Welcome to Country

Uncle Laurie Padmore

Welcome to Country performed by the First Nation Dulgaburra Yidinji people.

Elders of the Dulgaburra Yidinji first people will give talks on local place names, teach some language and tell stories relevant to this area. See the blackboard on the Bell Tent in the park between Flynn’s Restaurant and That Retro Café for Session Times.

Friday night 5 pm – on The Fringe Stage

Health & Wellness Fair

health & wellness

We invite you to come along and enjoy the Health & Wellness Fair!

An array of stalls will be there this year, bigger and better than before. Pamper yourself with a massage, reiki, spiritual healing, reflexology, craniosacral, naturopathic or other treatment or see what is in store for your future in the tarot cards.

Meander through the craft stalls selling crystals, candles, buddha statues, essential oils, natural beauty products, health products, alternative clothing, jewellery, spiritual ornaments and more.

The Speaker’s Tent will host a diverse and exciting range of workshops, demonstrations and talks, including Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and meditation. All welcome. Check out the program below for more detail.


8.00 – 9.00am Yoga (byo mat, towel & water bottle) Lyndel Turpin

9.30am Morning Meditation Richard Stoyles

10.30am Drum Culture Djembe Workshop Albert Salvador

11.30am Tai Chi for All Ages Yoshi Ochiai

12.00 noon Love, Happiness & More Regina Di Giusto

12.30pm Access Consciousness – How can it get any better than this? Sigrid Welder & John Thoma

1.00pm Local Organic Skincare & Magnesium Products Sabine Schroeder

2.00pm Performance by Yungaburra Contemporary Dance School Charlotte Tribe

3.00pm Psychic Development – Interested in opening up your psychic abilities? David Chambers

3.30pm Qi Gong – Gather Life Energy Force through movement & breathing Robert Alpine


8.00 – 9.00am Yoga (byo mat, towel & water bottle) Lyndel Turpin

9.30am Play Shop – Experience your Spirituality joyfully Richard Stoyles

10.30am Bowen Therapy – Release pain & Re-align the body through touch Debbie Bass

11.00am Spiritual Chants Adrian Thomas

11.30am Interactive Conversation on Sustainability & Now Mike Lucas

12.00 noon Healing Together on Country – Talk on Aboriginal Energy Healing Karen Reys

1.00pm Tai Chi for Health Yoshi Ochiai

1.30pm Drum Culture – Djembe Jam Albert Salvador


Breakfast Djams

Django in the Djungle

Swing your mornings with Django in the Djungle gypsy swing band at the Gem Gallery – home of the delicious Yungaburra breakfast.

Revelers, dancers & Gypsy Swing djammers welcome.

8:30am-12noon Sat, Gem Gallery

8:30am-10:30am Sun, Gem Gallery

Poet’s Breakfast

Tablelands Folk Festival

Poets love getting up early to share their musings and what better way to start your Festival day than with a barrel load of laughs, and some serious thoughts from our redoubtable reciters.

8.30 – 10 am Sunday Nick’s Restaurant: bookings essential

Harp Duo

Harp Duo
Natalia Mann and Joy Zahner – Harp Duo

Lose yourself in the luscious sounds of these resonant instruments, enticed from their ancient roots into a space of delicious arrangements and improvisation. Local harpists Natalia and Joy enjoy having fun with all types of music.

12.15 pm Sunday Obi’s Garden Vibe

Joe Gleeson

Joe GleesonYungaburra local and well known on the Tablelands as a singer/guitarist, Joe has performed at most venues in the area and is also a regular busker in Atherton. Performing a tribute to Harry Chapin, including Cat’s in The Cradle, Circles, Taxi and more.

4.30 pm Sat Quincan Café

12.15 pm Sunday Quincan Café

TFF McGinty’s Songwriter’s Competition

Tablelands Folk Festival

Tablelands Folk Festival invites you to enter the 2017 TFF McGinty’s Irish Bar Songwriter Competition.  This prestigious event offers 3 categories and 3 amazing prize packages.

Best Song – “Record the Single” – a recording prize package at Buzz Music Recording Studio, Cairns – Value: $720 [Every participant will compete for this major prize]

Open Category – “The Real McCoy” – Gig at McGinty’s Irish Bar, Cairns, name on perpetual trophy and $100 voucher from Buzz Music – Value: $355+

Emerging Category – “Mentoring Magic” at Cairns Voice Studio & individual trophy from Atherton Trophies – Value: $460+
[*Conditions apply for Emerging Category]

All contestants will receive a certificate of Participation & Judges’ Evaluation Summary.

