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Unique Tasmanian Songbook to Headline the Festival of Voices

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The Tasmanian Songbook Project is set to headline Festival of Voices this winter.

Tasmanian artists are warming up their vocal cords for a first-of-its-kind musical showcase set to headline Festival of Voices this winter, as the final acts are announced for the 2021 program.

Artists from around Tasmania will come together for a two-hour concert at PW1, in what will be a celebration of Tasmanian songs and stories, highlighting the diversity and uniqueness of our island state.

Festival Director, Peter Choraziak, said the Festival is incredibly proud of the vast Tasmanian representation in the line-up this year, especially since COVID restrictions have meant these artists haven’t performed for large audiences for quite some time.

“We are excited to announce Scott Targett as the musical director behind The Tasmanian Songbook Project,” Choraziak said.

“His knowledge and expertise will make the show incredibly special for all involved and a must-see event for people to attend.

“The inaugural event will feature songs about Tasmania, performed by The Wolfe Brothers, Kartanya Maynard, Glenn Richards, Shane Howard, Monique Brumby accompanied by Steve Crump, EWAH, Jed Appleton and Seth Henderson.

“It is envisioned The Tasmanian Songbook Project will become an ongoing part of the festival line-up and a unique library of music by past, current and future Tasmanian artists.”

Artists from around the country will join local favourites for the Sunday Best Music Fest, which will be held over the afternoon and evening at PW1 on Sunday 4 July.

“The line-up includes Tassie’s own Hugo Bladel, The Bad Dad Orchestra and The Dead Maggies as well as Jack Jones from 90s rock giants Southern Sons, oceanic blues queen Karen Lee Andrews and star of The Voice, Stellar Perry.


“This all-ages event will have food and drink offerings available, encouraging audiences to sit back, relax, dance and revel in the joyful impact music has on our wellbeing.”

Australian Eurovision star and winner of X Factor Australia in 2013, Dami Im will bring her immersive new show – Piano, Songs & Stories – to the Festival for what will be her first ever solo tour in Hobart.

“On the evening of Thursday 1 July at the Studio Theatre, the audience will experience a side of Dami that she has yet to reveal, where she will breathe new life into her chart-topping hits while sharing special experiences and stories about her career,” Choraziak said.

Adding to this star-studded line-up is Australia’s very own five-time ARIA award-winning artist Katie Noonan who will use Festival of Voices as her stage for the Tasmanian debut of AVÉ – the Australian Vocal Ensemble.

The quartet sees Katie joined by three internationally renowned artists – Tenor, Andrew Goodwin, Mezzo-Soprano, Fiona Campbell and Baritone, Andrew O’Connor – as they tell unique stories through song in a mix of contemporary and choral styles.

To further engage the Festival’s regional audience, on the evening of Tuesday 6 July, Longley Hotel will be transformed into a Country Pub Chorus.

“Led by Tasmanian musicians, The Wolfe Brothers, patrons will be encouraged to sing a song together in what will be a night of fun, celebrating the power of group singing,” Choraziak said.

Festival of Voices boasts a highly diverse audience and endeavours to provide family and kid-friendly events in its Children’s Program each year.

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Sing Your Stories with Stephanie McCorkelle and the Exit Left production of How I Became a Pirate with Anna Kidd, will form part of this program at Mathers House that will be sure to entertain kids of all ages.

Rounding out the Festival on the afternoon of Sunday 11 July, the Choral Grand Finale will showcase the musical excellence and versatility displayed in the choral workshop and performance program.

Local and visiting choirs will light-up the stage and fill the Federation Concert Hall with enchanting harmonies in what is expected to be a sell-out event.

Tickets for the newly announced events will go on sale this Friday (21st May) at 9am AEST at

Source: Tasmanian Times

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