Mangrove Jack

Mangrove Jack

A retrospective of 40 years in the music business, looking forward, looking back. This year with some very special guests.

9.30 pm Fri – Garden Stage
2.30 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom

8 Ball Aitkin (Bris)


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
8.30 pm Sat – The Fringe
4.30 pm Sun – Pub Ballroom

33 and 1/3


North Queensland’s favourite Celtic folk band returns to the Festival with a fresh line-up ready to delight audiences with a rousing performance of both traditional and contemporary songs and tunes.

10 am Sat – TAFE Stage
11 am Sun – Garden Stage

Woyaya and BellaCappella


 10 am Saturday – Community Hall – BellaCappella – Open Singing Session inviting festival patrons who would like to sing together in a large group.  The idea is based on the EUROPA CANTAT format.

11 am Sat -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.

United Tableland Pipe Band


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

Ungus Ungus Ungus


Hold onto your hats as they strap you in for a rollercoaster ride of dancefloor mayhem. Carnivalesque party music for the creatively inclined, from swingin’ circus sounds to Eastern European influences and their signature carnie-hop.

9 pm Fri – Community Hall
11 pm Sat – Community Hall
1.45 pm Sun – Garden Stage
3 pm Sat – Children’s Fair workshop

Uncle Laurie Padmore

Uncle Laurie Padmore
Uncle Laurie Padmore

Join Festival Giant Puppet Janggaburru and Dulgubarra Yidinji Elder Uncle Laurie as they guide us through original stories related to the local flora and fauna, sharing culture and language.

6 pm Fri – The Fringe – Special event – Welcome to Country
2.45 pm Sat – The Fringe
12.30 pm Sun – The Fringe

Tullara (NSW)


Born and raised on a parrot farm in northern NSW (true story), Folk/Roots/Pop rocker Tullara takes the genre to a whole new level, full of enticing swagger and powerful emotion.

7.45 pm Sat – Coffee and Clay
11.15 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom
10 am Sun – Special Event – Festival Song Circle
4.30 pm Sun – Gem Gallery
1.30 pm Sat – Community Hall – workshop

Tom and Keryn

Tom and Keryn
Tom and Keryn

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 am Sun – The Garden Vibe – workshop – Women in Song

The Steele Syndicate (Bris)

The Steele Syndicate
The Steele Syndicate

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
4.30 pm Sunday – Garden Stage

The Jazzuleles

The Jazzuleles
The Jazzuleles

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.

10.30 am Sat – Quincan Café
4.30 pm Sat – Gem Gallery – special event – album launch
10.30 am Sun – Nick’s Restaurant
1 pm Sun – Gem Gallery – workshop

The E spot

Tablelands Folk Festival

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

Tessa Devine

Tessa Devine
Tessa Devine

Singing from her soul, weaving stories of heartbreak and hope.  Looped guitar knitted with sublime soprano harmonies, Tessa’s range is impressive, and the intricacy of her songs magical.

8.45 pm Fri – Coffee and Clay Café
10.30 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom
2.45 pm Sun – Pub Ballroom
1 pm Sun – Quincan Café – workshop

Skiffle Party (Vic)

Skiffle Party
Skiffle Party

High energy upbeat American roots music in the style of UK proto-rockers Lonnie Donegan, Chris Barber and the Vipers Skiffle Group. A rediscovery of the excitement and intensity of this critically influential but largely overlooked genre. The birth of British rock.

7.30 pm Fri – Nick’s Restaurant
3.30 pm Sat – Garden Stage
1.45 pm Sun – Pub Ballroom
12 noon Sat – The Garden Vibe – workshop

Scroggin (ACT)


Playing an eclectic, high-energy mix of delightful morsels both savory and sweet. Well-rooted in Bluegrass standards, they also branch into Celtic Folk, Australiana, and Western Swing, with a sprinkling of Country songs for more sombre moments.

1 pm Sat – Quincan Café
4.30 pm Sat – Garden Stage
3.30 pm Sun – Pub Ballroom
10.30 am Sun – Gem Gallery – workshop

Sally Andrews (ACT)

Sally Andrews
Sally Andrews

With her piano accordion, red hair, and copious numbers of Irish nautical shanties, often found warbling her way around folk festivals delivering energetic performances of Celtic ballads and trad tunes, with a bit of Appalachian folk thrown in.

