcore Bodhran, Guitar, Mandolin, Whistle, Vocals), and then there's Moire (Whistle, Bodhran and Raging Vocals).

Brett Campbell
A renowned Children's Singer/Songwriter who uses his extensive musical background to introduce people big and small to the wonders of live music. Brett plays various instruments and performs quirky original songs from his albums 'BC', 'Purple Cow' and 'Press Play To Hear Brett'. Throw in a bit of dancing, whistling and making LOUD noise and you're up for a very fun Brett Campbell experience!




John Lavery & Malcolm Turnbull
A mix of solos & duets by our favourite 'old folkies' - 60s coffee lounge style (has been described as "gently introspective". Well suited to the afternoon concert at the Senior Cits) The set will include traditional + Tasmanian singer-songwriting (including John's originals)


Kym Pitman
A special place amongst Australian singer songwriters. Her songs and music are deeply an expression of place and ecological connection. They inspire an enlivened sense of presence and emotional recognition of human experience and wild landscape. Born in South Australia, Kym began performing as a singer songwriter in Adelaide’s Music bars and Cafes as a teenager in the late seventies and early eighties. Later moving to regional NSW she has recorded three albums and performed extensively on Australia’s festival circuit. Kym has won awards for her songs through the Australasian song writing awards and North Coast Industry Dolphin awards.




Margie Brophy
Well known to all in the folk scene, as part of the Molly and Jack children’s entertainment duo. This year Margie will work with the children in a fun workshop called “Margies Kitchen”. The children will make yummy pizza and have lots of fun creating their snack.


Evelyn's Secret
A four-piece ensemble of talented young singers, songwriters and tunesmiths. They perform original folk songs, singing philosophically about both the issues and beauty of our world in sweet, lyrical tones. Evelyn's Secret also play high energy Irish tunes, tinged with a contemporary flair. Their eagerly awaited debut album, 'Rainy Saturday' has been released in April, 2010




Vince Brophy & Cora Browne
With SALLY CARTER=BBC Live! Lush finger style Guitar & Cittern, Soaring Voice, Passionate Fiddling, and Laughter. Three diverse and experienced musicians influenced by the folk music of the Celtic world and beyond. Offering stunning original music, wonderful retellings of traditional songs and tunes and an engaging live show full of feeling and wit.


Richard Perso
Richard Perso doesn’t seem to have enough arms, legs or lungs to pull off such a physically demanding performance but that doesn’t stop him from playing 3 didgeridoos, driving a weapons cache of 4 overdriven acoustic guitars somehow managing to replace the roll of a drummer with little more than his 2 feet while hollering like a 1920’s Blues man. Not bad for a 19 year old, huh?.




The Craggs
The Craggs play music that celebrates the Tasmanian wilderness & some of its characters. The music is laced with rich vocal & instrumental harmonies. The band was an invited guest at the 2010 National Folk Festival in Canberra &toured in the US in 2009 where they performed at the 40th anniversary of Woodstock.


Mem and Dennis Taberner
Mem and Dennis have been singing together for over 40 years (but who’s counting they say). Their passion is telling stories through folk music. Mem’s rich voice is complimented by harmonies and instrumental work from Dennis. The songs are embellished with introductions to place the song in context (real or imagined). The moto is - “never spoil a good tale for want of a pinch of truth




The Dalkey Archive
Hailing from Ireland and Tasmania, The Dalkey Archive draws inspiration from bands of the genres of folk, rock, grunge and country to create an original acoustic sound taking you on an eclectic balustrade of music.Eoghan Cosgrove (Vocals and guitar) Eoghan Cosgrove (Vocals and guitar) Patrick Moane (Percussion) Tom O'Malley (Mandolin)Aaron White (Bass guitar)


Kerrie Maguire and Friends
A presentation of songs inspired by children. There will be songs of sorrow, songs of joy; questions asked and words of love to the generation who holds our future in its hands. Friends: Cate Foley-Burke, Wendy Ealey, David O'Connor, Moya Maguire, Annie and Mat.Parsell.




Seagrass is an all original Tasmanian acoustic band that combines blues with bluegrass. Tim Saunders (banjo, guitar, vocals)Rowlie Walker (mandolin, vocals)Mark Phillips (bass, vocals) The music style ranges from southern Mississippi swamp music with bottleneck guitar through to hard driving Scrugg's style 5 string banjo bluegrass.


