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Tablelands Folk Festival Presents

The January Yungaburra Sessions featuring Cairns based band Running with Blue was a great success.

Following on, the Tablelands Folk Festival Association has decided to rename the Yungaburra Sessions with the local Traditional name. Now to be called Janggaburru Sessions in honour of the Dulgaburra Yidinji people.

Feb-sessions2018The February 24 Sessions is a double header featuring North Queensland musical stalwart Lucky Phil and up and coming local Jordan Brodie. They’ll be on stage from 7.30, taking turns to strut their stuff.

Queensland Music Award winning guitarist and composer Jordan Brodie is regarded as one of the best young guitar players in the area.

Jordan blends the sounds of folk, jazz and classical music and draws on old and new inspirations such as Julian Lage, Tommy Emmanuel, Ralph Towner and Pat Metheny. Since studying at the prestigious Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Jordan released his second solo guitar album in August 2017. He has impressed national audiences with his fingerstyle guitar technique, incorporating the bass, rhythm and melody parts simultaneously. Jordan featured at the 2017 Festival as part of the Young Masters showcase alongside John Buttigeig, Lachlan Hawkins and Ryo Montgomery.

An extremely talented guitarist, singer and songwriter, Lucky Phil has been around the traps for a number of years.

He’s honed his entertainment skills at clubs, pubs, parties and festivals throughout North Queensland and was winner of the 2015 Tablelands Folk Festival Songwriter Award. Exploring the Americana genre, encompassing blues, folk, jazz and acoustic country / rock. His instrumentation includes, lap-slide guitar, foot percussion, acoustic guitars (6 &12 string) and harmonicas. To quote Lucky Phil,” I continue to point north and keep the dream alive”. Phil and his sometimes off-sider Peter Ella have been chosen as part of the entertainment for the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The verandah Folk Music jam kicks off the Sessions entertainment from 3 pm. Fiddles, tin whistles, bodhrans, accordians, guitars, ukuleles and of course, voices come together in musical celebration. Join in or join the audience. All welcome.

2018 Tablelands Folk Festival

award - MC of the yearAmidst the serenity of the rainforest, mountains and crater lakes, the heritage village of Yungaburra comes alive on the 4th weekend of October each year, with this vibrant, creative festival. Celebrating music, friendship, and cultural understanding, Tablelands Folk Festival is an outstanding community event, completely run by volunteers for over 35 years.

Visitors to Tablelands Folk Festival are impressed to find such quality talent, live and original, across so many genres including Traditional and Contemporary Folk and World Music, Blues, Jazz, Gypsy Jazz & Swing, Flamenco, Reggae, Country and Rock. Internationally renowned acts perform alongside emerging local talents in a variety of venues throughout the Village.

From the big stage to the more intimate and casual, visitors are sure to find music to lift their spirits, freshen their mind and get their toes tapping.

volunteersOur 3-day event includes Concerts, Workshops, Comedy, Buskers, Poet’s Breakfast, Health & Wellness Fair, Market Stalls, Songwriter Competition, Children’s Festival & Parade, & the famous Pub Verandah non-stop Traditional Folk Sessions.

Mark your calendar for 26-28 October 2018 and bring your family and friends for a weekend of music and joy.