Stevie Roberts

Stevie Roberts

After the release of two albums, ‘88 Keys’ and more recently ‘Northern Anthems’, Stevie has become well known for his unique style which blends classic soul and RnB. His songs are influenced by the chilled out vibes of the tropics through his infectious melodies and soulful piano grooves.

12.15 pm Sat – The Fringe
2.45 pm Sat – Coffee & Clay Café
1 pm Sun – The Fringe

Maddi O’Brien

Maddi OBrien

Sultry words of poetry come to life as if from your own distant memories. Her voice of melancholy a husky lullaby, gripping you with her ensemble of written sentiments, which express a sense of nostalgic bliss, reflecting her own authentic underground. Multi-instrumentalist Maddi O’Brien sings ambient folk and melodious lover blues.

7.30 Friday Coffee and Clay Café
2.30 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom
Noon Sunday – St Mark’s Church – Workshop

Giant Lantern Making Workshops

Bright Seeds
Bright Seeds

The Bright Seed Lantern Project brings giant puppet-maker Daniele Poidomani of Memetica to work with interested people on the Tablelands to create giant lanterns inspired by the seed of our native forests. These lanterns will be the feature of this year’s Festival Parade, representing not only our respect for the natural environment, but also TFF’s commitment to planting the seeds of creativity and music in our young people. The lanterns will then be displayed by their makers in the community.

Ravenshoe: Tues 11th
5:30-8:30pm   |   Sat 15th 10-1pm   |   Mon 17th 5:30-8:30pm
Herberton: Wed 12th
5:30-8:30pm   |    Sun 16th 10-1pm   |   Tue 18th 5:30-8:30pm
Yungaburra: Thur 13th
5:30-8:30pm   |    Sat 15th 2-5pm   |   Wed 19th 5:30-8:30pm

These workshops are suitable for older teens and adults interested in learning the skills of sculptural lantern-making from a master.

We invite children to join us on Sat 15th in Yungaburra or, at the Folk Festival to make a simple lantern to carry in the Parade.

For more info and to book, please contact Jenni –

Funded by Tablelands Folk Festival and RADF with the support of Ravenshoe Community Centre and Herberton CIA.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Tablelands Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Kirtan with Gary Dozier and Nick Atherton


Vocal yoga with call and response participation. Kirtan roots stem from ancient Hindu Sanskrit. Featuring tabla, cymbals, slide and acoustic guitars and lots of singing. This is a spiritually secular event. All welcome.

12 noon Sunday – Nick’s Restaurant

Mangrove Jack – Sept Sessions Yungaburra Pub

Sept 2022 Sessions

We’re thrilled to feature the ever popular North Queensland icons, Mangrove Jack as they take to the stage in a brand new line-up for the September 24 Yungaburra Sessions.

Mangrove Jack have been a mainstay of the local music industry as performers, mentors and Festival organisers. They’ve travelled the World with their music, traditional Oz, Celtic fusion, original songs and a few handy covers.

This will be the final Yungaburra Sessions for 2022 with the big event looming on the horizon.

See you at The Yungaburra Sessions at the historic Yungaburra Pub

Verandah Jam Session from 3 pm

Open mic at 7 pm – all performers welcome

Mangrove Jack on stage from 7.30 pm

The Blues Preachers Album Launch

Tablelands Folk Festival

The Blues Preachers continue their journey along The Kings Highway with their latest Release “ The Kings Highway”

This is an album of modern day Folk/ Blues songs about war, climate change, greed & dysfunction.

4.30 pm Pub Ballroom

Mick O’Mara

Tablelands Folk Festival

Originally from Limerick, Mick has lived in Cairns for over 30 years playing gigs and hosting Irish sessions. From Christy Moore to Dougie MacLean, be transported back to the Emerald Isle with his favourite selection of Irish and Scottish songs.

10.45 am Sat – Coffee and Clay Café
12 noon Sun – Coffee and Clay Café

The Beez Duo & Joe McCarty – Aug 27 Sessions

Tablelands Folk Festival presents for your listening pleasure on August 27 , The Beez duo and Joe McCarty. A truly multicultural evening of Yungaburra Sessions good times.

