2023 Programme

Friday 27th

12:00 pm


Festival Office Open - Memorial Hall

Online ticket sales: Please bring your official ticket with you to collect your wristband

Weekend tickets take you in to all Events,all weekend. $120 or $110 concession

Concert tickets available online $30 . All smaller concerts and workshop tickets from office or door.

Themed Concerts and workshops included in weekend ticket or $15

We will provide maps at the office for Event venues.

Camping site is not available this year . We hope you understand -restrictions in place. Camping at Low Head Tourist park is availlable 63821573 or East Beach Tourist Park 63821000

We ask that if you are unwell please do not attend. Your ticket is refundable.

masks are welcome. Where ever possible we will socially distance chairs


2:00 pm


The Writer's Circle 2023 - George Town Yacht Club

Featuring Martin Flanagan Author of 20 books, in converstion with Tony Newport, Author, Singer Songwriter.

Martin and Tony both grew up on the West Coast of Tasmania and attended the same College ( and survived). This is sure to be a fascinating chat .

Tea and coffee available at no charge.

limited seats available, so you need to register for this event. Weekend ticket holders need to register also. Chris 0407313103


3:00 pm


Welcome Session at The Pier Hotel.

Come join in the fun with a relaxing drink on the front Verandah. We have some great Festival Acts joining in.


7:00 pm

Welcome Concert - Memorial Hall

Amy Pegg
Steve Turner
The Weeping Willows
Suzette Herft

Weekend Tickets -All Events

Limited Concert Sales $30 - book online

A complimentary drink will be served at interval of the Welcome Concert.



Saturday 28th

9:00 am


Breakfast - Memorial Hall Area - Outdoors

Lions Club of George Town will run a breakfast Van near the Memorial Hall.

Coffee Van and cafes will be open.


9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Festival Market

Join in the fun of the Festival Market, run this year by local Art Group Occi.

A large variety of arts and crafts, Handcrafts, Jams, honey, food and fun.


10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Music in the Street

Come down town for a coffee and browse the Market and shops, where our musicians and dancers will perform for your enjoyment.


10:00 am


Michael Kay Presents Persian and Middle Eastern Instruments - Bass and Flinders Museum

Over the last 6 years, Michael has been fascinated by Persian and middle eastern instruments particularly the Kamancha, Oud, Tar and Setar, performing at concerts to support the Hazara community in Launceston.
Michael will give a workshop demonstrating these instruments and talk about some of the differences between middle eastern and western music.

No jigs will be performed during this workshop.

$15 at door if not a Weekend ticket holder

you are welcome to bring a non alcoholic drink. approx 60 mins






Hetty Binns - George Town Yacht Club

Joan Baez and Bob Dylan were a big part of Hetty’s repertoire through the years, and in 2023 Hetty is looking forward to presenting a themed concert “Diamonds and Rust – Joan Baez and Bob Dylan” which will look into the on-off relationship between these two iconic artists, and the influence it had on them and their music.

Included in your weekend ticket or $15 at the door. Tea and coffee provided






Fun for Children with Jack and Molly - In the Rotunda Regent Square

"Green Grows My Garden"

Jack and Molly will entertain children with their interactive songs and stories.

No charge






Stan Gottschalk - A Banjo workshop for real beginners - Bass and Flinders Museum

Stan will show attendees how to play in the basic 2-finger Appalachian banjo style called, variously, "frailing" or "clawhammer", using a simple folk tune as an example. Bring your own banjo.

Included in your weekend ticket or door sales $15






A Belly Dance Workshop - Graham Fairless Hall

Miasma Dance Troupe will teach attendees , Belly dancing for beginners.

Lots of fun . Included in your Weekend Ticket or $10 at the door. Children free with Adult


12:15 pm


Sands Family Circus

A Free Event -Regent Square

Fun for the whole family with plenty of interaction and fun for kids as this talented family perform and inlcude the audience in their activities.
Please tell your friends



12 noon



Gin and Jazz at the Pier - Dining Room

Enjoy our local Gin by Matthew of Zenith Gin Company as you lunch and enjoy Jazz by the Jazz Guys. Booking recommended.




