Festival Preview: Cygnet Folk Festival 2017

Nestled within the breathtakingly majestic Huon Valley of Tasmania, Australia lies the creative sanctuary of Cygnet in which the Cygnet Folk Festival has been held for over 20 years. The festival is a three day celebration of diverse local and international creativity as the town’s thriving artistic community takes prominence with the collective productions of talented musicians, writers, poets and community leaders.

The festival is held within the town itself, as performances and art installations transform Cygnet’s historic pubs, halls, cafes, parks and streets into reverberating music venues. Beyond music, attendees enjoy film screenings, talks, masterclasses and workshops which span the full gamut of the region’s diverse residences and creative interests. A not for profit event, the organisers rely on the hard work of volunteers to create a wonderfully community oriented atmosphere.

Of particular interest are the range of masterclasses and workshops which attendees can enjoy. These are designed to educate those with a fascination in the music industry, songwriting, community engagement, stand-up comedy or learn how to play a particular musical instrument or sing.

Cygnet Folk Festival is held from 6-8 January, 2017 in Cygnet, a scenic hour drive south of Hobart. Tickets are available from http://www.cygnetfolkfestival.org/

Selected Performers

Theresa Young

Theresa Young is a bright young talent, now based in Hobart. Her heartfelt lyrics achieve a range and depth that truly engage and touch the audience. With a voice and range of lyrics which cast a depth of emotion over any sleepy afternoon, Young achieves a sound that ranges from laid-back to soft-spoken and booming while retaining a soft and appealing timbre. Deservedly, Young was recently awarded the 2016 Folk Federation of Tasmania’s Song of the Year and People’s Choice Award for ‘Melton Mowbray’. You can catch her on Saturday in St Mark’s Hall.

Mama K and the Big Love

Ownership of the stage will truly belong to this dynamic trio and their band, as they provide an original interpretation on heathen gospel, soul and funk. The crowd is certain to move uncontrollably, in dance and finger-click motions to this captivating band. Move to the groove at 10 am on Sunday morning in the Scout Hall.

Lucy Wise and Stephen Taberner

Lucy’s soothing voice is rendered beautifully alongside Stephen’s vocal backing. Wielding with expertise a ukulele and double bass respectively, Lucy and Stephen’s music is not to be missed. You can see them on three seperate occasions at Cygnet, on Friday night, Saturday evening and afternooon.