Check for full details at www.tablelandsfolkfestival.org.au/2018/songwriters-competition/  where an online registration can be completed.

Emerging: 10am Sat St Mark’s Church
Open: 1pm Sat St Mark’s Church

ChangoTree Album Launch

chango-TRee--2017“Window” is the culmination of 18 months of travelling from hometown Mornington Victoria to New Orleans, the UK and NYC, capturing a real global essence of roots, blues-cruise, funky-folk and surf reggae chang.

The album name and title track “Window,” was written for Julian Assange, in support for freedom of information and global transparency. It was an honour to personally give he and his team a copy at the Ecuador Embassy in London in July. Making music that matters!!

12.15 pm Saturday Curtin Fig Stage

Beer Festival & Judging Challenge

home brewTFF Home Brew Competition held every year at Nick’s Restaurant. Local and visiting brewers enter their finest lagers and ales, and the audience judges the winning brews during an afternoon of songs, poetry and trivia.

TFF Home and visiting Brewers deliver their best beers to Nick’s Restaurant where the audience are instructed in the fine art of beer judging. Comparing home brews to commercial brews during an afternoon of songs, poetry and trivia.  Open to all levels the aim is to gain a greater appreciation of the many styles, tastes. Aromas and colours of beer.  We encourage all entrants and audience members to contribute to the entertainment and merriment on the day.

1pm Saturday Nick’s Restaurant

 TFF Beer Festival

Young Masters

Young MastersTheir ages range from just 20 years old to the ripe old age of 23!  Four very different exceptionally talented young musicians.

Jordan Brodie on Classical Guitar

Lachlan Hawkins on Hand Pan

John Buttigieg on Contemporary Guitar and

Ryo Montgomery on the Ukulele

In a round robin style event.  You’ll be astounded at the dexterity and skill of these 4 young guns.  Here is the future of our Festival.

1.30 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom

Eagles Tribute – Hot Ice

Hot IceAre you the New Kid In Town? Welcome to the Hotel California for a Peaceful Easy Feeling. Take it Easy One of These Nights, grab a Tequila Sunrise and join these local Desperados as they Take It To The Limit.

3.30 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom

Dreamstate Circus

DreamState Circus
Non-stop action packed upbeat show incorporating high skill acrobalance, equilibrium, juggling, knives, comedy and more.

Before the Children’s Parade Saturday

Children’s Parade

Children's paradeHoot, shake, slap and drumroll, join the procession and celebrate the festival. All kids are welcome to join in, and they can spend the day in the Ergon’s Children’s Festival making their very own festival outfits. For the young and young at heart.

6 pm Saturday

Twin Flames Fire Show

Twin Flames
Souls separated by staffs but brought together by fire! Twin flames is a fire show unlike any other. Re-ignite your desire as you watch Jay and Sunny Ray entwine their bodies and expand the limits of belief as they perform partner acrobatics while spinning fire. Adults must be accompanied by an eager friend!

Saturday After the Children’s Parade

Festival Song Circle

song-circleHosted by acclaimed local Songwriter Shirley Lynn

An eclectic mix of 4 award winning songwriters.

  • Mick Hodgkins, writer of songs from the land
  • Rosie Burgess, Festival favourite
  • Katie Jay, Winner 2014 TFF Songwriter’s Competition
  • Daniel J Townsend, storyteller in song.

In a round robin style event.  Our Festival is in good hands with these consummate artists.

10 am Sunday Quincan Café


Running with Blue

Running With BlueAfter years of festival chalk boards and backyard jams, Running With Blue are bringing their sensory soundscape to the main stage.

This eclectic world music 4 piece features Nada’s Middle Eastern infused vocals, the inner workings of Matty Blue’s ambidextrous multi-instrumentalism, the jazzwank fusion improvisations of Matty Sax and Partyboy Percussion bringing enough sparkle to enthral even the most forlorn festival goer.

11 am Saturday Garden Stage

8 pm Saturday Garden Stage

10.45 am Sunday Garden Stage

Join the Band

The Magnificence

Presented by The Magnificence

Attendees are invited to work with this gang of all-star Aussie musos to learn an original song and perhaps join the band on stage. Don’t over think it, just enjoy the ride. Magnifico!

