Freak out at folk fest
SOME of the hottest musos from around the country will take to the stage for the Tablelands Folk Festival in Yungaburra later this month.
The three- day funfest will be headlined by the Blue Ruins, a rootsy blues outfit recently nominated for the best blues and roots artist, best singer-songwriter and best pop artist at the 2012 Music OZ awards.
The Blue Ruins have played some of the country’s biggest festivals with the likes of Lior and Josh Pyke and have promised an energetic show.
Joining them on the bill is April Maze, described as a cross between Carole King and Cat Stevens with a dash of Florence and the Machine.
ARIA-nominated Kamerunga, the soaring harmonies of Little Owl, the yee-ha factor that is the Hillbilly Goats and the mellow melodies of the McMenamins or Mangrove Jack playing bush music at its best will also be playing “straight up and flat out”.
Guest artists from around the country including Lily and King, Sounds of Earth, Griff & Mick, Chloe & Silas and Grimmick will also be strutting their stuff on stage.
Cairns band Agnuremak will perform a collection of Woody Guthrie favourites as a tribute to the folk legend’s birth 100 years ago.
Other attractions include a fully programmed children’s festival that runs all weekend which features musical instrument and lantern making, music mime and miniature mayhem, culminating in a festival-stopping grand parade through the main street of the town.
The audience is the act at the poet’s breakfast where people are encouraged to bring their prose, whether it is self-penned or begged, borrowed or stolen for their two minutes of fame.
Also being held is a home brew competition where sampling is actively encouraged.
The 2012 Tablelands Folk Festival will be held in Yungaburra from October 26 to 28.
For further information and bookings, visit www.tff.fnqnet.org/festival
NOISY FOLK: April Maze