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Melbourne-based folk quartet

Gaelic for topsy-turvy, Tapsalteerie lives up to its name. The band performs original music, best described as a curious mishmash of folk, Celtic, jazz, country & blues with a strong connection to place. Featuring catchy tunes, vibrant arrangements, driving rhythms, and a touch of nostalgia, Tapsalteerie is establishing itself as a force on Melbourne’s live scene.

Comprised of Meredith Beardmore (flute), Timothy Franklin (guitar/keyboards), Isaac Gunnoo (bass) and Maddison Carter (drums), Tapsalteerie represents a truly contemporary Australian folk sound. The group’s approach is founded in each member’s strong identity and in the eclecticism and rhythmic vitality of Meredith’s tunes. Through skilful arrangements and virtuosic musicianship, Tapsalteerie combine modern and ancient sounds to create vibrant new music that is respectful of its forebears.


Tapsalteerie formed as a quartet in 2020 and after a tumultuous first year, they look forward to playing more live gigs! They started 2021 on the right foot by jointly winning the People’s Choice in Cygnet Folk Festival’s Song & Tune Competition.

Tapsalteerie creates music that is inspired by people and place. We create on the lands of the Wurundjeri people and we acknowledge their deep and ongoing connection and knowledge. We pay our respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.





Sunday 27 June | Newport Folk Festival [Cancelled due to COVID]

2pm at The Substation as part of Newport Folk Festival


Saturday 17 April | CERES Market

10.30am-12.30pm at CERES Organic Market & Grocery

Cnr of Roberts & Stewart Sts, Brunswick East VIC 3057

Sunday 2 February 2020 | Tolka + Tapsalteerie

8pm-11pm at Open Studio

204 High Street, Northcote VIC 3070

Sunday 20 June | The Drunken Poet

6.30pm-8.30pm at The Drunken Poet

65 Peet Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

Free but booking essential, phone 9348 9797


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