10 am Saturday Community Hall

Make Your Own Stompbox

Rosie Burgess TrioPresented by Rosie Burgess Trio

Ever wanted to make your own stomp box? Come and explore the incredibly satisfying but surprisingly simple process of building your own stomp box. Discuss issues and best design principles for that super fat sound.

11 am Saturday Community Hall

Percussive Recycling

Junkyard Beats
Presented by Junkyard Beats

Children, youth and adults will be taken on a creative journey of discovery, exploring the connection between creative recycling, music and teamwork. This workshop is designed to give participants an introduction to the world of Do It Yourself rhythm including Body percussion / Junk percussion (buckets, broom sticks, kitchen utensils…) create your own instrument out of recycled materials.

12 noon Saturday Community Hall


The Timbers

With The Timbers

Jamming with the Timbers has been popular at many festivals. We encourage everyone to bring their instruments and join in some fun playing well known songs with lots of Timbers energy!!

1 pm Saturday Community Hall

Dream State Circus

DreamState CircusDream State Circus

One and a half hours of tutored play, fun and learning.  With unicycles, juggling balls, clubs, rings, stilts, ribbons, flower stix, rola bola’s, hula hoops, peddle go’s and more. For kids of all ages, it’s great to watch as the adults are drawn in and start playing first with their kids and then on their own.

2pm Saturday Children’s Festival



Presented by Johnston Davidson

Learn the technique and nuance of the Traditional Irish Hand drum with Johnstone, mainstay of Townsville Celtic Band 33 1/3.

2.30 pm Saturday CWA Hall

Into your Gob

Mal Webb

Presented by Mal Webb

Exploring the physics, physiology and phrivolity of every sound a face can make. A cultural jaunt into your gob. Sideways yodelling, beatbox, throat singing, looping and safe vocal distortion. Be a band with your voice and the lead singer too.

3.30 pm Saturday CWA Hall

Alt Song Writing Techniques

Joe Man MurphyPresented by Joe Man Murphy

Joe Man Murphy is known to most as a singer, guitarist and songwriter of highly successful Australian band, The Timbers. He has so far released 2 records with The Timbers and 2 solo albums. Explore the possibilities of tunings, beats, tapping and more.

4.30pm Saturday Quincan Cafe

Matching Voice to Audience

Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzi

Presented by Penny Larkins & Carl Pannuzzo

Learn how to utilise the entire palette of your vocal range enabling you to make choices appropriate for any given situation from a presentation to a cold call.

We will work on breath, resonance and articulation all in a fully supported (and still fun!) environment. Statistics show that singing is great for your health and well-being too.

4.30 pm Saturday CWA Hall

Tango Craze


Presented by Cairns Argentine Dance School

Constantly updating their skills with the assistance of National and International Master Teachers, Gianni and Elena are the only ‘teaching couple’ in Cairns who can give students both Leader’s (Gianni) and Follower’s (Elena) with specific insight and guidance at the same time. Their teaching technique aims to help students to learn the Argentine Tango in a simple, lively and playful way.

10 am Sunday Curtain Fig Stage

Ukulele Melody

Littmus Steampunk Band

Presented by Littmus Steampunk Band

If you can strum a few chords but want to take your playing to the next level, this workshop is for you. Learn the marvellous mystery of melody, and how to find it hiding in chords that you can already play. Bring along the chords to a favourite song if you like and we’ll give a go (time permitting). You may surprise yourself.

10 am Sunday St Mark’s Church

Bavarian Folk Dancing


Presented by Cairns Dancers

Our performers share a common love and appreciation for the Bavarian Culture and enjoy sharing Bavarian joy through audience participation, inviting members of the audience to come and join in on the fun.

10 am Sunday Obi’s Garden Vibe

Write Something We Know

Mark Kryle and Carmel Newman

Presented by Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman

Mark Cryle has been acclaimed by music journalists as one of Australia’s leading songwriters. Along with Australian Celtic Award-winning fiddler & vocalist Carmel Newman they’ll take you on a journey as they help you demistify the art of song writing.

10.30 am Sunday CWA Hall

Masters of War

Tablelands Folk Festival

Presented by Tom and Kerryn

As Arlo Guthrie once said: “You want to end a war, you gotta sing loud.”  So, come along with your songs (chorus songs preferred) and raise the roof as we challenge the masters of war and explore what war really means. Bring your folk songs, bring your instruments, bring your outrage. Most importantly of all, bring your voices!

