2018 Programme

Friday 19th

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. Children free all events

Camping available. Please phone 0407313103 to reserve your site.

Please register at the office on arrival before setting up.

3.00 pm


Welcome Afternoon Tea in the Supper, Room near our office, Memorial Hall. Join the George Town Soroptomists for a delicious and reasonably priced afternoon tea.

Story Teller,Irish Joe Lynch will entertain at the afternoon tea from 3.30Pm.


3:00 pm

Welcome session at The Pier Hotel.


7:00 pm

Welcome Concert - Memorial Hall

Bar in Supper Room opens 6.00

MC - Phil Beck

The Meander Men's Choir - Tribute to Danny Spooner

Suzette Herft

Daniel Townsend


La Busca

Kym Pitman

Luke Robinson

Door Sales $25



Saturday 20th

Breakfast by George Town Lions - Memorial Hall Supper Room 8-00 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.

Enjoy the Market, brought to you by George Town Junior Soccer Club . In the Park.

A Display of Hand made musical instruments by Local Craftsman, David Herring will be featured near our office at Memorial Hall. See David's Therapy, lap and little Harps and meet the maker.


10:15 am

The Twilight Zone

A Themed Concert by Tony Newport

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

Between infinity and divinity, infirmity and utility, remembrance and reality.

A lapsed Catholic reflects on aging, guilt, refugees, early 1960s Sydney,mutton birds, the blues and original sin. light hearted fun.

Original stories and songs from Tasmanian story teller, singer and songwriter, Tony Newport.

Door Sales $15


10:15 -12 pm

Fun for kids in the Park with Launceston PCYC

Behind Memorial Hall

Activities and fun for Kids of all ages in a safe , well organised environment.

Taiko Drummers will perform at this event.


Painting Rocks for the Rock Drop- a table set up at the Market from 11 am

A creative play for kids and parents in your local park.

The only State wide group originated right here in George Town. The children will meet again Sunday to drop and hunt for rocks.

Free event


11:00 am

Celtic Tales and Tunes by Michael Manhire

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

Folk tales, myths and legends of magic, Mystery and Supernatural. Here are stories and songs from the Celtic lands of the British Isles - Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and beyond. Linked by short folk tunes on the concertina. Tales told by Michael Hanhire with songs from Scotty Balfour, Stan Gottschalk and Kerrie Maguire.

Door Sales $15

Refreshments available for sale


11.45 am

Meet the Poet. Irish Joe Lynch

Yacht Club Code 6 on your map

Enjoy an informal workshop for poets where Irish Joe will chat about his work and help and encourage others to write and recite. Bring a note pad and feel free to bring your poems

Door Sales $15



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 without weekend or day ticket



12:30 pm (appox)

Launceston RSL Pipe Band will wind up the Music in the Street l then proceed to the Pier Hotel for a performance out in front of the Hotel


12.45 pm

Images of Strong Women

A themed Concert

Presented by Phil Beck, Paul Stewart, Scotty Balfour, Bob Barford ,Bob Sharp ,Alex Green,Stan Gottschalk on slides.

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


Featuring songs wherein women are not bit players, chattels, victims or token inclusions: an all too common circumstance in not just folk song.

Here the women, for good or evil take the lead role. They may be heroic ( or should that be 'herionic' ) or they may be flawed, but they are in the drivers' seat. No jokes about women.

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 without weekend or day ticket

90 mins


1:00 pm


Music in the Dining Room - Pier Hotel diners only guest appearance by artists


1:00 pm


Singing Session at the Pier Hotel


1:15 pm

Festival Choir - Practise - Graham Fairless Hall

Cora Browne 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.

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



2.30 pm

Songwriters Concert - Songs of Conscience and Country- Memorial Hall

Concert opened by Singer Songwriter Forte

The concert will feature:

Kym Pitman, Luke Robinson, Teri Young and Suzette Herft

Join these acclaimed Singer- Songwriters as they share their work on the subject of Country and conscience.


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

Door Sales $25 without weekend or day ticket



3.30 pm



Guitar Workshop with Whimsy

Graham Fairless

An interactive workshop that caters to a range of skill level. Whimsy members will give a brief demonstration of some acoustic folk and blues guitar styles, after which workshop participants will be encouraged to ask band members to demonstrate/ break down some common riffs, chord patterns or techniques.

Entry $15


7:00 pm

Family Dance -Graham Fairless Hall -Memorial Hall Complex

Bottom Pub Ceilidh Band with Tony Northey. 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

Bar opens in Supper Room at 6.30

Danny Widdecombe and Luke Moller

Mick Flanagan

Heart Collectors



Suzette Herft

Scott Balfour and Bob Barford


(Sets 35 minutes)

Door Sales $25


7:00 pm

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


Teri Young and The Restless

Malcolm Turnbull and John Lavery

Daniel Townsend


La Busca

Kerry Maguire

Matt Gibson

(Sets 35 minutes)

Tea and coffee available for sale

Door Sales $25



Sunday 21st


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

9:00 am

Poet's Breakfast - Memorial Hall (Supper Room)

Irish Joe Lynch , our Festival Poet 2018 will host the breakfast this year.

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

Always great fun!

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


10:30 am

New Holland Honey Eaters - Themed Concert

Fiddle Tunes and A Hard God

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

In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in Appalachian music worldwide. In this concert, Fiddle Tunes and a Hard God, the Band takes a look at that place called Appalachia. Using songs, tunes slide images and vibrant radio format, they will talk about why the Scots- Irish, Germans and English came and settled there, what the social and economic forces were that shaped their lives and how all of this produced a vibrant music that develpled into the phenomenon we see today.

Door Sales $15


10:15 am

Children's Author Christina Booth

Graham Failess Hall - Memoria Hall Complex

Award winning Author / illustrator, Christina Booth will read her wonderful stories and chat about her writing and her illustrations.

All welcome - No charge


11:00 am

Fun for Kids in the Park with Tassie Rock Drop

Proudly /sponsored by Tamar Valley Folk Festival

Meet at front of Hall.

Join the rock drop group in dropping the rocks painted on saturday and hunt in the park.

Fun for everyone. No charge



11:00 am

Louey Hesterman's Whimsy Concert/ CD Launch

Bass and Flinders Centre Elizabeth St . Code 4 on your map

Louey Hesteman's Whimsy will perform songs and instrumentals from their debut CD Heart and Soul. Appollo Bay musician Louey and his band will present a range of material highlighting the varied talents of band members Christy Cooney ( Cobbers and Cooney's Brew), Cyril Moran ( Lawson Patterson Songwriters award Port Fairy), multi instrumentalist Ben Rogers and singer /songwriter Cora Browne.

"Wonderous Melodies to make your heart sing"

Door Sales $15

refreshments available for sale


11:45 am

Underneath the Bright Silvery Moon -Songs and Tales of the Silver Planet

A themed concert

Yacht Club Code 6 on your map

Alex Myers , Hetty Binns, Malcolm Turnbull, John Lavery and Neil Gardner

This presentation is perfectly timed to coincide with a January which has a Blue Moon coupled with a total Lunar Eclipse.

Door Sales $15


11:30 - 1 pm

Music in the Park

Suzette Herft

Luke Robinson

Matt Gibson


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


1:00 pm

Singing Session - Pier Hotel Verandah


1:30 pm

Farewell Concert - Memorial Hall

La Busca


Danny widdecombe and Luke Moller


Heart Collections

Kym Pitman

The Festival Choir with Cora Browne (15-20 mins)

Farewell Tribute to Danny Spooner by Phil Beck and his Crew


All sets 35 mins unless otherwise specified

Door Sales $25



Session at The Pier Hotel

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