With a voice described as ‘truly astonishing’ by Rolling Stone, Anna Smyrk is a powerful singer, song-maker and storyteller. Accompanied by violin, bass and drums, she makes anthemic indie-folk music that appeals to word nerds and melody obsessives alike.
Tableland Community Choir Bellacappella invites all festival patrons to voice their joy in a BIG SING. This session is open to all ages and genders, no experience necessary. Song Sheets are available at the door.
Seperately, Innes and Nettie have been performing their unique folk, alt country and original music on the Brisbane music scene for three decades. Together, they’re brand new. Please make them welcome.
2 pm Sat – The Garden Vibe 7.45 pm Sat – The Garden Vibe 11 am Sun – The Garden Vibe
Nose flute?! Whots that? It’s like making music with a recorder up your nose. Andre from Greshka will guide you through making your first nasal toots on this absurd instrument, and together we’ll form the world’s first nose flute choir!
These sapphic sailors will lead you through traditional and modern sea shanties, tales of shipwork, daring adventure, defiance and debauchery. Hoist the anchor and limber up those sealegs – these aren’t your grandpa’s sea shanties!
4 pm Sat – Nick’s Restaurant 7.45 pm Sat – The Fringe Stage 4 pm Sunday – Quincan Cafe
A travelling musician gaining fans around Australia with his soulful vocal, catchy originals and a honed skill on guitar. Specialising in the space between finger-picking blues of the Delta and acoustic folk.
7.30 pm Fri – The Fringe Stage 4.45 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom 7.30 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom
Led by Chilean freedom activist songwriter Segundo Nitor and co-founder Angela Zammataro. Drawing on diverse histories with their authentic Latic rhythms, Los Caracoles tell stories about social challenges, the environment, immigration, love, ordinary heroes and just pure fun.
7.30 pm Fri – Nick’s Restaurant 3.45 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom 7 pm Sat – Garden Stage
From Melbourne’s back-alley bars to Australia’s major Festivals, Julian James is loved by folk and blues audiences all over Australia. With his whiskey drenched sound as much at home in 2021 as it would have been blaring out of the wireless in 1921.
1 pm Sat – Quincan Café 4.45 pm Sat – Garden Stage 3.45 pm Sun – Pub Ballroom
Loosen your suspenders, tighten your shoelaces and get ready to flap your extremities! Greshka is a five piece neo-gypsy/klezmer ensemble not unlike a chipotle and cocaine kebab: you’re not sure where it’s from, but it sure knocks you off your tits.
9 pm Fri – Community Hall 11 pm Sat – Community Hall 1.45 pm Sunday – Garden Stage 12 noon Sun – Gem Gallery – workshop
Entertaining crowds in Far North Queensland for twenty years, Port Douglas-based Benny and the Clones deliver powerful and passionate original music with a diverse catalogue of folk, pop, and rock music.
8 pm Fri – Community Hall 10 pm Sat – Garden Stage 12.45 pm Sun – Garden Stage
An indie-folk singer/songwriter two-piece band travelling up the Queensland Coast. Alice on piano and Rowan on guitar, and together they create raw and emotive harmonies while performing originals that get stuck in your head.
9 pm Fri – Pub ballroom 8 pm Sat – Garden Stage 12 noon Sun – Pub Ballroom
There’s nothing cheesy about the beautiful music of Maria Pesavento, Bruce Wannan & Jane Younghusband as they take you on a journey through original songs to see the Northern lights, whinge about politics, play on the beach and look at life through the eyes of a dog.
Come on a dancing journey with the United Tableland Pipe Band. Roll out the Tartan and kick up yer kilt. We’ll dance the Gay Gordons and the Pride of Erin and everything in between till we’re all fair puckled!
Take two great community choirs in our region, smoosh them together and you have MEGACHOIR! We sing for each other and with each other in a wonderful celebration of song. This idea was seeded in 2019 and has grown into a strong sapling – a yearly treat for these two choirs BELLA CAPELLA and WOYAYA! Come along and enjoy their love of singing together.