11 am Sunday Curtain Fig Stage

Further Creativity

women in docsPresented by women in docs

Join the gang for an informal round table song writing session. Lean a few tricks of the trade from Roz and Chanel from women in docs, while meeting new and link minded people in the workshop environment to potentially inspire further creativity from your new craft.

11 am Sunday St Mark’s Church

Song Writing with a Purpose

The Good Girl Song Project

Presented by Good Girl Song Project

In this workshop, participants look at the tips and techniques and the ways in which a song can bring history to life.

11.30 am Sunday CWA Hall

Sing Your Heart Out

Jane YounghusbandPresented by Jane Younghusband

With coordinator of Community Choir Woyaya, learn more about your voice through A Capella singing. Harmonise with others and enjoy singing some beautiful songs from around the world. And, most importantly, relax and have fun. Lah Lah Lah…..

12 noon Sunday St Mark’s Church

Exploring Vocal Harmonies

Rosie Burgess TrioPresented by Rosie Burgess Trio

Find interesting 3-part harmonies for your songs to bring that extra depth to your arrangements. Explore the differing effects of low versus high harmonies, thirds, fifths, sixths and more. Come and have a singalong and experience the feeling these harmonies create.

1 pm Sunday St Mark’s Church

Swing 17

Django in the DjunglePresented by Django in the Djungle gypsy swing band

Bring your strings – guitar, mandolin, fiddle; your brass – sax, tuba, trumpet; your woodwinds – clarinet, bassoon or just your scat voice and learn some Gypsy Swing hot licks.

1.30 pm Sunday CWA Hall

Finding Your Voice

Jeanette Wormald TrioPresented by Jeanette Wormald

A vocal workshop to help you realise the potential of your voice through working on correct techniques for posture, breathing, vocal warm ups and projection – all with a dash of humour and lots of laughter. Everyone welcome.

2 pm Sunday St Mark’s Church


Lucky Phil
Presented by Lucky Phil

An introduction to various harmonicas and styles.  Blues and country (diatonic) and chromatic harmonicas. Harmonica in the key A is required for this workshop. Harmonics will be available at the workshop.

2.30 pm Sunday CWA Hall

Making musical instruments out of Gourds

Penelope SwalesPresented by Penelope Swales

In this hour-long presentation, Penelope will discuss the history of the gourd as a source of music, give advice for growing and curing your own gourds and cover construction techniques ranging from very simple instruments such as shakers and kalimbas through to basses, guitars and violins. Participants will be able to see the band’s instruments up close and handle them.

Please note that for insurance reasons this is not a hands-on workshop, but participants will go away with lots of ideas for things they can try at home.

3.30 pm Sunday CWA Hall


Tablelands and Cairns

Celebrating the beauty of A Capella songs from all around the world – from Africa to Russia, from Scotland to Papua New Guinea – as well as Gospel and contemporary songs from closer to home.

12.30 pm Saturday Obi’s Garden Vibe

12 noon Sunday St Mark’s Church – workshop


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Purveyors of dark folk, a Sydney duo with a lyrical appetite for the contradictions that sit in the cracks in normality, music that sinks rather than settles. Musically they sit in a softly shaded folky part of the woods, with nylon string guitar, bowed acoustic bass and sporadic banjo and mandolin.

8.30 pm Friday Curtain Fig Stage

12.30 pm Saturday Children’s Festival

10.45 am Saturday Pub Ballroom

7.45 pm Saturday Obi’s Garden Vibe



Ungus Ungus Ungus


Hold onto your hats as these peddlers of vaudevillian psychedelia, strap you in for a rollercoaster ride of dance and mayhem. This is carnivalesque party music for the creatively inclined. Featuring mind-tickling on-stage antics and a bold visual presence, their cosmic circus includes a vintage cabaret dancer who sings and raps, a bass player doubling as a strongman, and a ringleader who leaps between keys, vocals, guitar, and synchronised dance.

10 pm Friday Community Hall

11.30 am Saturday Children’s Festival

4.30 pm Saturday Garden Stage

11 pm Saturday Community Hall


Uncle Laurie Padmore

Uncle Laurie PadmoreTablelands

Now playing music as a recreational pastime, Local Yungaburra Aboriginal Community Elder Uncle Laurie played guitar throughout childhood, progressing to Country/Country Rock Bands in Tassie for 20 years.  Uncle Laurie now has the opportunity to play covers of the instrumental greats at the festival this year.

