AURUKUN MEMORIAL HONOURS CAPE YORK INDIGENOUS MILITARY SERVICE

Anzac Day services will be held across far north Queensland tomorrow. Regular Anzac events have been held at Aurukun, on western Cape York Peninsula, for some time now – but this year they’re unveiling a memorial to indigenous men from the community who served in […]

THE FIREFLIES – ROCKING FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND SINCE 1958

There’s a rock & roll band playing at Atherton this Saturday night that must hold a record for musical industry longevity. The Fireflies played their first gig at Gordonvale, south of Cairns, in 1958. Rock & roll was brand new in Australia back then, and […]

PUNK AND NEW WAVE UNPLUGGED? TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

Last week, Tony Hillier shared some brilliant folk covers of rock and pop hit songs. This week we’re heading in the opposite direction, with punk and new wave songs re-worked in ways that bring out qualities that perhaps always lurked within the originals. We start […]

CROYDON STATE SCHOOL KIDS RELEASE THEIR FIRST RECORD

Just after four o’clock this afternoon, the students of Croydon State School heard  their song on the radio for the first time. Croydon is in the Gulf Country, one of the last stops on the long road trip from Cairns to Karumba, on the Gulf […]

CAIRNS STEEL BAND STARS AT AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONTEST

Congratulations and welcome home to the Cairns Pan Stars – who represented far north Queensland last weekend at Australia’s first steel band festival at Marysville, Victoria. Ten steel bands from Australia, NZ and Oman competed – and the Cairns Pan Stars took second place. Steel […]

WHEN FOLK GOES POP -TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

Folk music has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in recent years, and in much broader forms than the earlier booms in the 1950s and 60s. In those days, folk was a tightly defined genre, and as Bob Dylan found when he went electric at Newport […]

TREE KANGAROOS – HARD TO SPOT BUT WORTH THE EFFORT

Far north Queensland is home to wonderful creatures – but some of them are hard to see in the wild. If you’re very lucky you’ll see a cassowary strolling through the Daintree rainforest or the beautiful Cassowary Coast region. But getting to see a tree […]