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

We Shall Overcome – 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 – venue TBC

 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!

7.30 pm
venue TBC

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

MEGACHOIR

MEGACHOIR
MEGACHOIR

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.

9.45 am Sat – Emerging

12.45 pm – Open Section

CWA Hall TBC

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.

Yoga + Balance with Tanya

Yoga + Balance with Tanya
Yoga + Balance with Tanya

Start your festival morning with a gentle yoga class. Combining breath exercises, a stretch flow and spirit of playfulness, you will step off the mat feeling nourished, refreshed and balanced.

7 am Sat and Sun – TAFE Stage area

The Misting Tent

The Misting Tent
The Misting Tent

You’ll find it in the middle of the park. An instant chill pill. Step inside and cool off, then party on.

All weekend

The Fashion Police

The Fashion Police
The Fashion Police

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 the festival will be free of any trouble.

They could pop up right beside you anytime over the 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

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.

2 pm Sun Gem Gallery

Floyd Thursby – Vic

Contemporary folk singer Floyd Thursby writes songs about love and death, wild nights and quiet days, sacred moments and everyday life. He performs solo: one guitar, one voice.

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.

Wind and Wood

Wind+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.

United Tableland Pipe Band

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.

Highland Fling

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

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.

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.

The Magnificence – Toowoomba

The Magnificence - Toowoomba

They growl, they mewl, they cook – and they make audiences feel better about otherwise questionable life choices. Something old, Something new, something borrowed and some blues. Featuring a collaboration between the Magnificence and FNQ’s favourite Chanteuse Brealyn Sheehan.

The Juliettes

The Juliettes

Jules and her band bring you sweet sounds and good vibes as they take you on a journey to indy heaven. Think ice cream with a side of rum, think sequins and safety pins, think salty, sweet, sour and hot. It is what it is. Now, let’s not be coy, come and introduce yourselves. Hearts on sleeves welcome.

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.

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.

Tenni

Tenni
Tenni

An emerging artist from Far North Queensland. Just starting out in her musical career she has an incredible ability to put emotions into words through her music. With an Indie/folk style, she composes songs that everyone can relate to, involving people of all kinds in her music.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sásta – Bris

Sasta

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.

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.

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.

Sally Andrews - ACT

Round Mountain Girls – NSW

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.

Raconteurs

Raconteurs

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.

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

Out of Abingdon – Bris

Out of Abingdon

Combining Tina’s ethereal vocals and grooving double bass with Warwick’s mesmerising, intricate guitar work and bluesy vocals creating soulful acoustic lounge music that has enchanted audiences worldwide. Very cool, very smooth, these guys are fascinating!

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.

Munsterbucks – NSW

Munsterbucks

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.

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.

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.

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.

JuJu Moon

JuJu Moon
JuJu Moon

A JuJu Moon set is a powerful experience, band members celebrating the energy that everyone brings to the gig. This year the JuJu’s will include songs from their new album, encompassing simple joys and existential questions.   

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.

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.

Honey Tree

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.

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!

Gottani Sisters

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.

Django in the Djungle

Django in the Djungle

Jubilant swing, early string & horn bands songs, hokum and real low-down dirty drags. The band includes a horn section, guitars, mandolin, clarinet, flute, and a blistering rhythm section.

Day of Embers – Bris

Day of Embers

Featuring multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters, Welshman Daryl James, and Dawn, a bewitching vocalist of Canadian, Irish and Indian descent, Day of Embers weaves spectacular harmonies with banjo, autoharp, accordion, weissenborn and mandolin.

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.

Chris Matthews – WA

Chris Matthews

Uniquely Australian, with some jaw dropping guitar exploits and some impeccable song-writing to go along with it, Chris Matthews is no stranger to the TFF and FNQ. A troubadour and artist in the truest sense of the word.

Charlotte Katie

Charlotte Katie
Charlotte Katie

Local North Queensland emerging singer-songwriter & guitarist.  Just 14 years of age and already creating a vibrant mix of folk, indie and contemporary country originals and covers. 

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.

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.

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

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.

Ally Rowe

Ally Rowe

Using vocal harmonies, keyboard, guitar, harmonica, banjo and a stomp box, Ally and Rowan create raw and emotive harmonies while performing originals that get stuck in your head. Indie folk original music with elements of pop.

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”

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.

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!

Fiddle Camp – 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

It’s YOUR voice, and YOUR journey, whether you sing for fun at home or in the car, improve vocal awareness, health, and confidence, or training for a professional career as a vocalist, artist, presenter, or teacher.

2.30 pm Sat – Gem Gallery

Irish Trad – Sasta

Sasta
Sásta

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

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