2017 Programme

Friday 20th

12:00 pm

Festival Office open- Memorial Hall Macquarie St.

Online ticket sales: Please bring your official ticket with you to collect your wristband

Weekend tickets take you in to all Events. Day tickets - all events on that day.

Door Sales available at the venue

Camping available. Please phone 0407313103 to reserve your site.

3.00 pm Welcome Afternoon Tea- at the Hall. Join the George Town Soroptomists for a delicious and reasonably priced afternoon tea.

3:00 pm

Welcome session at The Pier Hotel.


7:00 pm

Welcome Concert - Memorial Hall

Bar in Supper Room opens 6.30

MC- Phil Beck

The Royal High Jinx

Barry Skipsy

Lucie Thorne


Shane Howard Trio

Slow Cooked Goats

Louey Hesterman and Whimsy

Door Sales $20




Saturday 21st

Breakfast by George Town Lions - Memorial Hall Supper Room 8-10 am

10 am - 12:00 pm

Music in the Street - Macquarie Street

Meet our performers in and around the cafe's and shops. Join in the fun as you explore George Town and get a taste of the Festival. All musicians welcome to join in.

We have booked acts from this programme! Don't be shy.


10:15 am

"You Better Not Say That"

A Themed Concert by Vince Brophy and Jim Brown

York Cove Centre Sorell St (Senior Citz building) Code 5 on your map

A continuation of their Anzac Show, "You Better Not Say That " shows a lighter side with both jim and Vince sitting at a table where they both realise there are songs and stories to be told but sometimes they need reminding that "You Better Not Say That"

Vince and Jim performed their Anzac Show in 2015 to a packed house and was very well recieved. Welcome back Gentlemen!



Door Sales $15








10:30 am

Pico And The golden Lagoon

Children's puppet show

Graham Fairless Hall ( Memorial Hall Complex)

Pico is a world traveller who finds himself in a yellow Bi-plane. On these adventures Pico is introduced to new eco ideas and innovations through the characters in the stories. Pico makes a crash landing on a nearby island. Check out our artist line up for more details.

Free admission


11 am

CD Launch- Tamar Valley Folk Festival is proud to announce this launch.

Bass and Flinders Centre - Elizabeth St. ( code 4 on your map)

Mick Flanagan's new CD "From the Family Circle", a tribute to his Mother, Uncles and Grandparents. The Cooley family came from East Galway and gave Mick his love of music and song. Ably assisted by Helen flanagan on piano accordian and Loueen Barber (Morgan) on fiddle. Also including tracks by joe and Seamus Cooley in session in Chicago.




Dualling Piano's

A concert by Fellix Meagher and Louey Hesterman

Be entertained by these two talented musicians with a long and successful history in the music industry. Two Piano's in Concert. A real treat.

Door Sales $15

*The cafe coffee machine will not be in use during performance.

12 noon


Margies Kitchen - Cooking fun for Kids

Kitchen - Memorial Hall,( off Supper room)

Margie will have the kids cooking in the Kitchen

Parents most welcome.

Please fill in permission, allergy and dietry info at the office before 12.


12:15 pm

Belly Dance Workshop - Miasma Belly Dancers

Graham Fairless Centre - Memorial Hall


You will see the Miasma Troupe in the Street. Come along and learn how to Belly Dance!

Entry $10


12:00 pm


Music in the Dining Room - Pier Hotel diners only

1:00 pm

Singing Session at the Pier Hotel


12.45 pm

A Sense of Place- A themed Concert

Presented by Phil Beck, Paul Stewart, Danny Spooner, Bob Sharp, Scotty Balfour Bob Barford and StanGottschalk

York Cove Centre - Sorell St. (key 5 on your map)


This collaboration between Paul Stewart and Phil Beck will focus on various places from Australia, the British Isles, the Americas, and present songs that evoke a sense of the particular essence of each of them in a conceptual way.

This Team are regulars at our Festival from as far away as WA and NT and our Audiences love their work. Dont miss it.

Door Sales $15


1:15 pm

Festival Choir - Practice - Graham Fairless Hall

Kerrie Maguire will lead the Choir this year.

Singers required! Open to everyone who loves singing.

Come join in the fun! We present the songs at the final concert Sunday.

