Oh my goodness, Saint James Hall at New Town in Hobart was absolutely brimming with energy on Saturday evening April 30 2022. The band had a ball (so to speak) playing for everybody as David Wanless and Sarah Lewis ushered them through a series of slow and fast and simple and more intricate dances. There was a lot of rollicking noise and bounce and we hoped we could still be heard, but if not, it obviously didn’t matter! The Broom dance was pretty gripping (no pun intended) for us to watch from our spot on the stage, and it was delightful when people had the steps down pat then started adding their own flavour. Words about the reason for the Ball, fundraising for the protection of our beautiful south coast wilderness, were heartfelt and illuminating. What a night!
We had a wonderful day playing at the Bream Creek Show in southern Tasmania on Saturday March 19th 2022.
There were some VERY VERY BIG Pumpkins, a race between a human, a horse and a motorbike (after some very entertaining heats), some foot-powered lathe furniture-making, sheep dog demonstrations, woodchopping, gumboot tossing, potato throwing, vintage cars, crafts, arts, machinery, grand parade, kids on bikes, alpacas, the completely fabulous Southside Steppers band, friendly commentary, food, sun, happy crowds, and that’s just the slice we could see from where we were standing!
Sun protected as we were, we all came home with tanned chins (and occasional knees).
Far more strings than you could count, and as many tunes as we could get through! The Hobart Old Time String Band joined a group of Folk Federation dancers, doing folk dances from various traditions – North American contra, Australian, Swedish, Irish and English.
The concert was mostly for a group of visiting music lovers exploring Tasmania by bus, but they welcomed others to join in a night of fun music, singing, dancing and a light supper at New Town, Tasmania.
Hobart City Council asked the masked band to unmask a bit of festive musical flavour as background for masked folk passing through Wellington Court in Hobart while on the hunt for just the right Christmas gifts. Including, undoubtedly, a bit of masking tape.
There were lots of people about, and we loved it when the odd shopper danced past while we played.
We were invited to play tunes at the All Saints Church Fair in South Hobart, Tasmania, in early December 2021 (before our borders opened and masks became a good idea). There were LOTS of stalls and it was a fun day. Their Op shop was also open and it is something to behold! There was the possibility of rain so we snuggled in under a marquee (those of us who are short enough), stowing our cases under the Church hall, in bushes, wherever we could find.
You just never know who you are going to bump into in Hobart. The Hobart City Council asked us to play some tunes on Elizabeth St in central Hobart, Tasmania, at the end of November 2021. Who should we find bouncing around but a very colourful elf who was clearly not at work making toys in anybody’s workshop, but instead was bopping along to our tunes and chatting with passersby. A talking cockatoo in a tree also walked past… or should we say, believe it or not, the tree walked past … it’s in the photo standing innocently behind the elf … like we said, you just never know …
It was sitting room only as we played for the 24th annual Buttongrass Ball at New Town (Hobart) Tasmania, proceeds going to the Tasmanian National Parks Association.
The theme was “Birds on Beaches” in celebration and support of our amazing shorebirds, some of which fly 15,000 km each way to Siberia/Alaska and back every year, but are threatened on our Tasmanian beaches and mud-flats by human, canine and other activity.
Dances were backed by old and new Tasmanian bush/folk dances dedicated to the natural and cultural heritage of Tasmania, and supper kept everybody going!
We do love the Buttongrass Ball.
We visited Campbell Town in Tasmania to play for an event celebrating the town’s history. Everything was happening on the gorgeous village green in the middle of town.
The sun was out in full that day and as it crept slowly over us and then down in front of us, we crept slowly backwards and up under the marquee. HOT string band we may be, but we also try to be cool.
Leading up to Xmas, we had three enjoyable Saturday mornings playing outside Mathers House, as part of a series of events and entertainment sponsored by the Hobart City Council (a big thank you to the events team)
On 5 December 2020 we just managed to beat the rain and thunder to play for le buisson danse … of la Francais style … at South Hobart.