Live music festivals have returned to Northern Tasmania - in the form of the Verandah Music Festival at Evandale.
Running Saturday and Sunday, the event attracted hundreds to the town to verandahs and stages scattered across Evandale to enjoy local artists performing everything from folk to funk, cello to harp and instruments sculpted from leather.
The Chordwainers were first up on Sunday, taking to the stage performing pieces with instruments sculpted from leather.
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Band member Karlin Love said the instruments they used gave a unique sound.
"These were all made by Tasmanian sculptor Garry Greenwood," Ms Love said.
"He passed away 15 years ago so we're still playing and trying to keep his work alive. Some of what we use go back to 1994 - it's mature, well established and gives a beautiful sound.
"We can create some really beautiful melodies."
Ms Love said the band enjoyed the festival, having not had many opportunities to perform live this year.
"It's a lovely little festival, I like the way they've got people spread out but you can still have a really good time," she said.
"It's been tricky, when you don't have chances to play live it's something you need to keep on top of to stay in that rhythm and mindset.
"Playing at home or recording just isn't the same. The festival is such an appropriate thing for Evandale, it's a great vibe and works really well."
Launceston harpist Emily Sanzaro performed everything from Fleetwood Mac to her own personal songs to an enthusiastic audience.
"I play harp, but not in a very traditional way," Ms Sanzaro said.
"I normally play on my own and use a loop station, I like finding ways to make music with the harp sound unexpected.
"I write a lot of my own music, but arrange a lot of contemporary covers as well.
"It's so nice playing for a live audience, I love to perform, particularly after COVID I really missed it and it's great to do it again."
Festival organiser Jeff McClintock said the success of the weekend "exceeded expectations."
"Being a first time event we didn't know quite what to expect but people have turned up in droves," Mr McClintock said.
"It really fits with Evandale, we've got quite a few local muso's on the lineup and there's the aspect of people looking for something to do coming out of that COVID hibernation.
"Just an absolutely wonderful atmosphere, the village is full of music and we're thrilled with how it's gone."
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