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.
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
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.
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
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
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
A breath of fresh air on a sunny breezy day, Talitha gets her inspiration from a mix of jazz, folk, country, indie, pop, and blues. If you’re lucky enough to catch this little miss sunshine in one of her dynamic performances, you will surely drift away into the neverlands, bundled up in good feels.
7 pm Fri – The Garden Vibe 12 noon Sat – Pub Ballroom 3.30 pm Sunday – The Garden Vibe