Peter Hicks | Biography

Peter Hicks is a Tasmanian based performer recognised nationally on the Australian folk scene. His work in the union, peace, solidarity and gay rights movements, together with his constant output of songs for issues of the day have been recognised on ABC radio, at folk festivals and clubs large and small and at rallies for environmental and refugee rights.

Peter Hicks Biography, Political Folk Music in Tasmania

Since 2002 Peter has also performed internationally at May Day events in New Zealand and in 2011 performed at the Tolpuddle Festival in the UK.

Peter performs in a number of folk and blues bands around Tasmania which included a long-running 12 year residency at the Lark Whisky Bar with Coyote Serenade (no longer operating as a live music venue) and performances at the National and other Folk Festivals with Shake Sugaree, “Peter Hicks and the Blues Licks”, “The Ranters”,  “Tasmania’s Devil’s Own” and “Hui and the Muse” – contemporary blues and jazz.

Some highlights of Peter’s singing have included –

1991 – Winning the Victorian Trades and Labour Council songwriting award

1991 – release of “Songs of Working Life – Power in the Union” Cassette and booklet

1992 – Songs – One More Day Than Them, If It Weren’t For the Union – included in the Wobblies “Little Red Song Book”

1993 – Winning the Declan Affley Songwriting award at the National Folk Festival

2002 – First appearance at the Palmerston Nth May Day Celebration in New Zealand

1993 – “If It Weren’t For the Union” sung by trade union choirs around Australia

1993-2011 – Release of over ten albums of mainly original material of folk-roots material including traditional country and blues albums and political satire and protest songs.

1993 – Song “The Man with the Pink Triangle” sung by a number of Gay and Lesbian Choirs around Australia

2010 – Release of Album “Loveless in Hobart” with the Grassroots Union Choir of Tasmania

2011 – Performance at Cynget Folk Festival with Judy Small and Malcolm Turnbull – the first folk concert dedicated to songs of the Gay and Lesbian rights movement in Australia.

2011 – Peter and Geoff’s song “Lets Pretend” sung by the Illawarra Union Singers and arrangements performed by Ecopella

2011 – Performance at the Tolpuddle Festival in the UK to celebrate the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

2012 – Release of “Matthew Brady” Gentleman bushranger CD song cycle

2012 – Grassroots choir perform Loveless song cycle at National Folk Festival Canberra

2012 – Return to Palmerston North New Zealand for May Day Concert

2013 – Performance at National Folk Festival Canberra with Ross Smithard

2015 – Peter and Geoff’s songs included in the Rise Again song book

2016 – Release of “Frosty Morn”

2017 – Performances @ Cygnet Folk Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival, Wooden Boat Festival Tas


Peter continues to be committed to the “folk process” having been President of the Tasmanian Folk Federation for close on to a decade (currently Vice!)  and he is a former President and Artistic Director of the Cygnet Folk Festival.