Mather House street performances, xmas 2020

Wowing the passers-by with our ‘wall of sound’ … even the competition Irish dancers in the Playhouse Theatre next door came out to listen (that’s our story anyway!). And please excuse the guitar player on the left … he is our President so are reluctant to tell him he has his instrument the wrong way round 🙂

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)

Buttongrass Ball

We played for the Folk Federation’s Buttongrass Ball on Friday, 9th October. It was the annual fundraiser event for the NTPA, being our first public gig since Covid-19 appeared. Much playing while sitting at a distance for the dancers, sanitising for all, but it worked well, had a good crowd and much enthusiasm for a good cause.

French twilight dance at Hobart Brewing Company …

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“Bonsoir mesdames et messieurs” … To commemerate Fête de la Musique (the official French Day of Music), we played at the special event on 1 June (three weeks early, but who cared …). The dancers got warm in chilly evening air, the band got chilly after lovely warm afternoon sunshine, and fun was had by all.

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… where’s Wally, aka David (the dance caller)? …

the Australian Wooden Boat Festival

We worked really hard to make this a memorable day and it was! Dressed in our nautical garb, including at least one “it’s not dead, it’s just sleeping” parrot (find it in a photo), we first played a street jam resulting in pedestrian mayhem as the Hobart waterfront came to a standstill to watch us … or maybe we just happened to be a bit close to the road and the peds were at great risk of becoming a traffic statistic, oops.

Later in the afternoon, our stage performance (3 sets over 3 hours, phew!) was a crowd pleaser, the weather became nice and balmy and the audience pleaded with us to keep going – however our rhythm strummers were at risk of losing fingertips so it came to an end.

Cygnet Folk Festival

This year we did a morning performance at the Cygnet RSL, followed by a rip-roaring family bush dance in the afternoon, with our customary street pop-up gig in-between. The Town Hall was full of energetic dancers, young and old(er) … and the band sounded really good … in fact, so good we picked up a new member!

[oops – pictures to follow, we forgot to ask around for some]