Having recently arrived in Queensland from the UK, where he has had great success plying his trade on Brightons renowned music circuit, Joe McCarty brings with him a unique brand of pop tinged with jazz and folk elements. Expect CSNY harmonies, Harry Nilsson style songs held within intimate, captivating live performances.

Deta and Rob Rayner from The Beez: Stranded in Australia!!

That’s right! Probably one of the only international acts currently in the country-and loving it!

Deta C. Rayner (accordion and vocals) and Rob Rayner (guitar and vocals) unwittingly missed the Last Plane Out of Sydney and will be presenting a yodellin´, thigh slappin’, lederhosen wettin´ fest of Beez music featuring the Beatific Beats of their Bavarian Boombox.

You´ll thrill to comic classics from the likes of Rammstein and Bonnie Tyler; you´ll tear off that dirndl and shake a Teutonic Tailfeather when you catch a glimpse of Nena’s 99 Red Balloons; you´ll swoon to Marlene Dietrich´s Lili Marlene but, most of all, you´ll be entertained-and that’s an order!

The Beez 2020 Australian tour was rudely interrupted in March, so here they are to make amends with an evening of Dancefloor -Compatible Deutsche Derring-Do, featuring Deta´s fabulous “Brunhilde Bass“ accordion .

One octave below the conventional accordion bass, this is an Alp-quaking tone of Wagnerian proportions.

Melded with Rob´s custom Höfner “Blitzkrieg“ guitar, it´s an irresistible rockin´ polka machine held together by the marching rhythms of a loop machine by the name of Wolfgang Amadeus and, of course, those gorgeous harmonies and cabaret sensibilities which are the icing on the Schwarwälderkirschtorte.

Tablelands Folk Festival Yungaburra Sessions
Walk in musicians welcome

No Cover Charge

Yungaburra Pub
Verandah Folk Music Jam 3 pm
Joe McCarty and The Beez duo on stage from 7.30 pm.
Tablelands Folk Festival tickets are now on sale on-line.

JuJu Moon – July 23 Sessions – Yungaburra Pub

July Sessions
July Sessions

The Tablelands Folk Festival July Sessions features the fabulous JuJu Moon.

JuJu Moon is the song writing, recording and production collaboration between Ian and Karen Stewart.

Based at Mission Beach, they are supported by a wonderful band of musical friends including a punchy rhythm section, virtuosic vocalists and soaring horns. Franny Francis-Piper on backing vocals, Kent Gibbins on bass a guitar, Ian Preece on drums, Kym Hall on sax and Shabaun Jones on trumpet.

The band has played festivals, venues and events in FNQ for years including the Tablelands Folk Festival, Palm Creek Festival, Cassowary Festival, The Tanks, Resonate and Northern Exposure 2021.

Their music can be heard on local and regional radio stations including ABC Far North.

Band members celebrate the energy that everyone brings to the gig. At the Yungaburra Sessions on July 23, the JuJu’s will include songs from their new album, encompassing simple joys and existential questions.

Enjoying a set with JuJu Moon is like having a fabulous ‘JuJu’ party with some great mates you’ve known for years. It’s a family – we call it the JuJu family.

The band members acknowledge everyone’s quirks and celebrate the fun energy that each person brings to the gig.

Punters at a JuJu Moon set have often remarked on how that energy between each band member is obvious and that all look like they are having a great time – that’s because they are.

Join the JuJu’s as they fire up their amps, horns, drums and voices and perform their original songs about much of the human condition; love and lust, life and death, from simple joy to ‘what the hell is going on here?’

TFF July Sessions at the Yungaburra Pub

Verandah Jam Session from 3 pm

JuJu Moon in Concert from 7.30 pm

Welcome to Country with Elder Uncle Laurie Padmore and giant puppet Janggaburru

Elder Uncle Laurie Padmore
Elder Uncle Laurie Padmore

We Acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Yungaburra/Jangaburru, the Dulgubarra-Yindinji people and thank them for sharing Country.

“Gadan wabu nyunduubany jiba durrgan” – You all come together with a happy heart.

Yungaburra is a name given by early settlers for this village. The name was adopted from our language name for the tree species. Our Dulgubarra Yidinji name for this tree, Queensland Silver Ash, is Janggaburru (Junggu-boor-roo)” Laurie Padmore.