SPECIAL EVENT– 6 pm Friday Garden Stage -Welcome to Country

2.30 pm Saturday Quincan Cafe

Totally Gourdgeous

Totally GordgeousMelbourne

Four outrageously diverse singer/songwriters playing guitar, bass, violin, mandolin and drum, all made from gourds. Songs of punning pathos, heartfelt hilarity, love, fellowship and environmental sanity. Imagine Joni Mitchell and James Brown getting down in Bob Marley’s pumpkin patch.

11 pm Friday Garden Stage

9 pm Saturday Garden Stage

12 noon Sunday Garden Stage

3.30 pm Sunday CWA Hall- workshop

33 1/3


Townsville’s favourite high energy Celtic Party band. 2012 Regional Winners of ABC TV ‘Exhumed’ band competition. Kick up your heels for some ceiledh crack.

10 am Saturday Quincan Café

1.15 pm Saturday Curtain Fig Stage

2.30 pm Saturday CWA Hall – workshop

7 pm Saturday Community Hall

The Timbers

The Timbers

Thumping rhythms and big misty mountain melodies will cast you away to a sweaty, smoky, melting-pot of folk, roots and Celtic bushman brassy punk. They rollick and hammer their way through live gigs with abundant energy with an infectious desire to take their audience on a wild ride of nonstop musical passion.

11 pm Friday Community Hall

1 pm Saturday Community Hall – workshop

9 pm Saturday Community Hall

3 pm Sunday Garden Stage



The Montgomery Brothers

The Montgomery Brothers

Guitar & Ukulele virtuoso, child prodigy Ryo Montgomery accompanied by this bunch of school kids, yes, school kids, play with a maturity that is usually associated with artists who have decades of experience. This will simply leave you breathless…

11 pm Friday Pub Ballroom

SPECIAL EVENT – Ryo only Pub Garden – Young Masters

3.30 pm Saturday Garden Stage

TMB Debut Album: https://itun.es/au/mrDklb



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The Mouldy Lovers

Mouldy Lovers

This 7piece band from Brisbane, whose increasingly unique sound explores a handful of genres including punk, ska, dub and folk, truly brought to life during the band’s high energy, eccentric live shows, which push even the most faint-hearted of punters into a frenzy.

10 pm Saturday Community Hall

4 pm Sunday Garden Stage



The Magnificence

The Magnificence
Byron Bay

Trumpet player and singer Cam Smith has been honing his set of almost-traditional jazz and New Orleans inspired originals for over a decade, playing at Edinburgh Fringe, Woodford Folk Festival and every pub and street corner from Canberra to Cairns. In the Magnificence, he’s finally found a gang of all-star Aussie musos that can do the tunes justice. They growl, they mewl, they cook – and they make audiences feel better about otherwise questionable life choices.

10 am Saturday Community Hall – workshop

2.30 pm Saturday Garden Stage

8 pm Saturday Community Hall

2 pm Sunday Pub Ballroom


The Kroovs

The Kroovs
Pt Douglas

A celebration of all things folk and blues, The Kroovs will take you from the brumby plains of the southern highlands, to a boozer in the hills of Donegal, sail you into the smugglers coves in Cornwall before dumping you on a dusty verandah rocking chair in Virginia to rock away your musical woes.

3.30 pm Saturday Quincan Café

8.45 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom

2 pm Sunday Garden Stage


The Good Girl Song Project

The Good Girl Song Project

With a merry crew of musicians invited from the festival program and songs and stories devised from eyewitness accounts, Penny Larkins and Helen Begley recount the story of a voyage taken by young women to Australia in the 1830’s. The show follows their journey from Gravesend to Sydney. The theatrical piece is based on the academic work of historian, Liz Rushen.

9.30 pm Friday Pub Ballroom

1.30 pm Saturday Garden Stage

11.30 am Sunday CWA – workshop

2.15 pm Sunday Quincan Café



Stu Harcourt

Stu Harcourt

Stu has been a travelling musician for most part of the last 20 years or so, his unique vocal ability, compelling lyrics and earthy, acoustic grooves have continued to delight audiences around Australia and the World.

10.15 am Friday Pub Ballroom

11.45 am Saturday Quincan Café

7 pm Saturday Curtain Fig Stage




Steve Williams

Steve Williams

The big fella writes songs that would make the likes of Neil Finn or Noel Gallagher blush, very catchy, with hooks galore.  A Songwriters Competition winner at the Tablelands Folk Festival, Steve is a talented Cairns local.