Ben will teach and demonstrate a variety of old-time 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.
An award-winning Songwriter from Northern NSW taking the intimacy of folk and fusing it with a love of all things vintage and rock ‘n’ roll. Ben’s music is nostalgic, pensive, a quest for authenticity, with song writing always at its core.
8 pm Fri – The Garden Vibe 7 pm Sat – The Garden Vibe 4 pm Sat – Gem Gallery – workshop
The haunting urban folk music of Bosnia strikes a chord with many of us, speaking as it does of love, loss and the resilience of a strong and proud people. Bring your voice or instrument along and have fun while learning a traditional Sevdah tune.
After 40 years playing, Martin will teach a simple tune and discuss things such as practice, tin whistle types and sizes, and playing styles. BYO instrument if you have one. No previous experience or music reading knowledge required.
Secret nuts and bolts session where tips for rhythm, bowing, ornaments, and learning and playing tunes by ear are revealed. Ask and Michele will share techniques she has gleaned over time. Plus ‘Tune of the Month’ and favourite resources.
With dance styles and costuming from around the world, fused together to make a vibrant and passionate dance. Come and learn some tribal belly dance moves, have some fun and enjoy the passion of the dance. Hip scarves provided.
The role of women in society is under scrutiny. We reflect on what folk music reveals about the lives of women through the centuries. Women have been singing, writing songs and raising their voices forever. Come sing with them.
A bit of Reggae history and a few related styles: ska, rocksteady etc, including all participants in playing a Reggae composition in an orchestra arrangement, for a direct understanding of the genre and a lot of enjoyment.
After running through song-writing tools, improve your craft with methods of enhancement. Alternate tunings, arpeggios, runs between chords. For beginners to accomplished, this workshop suits those with an instrument.
Are you a songwriter/performer? Want to either get out of the bedroom and into paid gigs, work or maybe even tour? Tips of how to write songs, appreciate great songs, book gigs, plan tours and budget your way home working on a shoe-string budget.
Hand-made from mostly repurposed materials. Suitable for ages 4-9 (roughly) and for adults alike. Accompanied by a live musical score the shows have environmental themes and are interactive. Each show is a chapter of Pico’s adventures.
10.45 am Sat – TAFE Stage 3.30 pm Sat – TAFE Stage
Playing original swamp-blues to get the party started. His new album Ice Cream Man topped the Australian blues charts, and he won #2 prize in the 2021 New Orleans International Cigar Box Guitar competition with his 3-string slide guitar.
11 pm Fri – Pub Ballroom 9.15 pm Sat – The Garden Vibe 4.45 pm Sun – Pub Ballroom 11 am Sat – Community Hall – workshop
These two great community choirs sing beautiful songs from across the globe. There are three Saturday opportunities where you can enjoy their various collaborations.
10 am Saturday – Community Hall – Tableland Community Choir Bellacappella invites all festival patrons to voice their joy in a BIG SING. This session is open to all ages and genders, no experience necessary. Song Sheets are available at the door.
12 noon Saturday – The Garden Vibe – A festival regular, WOYAYA will give you a joyful selection of songs from around the world including new songs written by choir director Jane Younghusband.
2.30 pm Sat – Community Hall – MEGACHOIR – combining Woyaya and BellaCappella in a glorious celebration of song.
As the finale of our Official Festival Welcome to Country and Opening Ceremony this year, we are delighted to bring you the pipes and drums of the Tableland United Pipe Band. You’ll hear them coming, they’ll stir your senses and bring a smile to your dial. Dance your tartan off on Saturday night in the Hall.
6 pm Fri – The Fringe – Festival Official opening 7.45 pm Sat – Community Hall – Dance
The role of women in society is under scrutiny. We reflect on what folk music reveals about the lives of women through the centuries. Women have been singing, writing songs, and raising their voices forever. Come sing with them.