Followed by Festival Opening with Special Guest TRC Councillor David Clifton and TFF Festival Director Michael Hodgkins. Followed by the pipes and drums of the United Tableland Pipe Band.

Friday 6 pm – Fringe Stage

Songs Of The Dispossessed – Tom + Keryn

Tom + Keryn
Tom + Keryn

Our human experience includes people who have been left behind; dispossessed of their lands, of their goods, of their livelihoods, of their very humanity. Many of these recorded their experiences, singing their grief, their joy. Come join us in raising our voices in solidarity.

11 am Sun – Nick’s Restaurant

Poets Breakfast

Poets Breakfast
Poets Breakfast

This year hosted by Folkie stalwart Peter Firth, joined by an eclectic group of writers and reciters, vagabonds and ne’re do wells. A light-hearted way to start your Festival Sunday.

8.30 am Sunday – The Rec Shed at Memorial Hall (The Campground)

 Ceilidh Dance

Ceilidh Dance
Ceilidh Dance

Come on a dancing journey with the United Tableland Pipe Band. Roll out the Tart and kick up your heels. We’ll dance the Gay Gordons and the Pride of Erin and everything in between till we’re all fair puckled!

7 pm Sat – The Rec Shed at The Campground

Nomadica Tribal Belly Dance

Nomadica Tribal Belly Dance
Nomadica Tribal Belly Dance

Fabulous, wild women who enjoy dancing and laughing together in an improvised tribal belly dance format.

On the Street 6 pm Sat for the Grand Parade



Local Community choirs Woyaya and BellaCappella combine for an Acappella extravaganza!!! Come and hear them raise the roof with a beautiful collection of songs from across the globe.

2 pm Sat – Community Hall

Shanty Session Sally Andrews

Shanty Session Sally Andrews
Shanty Session Sally Andrews

With her piano accordion, red hair, and copious numbers of Irish nautical shanties, Sally Andrews has brought lively reels and stirring ballads to Irish sessions everywhere from New York to New Zealand, including to our very own McGinty’s in Cairns.

12.45 pm Sat – Coffee and Clay

Floyd Thursby’s Secret History of Song

Floyd Thursby’s Secret History of Song
Floyd Thursby’s Secret History of Song

Everything we never knew about our favourite songs
What did Johnny Cash steal to end up in Folsom Prison? What’s the story with the Beatles’ ‘Come Together’? What dirty deed got AC/DC into legal hot water? What do the Angels owe to Status Quo? Find out as Floyd Thursby reveals the historical texts that have influenced and inspired some of our favourite songs.

11.45 am Sat – Coffee and Clay

TFF McGinty’s Song Writer Competition

TFF McGinty’s Song Writer Competition
TFF McGinty’s Song Writer Competition

Gaining momentum since 2016, this prestigious event offers 3 categories and 3 amazing prize packages including a recording deal. We sincerely thank our judges – Shirley Lynn, Fiona Sewell, Karen Stewart and Jeanette Wormald.

Emerging registration opens at 9.30 am for 9.45 am start
Open registration opens at 12.45 pm for 1.00 pm start
Saturday – St Mark’s Church

Bugzy Bumblebee Bubble Love

Bugzy Bumblebee Bubble Love

Bugzy Bumblebee Bubble Love

A mesmerizing entertainer and bubbleologist delivering high quality shows incorporating giant rainbow coloured soap bubbles.

Various times – In the Children’s Fair area and on the street for the Grand Parade.

The Fashion Police

Fashion Police

Look out, look out there’s Fashion Police about. These guys will keep you safe in times of fashion turmoil. Street theatre with a difference, roaming entertainment you will never forget! The Fashion Police are here to protect you from tragic fashion faux pas. With advanced electronic equipment to measure the size of your flares and the colour of your cardigan, you will feel confident that your event will be free of any trouble.

All weekend

Slide right in – Brother John

The Blues Preachers
The Blues Preachers

How to play slide guitar playing melody against an Alternating Bass, Delta blues style and Single not lead style using Duane Allman’s right hand muting method.