Please bring a pen and paper.

No charge for this workshop but entry ticket to Sunday Concert required.



2.30 pm

Shane Howard Trio in Concert - Memorial Hall


Shane Howard, John Hudson and Ewen Baker

Showcasing their latest CD" Deeper South".

Redifining the boundaries of Australian Folk, reinvigorating it with a fusion of traditions, rich with poetic and musical mastery.The highlight being"Hymn to love".

Concert opened by Laura and Jacob

The Tamar Valley Folk Festival is delighted to Welcome Shane back to George Town.

On line weekend ticket sales, ensure a reserved front section seat at this concert.


Door Sales $30

Online tickets receive a reserved seat at this concert.









7:00 pm

Family Dance - Memorial Hall Complex

Bottom Pub Ceilidh Band . A friendly and informal dance where children are welcome to join in.

Door Sales $12

*Children free with adult


7:00 pm

Saturday Evening Concert - Memorial Hall


Dave Steel

Nice Verdes

Vince Brophy



Lucie Thorne

New Holland Honey Eaters

Bob Sharp

(Sets 35 minutes)

Bar opens in Supper Room 6.30

Door Sales $20

7:00 pm

Saturday Evening Concert - York Cove Centre- Sorell St. (key code 5 on map)



The Royal High Jinx

Scott Balfour and Bob Barford

Theresa Young



Louey Hesterman and Whimsy

Neil Gardner

Velvet Sledghammer

(Sets 35 minutes)

Tea and coffee available- gold coin donation

Door Sales $20



Sunday 22nd


Breakfast in the Memorial Hall Supper Room by George Town Lions 8-10am

9:00 am

Poet's Breakfast - Memorial Hall (Supper Room)

Jim Brown, our Festival Poet 2017 will host the breakfast this year.

Come along and present your poem or dine in and enjoy the poetry.

Special thanks to George Town Lions Club for preparing and selling our breakfast at such a reasonable cost.


10:30 am

Barry Skipsey's Red Centre Show - Themed Concert

Presented by Barry Skipsey

York Cove Centre Sorell St. (key code 5 on your map)

A unique Audio Visual, The Red Centre Show is a 90 minute journey through the very heart of the Nation without leaving your seat. Stunning and viibrant images combine with Barry's lyrics to create a show not to be missed. Showcasing the flora, fauna and resilient humorous character of those living in the outback

Door Sales $15


A Fun Music Concert for Children

Graham Fairless Hall

Presented by Joy Coates.

Fun for everyone. No charge



Tribute to the Copper Family

Presented by Danny Spooner, Phil Beck and Sue Lee Archer.

Graham Fairless Hall ( Memorial Hall Complex)

The workshop is a tribute to the Copper Family of Rottendean, Sussex England .

The Copper Family collected, sang and maintained a family tradition of English songs from over 250 years and were one of the inspirational groups during the folk song revival in Britain, The States and New Zealand.

Danny, Phil and Sue will highlight some of the history of this group o fsingers and there are places to join in the Chorus.


Door Sales $15


11. am

Tony Newport, Vince Brophy and Friends -" Pieman River Rag"

A Themed Concert

Bass and Flinders Centre , Elizabeth St.

A concert that captures the spirit and history of the people of the West Coast and their rugged rainforest home. Tony writes of the mining towns of the West Coast , the people and events that shape and form the life of those in this once isolated environment.

Door Sales $15

*Cafe coffee machine not in use during performance






Music in the Park

Louey Hesterman and Whimsey will host this concert and invite friends to join them

Take a moment to sit on the grass!

Grab some food and drink and join us in the park for some music and entertainment

The Bandstand Area. Bring a rug.

Free Event


Tina Sparkles will be face painting (Children) in the park

1:00 pm

Singing Session - Pier Hotel Verandah


1:30 pm

Farewell Concert - Memorial Hall

New Holland Honey Eaters

Theresa Young

Nice Verdes


Shane Howard Trio

Jacob and Laura

The Festival Choir with Kerrie Maguire (15-20 mins)

Farewell by Danny Spooner


All sets 35 mins unless otherwise specified

Door Sales $20



Session at The Pier Hotel

Join us for a great session to celebrate and say farewell to new and old friends of the festival.