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The Sessions July 24 – Koahlition Reggae Band


Tablelands Folk Festival and Yungaburra Hotel Present

The Sessions

Verandah Jam Session from 3 pm
Toshi Sakamoto from 7 pm
Koahlition Reggae Band from 7.30 pm
Yungaburra Hotel July 24
Guest musicians welcome

The ever evolving Koahlition Reggae Band, a local favourite, always bring a great positive vibe to any performance.

Featuring Kuranda musician Bertie Riley with his song Bundarra and other great compositions. Koahlition has not been idle.

With indigenous musicians from the Torres Strait and Kuranda area as well as a multicultural line up.

Get ready for a show you won’t get anywhere else.


July Sessions

The Sessions, June 26 – Littmus Steampunk Band

Tablelands Folk Festival and Yungaburra Hotel Present

The Sessions

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!

The Sessions, May 22 – featuring JuJu Moon

The Festival’s much loved Yungaburra Sessions are back!

  • The first of The Sessions, May 22, features the cream of the local Celtic and Folk music crop with a pub verandah jam session from 3 pm.
  • Following this is the evening Session featuring Mission Beach favourites JuJu Moon live in the Yungaburra Pub Ballroom from 7.30 pm.

JuJu Moon is the songwriting, recording and production collaboration between Ian and Karen Stewart. Ian plays guitar and sings lead vocals while Karen joins him with lead vocals and saxophone.
Based at South Mission Beach they are supported in this by a talented, energetic and committed group of musical friends – 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.

JuJu Moon has been playing festivals in Far North Queensland for years including the Tablelands Folk Festival, Palm Creek Folk Festival, Wallaby Creek, Mission Evolve and Coalescence. They have performed multiple times at original showcase events such as the TFF ‘Jangaburru Sessions’, Resonate in Cairns, The Tanks original music series, and this year the band has also recorded a track as part of a compilation album showcasing Far North Queensland original music bands called Northern Exposure 2021.

The culminating event for the project was performing at the album launch party with fifteen other original live acts at AJ Hacketts Skypark in April. The track ‘Dr Love’ has had air play this year on Cairns 89.1Fm and ABC Far North. For further info check out the JuJu Moon website

We’re looking forward to a great day and night, bringing The Sessions back to Yungaburra.

  • Afternoon Jam Session: From 3 pm – Yungaburra Pub Verandah
  • Evening Concert Session featuring JuJu Moon: From 7.30 pm – Yungaburra Pub Ballroom

2021 AGM President’s Report

Tablelands Folk Festival
Tablelands Folk Festival

Firstly, I need to thank everyone for their patience, co-operation and hard work that was required to facilitate a music festival in a Covid-l9 year. They say hindsight has 2020 vision and last year was no exception. I thank everyone who shared the vision for a music festival regardless of the restrictions imposed and with the possibility of a totally locked-down ZOOM style festival.

Examples of ideas mooted were the possibility of drive-in theatre style concerts where the audience stayed in or near their car, numerous individual concerts held across the whole of the Tablelands over a 2 week period, etc.. All ideas coming from an extremely capable and committed festival team.

Special thanks to Bronwyn for committing to a Queensland Artists Event with emphasis on locals. What exceptional talent we have at our doorstep.

Special mention also to the rest of the Festival Committee. Such dedication is quite humbling, and l cannot thank you all enough. Steve, Sarah, Martin, Jeff Michael, Jenni, Cathie, Laurette, Uncle Laurie, Aunty Helen, Brett, Marie, Maria, lan, Phil, Heather, Andy, Nadine, the staff at the Yungaburra Hotel who continued their support and co-operation under their own stressful situation, musicians and artists who gave of themselves, volunteers, local Police and the local health department.  l’m up to ball boys and referees, so l’ll stop here.

This festival would not exist without you all equally, and if you need assurance just look at what we achieved in 2020. At no stage did we give-in and cancel the event. We provided a fantastic festival to our visitors and the community of Yungaburra. We were prepared to make an overall loss to ensure we did not go without but instead we made a surplus.

This year we will be able (hopefully) to have our Children’s Festival and our Health and Wellness participation. This coming Year is the Year of lndigenous Tourism and we are hoping to progress and expand on our initial work in 2019 with the introduction of local language through our elder Janggaburru. For those unfamiliar with our 2019 project which achieved national acclaim and is a direct link to future First Nations tourism, l’ll explain.

Janggaburru is a 4m+ high, elder of the Dulgubarra Yidinji and was featured on an ABC documentary filmed throughout the 20L9 Festival.

The Elder (Janggaburru) has comeback to Yungaburra after many decades and has found the area so transformed he no longer knows his way around.

Uncle Laurie helped Janggaburru to reorient himself by evoking the traditional names of the land and of its features. While at it they took the opportunity to also help local people discover a layer of knowledge of the area that overlaps onto current denomination used by the colonising culture.

Janggaburru partook in sessions of language teaching at the Festival, including a workshop for the creation of Street Signage in language and eventually the Elders, with a group of assistants, installed the newly made signs around the festival perimeter. The signs indicated directions for locations significant to the traditional local culture as well as translated some of the existing names into language when possible (when the name exists, ie: ‘Marrgan Street’ for ‘Maple Street’).

After the Festival we were approached by Main Roads to investigate and pursue the possibility of permanent signs to co-exist with the current signs.  This year being the Year of lndigenous Tourism is  now a prime opportunity to fulfill that dreaming.

Michael Hodgkins



Download the 2020-Program.pdf – to view on your offline on your phone.

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A Covid-safe Festival

COVID-19 Ticket policy

All tickets will be fully refunded if COVID-19 restrictions force the festival to be cancelled in it’s entirety.

Our refund policy

Ticket holders will not be penalised if someone is not able to attend due to illness. Stay at home if unwell –
• or, if you have been in close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19
• or, if you are positive for COVID-19
• or, if you have travelled overseas or to a declared COVID-19 Hotspot in the previous 14 days

At the festival

• Remember to maintain physical distancing requirements which is the individuals responsibility

• Seek assistance if you become unwell during the event (locate security, cleaners, event officials or first aid / in-event health staff)

• If you haven’t already we would encourage you to download the Commonwealth Government COVID-19 app prior to attending the event

• Remember that the event organisers have the right to refuse entry and may insist that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms needs to leave the event and obtain COVID-19 testing as per health guidelines.

Covid-19 Appropriate Documentation and Approvals

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer has endorsed an Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events (the Framework). The Industry Framework has been developed by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) in conjunction with Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and the Department of State Development, Tourism, and Innovation (DSDTI), and in collaboration with industry stakeholders and Queensland Health.

We will ensure that the key principles and event specific public health strategies are implemented and monitored.

COVID Safe Industry Plans for specific industries or venue types.

Live Music Venues (small and medium) – in progress


These documents are subject to change. Please use them as reference only.