10 am Sun Gem Gallery

Harmonica Talk – C.D Lyons

The Blues Preachers
The Blues Preachers

A general introduction to Blues Harmonica and playing the Blues. Learn To Chug Like a Train,
Get that harmonica to Howl & play some Whoopin Blues.

11 am Sun Gem Gallery

Highly Strung – Broken Creek

Broken Creek
Broken Creek

Learn a simple tune on a stringed instrument of your choice and how to apply a palette of ornaments and grooves from Old-Time, Irish, Scottish and Bluegrass styles.

1 pm Sun St Mark’s Church

Trad Tunes – Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson

Finger picking and banjo techniques used in bluegrass and old time music. Bring your banjo or guitar and learn some traditional tunes from a seasoned performer!

Ben Wilson

1 pm Sun CWA Hall

Embrace Your Voice

Maddi OBrien
Maddi OBrien

Vocal play designed to encourage you to find, liberate & celebrate your unique voice. Empower yourself, overcome fears & blockages in a safe, playful environment.

Noon Sunday – St Mark’s Church

The Art of Storytelling – Paul Brandon

Sarah Calderwood and Paul Brandon
Sarah Calderwood and Paul Brandon

This Internationally published sci-fi/fantasy author teaches the art of telling a great story through words and music. Inclusive for everyone, suitable for all ages, particularly lovers of stories and those who pass them on.

11 am Sun CWA Hall

Woyaya/BellaCapella – MegaChoir

Woyaya/BellaCapella - MegaChoir

A wonderful combination of Atherton’s Bella Capella Community singers and Cairns’ WOYAYA Acappella singers, These singers really enjoy the chance to sing together – and their enthusiasm is catching! Come and hear them raise the roof with a beautiful collection of songs from across the globe.

10 am Sat – Community Hall – BellaCappella – BIG SING
11 am Sat – Little Eden – Woyaya
2 pm Sat – Community Hall – MEGACHOIR

Wind and Wood


Morag and Trevor Gane, are a flute, vocal and guitar duo performing original songs and covers of their favourite songs. From haunting folk/rock tunes to feet stomping sea shanties, bringing something for everyone to enjoy.

7 pm Fri – Pub Ballroom
3.45 pm Sat – Little Eden

United Tableland Pipe Band

Highland Fling
Highland Fling

Now Haud yer wheesht and get over your blate, don’t fall on yer bahookie. Jist gie it a wee shoogle and gie ‘in it laldy!, cause it’s a braw day for a wee swally.

Shoosh up, Get over yourself and don’t fall on your bum, it’s a great day to come and have a dance!

6.30 pm Fri – The Fringe – Welcome to Country
2.45 pm Sat – The Fringe
7 pm Sat – The Rec Shed (Camp ground Hall) – Ceilidh Dance

Ungus Ungus Ungus – Vic

Ungus Ungus Ungus - Vic
Ungus Ungus Ungus

Australia’s premier peddlers of vaudevillian psychedelia, strap you in for a rollercoaster ride of dance and mayhem. This is carnivalesque party music for the creatively inclined, traversing territory from global folktronica to swing, Eastern European influences and their signature carnie-hop.

11 pm Fri – Community Hall
12.45 pm Sat – TAFE Stage – Children’s workshop
4.30 pm Sat – Garden Stage
10 pm Sat – Community Hall

Tuck Shop Ladies – Vic

Tuck Shop Ladies

An amalgamation of Australian folk music darlings Sam Lohs (Fruit) and Rosie Burgess (Rosie Burgess Trio). Strapping on a pair of ukuleles, they pull back the curtain to share an intimate selection of the often ridiculous, but always harmonious songs that were birthed in the back of a tour van.

10 pm Fri – Pub Ballroom
2.45 pm Sat – Little Eden
9 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom
Workshop – 11 am Sun – St Mark’s Church

Timothy James Wright

Timothy James Wright

Moving through genres but never arriving at any one in particular Tim and his band create unique melodic landscapes that touch heartstrings and tell stories. From apocalyptic bluegrass to synth driven dark pop it’s life seen through the eyes of a man forever on the run.

