steve and marjorie gaddWelcome to the website of Marjorie and Steve Gadd, musicians, publishers, music teachers and folklorists working and performing in Southern Tasmania.

This Web site has been developed to showcase all of our various musical projects in a single site.

We refer to our folkloric activity, research, performance and teaching the Tasmanian Heritage Music Project.

Our company is Valley Strings a name we use principally in relation to our music teaching and mentoring projects. Currently we teach at Franklin, and in Hobart. Feel free to contact us on 62 663446

Hear more music and see videos by Steve and Marjorie at:

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Our various activities include:

  • Bands; performing listening music for every situation and dance music for community folk dances including Traditional Tasmanian country dances, Bush dances , and American  Contra and Square dances. We play for weddings, community events, and all kinds of private functions.
  • Musical recording, teaching and publications,
  • Music teaching from classical to Jazz and the blues,
  • Event promotion and organization.
  • Folkloric Music collecting, (The Tasmanian Heritage Music Project; Real Island Roots)
  • Musical mentorship and community development projects.


Between them Marjorie and Steve feature or have featured in the following Musical Groups and ensembles:

  • The Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble and Buttongrass Serenade. Traditional Tasmanian folk dance music,
  • Steve also plays with As The Crow Flies
  • Shake Sugaree, Bluegrass and Old-time acoustic Blues.
  • Czardas, Gypsy and Gypsy influenced music.
  • Silkweed, ambient musical setting for powerful political and historical narrative ballads.
  • In addition Steve and Marjorie often play original nouveau-acoustic, along with jazz, Celtic, gypsy and light classical music for atmospheric background music at weddings, garden parties and conference dinners etc.

Steve and Marjorie work closely with dancers and dance callers and demonstrators from the Tasmanian Folk Federation. In particular they have a close collaboration with versatile dance caller Dave Wanless. They can provide music and organise callers for  Traditional Tasmanian, mainstream Australian Bush dancing, American Square Dances and Contras,Renaissance, Medieval, etc.

Band hire

  • Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble +

    This group is a large, fiddle-based community orchestra. With up to 20 fiddles, and several mandolins, guitars, accordians and cellos Read More
  • Steve and Marjorie Gadd +

    Steve Gadd Solo finger-style guitar Beautiful guitar in the styles of Leo Kotke, Tommy Emmanuel but also flamenco, celtic and Read More
  • Button Grass Serenade +

    Button Grass Serenade was previously known as Slap Dash with name being changed after some changes in the lineup. The Read More
  • As the Crow Flies +

    As The Crow Flies are a red hot three fiddle outfit backed by Double Bass and swinging guitar.Their music draws Read More
  • Czardas +

    Czardas are Erin Collins, vocals and accordion, Steve Gadd, guitar and Marjorie Gadd on fiddle. Steve and Marjorie work as Read More
  • Silkweed +

    ...moving, soulful, hauntingly beautiful Silkweed have established a reputation for their themed performances, whether for a refugee benefit or a Read More
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Shake Sugaree


Shake Sugaree began over a decade ago, when Peter Hicks, vocals, guitars, Dobro, mandolin and blues harp and Steve Gadd, vocal guitars, banjo and ukulele, got together to play a unique local mixture of blues, ragtime, swing and bluegrass music. The original duo took roots music styles and added local and contemporary references and a lot of anarchic whimsy.

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