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Halfway to Forth go all the way in the Little Laneway

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Halfway to Forth band members Dan and Kyle Lizotte will perform their signature blues and roots at the Little Laneway Fringe Festival.   Photo | Sharon Webb

Halfway to Forth band members Dan and Kyle Lizotte will perform their signature blues and roots at the Little Laneway Fringe Festival.

Photo | Sharon Webb

April 2019 | Sharon Webb

TWO HUGE NW Coast bands will lead a line-up of talent from the greater Deloraine area in the Little Laneway Fringe Festival on the weekend starting 26th April. The entertainment in the laneway between the Empire Hotel and Seppenfelts coincides with the national square dancing convention in town on the same weekend – and Seppenfelts’ 10th birthday.

Music kicks off on Friday night from 6.00pm; Halfway to Forth is the big name on Saturday night from 8.00pm - 10.00pm. Band member Dan Lizotte said he and his brother Kyle will perform their signature contemporary folk and roots, with just a shade of blues. “It’s broad roots music with a bit of country sneaking in these days,” he said. “We like to put our spin on old songs but it’s all in the American folk tradition – and an excuse for me to get Kyle playing the slide or banjo.”

The Sheyana Band, which last year won the 2018 Chris Wilson Award for Emerging Act of the Year, perform on from 4 til 5pm followed by a local drumming circle jam. Local musicians will perform alongside the two big bands, giving talented locals without a platform the opportunity to play in public.

Performance organiser Kat Jeffree said performers include Scotty O’Leary, Shani Saint Albans and choir members, Andi (from Deloraine’s Shandi shop), Eddie Tuleja, Sheridan (from the Empire Hotel) and Canadian guitarist Tristan. Janis Chaberka returns to LLFF this year, collaborating with a friend to perform folk music. Poet Yvonne Gluyas will bring eight performance poets from Launceston. Kat Jeffree said classy burlesque dancer Miss Jessie G will once again perform her G-rated five-minute act where she removes her vintage-style outfits – creatively.

“It’s a weekend where musicians come out of the hills and into the town.” “People should drop in any time – it’s a free opportunity to see the creativity our area has to offer,” Kat said.

The Little Laneway Fringe Festival is Friday 26th April, 6.00–10.00pm; Saturday 27th, 1.00–10.00pm; Sunday 28th, 1.00–6.00pm. See FB closer to the event for specific time details.