8 pm Fri – Garden Stage
11.30 am Sat – Garden Stage
Workshop – 1.30 pm Sat – Gem Gallery

The Blues Preachers – NSW

The Blues Preachers

Brother John (John Morris) and Captain Bluetongue (Craig Lyons) will take you to another place and time, performing a fusion of good old blues, rags, gospel and hillbilly folk. Driving finger-style and slide-guitar combined with tasteful harmonica and old-school vocal harmonies creating a traditional sound.

7 pm Fri – Our Place Restaurant (bookings essential)
11 pm Fri – Pub Ballroom
4.30 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom – Album Launch
3 pm Sun – Little Eden
Workshop #1 – 10 am Sun – Gem Gallery
Workshop #2 – 11 am Sun – Gem Gallery

The Barleyshakes – Bris

The Barleyshakes

Originally from Dublin, the Barleyshakes manage to hold hands with the tradition of Irish music while infusing it with a fresh and contemporary spirit is remarkable. Intense energy, beautiful harmony, and irresistible dance rhythms.

12.30 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom
9 pm Sat – Community Hall
4.30 Sun – Pub Ballroom
Workshop #1 – 10 am Sun – CWA Hall
Workshop #2 – 1 pm Sun – Gem Gallery

Skiffle Party – Vic

Skiffle Party - Vic

Skiffle is high energy upbeat American roots music. The birth of British rock. Skiffle Party play music exploring this rich tradition of American hillbilly and blues music incorporating Classic skiffle tunes and sing-along versions of many well-known traditional folk songs.

8 pm Fri – Pub Ballroom
8 pm Sat – Little Eden
11.30 am Sun – Pub Ballroom

Shirley Lynn

Shirley Lynn

Invested in song writing for over 10 years now, Shirley’s performance will be an expression of meaningful songs reflecting love and life lenses for well-being and conscious living and will include story weaving about her journey as a songwriter.

Invested in song writing for over 10 years now, Shirley’s performance will be an expression of meaningful songs reflecting love and life lenses for well-being and conscious living and will include story weaving about her journey as a songwriter.

8.30 pm Fri – Coffee & Clay Café
1.15 pm Sun – Little Eden

Secret Tuesdays

Secret Tuesdays

An all-woman folk band from the hills of Kuranda, singing in harmony in the rich traditions of folk, gypsy, shanties, blues and country. While we listen to the frogs sing and the gentle sound of the rain, we tell each other stories and craft them into songs – a sepia toned collection of gold nuggets and old bones.

1.30 pm Sat – Garden Stage
10.45 am Sun – Garden Stage
Workshop – 2 pm Sun – St Mark’s Church

Secret Men

Secret Men

A sextet of blokey goodness formed during lock down in 2020, Secret Men are a vocal harmony group performing only original compositions.

7 pm Fri – Coffee & Clay Café
10 am Sat – Garden Stage
4.30 pm Sat – The Fringe

Sásta – Bris


The most dynamic Irish band in Australia today, made up of multi-instrumentalists who have performed at the highest national level, playing festivals, concerts and gigs since 2010. Pumping reels with phenomenal energy, with renditions of your favourite Irish songs, with some superbly-penned original tunes and songs.

8 pm Fri – Community Hall
10 pm Sat – Garden Stage
12.45 pm Sun – Garden Stage
Workshop – 1 pm – Community Hall

Sarah Calderwood and Paul Brandon – Bris

Sarah Calderwood and Paul Brandon
Sarah Calderwood and Paul Brandon

Often praised for their capacity to sound new and old at once, Sarah and Paul anchor their music in the space where tradition and innovation intertwine. Imagine singing story songs together with vocals, guitar and whistles in a cosy living room with squashy armchairs. Relax and enjoy.

10.45 am Sat – Pub Ballroom
11 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom
12.30 pm Sun – Pub Ballroom
Workshop #1 – 4.30 pm Sat Gem Gallery
Workshop #2 – 11 am Sun – CWA Hall

Sally Andrews – ACT

Sally Andrews - ACT
Sally Andrews - ACT

Singing a mixture of Irish and Scottish folk ballads and copious numbers of nautical shanties, accompanied by her 1960s Hohner accordion. Through songs of famine, war, exile and heartbreak, her performance will walk you through the tangled intersections of music, migration and history.