7 pm Friday Pub Ballroom

3 pm Saturday Obi’s Garden Vibe

10.45 am Sunday Obi’s Garden Vibe

4.15 Sunday Quincan Café


Shana Backshal

Shana Backshal

A trained vocalist in musical theatre and pop music, Shana has been performing around the Tablelands since she was 10 years old. It’s something she’s obviously very passionate about.

8.45 pm Friday Obi’s Garden Vibe

Saturday arvo The Fringe – times TBA

10 am Sunday Pub Ballroom



Rosie Burgess Trio

Rosie Burgess Trio

Sliding from folk to blues to gypsy-roots, the trio cross more genres than state borders, giving off “more energy than an illegally sparked firecracker” [Drum], whilst still maintaining their unmistakable flavour. 2017 Festival favourites we welcome them back with open arms.

10 pm Friday Garden Stage

11 am Saturday Community Hall – workshop

4.30 pm Saturday Pub Lounge

SPECIAL EVENT- 10 am Sunday Quincan Café – Festival Song Circle

1 pm Sunday St Mark’s Church – workshop

3 pm Sunday Pub Lounge



Penny Larkins & Carl Pannuzzo

Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzi

Truthful and engaging storytelling through song, presence, distinctive yet borderless harmonies, piano, guitar or ukulele. Penny and Carl create exceptional live events, intimately weaving the listener into trust with considered graceful sounds, world class musicianship and humour. Breathes air into your lungs.

3.45 pm Saturday Children’s Festival

4.30 pm Saturday CWA – workshop

10.15 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom


Michael Laman Thomas

Michael Laman Thomas

Michael sings with a quintessential Australian flavour, his lyrics personal, thoughtful and easy for people of all ages to access. Both his recorded music and live performances are rich in melody and acoustic rhythm delivered by his two main instruments cello and acoustic guitar.

7.45 pm Friday Curtain Fig Stage

10 am Saturday Garden Stage

3.30 pm Saturday Curtain Fig Stage


Mark Cryle & Carmel Newman

Mark Kryle and Carmel Newman

Celtic music with an Australian accent for the head, the heart and the feet. Combining their skills into a rich and enticing blend – delivered live with flair and humour by this superb guitar/ fiddle/double vocal combo. Songs, tunes and stories old and new which explore Australia’s Celtic connections.

7.45 pm Friday Obi’s Garden Vibe

7.45 pm Saturday Curtain Fig Stage

9.30 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom

10.30 am Sunday CWA – workshop

1 pm Sunday Pub Ballroom



Mangrove Jack

Mangrove Jack

Cairns’ McGinty’s Irish Bar champions incorporating some jigs, some reels, some songs and a fair bit of blarneyThe best box player and the purest tin whistle player and the most recognisable voice in the North paired with Pink Floyd inspired Bass guitar.

2.45 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom

SPECIAL EVENT – 10 am Sunday Quincan Café -Mick solo – Festival Song Circle


Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan

Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan

Vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist and looping beatboxing songwriter Mal sings his brain provoking songs while Kylie provides violin and voice in a perfect balance to Mal’s nutsness. And they won’t repeat a song all festival!

10.45 am Saturday Quincan Café

1.30 pm Saturday Quincan Café

3.30 pm Saturday Quincan Café – workshop

3.15 pm Sunday Quincan Café


Lucky Phil

Lucky Phil

Singer Songwriter featuring Lap slide and acoustic guitars. His songs feature a strong local content and the Americana genre.  Phil was the 2015 winner of the 2015 TFF Songwiting Competition.

7 pm Friday Curtain Fig Stage

2 pm Saturday Curtain Fig Stage

12 noon Sunday Curtain Fig Stage

2.30 pm Sunday CWA Hall – workshop



Los Caracoles

Los Caracoles

Led by Chilean freedom fighter Segundo Nitor, Los Caracoles are known to have everyone on their feet with their authentic Latin rhythms. They tell stories through their music about social challenges, the environment, immigration, love, ordinary heroes and just pure joy.

11.15 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom




Littmus Steampunk Band

Littmus Steampunk Band

A ragtag bunch of time travellers from the great Victorian Age of Exploration and Invention spreading the word about the joys of steam powered machines made of wood, brass and clockwork gears. A mix of electro-acoustic folk ballads and tunes from the Age of Airships all delivered by adventurers impeccably dressed in the grand style of 19th century London.