11.30 am Sun – Nick’s Restaurant – workshop – Women in Song
It’s all about the groove. Steele McMahon’s Brisbane-based octet is raucous, punchy and fun, with a genre-bending sound that reimagines elements of old school funk, reggae, ska and indie rock. The band packs a roaring, four-piece horn section and a rhythm section to match.
10 pm Fri – Community Hall 9 pm Sat – Garden Stage 4.45 pm Sunday – Garden Stage
Showcasing their original music released in 2020 and launching their new album for 2021. ‘Flight’ is a collection of instrumental pieces composed for two ukuleles. The album has been created for all those on a healing journey.
10.00 am Sat – Quincan Café 4.30 pm Sat – The Garden Vibe – album launch 10.30 am Sun – Nick’s Restaurant 1 pm Sun – The Garden Vibe – workshop
Reminiscing on past glories and reinventing the musical wheel, local folk legend and instrumental maestro Pete Ella is joined by fellow musos and friends – Mick O’Mara, brother Rob, Ben Wilson from The Button Collective. Who knows who else may pop up.
12.45 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom 4.30 pm Sat – Quincan Café
Joy’s 30 years of nurturing musical creativity in children ensures an unforgettable story-reading and story-telling experience. Harp is the perfect instrument to transport an audience – young or old – on a delightful journey.
Blending the upbeat skank of Ska with the musical taste of Jazz, to get a gumbo of modern music. The band also stretches out to include some classic funk groove, a pinch of spoken word latched onto an acid jazz bed.
12.45 pm Sat – Garden Stage 11 pm Sat – Garden Stage
Beautiful diverse melodies in tune and song played with colour, skill, and love on fiddles, whistles and more. There will be Celtic, European east and west, middle eastern moments, and elements from American and Australian traditions.
8.45 pm Fri – The Fringe 11.15 am Sat – The Garden Vibe 7 pm Sat – The Fringe 12.30 pm Sun – CWA – workshop 1 – fiddle 1.30 pm Sun – CWA Hall – workshop 2 – whistle
All original reggae and funk songs, merging sleek electronic sounds. Fat bass, huge rhythmic drums, cool chank guitar, rich keys and powerful vocals that carry lyrics about deep consciousness, desire, culture and the environment.
10 am Sat – Garden Stage 2.45 pm Sun – Garden Stage
Celebrating fifty years as a performer Phil started his career in the heady seventies in Melbourne. Primarily a vocalist who accompanies himself with acoustic and slide guitars. A singer songwriter and interpreter of other people’s works. This year featuring the music of Bob Dylan.
7 pm Fri – Garden Stage 10.45 am Sat – The Garden Vibe 12 noon Sat – Nick’s Restaurant – Special Event – Bob Dylan Tribute show 1 pm Sun – Nick’s Restaurant – Finale – Special Event – Festival KIRTAN
Life is like an onion. You peel off one layer at a time. And sometimes you weep. An uplifting, emotionally charged blend of original song, spoken word and poetry that explores what it means to be human.
A festival favourite always bringing a great positive vibe to any performance. With indigenous musicians from the Torres Strait and Kuranda area as well as a multicultural line up featuring some great original compositions.
7.30 pm Fri – Garden Stage 9 pm Sat – Community Hall 3.30 pm Sat – Community Hall – workshop
Combining Spanish guitar magic with rock and roll energy to create a sound that has seen the group tour across Europe, Asia and Oceania. Booming percussion and shredded nylon string guitars weave a deep web of sound that always leaves audiences breathless and begging for more!
11 pm Fri – Community Hall 10 pm Sat – Community Hall 3.45 pm Sunday – Garden Stage 12 noon Sat – Community Hall – workshop
Firing up their amps, horns, drums and voices as they 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?’
2.45 pm Sat – Garden Stage 7 pm Sat – Community Hall 10 am Sun – Garden Stage
Original songs performed in shades of folk, roots, jazz and blues take listeners into Australia’s heartland. Featuring renowned Tablelands musicians’ Dave Hart on upright double bass and Paul Vandersar on lead guitar and harmony vocals.