8 pm Fri – The Fringe
12.45 pm Sat – Coffee & Clay Café – Shanty Session
7.45 pm Sat – The Fringe

Round Mountain Girls – NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Round Mountain Girls

If Mumford and Sons, The Pogues and Metallica had a three-way love-child it would be a Round Mountain Girls. The finest purveyors of Celtabillypunkfolkrootsgrass in the Southern Hemisphere. You’ll forget you’ve got a mortgage, forget your dog’s just died and ignore for a moment that the ice caps are melting.

10 pm Fri – Garden Stage
8 pm Sat – Community Hall
3.30 pm Sun – Garden Stage
Workshop – 10.30 am Sat – Gem Gallery



Formed in 2004, the group are a loose collective of muso’s who jammed and lived the very music they created. High Energy Original Ska -Jazz mixed in with some choice covers leads to a rich cacophony of fun and enjoyment.

11 pm Fri – Garden Stage
2.30 pm Sat – Garden Stage
7 pm Sat – Community Hall

Pj Myers

Pj Myers

Raised in the U.K., Pj has always been attracted to the art of creation and began writing music at the age of 15. Incorporating a special brand of laid back, soulful music, filled with uplifting melodies and positivity. Coupled with his soothing vocals, his music is centred around delicate, inventive guitar grooves.

Pj Myers

8.45 pm Fri – The Fringe
8.30 pm Sat – The Fringe
10 am Sun – The Fringe

Nick Atherton

Nick Atherton

Using guitar, looper and stomp boxes, Nick fuses many styles and influencers into his original songs.

Elements of Blues, Folk and Rock meet improvisation, imagination and Zen poetics, resulting in a diverse repertoire with a positive message delivered with deft picking and heartfelt vocals.

7 pm Fri – Nick’s Restaurant
7 pm Sat – Nick’s Restaurant

Munsterbucks – NSW


Festival favourites, these boys return in 2022, bringing you the upbeat sounds of Ireland on fiddle, mandolin and guitar with charismatic front man Jack O’Leary himself.

9 pm Fri – Little Eden
3.30 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom
7 pm Sat – Our Place Restaurant (Bookings essential)
11 pm Sat – Garden Stage

Monique Clare – Bris

Monique Clare - Bris

With just her voice, four strings and a cello bow, Monique Clare carves out a musical landscape to get lost in. Her music is mesmerising, cathartic and offbeat. Driving rhythms collide with intricate cello lines; heart-tugging harmonies are woven through compelling vocals.

11.45 am Sat – Pub Ballroom
10 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom
10.45 am Sun – Pub Ballroom
Workshop – 3.30 pm Sat – Gem Gallery

Marc Apella

Marc Apella
Marc Apella
Marc Apella

Electric Violin /Singer covering a wide variety of Irish, Country, Celtic, Celtic Rock and Contemporary. Tunes and songs. Expect High Energy Up-tempo Violin Fiddling and crowd participation.

7.45 pm Fri – Nick’s Restaurant
9 pm Sat – Coffee & Clay Cafe
12 noon Sun – Nick’s Restaurant
Workshop – 10 am Sun – St Mark’s Church

Mangrove Jack

Mangrove Jack

Not sure how this mob have time to play music but here you go. Up to their usual tricks and musical treats.

1.45 pm Sat – Little Eden

Kevin Hazell & Dr Luv

Kevin Hazell & Dr Luv

Combining passionate, memorable lyrics with a musical depth, that transcends conventional expectations, Kevin Hazell understands that music and creativity cannot be bound by physical limitations. As a Duo Kevin Hazell & Dr Luv have the ability to captivate audiences.

9.15 pm Fri – Coffee & Clay Café
4.30 pm Sat – Little Eden
7 pm Sat – The Fringe

Joe McCarty

Joe McCarty
Joe McCarty

Recently arrived in Queensland from the UK, where he has had great success plying his trade on Brighton’s renowned music circuit, McCarty brings with him a unique brand of pop tinged with jazz and folk elements. Expect CSNY harmonies, Harry Nilsson style songs held within intimate, captivating live performances.