9 pm Friday Garden Stage

2 pm Saturday Obi’s Garden Vibe

1.15 pm Sunday Quincan Café


Legends of Perhaps

Legends of Perhaps

This band of brothers and sisters play a mix of fun, quirky songs, melodic environmental songs and songs about life as they live it. Ranging in age from 16, right down to 4 years of age, Legends of Perhaps are an Indi/Folk/Rock band hailing from Cooktown, tropical Far North Queensland.

7.45 pm Friday Community Hall

4.30 pm Saturday Children’s Festival

Sunday – The Fringe – times TBC



Lachlan Hawkins

Lachlan Hawkins

Lachlan is one of Australia’s most inspiring young percussionists and educators, with a background in jazz, classical and contemporary music.  Lachlan presents “No Enemy Within”: a collection of original music inspired by themes of family, gratitude and self-acceptance, explored through the beautiful, timeless sounds of the handpan.

10 am Saturday Pub Ballroom

SPECIAL EVENT– 1.30 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom – Young Masters

7 pm Saturday Obi’s Garden Vibe – with Jordan Brodie


Katie Jay

Katie Jay

Music has always played an important role in Katie’s life and singing and composing songs is something that she has done from a very young age. Katie Jay’s ballads are described as very “personal” and “heart-rending”. Her songwriting skills were celebrated when her work, The River, was awarded the Songwriters’ Award at the 2014 Festival.

7 pm Friday Obi’s Garden Stage

7.15 pm Pub Ballroom

8.30 pm Saturday Obi’s Garden Vibe

SPECIAL EVENT– 10 am Sunday Quincan Café – Festival Song Circle





Junkyard Beats

Junkyard Beats

Delivering an explosive and unforgettable show, all their instruments are self-made out of recycled materials. In the hands of Junkyard Beats, ordinary household items are transformed into musical instruments that create a booty shaking, toe-tapping, electric atmosphere that makes you want to get up and move!

7 pm Friday Garden Stage

9 pm Friday Community Hall

12 noon Saturday Community Hall – workshop

11 pm Saturday Garden Stage


Jordan Brody

Jordan Brody

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. He has impressed national audiences with his fingerstyle guitar technique, incorporating the bass, rhythm and melody parts simultaneously.

11.30am Saturday Curtain Fig Stage

SPECIAL EVENT – 1.30 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom – “Young Masters”

7 pm Saturday Obi’s Garden Vibe – duo with Lachlan Hawkins




John Buttigieg

John Buttigieg

An experimental solo finger-style guitar player since the age of 10, always experimenting with new sounds, open tunings and new unique ways of playing the guitar. John brings a set of original compositions exploring the variety of ways such a diverse instrument can be played.

9.15 pm Friday Curtain Fig Stage

SPECIAL EVENT – 1.30 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom – “Young Masters”

11.30 am Sunday Obi’s Garden Vibe



Joe Man Murphy

Joe Man Murphy

Known to most as a singer, guitarist and songwriter of highly successful Australian band, The Timbers, Joe Man’s Solo music brings together a unique guitar style blending fingerpicking and tapping with a stomping beat. The songs are performed with an energy befitting the stories of life on the move.

9.30 pm Friday Obi’s Garden Vibe

2.45 pm Saturday Curtain Fig Stage

4.30 pm Saturday Quincan Café – Workshop

10.45 am Sunday Pub Ballroom




Jeanette Wormald Trio

Jeanette Wormald Trio

Jeanette is a story teller. Her original songs, powerful stage presence and skilled musicians combine to take listeners on a musical journey through shades of folk, roots, jazz and blues into Australia’s heartland.  Joined at this year’s Festival by gun guitarist Gary Dozier and Bassman Dave Hart.

7.45 Friday Pub Ballroom

1pm Saturday Obi’s Garden Vibe

2 pm Saturday St Mark’s Church – workshop

11.15 am Sunday Quincan Café




Hot Ice

Hot Ice

Simply think of all the harmony bands you’ve ever liked over the last thirty years. The Eagles, Crowded House, Cold Chisel, Little River band, Bee Gees, Crosby Stills and Nash and you’ll get an idea of the benchmark in quality on which this three piece band model themselves.

SPECIAL EVENT– Eagles Tribute Show 3.30 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom

7 pm Saturday Garden Stage


Edelweiss Dancers


With a variety of traditional yet lively Bavarian folkdances and schuhplattlers, the Edelweiss dance group brings Bavaria to Far North Qld. The performers share a common love and appreciation for the Bavarian Culture and enjoy sharing Bavarian joy through their performances, with some dances inviting members of the audience to come and join in on the fun.