Bob Sharp
"A wandering minstrel” who headed east then north to south thru’central west. Bob’s diverse journey is reflected in his spirited eclectic style, an impressive mix of original songs, together with blues ragtime and folk, both traditional and contemporary played adeptly on his well travelled Lowden guitar.




Nick Charles
Nick has been a performing and touring acoustic musician for over 25 years on the Australian and international acoustic music scene. Averaging over 200 shows a year from Perth to Sydney and LA to Kansas City - including many major guitar, folk, blues and jazz festivals - the eclectic nature of Nick’s music continues to delight and captivate his audiences. Nick will also run a guitar workshop at the festival


Mick Flanagan
Founder of our Festival. Mick lives in George Town. A great exponent of Irish traditional song and writer of many originals. Mick has many friends and they will all join him in a session...be there.




Brian O’Neill
Now living in Tasmania, Brian joins us again to perform his old favourites and more. Lovely Irish ballads an lively tunes. Catch Brian at a concert or down town on Saturday or definitely at a session.

Malcolm Brooks
Specialising in the reportoires of singers/songwriters Clark, Bob Dylan,Townes Van Zandt and Tasmania’s Ray Singline, Malcolm also has a collection of his own work., his finger picking style will delight the audience.



Richard (Skreitch) Leitch
Our Poet for 2011. Skreitch is well known to the Tamar Valley Folk Festival. Skreitch will host the Poet’s breakfast on Sunday and run a children’s workshop.


New Holland Honey Eaters
Stan Gottschalk, Rebecca Gottschalk, Steve Ray and Jane Ray specialize in the broad musical traditions (mostly pre-1945) from the rural southeastern United States – including Anglo-Celtic and Afro-American traditional music, minstrelsy, ragtime. Tin Pan Alley tunes and songs, cajun music, gospel and jug band music. A new radio show this year.




Alex Myers
Alex lives in Launceston is a favourite of our festival. Alex likes to invite her friends to join her concert and it is sure to be a real audience pleaser.keep an eye on our programme for more details, this concert will be held at the Yacht Club..Such a lovely venue on the waterfront.


Morris Dancers
Tasmanian Dance troupe will entertain us with their live music and of course bells, on Saturday in the Street



Sheik Charmers Dance Group
Belly Dancing for beginners at a workshop. Catch their performance beforehand on Saturday in the street.




Neil Gardner
A legend of the Tasmanian folk scene, Neil is a great singer songwriter. Catch Neil at his workshop and help Neil celebrate 40 years in the folk scene.





David O’Connor
Great to see Dave back on the music scene in Tassie. An actor, singer/songwriter, Dave has performed at Folk Festivals all over Australia. Watch out for Daves great children’s concert.

Mike Manhire
Mike plays and sings traditional English folk tunes and songs. Catch Mike in the street on Saturday or at a concert or pub session.





Bottom Pub Ceilidh Band with Tony Northy
A long and flexible line up of local talent make up this band. They have played for many years at bush dances around the North. Come along to the dance Saturday early evening. Always good family fun.



Danny Spooner
Danny has been with our Festival since day one and we look forward to his performance every year. Sea chanties and stories, his highly acclaimed performance will bring a smile and sometimes a tear but always well received. Watch out for Danny’s workshop.



April Maze
“James Taylor meets Carole King in a bar and orders a round of Cello, Banjo and Guitar”. Living on the open road of Australia in a 1976 Kombi van, alternative-folk power-duo, *The April Maze* have been touring the country on the back of their recently released debut Album ‘Recycled Soul’. Using cello, guitar, passionate yet affable duo combine folk, classical and soul music into their captivating live show.
Brian Mooney
Singing traditional songs of Ireland. Brian released a couple of LPs in the 60s and spent 20 years in Ireland performing with Irelands greats. A talented musician and artist. Living in Launceston, a hero of the Folk scene





Sally Carter
Now living in Victoria after spending a few years in Tasmania, Sally performs at festivals and private gigs all over the country. Strong vocals combine with Sally’s gifted ability to play fiddle, guitar and Hurdy Gurdy. A talented singer songwriter.



Marjorie and Steve Gadd
Well known as organisers and mentors in Tasmania's folk music world. They are both highly skilled multi-instrumentalists composers and folklorists with a national reputation. They will perform original tunes from their banjo and fiddle cd Story Book Tunes along with traditional collected Tasmanian tunes, original ballads and some eclectic fiddle and mandolin duets.







John Hughes

Singer of both English traditional and contemporary songs, both self penned and from other sources. The guitar accompaniment includes counter melodies and rhythms with a wide use of tunings.