7 pm Fri – Little Eden
10 am Sat – Pub Ballroom
2 pm Sun – Little Eden


Ingrid Piper

Ingrid Piper
Ingrid Piper

Original music inspired by her life and tropical surroundings, with a background in classical music, Ingrid enchants audiences with her dreamy melodic vocals, piano and guitar. Her songs evoke vivid imagery through emotive storytelling and her love of indie and folk music has inspired her unique style and sound.

10 am Sun – Pub Ballroom
3.45 pm Sun – The Fringe

Honey Tree


Playing a wide variety of genres from jazz to rock; ballads to reggae; and anything else that sounds good on a timeline from seventy years ago to the present day. Sweet original tunes, three part harmonies and an eclectic mix of instruments.

12 noon Sat – Little Eden
1.30 pm Sun – The Fringe
Workshop – 12 noon Sun – Gem Gallery

Hello Tut Tut – NSW

Hello Tut Tut

A stimulating musical journey shaped by the aesthetics of cultures from around the world. Exploring their heritage through a unique blend of gypsy, klezmer and latin sounds with a heart pumping high energy performance that’ll be sure to get you off your seat and dancing!

10 pm Fri – Community Hall
11 pm Sat – Community Hall
11.45 am Sun – Garden Stage
Workshop – 11 am Sat – Community Hall

Gottani Sisters

Gottani Sisters
Gottani Sisters

Superior sibling harmony, Pauline on guitar & Jennifer on guitar/banjo these sisters hail from Rollingstone, North Queensland. They have represented Australia in Nashville, done support shows for the legendary Johnny Cash & toured with the late & great Slim Dusty.

1.30 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom
7 pm Sat – Little Eden
1.30 pm Sun – Pub Ballroom

Crystal Robins – NT

Crystal Robins

A songwriter based in Larrakia country (Darwin NT) in the tropical top end of Australia, Crystal brings to the stage a sweet mix of indie-folk with a country twist, layering loops & harmonies, to accompany her relatable lyrics.

7 pm Sat – Coffee & Clay Café
11.45 am Sat – TAFE Stage – Children’s Show
9.15 pm Sat – The Fringe
10.45 am Sun – Little Eden

Bugzy Bumblebee

Bugzy Bumblebee

WOW-ing the crowds with beautiful bubbles! And she can teach you how to make giant bubbles too! Bugzy Bumblebee’s bubbly bee character will keep the kids and kids at heart entertained for hours. Fill your world with smiles and joy.

11 am Sat – TAFE Stage
All weekend bubbles Children’s Fair and Main Street

Broken Creek – Vic

Broken Creek

Intricate chamber folk arrangements for banjo, guitar, violin and voice. In crafting their songs and tunes, Broken Creek draw on diverse sources including protest songs, Old-Time banjo tunes and Celtic fiddle traditions.

1.45 pm Sat – Coffee & Clay Cafe
8 pm Sat – Coffee & Clay Café
11.30 am Sun – Little Eden
Workshop – 1 pm Sun – St Mark’s Church

Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson will take you on a voyage through folk, old time banjo and country blues
exploring both originals and traditional. With Wilson on guitar, banjo, harmonica and vocals, and long-time friend and premium NSW import Isaac Vincent complimenting with violin and
vocal harmonies.

9.30 pm Fri – The Fringe
9 pm Sat – Little Eden
3.30 pm Sun – Pub Ballroom
Workshop – 1 pm Sun – CWA Hall

Andy Brassett

Andy Brassett

A full 4 piece band, combining soulful vocals that effortlessly transition from smooth falsettos to thunderous, pure blues gravel combined with percussive rhythms and bass. Influences include Reggae, Nu-Soul, Folk, Indie Rock, Funk and Blues.

7 pm Fri – Community Hall
10 am Sunday – Garden Stage

Albi and the Wolves – NZ

Albi and the Wolves – NZ

All three musicians are powerful and compelling performers in their own right. But when they come together, they create something larger than any individual, something incredible.
“For the strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack”

9 pm Fri – Pub Ballroom
9 pm Sat – Garden Stage
2.30 pm Sunday – Pub Ballroom

Aaron Pollock – Vic

Aaron Pollock

At only 25 years old, Aaron is the youngest Australian to represent his country at the International Blues Challenge Finals, opening the door for his recent recognition as one of the world’s finest young blues entertainers, specialising in acoustic delta and fingerstyle blues.

