One of the great feats of Australian musical longevity is the Tablelands Folk Festival – which gets underway tonight and runs through the coming weekend at Yungaburra, on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands, a comfortable drive west of Cairns.

The festival began in 1981 as a celebration of life in the Tablelands region – and was held that year in the historic village of Herberton. It moved to Yungaburra the following year and became the Yungaburra Folk Festival – with the current name adopted in 2010. Its roots are deep in the far north Queensland folk music scene, but it has kept with the times and broadened the musical focus over the years. It’s always a great event, kept going by passionate volunteers and music lovers. It draws performers and audiences from all over the world, and owes its success and longevity to its ability to deliver a really strong line-up year in, year out. Intimate venues, and the beauty of the surrounding country add to its charm.

Tony Hillier offers music from some of the visiting acts in this week’s World of Music.


Oh Jade from Sydney-based Scot Karl Broadie – his 2013 album A-Side B-Side Seaside

Last Minute Man from Broome legend Stephen Pigram‘s 2013 album Wanderer

Solid RockShane Howard‘s land rights anthem, as recorded on his 2012 album Other Side Of The Rock

Vostochny-Zapednie from The Volatinsky Trio‘s 2009 album Troika

TONY HILLIER CASTTony Hillier is one of Australia’s leading music journalists and a musician of long standing here in far north Queensland. His informed and insightful coverage of music features in The Weekend Australian and Rhythms magazine http://rhythms.com.au/

Tony Hillier’s World of Music is also available as a podcast. Search for Tony Hillier on your podcast app or in the iTunes store. And you can stay in touch with the FNQ music scene with Tony at http://www.entertainmentcairns.com/hilliers-hotline-archive.php

You can hear Tony on ABC Far North each Friday at 445pm.

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