10 am Sunday Obi’s Garden Stage – workshop

11.45 Sunday Garden Stage


DreamState Circus

DreamState Circus

This award-winning Aussie / English Duo will delight and entertain you with their action- packed mix of acrobatics, juggling, and incredible fire manipulation. A brilliant balance between comedy and danger – This is a must- see act, with fiery chemistry, their passion is enchantingly tangible.

SPECIAL EVENT – On the Main Street Saturday from 5 pm


women in docs

women in docs

Much-loved semi local, independent, champagne folk act, women in docs, are known for their raw, exciting, upbeat sounds, well-considered and just plain funny lyrics, crisp, acoustic guitar and soaring harmonies. At the festival this year as a four piece band.

10 pm Saturday Garden Stage

11 am Sunday St Mark’s Church – workshop

1 pm Sunday Garden Stage



Daniel J Townsend

Daniel J Townsend

Born on a tiny island on the edge of the world, the descendant of a convict girl and her employer. Poet, folk musician and dilettante historian, he has been singing stories ever since. Expect songs and stories, deep thoughts and scuba gear humour.

12.30 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom

9.15 pm Saturday Obi’s Garden Vibe

SPECIAL EVENT10 am Sunday Quincan Café – Festival Song Circle

1.15 pm Sunday Obi’s Garden Vibe





The past year has been one hell of a crazy international adventure for changoTRee! They released their debut debut album “home” in October of 2016 and had a #1 song on the AMWRAP Australian charts as well as solid airplay around the country. They have “jet-lagged” the globe, travelling, recording, writing and performing shows and festivals in, New Orleans, Texas, Ireland, New York, London & France. Then back home to Mornington Victoria Australia via East Coast tour to Melbourne to Byron Bay and all in between.

Their Muse is magical roots, blues-cruise, funky-folk with soaring harmonies swampy grooves with a ‘neoteric splash of surf reggae chang’ from their coastal hometown Mornington Peninsula. They will be performing songs for the new uncoming album out in October called “Window” written and recorded around the globe over the past year changoTRee is fronted by a brilliant and unique male/female vocal harmony combo, Ian T and Ree Liddell. She is the elegant waxing dobro, mandolin acoustic guitar & he, Ian, is the surf dawg riding 8 string acoustic-electric. guitar-synth, (w stomp box and bass loops)

10.30 am Saturday Obi’s Garden Vibe

SPECIAL EVENT – 12.15 pm Saturday Curtain Fig Stage – Album Launch

8 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom

2 pm Sunday Garden Stage




Bella Cappella

A vibrant mix of songs in 4-part harmony from different ages and cultures takes you on a musical journey around the world. This group’s infectious enthusiasm rubs off on the audience. You just can’t help but to ‘join in’.

Saturday 11 am Curtain Fig Stage

Bob Elliston

Bob Elliston

Singer/guitarist for over 56 years. “Bob is an accomplished guitarist with a pleasant voice and a good interpretation of lyrics allowing him to deliver his songs in a very special way- (Kelly Dixon).

4 pm Sat Nick’s Restaurant

Brealyn Sheehan


With a sultry blend of jazz, blues and indie folk, songstress Brealyn’s been delighting listeners throughout her relatively short music career with her sassy stage presence, emotionally laden lyrics and her voice which flows like liquid velvet with a delicious hint of growl. Performing with a full band, Brealyn’s intimate story telling style and lashings of lush vocals engage audiences and invite them into her world.

8.45 pm Friday Pub Ballroom

12.30 pm Saturday Quincan Café

10 am Sunday Garden Stage


Django in the Djungle

Django in the Djungle

Tablelands & Cairns

Swing it with this RED-HOT Gypsy Swing Band. The Hot Club repertoire is featured in addition to gypsy and swing tunes. Get your dose of Sweet & Lowdown music with vocals, chunking guitars, swinging violin, bass, mandolin, flute, sax & clarinet. Let the good times roll!

SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS – featuring Kirtley Leigh on swinging violin and Robert Colman on hot saxophone. Wear your dancing shoes!

Sunday 15 th October – Taste of the Tablelands -Atherton, 12noon & 2pm

7 pm Friday Community Hall

Breakfast Djungle Djam – Sat – 8:30am – 12noon, Gem Gallery

Breakfast Djungle Djam – Sun – 8:30am – 10:30am, Gem Gallery

11.30 am Sunday Pub Ballroom

1.30 pm Sunday CWA Hall workshop