Freak out at folk fest

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - GROOVE -

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

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