2018 Performers





La Busca

La Busca is a passionate sound of an all female tango ensemble, backing the enigmatic Argentinean singer, Juan Veron de Astrada who hails from the thriving Milonga scene of Buenos Aires. The sextet are a danceable, orchestral tango experience who play traditional, compemopary and Australian tangos. " Gorgeous , sparkling and ebulllient tangos from th 1930's Golden Era, a dash of Piazzolla, lyrical and nostalgic Porteno vocals all eruditely and expertly performed. La Busca will transport a time of grand romance and passionate eloquence. Vocalist Juan Veron is accompanied by Amy Lynch piano-accordion-bandoneon, Kirsty Pittman on guitar, Elise Winterflood Double on bass, Jessica Mclachlan on flute and Paloma Bica on violin.


Kym Pitman

Kym Pitman is a soulful poet and songwriter with a haunting voice. Kym's songs are deeply entwined with the spirit of the country. She evokes a sense of ecological connection masterfully pertinent to our times. Kym has enchanted festival audiences across Australia and beyond. Her songs have received awards from The Australasian Song Writing Association, North Coast Indusrty Awards, and from the Eco-Arts awards (USA). Kym blends a unique comtempoary folk-roots sound with intimacy of landscape, spirit and story. Her songs are uplifting yet reach to the core.





Luke Robinson

A solo song singer-songwriter, originally from Gippsland, Victoria, who, after a decade of working around Australia as a doctor, has now settled back in Melbourne. With a rich powerful bass voice accompanied by acoustic guitar and crafted lyrics Luke's songs range across topics diverse as our nation's relationship with its First People, refugees, fracking, war, vagaries of Australian politics with some light hearted commentary on modern life. A performer at the 2017 Uranquinty Folk Festival and a finalist in th 2016 Yackandandah Folk Festival busking competition.


Irish Joe Lynch

Joe the ‘Authentic Irish Storyteller, singer and Poet’, born in the mountains of Cork, an area steeped in the ancient art of storytelling. Joe's stories and poems are deeply romantic, thought provoking and often hilarious. You'll laugh, cry and feel like never before. A cultural experience not to be missed..



Suzzette Herft

Suzette is a soulful songwriter with a sublime voice, who shines with a natural grace and presence. Born in Sri Lanka, but a true Melbournian at heart, this captivating comtemporary troubadour takes you on a journey of the heart, baring her soul, sharing her wisdom and passion of for healing through song. Suzette has won wide acclaim for her brilliant tribute show to her hero - Joan Baez for being the voice of the ' voice of the voiceless' at numerous festivals around Australia. She is a masterful facilitator of singing sessions and a' song catcher' with her wide ranging repertoire and her passion for inclusivity and 'giving everyone a voice'.


Danny Widdicombe

Danny is part virtuoso guitarist, musical director, songwriter, singer and story teller. Based in Brisbane, Queensland and best known for his folk-country-blues stylings but he's also heavily influended by jazz, indian, bossa nova, classical and anything in his meticulously documented record collection. Danny has released three albums as a solo artist, three more with The Wilson Pickers and appeared on a myriad of albums playing as a session musician. Has played lead guitar for Bernard Fanning and Tim Rogers and many other well known performers. Has also won the prestigious GW McLennan Memorial Fellowship and a Queensland Music Award. Is a finger style guitarist in the vein of Chet Atkins.





Luke Moller

Fiddle and mandolin player Luke , originally from Brisbane is now based in Nashville, TN. Toured with Carrie Underwood, Lana Del Ray, Jon Pardi, The BoDeans, Cracker, Maddie& Tae, Eric Paslay and Delta Goodrem. Performed on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, The Talk, Kelly and Michael. Recorded albums for Hunter Hayes, Cracker, Kate Miller-Heidke, Stacey Chambers and Shane Nicholson..





Louey Hesterman's Whimsy

Louey Hesterman’s Whimsy will perform songs and instrumentals from their debut CD Heart and Soul. Apollo Bay musician Louey and his band will present a range of material highlighting the varied talents of band members Christy Cooney (Cobbers, Cooney’s Brew), Cyril Moran (Lawson Patterson songwriters award Port Fairy), multi-instrumentalist Ben Rogers and singer/songwriter Cora Browne.
The broad range of material and diverse influences of band members make for a highly entertaining performance.






Alex Myers

Launceston based Alex Myers is a Tasmanian singer with a clear pure soaring voice and plays guitar, fiddle and dulcimer.
A stalwart of the Tasmanian music scene since 1966, she has been part of some of the most important events of the times. From early folk clubs and folk festivals around Tasmania and appearing on national TV. Since 2002 Alex has researched and produced themed presentations on a range of folklore topics. In 2016 celebrated 50 years of singing and music.

Malcolm Turnbull and John Lavery

Living and working in Melbourne Malcolm and John are veterans of the Tasmanian folk scene of the 60's and 70's. John was a member of 70's band Finigan's Wake and is known for sensitive interpretations of traditional Anglo-Celtic material and the odd salute to Paul Simon or Gordon Lightfoot. Regulars at this festival over the years their music has been described as 'heartwarming, gently introspective, mellow and evocative of the old coffee lounges'. A professional historian, Malcolm has published extensively on the early Australian folk scene, performimg an electic mix including songs by his Tasmanian songwriting peers, plus originals and material from the Gay Right movement. He has published six albums.







Phil Beck, Paul Stewart, Bob Sharp, Scotty Balfour and Bob Barford, Alex Green & Stan Gottschalk.

A themed Concert "Images of Stong Women".



