Hobart’s Original Folk Punk Orgy: HOBOFOPO2019 are proud to announce the first six acts.

For the fourth annual instalment, the anticipated pilgrimage of crustys, folkies, punks and vagabonds will happen in the form of a four-day folk-punk gig-crawl of 30 bands around Hobart.

The dates are 31/10 to 3/11, and we are excited to announce the first six acts, illustrating the diversity of lineup within a genre-specific festival.

CRYWANK (UK) – after having sold out shows on their last Australian tour two years ago, and headlining Manchester Punk Festival earlier this year, Crywank are an eagerly anticipated act. An anti-folk duo with syncopated rhythms, amazing vocals and deep lyrical content.

THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND (NSW) – will be launching a new album, after two years of hiatus to write and record, this self-proclaimed “Chainsaw-folk” ensemble are back. Tasmania being one of their favorite stomping grounds after performing to packed out venues at Cygnet Folk Festival, Huon Valley Midwinter Festival and Dark Mofo.

THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY (VIC) – Melbourne’s finest celt-punk band will return to Hobart for the first time since the inaugural HOBOFOPO gathering. Having toured around Australia with The Dropkick Murphys, they’ve made several trips to the USA to play alongside DKM, as well as Frank Turner and The Tossers.

CLAIRE ANNE TAYLOR (TAS) – Born in a barn built by her parents in Tasmania’s ancient Tarkine Rainforest, Taylor’s music is reflective of her wild and remote upbringing. With her colossal voice, compelling storytelling and mesmerising stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt they have just witnessed something extraordinary.

KNIFEY SPOONY (NSW) – A folk punk duo from Newcastle. With catchy songs revolving around social justice and sustainable living, these two anarcho-syndicalists kick out the jams on guitar, harmonica and euphonium.

BILLY PUNTTON (NSW) – Dexamphetamine, anxiety and depression driven, catchy fake folk punk describes the work of an inner western Sydney trash boy.