Tablelands Folk Festival Presents

Benny and the Clones live in concert.

2018-3-SessionsWith three albums under their belt and a fourth in the studio, a music video in the can and an ever-expanding Clone Army, core trio Ben Radford (Guitar, Keys, Lead Vox) Dale Priem (Lead Guitar, Vox) and Ben Kuring (Drums, Vox) even managed to produce a short film for Port Douglas festival Port Shorts documenting their rise to fame through the art of jingle writing.

Launching their third album in Port Douglas and Cairns, the boys have since taken the opportunity to showcase their diverse song catalogue at North Queensland festivals including the Tablelands Folk Fest, Palm Cove Reef Feast, Rock the Yacht, Taste Port Douglas and Port Douglas Carnivale. Needing some city time every year (and to see their mums), The Clones rock out live down south in Melbourne at iconic venues such as The Retreat, The Empress, and Young & Jackson to name a few.

Their die-hard love of playing and supporting original music see the boys regularly perform locally in Port Douglas and Cairns. They’ve had support slots for touring acts including Custard, Kingswood and even big Dazza Braithwaite.

Lead singer/songwriter Ben Radford is a prolific songwriter and has described the band as a love child of Thom Yorke, Jeff Tweedy, Gene and Dean Ween, Beck, The Go-Betweens and Dan Kelly. That’s a lot of parents to have, but a particular style has emerged they can easily call their own. Their lyrics don’t fluff around either – often going straight for the jugular on issues like politics, religion, environment, the inner workings of the human being and, much to his wife’s delight: the joys of relationships and marriage!

Join Us.

Verandah Jam Session from 3 pm Saturday March 24. Benny and the Clones live in Concert from 7.30 pm. Yungaburra Hotel. See you there.

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.