7.30 pm Fri – The Fringe
10.45 am Sat – Gem Gallery
11.30 am Sun – Nick’s Restaurant – Shanty Session

Pico’s Puppet Palace (SA)

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

Melodious (T’ville)


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
11.30 am Sat – Gem Gallery
7 pm Sat – The Fringe
12.30 pm Sun – The Garden Vibe – workshop 1 – fiddle
1.30 pm Sun – CWA Hall – workshop 2 – whistle

Margret RoadKnight (Vic)


An Australian Folk icon with the mantra: “Have guitar, will travel”… Thousands of kilometres (perhaps with kalimba also in tow) with her distinctive songs selected from her wide-ranging repertoire gathered in her travels and over decades.

8.30 pm Fri – Garden Stage
1 pm Sat – Gem Gallery – Special tribute show – Margret RoadKnight remembers Malvina Reynolds.
4.30 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom

12.45 pm Sun – Pub Ballroom

Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan (Vic)

Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan
Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan

Their arrangements are intricate and playful. Imagine Einstein, Dr Seuss and Paganini making pancakes. Ebulliently eclectic. Nefariously varied. Family fun free from facile frippery. And they won’t repeat a song all festival!

12 noon Sat – Pub Ballroom
1 pm Sun – Pub Ballroom
3.30 pm Sun – Gem Gallery
2 pm Sat – Gem Gallery – workshop

Lucky Phil

Lucky Phil
Lucky Phil

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 am Sat – Gem Gallery
12 noon Sat – Nick’s Restaurant – Special Event – Bob Dylan Tribute show
1 pm Sun – Nick’s Restaurant – Finale – Special Event – Festival KIRTAN

Koahlition Reggae Band


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
7 pm Sat – Garden Stage
2.30 pm Sat – Community Hall – workshop

Kallidad (NSW)


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
3.30 pm Sunday – Garden Stage
12 noon Sat – Community Hall – workshop

Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson

Stomp, vocals, six string and lapstyle Dobro. Referencing trad folk, acoustic blues, bluegrass and ballads in original songs and trad covers with special guest female vocalist LaToya Burton.

7 pm Fri – Pub Ballroom
12 noon Sat – Quincan Café
8.30 pm Sat – Coffee and Clay Café
10 am Sun – Quincan Café – Special Event – Festival Song Circle

1 pm Sat- The Garden Vibe – workshop

Jeanette Wormald Trio

Jeanette Wormald Trio
Jeanette Wormald Trio

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 – The Garden Vibe – 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
12.45 pm Sat – The Fringe
6 pm Sat – Grand Parade
12.30 pm Sun – The Fringe

Gar MacLeman (Bris)

Gar MacLeman
Gar MacLeman

Skilfully crafted original songs weaving Celtic folk, rock, blues and country, along with complex guitar tunings, diverse rhythms, a rusty voice, and harmonicas.

7 pm Sat – Coffee and Clay Café
10 am Sun – Quincan Café – Special Event – Festival Song Circle
4.45 pm Sun – Quincan Café
2 pm Sat 0 The Garden Vibe – workshop

Floyd Thursby (Vic)

Floyd Thursby
Floyd Thursby

Songs about love and death, wild nights and quiet days, sacred moments and everyday life. “Floyd has a fascinating voice, but of course, all that would be insignificant without great songs as vehicles for that voice. Thursby has armfuls of them.” (Rhythms)

7.30 pm Sat – The Fringe
10.30 am Sun – Gem Gallery

East of West

East of West
East of West

Mediterranean, jazz and Balkan influences interweave through intricate compositions and improvisations. Far from known shores, the trio’s oud, percussion and double bass map new musical territories.

10 pm Fri – Pub Ballroom
3 pm Sat – Fringe Stage
7 pm Sat – Our Place Restaurant
11 am Sun Pub Ballroom
12.15 Sat – TAFE Stage – workshop 1
2 pm Sun – The Garden Vibe – workshop 2

Danny Simony and Tanya Veld

Danny Simony and Tanya Veld
Danny Simony and Tanya Veld

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 – TAFE Stage
12.30 pm Sun – Nick’s Restaurant
Stilt characters around the festival site. – Great photo opportunity

Andy Brassett

Andy Brassett
Andy Brassett

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
10 am Sat – Pub Ballroom
3.30 pm Sat – Nick’s Restaurant

Albi and the Wolves (NZ)

Albi and the Wolves

All three musicians are powerful and compelling performers in their own right, coming together to 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
8 pm Sat – Garden Stage
12 noon Sun – Pub Ballroom