We are thrilled to announce that the Cygnet Folk Festival has been successful in achieving funding from the Australia Council for the Arts to conduct a very special project “Sharing Culture through language and Song

kutchaThe artists involved in this project represent some of the finest both in musicianship and cultural excellence in their fields.

Kutcha Edwards was in 2016 inducted into the NIMA Hall of Fame. In the same year he was awarded the Melbourne Prize for Music and received the inaugural Fellowship with the VCA for Most Distinguished Musician.

Shellie Morris was awarded the NT Australian of the year in 2014. She is a feature artist with the Black Arm Band and has collaborated with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tim Rogers, Yothu Yindi, Jimmy Barnes and Sinead O'Connor.

Multi award winning artists, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse have been instrumental in bringing Noongar language through beautifully crafted songs to audiences around the globe.

John Bennett has received 12 national award nominations including WA Indigenous Song of the Year & APRA Songwriter of the Year. Nominations for ‘Male Artist of the Year ‘at the Deadly awards have seen John listed amongst the likes of Gurrumul and Troy Cassar-Daley.

deline briscoe smallDeline Briscoe has been a principal artist with the Black Arm Band and performing with Archie Roach, Dr G Yunupingu and Mission Songs Project, Yalanji woman of song Deline Briscoe has launched her stunning solo debut, Wawu.

Tasmania’s own Dewayne Everett-Smith has been another featured Black Arm Band performer and who, in addition to his own recordings and performances has supported the likes of Archie Roach and Dr G Yunupingu.

Troy Jungaji Brady is a feature artist with Black Arm Band in addition to his performances as a solo artist. The Western GuGu Yelanji songman shares his stories of country, love, law in language and as a contemporary entertainer.

We also welcome The Homelands Tour, a collective of young and established First Nations and guest artists who follow the night sky, journeying along plains, down rivers and across oceans to come together to share stories and songs on their Homelands and out onto stages at festivals around the world.

Sue Ray is a multi-award-winning artist, whose deep, dark voice has graced TV shows and radios for the past 15 years.

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We also welcome West Papuan artists the Black Orchid Stringband who will feature songs and stories from their troubled homeland

Troy BradyGrand Opening Night

The opening night of the festival will feature a special concert featuring many of these artists and also witnessing them invite performers from other cultures represented at the event to join them on stage in the spirit of harmony and reconciliation.

Masterclass with Troy Brady

There will be special workshops, collaborative events and Troy Brady will be conducting a masterclass for men to share story and song on the Friday morning of the festival weekend.

Shellie MorrisShellie Morris Workshop at SETAC

As always, we are grateful for the advice offered and engagement with SETAC The South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation. SETAC will be engaging with Shellie Morris in a special workshop leading up to the festival.

SETAC will also conduct our Welcome event and engage in the Q&A forum moderated by Dewaynne Everett-Smith

There will be special workshops, collaborative events and Troy Brady will be conducting a masterclass for men to share story and song on the Friday morning of the festival weekend.

More exciting announcements due for the 2020 festival so grab your earlybird tickets!

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