2020 Performers





Keith Potger

Keith Potger’s solo acoustic performances appeal to audiences for whom his music is a breath of fresh air: the fans who appreciate the man and his guitar (and boy, can he play that 12 string!). As a founding member of the internationally famous group THE SEEKERS, he is known to countless fans and this is obvious in the welcome given to him by audiences round the world.
His program contains some timeless favourites from The Seekers, a touch of Nashville, some beautiful original ballads from his three solo CDs and a few hits from the ‘60s to the ‘80s that appeal to the generation who grew up playing SEEKERS albums at home or in the car. Throughout his show, Keith shares some amusing anecdotes from over 50 years on the international music scene. 


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 her colossal vocals, honest storytelling and powerfully captivating stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt that they have just witnessed something extraordinary.





Irish Joe Lynch

Festival Poet 2020

Joe is the real deal, the ‘Authentic Irish Storyteller, singer, poet and comic’, all the way from the Cork and Kerry mountains. Joe has a direct connection to that rare and beautiful ancient Celtic art, and has played to packed houses at all the major festivals around Australia.
His stories and poems are deeply romantic, thought provoking and inspiring. He will make you laugh, cry and feel like never before. This is a cultural and fun experience not to be missed.

Innocent Eve

INNOCENT EVE: Singers. Songwriters. Sisters. With poetic lyrics, powerful vocals and perfect harmonies this duo is turning heads on main stages at festivals across Australia. With the right combination of sassy and sweet, their live performance will leave you wanting to hear more from INNOCENT EVE.



Nick Charles

Performing on average 150 shows a year across the world, Nick Charles is known internationally as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues”. His 35+ year career has seen him accumulate every conceivable accolade including Port Fairy Artist of the Year 2014 and he’s a twice winner of the Australian Song Contest. He’s toured with artists including John Hammond, Guy Clarke, Ralph McTell, Robyn Ford and BB King touring the US 13 times in recent years. This is dazzling fingerpicking roots magic and a lifetime’s stories and songs from the world’s musical highways


The New Holland Honey Eaters

Stan and Rebecca Gottshalk, Steve and Jane Ray. The New Holland Honey Eaters have been performing together for 30 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.







Steve Turner

Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and plays mandolin and banjo.

Steves 5th album The Whirligig of Time was long listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008. His 6th album Rim of The Wheel was released in spring 2012




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.






Danny Widdicombe and Dana Gehrman

Sometimes people just click right into place - like a jigsaw puzzle - Snap, that's the right piece!You start with thr corners, work your way around the border, until you find the right pieces to fill the centre.Now the puzzle is solved and the picture revealed. And so it was when Dana Gehrman met Danny Widdicombe. Their musical styles fit togther seamlessly. A deep love of all things retro. Hawaiian steel guitar, roots based music, and harmony singing - which is where they show their real strength.

Mick Flanagan

An unaccompanied singer and songwriter, who also enjoys playing jigs and reels on accordion. Irish born (Galway), Mick started singing in 1960 at folk clubs in Bristol UK, before emigrating to Australia in 1963. Mick, and with wife Helen, have appeared at several National, Interstate and local Festivals since then. Mick sings traditional and his own compositions.



Phil Beck, Paul Stewart, Bob Sharp, Scotty Balfour, Bob Barford, Don Bruce & Sean Roche

Phil Beck and the Crew will perform another great themed concert in 2020

Keep an eye out for our programme announcing the 2020 concert. Songs of separation.



Play It Mattha

Play It Martha is the newest creative incarnation for Pat Evans, Ewen Baker and Cora Browne. As veterans of the Victorian folk scene they have come together to share their love of harmony, well crafted song and the odd rollicking chorus. The vibe is playful, yet sincere, honouring the folk tradition with new interpretations of the classics while adding to the genre with fresh original songs. If you love soaring voice, lush harmony and skillful musicianship, a session with Play It Martha should set you right up!

