Tamar Valley Folk Festival – January 18-20

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The Tamar Valley Folk Festival has been drawing in visitors from all around the country for over 20 years, returning again this year for three days of entertainment, fun and food from Friday January 18 to Sunday January 20.

This major cultural event is held in northern Tasmania's George Town and is renowned for its "high reputation" as a music and arts festival, and is part of Australia's National Folk Festival calendar.

A lively lineup of entertainment and events makes up the festival, with concerts, music sessions, poetry, dance and children's activities.

The Tamar Valley Folk Festival kicks off on Friday afternoon with a children's show – Camping, Creeks and Frogs – allowing kids to take an adventure with Jack and Molly as they embark on their camping trip.

A welcome concert will then get things going in the evening at the RSL Club featuring acoustic band Sea Grass, contemporary folk duo Joe & Katie, Queensland Celtic group Sunas and acoustic folk-blues musician Leigh Sloggett among a number of other fine artists.

Saturday's program is stacked with activities, with the Music in the Street event commencing from 10:00 to noon, with performers in and around Macquarie Street's cafes and shops.

Among other activities on Saturday are children's storytelling with Andrew McKenna, a guitar workshop with Nick Charles, the Diner's Concert at Pier Hotel featuring Joe & Katie, Bob Sharp and Leigh Sloggett, an Acoustic Chalkboard Concert with Mick Flanagan and more!

The final day of the folk festival will begin with a Poet's Breakfast led by Skreitch Leitch at the Memorial Hall, then a themed concert, Shape Notes to Gospel: The Story of Southern Quartet Singing, at 10:00, drama games and bluegrass fiddle workshops around midday and a farewell concert featuring Rebecca Moore, The Craggs and more at 13:30.

Weekend tickets are $70 (concession $65), Saturday tickets are $40 (concession $35) and tickets for Sunday are $30 (concession $25). You can purchase your festival passes from the George Town Memorial Hall office.

Tamar Valley Folk Festival Array

Picturesque Georgetown at the Mouth of the Tamar River

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