The Festival Choir with Suzette Herft - The Rotunda

Each year we put out the call for singers and we always have a wonderful Choir.

Suzette will teach us a new song and some favourites. Word sheets supplied.

The Choir is invited on stage on Sunday at the final performance.

A free event , but you will need a ticket for the Final Concert.



Singing Session on the Verandah - Pier Hotel

Sean Roche and Phil Beck will lead this session and invite you to join in.





ANGE sings Joni - A Tribute Concert by Ange Boxall - Memorial Hall

Ange Boxall is a highly acclaimed Singer Songwriter , living on Tasmania'a East Coast. Ange is The Director of Echo Festival. We are delighted to welcome Ange as she presents her beautiful show on Joni.

Joni Mitchell has long left an imprint on the lives of countless admirers.

2021 marked the 50th Anniversary of Joni’s seminal album, ‘Blue’, a coming-of-age travelogue. It’s is an album that has been a trusted and wise companion to many devoted fans over the years, and for those still discovering her genius.
Tasmanian songstress Ange Boxall, accompanied by pianist Tony Fox
will bring this dynamic show to Tamar Valley Folk Festival Jan 28th .
From A Case of You, to Both Sides Now, to Big Yellow Taxi, this is a show to be loved in itself and remembered.

*Stan Gottschalk will open show prior to Concert

Included in your Weekend ticket or $30 door sales



7:00 pm




Saturday Evening Concert - Memorial Hall

Jacob Boote
Rosie Haden and Greg Hoepner
Amy Pegg
Daniel J Townsend
The Weeping Willows

Included in weekend ticket, concert tickets available online $30


7:00 pm


Saturday Evening Concert at York Cove Centre - Sorell St

Sean Roche
Suzette Herft
Scott Haigh
Vince Brophy

Included in weekend ticket, concert ticket at door $30



Sunday 29thth

8:00 am


Breakfast - Graham Fairless Hall

The Lions Club of George Town will serve Breakfast from 8am


9:00 am


Poet's Breakfast - Graham Fairless Hall ( next to Memorial Hall)

Hosted by Daniel J Townsend

Enjoy a cooked Breakfast , listiening to Poetry

Register on arrival if you wish to perform

You are invited to share your poem or recital. This is always a great event.

Lions Club of George Town preparing and selling breakfast.


10:30 am


Letters to The Editor - Bass and Flinders Museum

This original show is based on a decade of letters sent to the Editor of the Examiner by regular festival performer and singer/songwriter Tony Newport. With bass singer Steve Trimen and shantyman Craig Dixon performing alongside. Irreverent, poignant but never preachy. Not to be missed.

Included in the Weekend ticket or $15 at door.

You are welcome to bring a non alcohlic drink






Ukulele for Beginners with Joy Coates- Graham Fairless Hall

Joy will bring a few ukes for those who would like to try out this great little instrument. Bring your own ukulele and join in the fun.

Joy is a Music teacher and will have you playing along in no time.

Suitable for all ages. Children welcome.

A free event


11.00 am


A short Story - Poetry workshop compiled and presented by David Towns- George Town Yacht Club

In Memoriam - The 'Dunbar' Disaster

Vince Brophy Guest appearance.

Maybe you have a short story you would like to share at the workshop.

included in your weekend ticket or door sales $15

tea and coffee availabe at no charge



11.00 am



Music in the Park

Enjoy a break in Regent Square with Music

Some very special Artists from the Festival will perform between 11-12



1:00 pm


Singing Session - Pier Verandah
1:30 pm

Farewell Concert - Memorial Hall

Steve Turner
Rosie Haden and Greg Hoepner
Paper Souls
Suzette Herft and The Festival Choir

Included in Weekend ticket or $30 online

After the Concert , we head to the Pier Hotel for a drink and most of us stay for dinner. Bookings advised.