Australian singer songwriter known for spontaneous, authentic and original shows with a stirring dynamic voice. His song writing is topical and emotive with an unmeasured dose of ad lib and humour. David will have some very special guests joining him to have a good ol jam as the magic unfolds 🙂
11 am Saturday – The Garden Vibe 1.45 pm Saturday – The Garden Vibe 11 am Sunday – The Garden Stage
North Queensland singer-songwriter Maggie Slater is an artist on the rise, but one in full control and confidence of her craft. Drawing from a few key genres such as folk, dream-pop and rock, Maggie’s maturity as a storyteller shines through on her beautifully written and performed songs.
Batten down your hatches and prepare to weigh anchor!! Whiskey Boat, a vibrant Cairns rock shanty band, lures you like sirens call with luscious harmonies, ballads of old, heart starter jigs and the smell of rolling sea! Ahrr! Me hearties!!
11 pm Fri Garden Stage 10 am Saturday Garden Stage 7 pm Sat Garden Stage
Acoustic trio featuring originals, starting with love songs written in earlier years to newer songs with a political and environmental message. A father-daughter duo, last year joined by Iris Der Leeuw, classically trained violinist, formerly part of the Haydn Symphony Orchestra Hamburg.
10 am Sat – Quincan Café 4.30 pm Sun – Quincan Café
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, its life seen through the eyes of a man forever on the run.
4.15 pm Sat – Garden Stage 8 pm Sat – Community Hall 1.30 pm Sun – Garden Stage
A thrilling mix of Celtic, Classical, World and Folk, The String Family will have your feet tapping and your hands clapping as they take you around the world with their uplifting and inspirational mix.
2.15 pm Sat – Garden Stage 10 pm Sat – Garden Stage 2.30 pm Sun – Pub Ballroom
This furiously energetic seven headed creature incorporates a range of genres including folk, punk, ska and world music, which crafts a unique, and raucous live performance style, all impassioned swagger and vitriol, bleeding truth and boogie-woogie.
11 pm Fri – Community Hall 9 pm Sat – Community Hall 3.30 pm Sun – Garden Stage 10 am Sat – Community Hall – SUPERJAM
A four-piece band blending funk, pop and rock into smooth tunes for all to boogie along to. Forming in their high school music rooms, these boys recorded their debut single, “In the Way” early in 2019.
7 pm Fri – Community Hall 12 noon Sat – Garden Stage
The Long Johns are the twang of the banjo, the rumble of the sousaphone and the ring of the spittoon, the creak of the door, the crow of the rooster, the stomping of floorboards and the hammering of the chain gang.
In 2018 Shirley-Ann won the TFF Emerging Songwriters Competition and now with duo partner Alison Skardon they are releasing their first originals EP. Country Jazz is the genre, but music that makes people feel good is the goal.
1.45 pm Sat – Curtain Fig Stage 3.30 pm Sat – The Garden Vibe – Album Launch 10 am Sun – Quincan Café – “Women in Song”
Far North festival favourites, Golden Fiddle Recipients & 4 time “Bluegrass” Golden Guitar finalists, The Hillbilly Goats aren’t just a band – they’re a “show” featuring stories, songs, tap dancing, bones, big harmonies and regular instrument changes.
9 pm Fri – Community Hall 10 pm Sat – Community Hall 4.30 pm Sun – Garden Stage
Bringing to the stage a full audial experience, using Guitars, Keyboard, Harmonica, Loop Pedals, Drum Machine, Stomp box and other Percussion. But what really sets Tessa apart is her powerful vocals and incredible vocal range.
1.30 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom 11 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom 10 am Sun – Quincan Café – “Women in Song” 1.15 pm Sun – The Garden Vibe
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 – Curtain Fig Stage 3.30 pm Sat – Quincan Café 11 am Sun – Pub Ballroom
Founded in the late 1980s, Snake Gully is one of Cairns’ longest-running and best-loved acts. Mixing classic Australiana music with lively Celtic tunes and the odd blues, the band has wowed audiences at prestigious events around the World.
