2019 Performers





Damien Leith

Performing Solo Hits, Favourites, Lost Treasures and Introducing New Works

It’s been 11 years since Damien caught the nation’s attention by performing on Australian Idol. Since then he has released 8 albums, 2 novels and has toured extensively; performing his own compositions and of course, his much-loved versions of classic songs. 


Heart Collectors

With soaring cello, intricate guitar, sparkling mandolin, boot banging banjo, and passionate strikes of a tambourine, these four charismatic, happy performers create real musical synergy, with a marriage of progressive folk feels, rock sensibilities and clean classical precision. Get ready to have your heart collected...





Jim Brown

Festival Poet 2019

An acknowledged master of the traditional Australian poems and his own original work. Jim’s best known poem is the very moving and acclaimed “The Anzac on the Wall” which has been described by Ted Egan and others as a truly great Australian classic poem. Jim has a unique way of blending original guitar music with he verse he performs.

The Dixie Chooks

The Dixie Chooks (not chicks) bring whimsy, fun, power and poignancy to their stage performances. The Melbourne based acoustic duo are multi instrumentalists Wendy Ealey and Moira Tyers, witha penchant for song writing, intricate harmonies and a quirky take on some much loved standards. Folk/roots/blues/coumtry? They love it all!



Jacob Boote

Jacob is a blues, swing, jazz and folk resonator guitarist and banjo player covering the 1920's and 30's eras.

Well known in Tasmania for his eclectic and very entertaining performances somewhat in the style of Leon Redbone.


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.






Innocent Eve

Sisters. Singers. Songwriters. Creating a Folk/Americana/Country sound using an acoustic guitar, keyboard, stomp-box & percussion, the girls are turning heads on main stages at festivals across Australia & on the international stage. Raised in a large, musical family, on a cattle property in Central Queensland, these girls have been singing together since they could talk. They have been performing professionally together for over a decade. Their live performance will captivate you.



Matthew Dames & Anna Talbot

Matthew Dames and Anna Talbot perform a variety of Celtic, Americana and contemporary folk songs. A delicate blend of vocal harmonies, indicate guitar work and dynamic Bodhrán creates a sonic fusion not to be missed. The pair recently returned from Great Britain, where they performed in sessions from Dingle to Galway and gigs in Matthew's hometown of Cambridge. In 2019 Matt and Anna will be performing at the Australian Celtic Festival and are planning another tour of Great Britain.






Tiffany Eckhardt

Tiffany Eckhardt is firm favourite of the folk/roots, festival scene in Australia, receiving rave reviews across the country. Inspired by a new life in Tasmania, Tiffany released her 10th Album 'Found' in 2018. She is joined by her husband, guitarist Dave Steele, with Ross Smithard on fiddle and banjo.

Bella The Bookworm

Bella brings books to life. Sharing storybooks is Bella's passion. Bella travels Australia with her spotty rug and library bag full of books to bring magic to children: and to adults who remember the joy of books.



Phil Beck, Paul Stewart, Bob Sharp, Scotty Balfour, Bob Barford & Alex Green

Phil Beck and the Crew will perform another great themed concert in 2019 . Scotty and Bob will perform at a concert bracket.


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 present a new show in 2019.






The Porch Syndicate

The Porch Syndicate are a four member Hobart based folk band who draw their influence from bluegrass, as well as Australian, Irish and American music. They combine guitar, cello and violin and vocals to create a uniquely original sound that can move through the haunting and etherial to good old fashioned fast fiddle songs. The band focus on original material that explores historical landscapes but also include the usual themes of love, loss, trains and life as an office worker. The ‘Porchies’ will always provide an experience that engages the audience and takes them on a rollicking journey with wooden instruments and harmonies.


Sands Family Circus

A family circus who perform and teach a wide range of circus skills to any age or ability. All seven of their children are usually involved creating a show of atmosphere and fun,impromptu moments and inspiration. The Sands family Circus will perform on the Green on Saturday morning near the market .






Chris O

Growing up in the U.K. Chris was exposed to the vibrant music scene of the late 60’s and 70’s, and her music is heavily influenced by traditional folk, country blues, and world music.

In 2016 she represented NSW at the International Blues Challenge and National Women in Blues Showcase in Memphis, and her second album, “Wailin’ & Raggin’ the Blues” was a finalist for “Best Self-produced CD with the Blues Foundation, USA.


Scott Haigh

Former local simger/ Songwriter Scott Haigh presents the story of his new album, Bare Bones, for this year's festival. Featuring his own songs filled with stories of personal growth and life experience, it's a raw and honest album that Scott describes as 'being written with my blood'. Scott has poured his heart and soul into his performances of this show across the state, and he's bringing it all back to the town, and festival, that he grew up in, to share his story.


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



Hetty Binns

Hetty Binns made her debut at the very start of the Launceston folk scene in the mid-1960s, and performed at Tasmanian folk clubs and festivals as a soloist; with Alex Tkaczuk (now Myers); in the duo Joe & Hetty (1967-89) and as a member of The Shoestring Band (1976-89).

In recent years Hetty rekindled her love of folk singing, reviving her 1960s and 1970s repertoire, and has enjoyed taking part in Alex Myers’ Tamar Valley Folk Festival workshops since 2013.



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.
















Louey Hesterman & Christy Cooney

Louey Hesterman and Christy Cooney are both legends of the Folk scene. Louey is a prolific songwriter and multi intrumentalist and Christy has been part of some of the best bands and concerts Australia has seen.




Joy Coates

Tasmanian singer songwriter Joy Coates will conduct our Children's Ukulele workshop this year. Joy is a teacher who enjoys bringing music to children. A long time friend of the Festival.








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. The music style ranges from southern Mississippi swamp music with bottleneck guitar through to hard driving Scrugg's style 5 string banjo bluegrass.



Claire Anne Taylor

With a voice that recalls a huskier, feminine version of Van Morrison, Claire Anne Taylor crafts soulful folk songs that are alternatively lush and intimately earthy. Born in Tasmania's ancient Tarkine rainforest, Taylor’s music is reflective of her wild and remote upbringing. With a powerfully captivating stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt that they have just witnessed something extraordinary. Taylor will be launching her new album ‘All The Words’ at this year’s Tamar Valley Folk Festival.









Vince Brophy

A seasoned performer playing guitar, banjo and cittern, Vince is regularly heard on ABC Radio's regional program Australia All Over. Vince has five albums to his credit also a few compilations, and has achieved several community events as a songwriter in residence notably Tamar Valley District in 2000. Vince has his own studio in which he records his own music and the work of many other Australian musicians.