12.45 pm Sat – Little Eden
8 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom
1.45 pm Sun – Garden Stage
Workshop – 12 noon Sun – CWA Hall

TFF June Sessions Sat June 25, 7pm, Pub Ballroom

Tablelands Folk Festival

Tablelands Folk Festival Association is going all out to bring you a treat with these two fantastic acts on the same night.

Put June 25 in your diary for the TFF June Sessions featuring local banjo maestro Ben Wilson and the fabulous Jeanette Wormald Trio.

Born and raised on chalky southern shores of England, Ben ‘Banjo’ Wilson now resides in the great Northern Tablelands of QLD. Having played at festivals all over Australia, Wilson is well versed in the traditions of folk, old time and country blues. Originals and traditionals are accompanied by banjo, guitar, harmonica, and a voice that cuts like a knife through butter.

With five albums to her credit, Jeanette Wormald has won national and international radio airplay and critical acclaim for her voice and her original songs inspired by the Australian landscape.

“It was Jeanette’s voice that first turned my head. Her resonating truly Australian flavour encapsulates the Australian Bush and helps to tell stories showing a deep understanding and experience rare to storytellers. Not confined or restricted to a particular style, Jeanette’s obvious love of the Australian Outback from the red deserts to the lush rainforests, from the opalescent seas of the north to the rugged, scoured coastlands of the turbulent southern oceans come alive in passionate songs.” – MICK HODGKINS Tablelands Folk Festival

“Evocative lyrics and a beautiful melodic voice so clear you can hear every word…” – FIONA SEWELL, ABC FAR NORTH

Wormald 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 by renowned Tablelands musicians’ Dave Hart on upright double bass and Paul Vandersar on lead guitar and harmony vocals, the trio delivers a quality performance.

Join us for a great night of music at the iconic Yungaburra Pub for the June 2022 Sessions.

Saturday June 25

Folk Music Jam Session from 3 pm on the pub verandah

Ben Wilson and Jeanette Wormald Trio from 7 pm in the Pub Ballroom.

No Cover Charge.

See you there!

All Strings Unite! – Monique Clare

Monique Clare
Monique Clare

Calling all fiddles, violas, cello and basses to gather and create an epic arrangement of a folk tune. Who needs guitarists and drummers? We’ll explore chord and rhythm techniques for string instruments to take care of that ourselves.

3.30 pm Sat Gem Gallery

Your Voice-Your Journey – Keesha Mclean

Keesha Mclean

Join Cairns Voice Studio’s Keesha Mclean, professional vocal coach and vocal habilitation professional on vocal discovery and vocal health awareness.

Protecting your vocal health is the most important thing you can do for your career and wellbeing for any voice user, vocalist, actor, speaker, teacher and other vocations.

Fun, supportive workshop with Q&A.

2.30 pm Sat – Gem Gallery

Irish Trad – Sasta


With varied backgrounds in Irish music and musical performance, Sasta show how musically, they blend tradition with modern influences. They will demonstrate various types of tunes, some tricks of the trade and tips on arrangement. BYO instrument.

1 pm Sat – Community Hall

BIG SING – BellaCappella


Singing enthusiasts of all age and gender are invited to enjoy the uplifting harmonies of songs from around the world. No experience required. Song sheets will be available at the door.

10 am Sat Community Hall

Songwriter’s Competition 2021 winners

Winners are:
Emerging Category:
Encouragement Award – Kevin Hazell
Emerging Category Winner – Isabella Allison
Emerging – Best Song – John Rainbird

Open Category:
Highly Commended – Ingrid Piper
Open Category Winner – Rowan Sizer and Alice Fitzgerald [Ally Row]
Open – Best Song – Reuben Dwyer

Judges this year were – Karen Stewart, Julia Starr, Fiona Sewell and Shirley Lynn

Ingrid Piper
Isabella Allison
John Rainbird
Open Category winners with one of our judges, Fiona Sewell.
Reuben Dwyer
Rowan and Alice