8 pm Fri – Pub Ballroom 10 am Sun – Quincan Cafe– Special event – Festival Song Circle 3 pm Sun – Quincan Café 1 pm Sun – Gem Gallery – workshop
Thanks to Memetica, our giant Indigenous Puppet will delight and enthrall all weekend. Join him and Uncle Laurie Padmore as they stroll through the festival and engage in thought provoking local storytelling and language.
6 pm Fri – The Fringe – Welcome to Country 9 am Sat – Yungaburra Markets 12.30 pm Sat – The Fringe 6 pm Sat – Grand Parade 12.30 pm Sun – The Fringe
From jazz to rock; ballads to reggae; and anything else that sounds good on a timeline from seventy years ago to the present day. Throw in some original tunes, three-part harmonies and an eclectic mix of instruments.
Danny’s Comedy Mime Puppetry and Magic Show is unique, interactive and hilarious for all ages, on ground or stilts. Danny and Tanya have been entertaining the festival circuits for many years, the colourful characters they bring are vibrant and visual.
9 am Sat – Children’s Fair area – Morning Yoga with Tanya – stretch into your day 10.30 am Sun – TAFE Stage 12.30 pm Sun – Nick’s Restaurant Stilt characters around the festival site. – Great photo opportunity
Singer songwriter from Dimbulah in FNQ who weaves stories and wild imaginings into her songs. Winner of New Songwriter of the year (2020 & 2021) in the Tamworth Capital Country Music Association Awards.
3.45 pm Sat – Quincan Café 8.30 pm Sat – The Garden Vibe
Combining soulful vocals with percussive guitar style and foot operated percussion. Andy’s vocals effortlessly transition from smooth falsettos to thunderous, pure blues gravel, combined with percussive rhythms and bass and accompanied by harmonica, organ, and keyboard.
7 pm Fri – Coffee and Clay Café 9.30 pm Fri – The Garden Vibe 10 am Sat – Pub Ballroom
Lucky Phil will be performing a selection of songs from Bob Dylan. Over lockdown, I was amazed about how many Dylan songs were in my repertoire. Digging deep into Mr Zimmerman’s catalogue is a fun thing to do. Tributes to Bob Dylan are flowing freely. Eighty years on the planet and he’s still knocking out epic songs. Love him or dislike him? What can you say about the Poetic enigma that is Bob Dylan?
We invite you to enter the 2020 Competition. This prestigious event offers 3 amazing prize packages including a recording deal. We sincerely thank our three judges – Shirley Lynn, Karen Stewart and Fiona Sewell.
The three masked men of Kallidad will give a glimpse behind the curtain to share the musical techniques, travel and touring stories, and thoughts and philosophies that led them to create a once in a lifetime musical experience.
Tablelands Folk Festival and Yungaburra Hotel Present
Verandah Jam Session from 3 pm. Littmus Steampunk Band and friends from 7.30 pm Yungaburra Hotel June 26 Guest musicians welcome
In 1858, four intrepid people decided they would build a rocket and be the first humans to land upon the moon.
The crew were Miss Ruby Snow (Sky Pirate Queen), Sir Matthew Cogsmith (European Diplomat to Royalty) Sgt Mungo Stoker (Airship Engineer) and The Red Gentleman (Storyteller). They used only the finest English mahogany to build it and then equipped it with the grandest steam engine that ever was.
Also, a wide range of tea was brought on board for those times when a good cup of tea would be required. Alas soon after launching the rocket, it was discovered that there was a shortage of oxygen high in the atmosphere and the engine stalled and it all came crashing back to Earth amid the deep snows of the Antarctic. There the crew lay frozen for over 150 years. Eventually global warming started melting the Ice caps and our crew were discovered by modern day scientists.
After being brought back to life, they were taken to live in North Queensland, Australia. They soon realized that they had no skills to live in this modern world. So, they did the only thing they could to survive. They became musicians and formed a band.
The Littmus Steampunk Band
Hope to see you on June 26 to celebrate the music and stories of these well-seasoned voyagers!