Tony Newport

Born on Tasmania's west coast, Tony writes and sings about his life growing up in a mining town, about a spirit and history of the people and their brooding rugged rainforest home. He also writes of the contemporary and paradoxical events that shape and form our lives. Tony plays the Auto Harp and released his first CD Give me Grace in 2015. Tony will perform a show " The Twilight Zone" reflecting on aging, guilt, regugees 1960s Sydney. Original stories and songs from Tasmania.








Teri Young & The Restless

Teri is a down to earth folksong writer, winner of 2016 Folk Tas Song of the Year and People's Choice awards and Cygnet Folk Festival 2017 Songwriting Contest. She sings with an honest voice, and plays a locally made cittern guitar. Emily Sheppard is an open minded composer and violinist who sees no boundaries between folk and classical experimental music. She has collaborated with Katie Noonan, Paul Kelly and DJ Spooky, and plays regularly with the TSO. Randal Muir is a consummate jazz, soul and blues player, who seems to have a bottomless well of beautiful melodies to draw out on his accordion and double bass. The trio came together to colourfully share original tunes and songs, singing stories of love, of Tasmanian characters and communities, and of the interactions humans have with wild places.


Daniel Townsend

Daniel J. Townsend, Tasmanian born, is the descendant of a convict girl and her employer, veins coursing with a cocktail of English convict and Aboriginal blood. Poet, folk musician and dilettante historian, he has been singing stories ever since. "I call myself a story singer,” says the sixth generation Van Diemonian". "Incredible" (Inside Sleeve), "uniquely brilliant" (DrumBeat) and "fantastically poetic" (Dwarf). Daniel's latest project is deeply rooted in the Tasmanian experience, with the new single 'Musselroe Bay' telling a fiery true tale of Aboriginal resistance.








Mick Flanagan

Mick comes from Glaway and via Bristol , then Sydney, Mt Isa, Kalgoolie etc to Franklin in '77. Writing songs along the way. Mick resides in George Town sings, plays button accordion and enjoys a good session.


Michael Manhire

Michael's interest in British and Irish folk song began whilst living in Papua New Guinea. partly through getting a guitar and needing to do more than strum a few chords. On returning to Britain he swapped the guitar for Concertina and Melodeon. Since coming to Australia he has continued to play and sing mostly English tunes and songs and played in several groups. More recently he has been telling folk tales from many places but most of all Celtic tales, perhaps influenced by his own Cornish heritage.





Miasma Belly Dancers

Ekstasis is an American Tribal Style (ATS) belly dance troupe based in Northern Tasmania, with many years of performance experience. Their shows have a colourful, earthy, gypsy feel and range from upbeat and folky to a more intense, dramatic style, featuring impressive use of props such as fire and swords. This group have received excellent feedback over the years, and have been described as ‘mesmerising’, ‘uplifting’ and ‘captivating’.


Miasma Belly Dancers




The New Holland Honey Eaters

Stan and Rebecca Gottshalk, Steve and Jane Ray . The New Holland Honey Eaters have been performing together for 29 years, specialising in roots music from the broad tradition of the South-Eastern United States. They take great care to set their music firmly in its historical context and their concert brackets are sure to be both entertaining and informative. The group has delighted audiences at (amongst others) the National, Cygnet, Maldon and Tamar Valley Folk Festivals.

The Harrietville National Bluegrass and tradition Country Music Convention, Cluney Tunes and on ABC Radio National.



Heart Collectors

Australian acoustic folk group consisting of stunning vocals, soaring cello, sparkling mandolin, boot banging banjo and intricate acoustic guitar. In late 2016, The Heart Collectors returned to the USA to record their third album ‘Back to the Garden’ (in honour of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Woodstock’) in Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio in Wimberely Texas, due for release in March 2017.
With their second year appearance at SXSW 2017, this Australian group is a total package of surprise with a freshness that’s contagious, and will leave you wanting more.





Kerrie McGuire

We are delighted to have Kerrie back as a solo performer this year. Now living in Victoria,after many years on the West Coast of Tasmania. Kerrie will present her songs of the West Coast.Kerry performed last Festival with Velvet Sledgehammer.




Meander Men's Choir

The Meander Men formed in the late 1990's. The original singers all lived in the Meander district, and many have sung together for over 19 years.
In the ensuing years a strong bond has formed between the men, and the camaradarie has been a tonic in hard times.

Significent in the genre of songs are; sea shanties and folk songs from Ireland, Scotland and England. However, there is no real limit, as spiritual and humourous songs are often included, along with some well known Australian and American songs.

During their existance the Meander Men have performed widely around the State.








Forté is a mindful South Australian Singer Songwriter Guitarist who creates positive meaningful folk-rock music for social change. He is deeply moved to promote gender equality and healthy, authentic masculinity.
Forté performs his songs with gusto, to brighten peoples’ days. Listen to his music, and let the compassionate compositions, performed with joy and love, put a smile on your face.






Launceston PCYC will be in Regent Park to have fun with Kids Saturday morning 10-12.

All welcome. No charge.




Bottom Pub Ceilidh Band

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.


Bottom Pub Ceildh Band





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.

Catch Seagrass at Music in the street this year Sat 10-12



Christina Booth

Award winning children's Author /Illustrator Christina Booth will entertain children and Adults with her stories. Hear Christina chat about her craft and how her illustrations come to life.










Matt Gibson


Folk Rock songwriter /guitarist and Apra member Matt Gibson has been performing in far North Queensland since 2006 with his former band The Blessed Outlaw. In 2016 Matt started his solo project consisting of origninal music and has since recently moved to Tasmania to continue performing and to capture the minds of his listeners with his collection of dark and at time intense...yet soulful acoustic folk rock.