Singer songwriter Shirley Lynn joined by strings player Sara Hughes will perform original songs including NQ cyclone song, “Live and Let Live.” Together they will share seeds of awareness while simply enjoying bringing a love of music to their audience.
12.15 pm Sun – The Garden Vibe 2 pm Sun – Quincan Café
Concertina, button accordion, guitar, banjo, various whistles and flutes, Peter performs in the style of Australian balladeers, sea shanties, singers, humourists, minstrels and poets, in sheds and ships, public squares and intimate events.
8.30 pm Fri – Curtain Fig Café 2.45 pm Sun – Quincan Café 12.30 pm Sun – Pub Ballroom 10.45 am Sat – Quincan Café – workshop
Brought up by dingoes many oceans apart, these two North Queensland ‘favourite sons’, singer/guitarist Mick O’Mara and multi-instrumentalist Peter Ella join forces to bring you ‘The Fools’. A bit of Celtic Craic.
11.45 am Sat – Pub Ballroom – “Duelling Mandos” 2.30 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom
An exciting band, sensual, powerful, sometimes hilarious. Original, well-crafted meaningful songs combine with the bands energy and humour to present an act that’s thought provoking, entertaining and fun.
1.15 pm Sat – Garden Stage 7 pm Sat – Community Hall 10 am Sun – Garden Stage 2 pm Sun – CWA Hall – workshop
Sculpting visceral soundscapes on solid grunge-forged foundations. Smoothing the angsty 90’s guitar riffs with haunting sonic poetry, Jessy evokes more enchantment than melancholy. The masterfully delivered lyrics are deeply introspective, an echo of familiarity in the realm of the human condition.
11.30 am Sat – Curtain Fig Stage 12.30 pm Sunday – Quincan Café
Featuring blistering guitar and mandolin and mesmerising to watch, his own songs are thoughtful, often witty and at times absurd, sometimes political in nature but not intentionally so (he says). Expect a few jokes, which despite the still -present Scottish accent should remain intelligible.
9 pm Fri – The Garden Vibe 11.45 am Sat – Pub Ballroom – “Duelling Mandos” 3.30 pm Sat Pub Ballroom 7.45 pm Sat Curtain Fig Stage 12 noon Sun – CWA Hall – workshop
A beautiful silence in the audience is all too familiar for emerging singer/songwriter Hello Jane in the first moments of her performance. A combination of an effortlessly angelic voice that in harmony with her ‘get to the point’ song writing stops you in your tracks and holds you in its grip.
3.45 pm Sat – Curtain Fig Stage 7 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom 3.30 pm Sun – Pub Ballroom 1 pm Sun – CWA Hall – workshop
A 17-year-old from Cooktown, Far North Queensland, Ella’s acoustic style is influenced by indie, folk, and a bit of country. The up-and-coming musician has been on ABC Far North Radio, a 2020 Queensland Music Award finalist, and her song writing is becoming internationally recognised.
10.45 am Sat – Curtain Fig Stage 1 pm Sat – TAFE Stage
Davy Simony is a Melbourne based folk-roots singer-songwriter hailing from Kuranda in Far North Queensland. With influences that span from Angus & Julia Stone to Fat Freddy’s Drop, Simony’s work is defined by his grounded and heartfelt style of songwriting. Boasting the powerful energy of a ‘one-man-band, with guitar, foot percussion and live looping and smooth and soulful vocals.
12 noon Sat – TAFE Stage 9 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom 11.45 am Sun – Pub Ballroom
A seasoned performer, singer, songwriter, musician Carinda is joined by Jason Donnelly on lead guitar and vocals with Mark Trimbolli on drums. Carinda loves the trio with its big sound that can rock your socks off to a sweet lullaby that will bring a tear to the eye.