Sean Roche

Internationally renowned artist, not just ‘another’ Irish singer. Sean has a voice you won’t forget. Born in Cork Ireland, Sean has lived in Perth for 40 years, he returned to live in Ireland for a spell and performed all over Ireland, England and Scotland during that time. Sean has now returned to Australia and is looking forward to performing once again in George Town as he previously did for many years. Sean is an original member of the Settlers band in WA - the band have 3 very successful recordings to their credit. Sean also has several solo recordings to his name.





Echo Deer

Echo Deer play folk, country,blues and bluegrass with sweet homespun harmonies. Regular fixtures on Sydney's Americana scene and festival circuit.


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 .






Twa Cronies

‘Twa Cronies’ is a new duo formed by established, well-regarded soloists, Kerrie Maguire and Margaret Walters. They each have strong characterful voices which carry, with unforced dignity, the weight of experience and powerful emotion. K & M have known each other for 40 years, singing together many times sharing a love of unaccompanied songs and harmony.


Lucie Thorne

Lauded for writing 'some of the most simple and beautiful songs you will hear' (The Age), Lucie Thorne was born and raised in Launceston, and is now based in Melbourne. With eleven releases to her name and a prodigious touring schedule, Lucie continues to carve out an extraordinary creative career.



Kieran O'Connell

Kieran O'Connell originally from County Cork Immigrated to Australia in 1982 and landed in Melbourne a city known for its ethnic diversity and culture.

Winner of the best male Australian/Celtic artist of the year award in 2014 and 2018 in Glen Innes, NSW. Kieran is an established songwriter and one of his songs "Take me back to Melbourne" was placed 8th overall in the Australian Songwriting Association (ASA) award in 2018 and two others “Apollo Bay” and “Grafton Street” made it in the top 10 in 2019.
He has released 2 albums of his own original songs “Weeds and Wildflowers” with his band Shanakee in 2014 and “Life’s a Journey” in 2018.

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 performed at Tasmanian folk clubs and festivals as a soloist and with others from the mid-1960s until 1989. In 2000 she joined the Kepler Ensemble, singing songs from the Renaissance to the 20thC. In recent years Hetty rekindled her love of folk singing, performing at the Tamar Valley Folk Festival in Alex Myers’ workshops since 2013, and in 2019 she presenting her “Songbirds of the 60s and 70s” themed concert.

In late 2019 Hetty fulfilled of a long-held desire to record some of her favourite songs. The resultant album “Love & Other Stories” is a mix of traditional and more recent songs.




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.

















Forte has spent the past year traveling Europe on a folk music pilgrimage and returns to George Town with new songs and stories from the road. Expect spontaneous collaboration, new singalongs songs and meaningful lyrical acoustic music.

Authenticity Mindfulness Compassion Workshop with Forte using meditation, visualisation and group sharing, we will explore our courage, observe our own thoughts and learn about forgiveness.




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.








Maypole with Molly

Add a little colour and Music to your little ones lives. A height adjustable maypole with colourful ribbons combines with percussion instruments for children to tap away.

The Maypole will be in Regent Square near the Market at 10 am Saturday and Sunday.



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





Vince Brophy and Tony Newport

Vince Brophy and Tony Newport, have collaborated to bring a concert launching Tony's new album "This Land" and a workshop Time and Place. Check out the programme.

Vince,renownded Irish/Australian Singer/Songwriter has recently moved to Tasmania, where he is continuing his music and redording in the Tamar Valley.Tony lives in Hillwood and has enjoyed writing songs about Tasmania's West Coast and beyond.



U3A West Tamar Ukulele Group

Performing Saturday Morning outside Tamar Fm around 10.30.

Great to have them along in 2020.






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.



Seamus Gill

From Donegal, Seamus has been singing at festivals and clubs for longer than he cares to remember. He sings both traditional and contemporary Irish songs and also songs from Scotland, England and South America. He can sing in Irish, English and Spanish and has occasionally been heard to sing Beatles’ songs in Irish. He is said to have a song for every occasion.




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.