11 pm Fri – Pub Ballroom 7 pm Sat – solo- Curtain Fig Stage 8.45 pm Sat – The Garden Vibe 11.15 am Sun – The Garden Vibe – workshop
A lively family group that portrays a diversity of music from the Andes to Cuba with Spanish, Portuguese, African, and native American backgrounds; from sensual to cheerful rhythms that guarantee a vibrant experience through time and culture
11 am Sat – Garden Stage 9 pm Sat – Garden Stage 12 noon Sun – Garden Stage
Swing and Fire are some of the emotions you will encounter while enjoying the songs from this newly formed gypsy swing trio. Sometimes fast and furious like the Captain Cook Highway on a Friday afternoon or slow and seductive like the Barron River on a Sunday afternoon.
10 pm Fri – Pub Ballroom 4.45 pm Sat – Quincan Café 10 pm Sat – Pub Ballroom 1.45 pm Sat – TAFE Stage – workshop
Entertaining crowds in Far North Queensland for twenty years, Port Douglas-based band Benny and the Clones deliver powerful and passionate original music. A trio with a diverse catalogue of original folk/pop/rock music.
7 pm Fri – Garden Stage 3.15 pm Sat – Garden Stage 11 pm Sat – Garden Stage
Weaving stories about ordinary life and imaginings, Aurelle has been shortlisted as finalist and semi-finalist in Australian renowned song writing competitions and recently won New Songwriter of the Year in the 2019 Tamworth Capital Country Music Association with her song “Mango Trees”.
8 pm Fri – The Garden Vibe 10.45 am Sat – Pub Ballroom 3 pm Sat – Curtain Fig Stage 10 am Sun – Quincan – “Women in Song”
Growing up in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne immersed in his father’s eclectic collection of music was the perfect setting for a self-taught, blues / roots / soul singer songwriter. Andy’s musical influences include Reggae, Nu-Soul, Folk, Indie Rock, Funk and Blues.
7 pm Fri -Pub Ballroom 10 am Sat – Curtain Fig Stage 9.15 pm Sat – Curtain Fig Stage
Fresh from the release of his debut album with its authentically raw-earthy sound showcasing Robert’s prodigious song-craft, already garnering huge success with the song ‘Different Road’ awarded ‘Best song in the Folk/Acoustic genre’ at the recent Australian Songwriters Awards in Sydney.
7.45 pm Sat – The Garden Vibe 12 noon Sat – The Garden vibe 1.15 pm Sun – Quincan Café
Like all Irish performers, Joe Man’s stories are often hilarious and based on real life events. A multi-instrumentalist, Joe Man has captured the hearts of audiences through his warmth, honesty and stories from a life well lived.
Formed by musicians and staff of Johnos Blues Bar after it closed, it was felt that ukes would keep them out of trouble! The Bad Boys went from strength to strength with their unique style and have entertained tens of thousands of tourists and now bring their Uke prowess to TFF.
4.30 pm Sat – Curtain Fig Stage 7 pm Sat – Yungaburra Pitstop 11 am Sat – TAFE Stage – workshop
A Cairns based rhythm ensemble playing contemporary arrangements of traditional mandingue music of West Africa. The heart of this music are the djembes and dunduns. Powerful and ancient instruments with rhythms and songs for various occasions.
4.30 pm Sat – The Garden Vibe
4.30 pm Sun – Pub Ballroom
10 am Sat – TAFE Stage – workshop
Gar Mac Leman’s skilfully crafted original songs weave Celtic folk, rock, blues, and country, and along with complex guitar tunings, diverse rhythms, a rusty voice, and harmonicas, transport the listener into the song/stories he creates.
7 pm Fri – The Garden Vibe
11.30 am Sat – Quincan Café
10 am Sun – Pub Ballroom
3.30 pm Sun – Quincan Café – workshop
Heralded as “Australia’s quirkiest and possibly first!! Ukulele, Celtic/Folk, Reggae, Bluegrass band” the Gypsy Rumble has its roots in Celtic, world and bush dance fun. Enthralling, highly energetic performances carry audiences back in time blending showmanship, artistry and tradition.
10 pm Fri – Community Hall 11 pm Sat – Community Hall 2.30 pm Sun – Garden Stage 10 am Sat – SUPERJAM – Community Hall