Yarrabah Band Festival 2017

Yarrabah Band Festival 2017


The popular Yarrabah Band Festival returns for its fifth year, celebrating the diversity of Australian music talent. Get set for a huge line-up featuring beloved Australian country star Troy Cassar-Daley. Audiences can also enjoy music from multi-Golden Guitar Award-winner Sara Storer, jazz sensation and all-round entertainer James Morrison and the host of Triple J’s House Party, KLP. Festival favourite Shellie Morris returns to work with Yarrabah youth, along with local legends the Yarrabah Brass Band. Local bands will join the program, as well as special performances by talented students from Yarrabah State and High Schools. Since the inaugural event in 2013, the Yarrabah Band Festival has continued to attract huge audiences.

This year the event will move to the Jilara Football Oval to allow for the growing crowd. Join us for a full day of live music, food stalls, local art and the opportunity to explore paradise by the sea.

Troy Cassar-Daley | Sara Storer | James Morrison | Shellie Morris| KLP | Yarrabah Brass Band

Dean Brady | Barry Cedric & The Night Owls | Black crubians band | Elverina Johnson Band | St Augustine’s College Big Band | Djun Djun Jarra | Bay Boyz

Felicity Schrieber | Adrian Thomas | Norman Johnston | Nehamiah Harris | Double Dip | Sylvia Barlow | Lyndell Thomas | Nesariah Murgha | Shaun Murgha | Faith Richards | Polly Harris | Cornelius Richards | Andrew Miller Jr | Deante, Chenisha & Kylantra

DATE: Saturday 28 October 2017
TIME: 12pm -10pm
VENUE: Jilara Football Oval, Back Beach Rd, Yarrabah
Yarrabah is approximately a 50 minute drive from Cairns

Bring a blanket, chair or cushion
Food and local art market stalls
All ages event
Alcohol-free event

Yarrabah Arts Centre will be open for visitors from 12-5pm.
Free entry to the Art Gallery, Boardwalk and Museum

Yarrabah Band Festival is proudly presented by Queensland Music Festival and Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council.

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This project has been assisted by: the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts’ Festivals Australia program and through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and received additional support from the Queensland Government through Department of the Premier and Cabinet as part of its commitment to maintaining and building safe, connected and cohesive communities, and Tourism and Events Queensland as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar, showcasing Australia’s best live events in Australia’s best destinations. The Yarrabah Artist in Residence program is supported by the Frazer Family Foundation.


Local Bands

Nesariah Murgha

Deante, Chenisha & Kylantra

Deante performed last year at the Yarrabah Band Festival and sung her self-written song ‘Yarri Girl’. This year she is accompanied by her little aunty Cheneasha and little cousin sister Kylantra.

Double Dip

Double Dip are a duo act by two sister Mulan and Yanjika Neal. The sister love to dance and perform and had the opportunity to perform at the 2016 Yarrabah Band Festival singing their very own self written songs. They are even more excited to be performing again this year for the Yarrabah Band Festival in 2017.

Felicity Schrieber

Felicity is a little big talent with a bright future ahead and has been dancing and singing from the tender age of 3, appearing at local festivals including CIAF, schools, community events, private functions and more. While 7 is still a tender age, her catchy simple funky upbeat tunes are sure to have a big impact in the hearts of many and remain for many years to come.  Felicity is grounded in culture and proud to share wherever, whenever, with whoever –  forever

Nehamiah Harris

Nehamiah grew up listening to music by his father, uncles and grandparents. His dad Hillary is the lead singer for the Black Crubians who are well known in for their rock and reggae styles of original songs in the Yarrabah and Cairns region. Nehamiah has a unique style of his own.

Faith Richards

Faith Richards is 14 years old and loves singing and being involved in the creative arts. She had the opportunity on many occasions to share her stories and her ideas through music and arts activities in Yarrabah. Faith also performed at the 2016 Yarrabah Band Festival.

Andrew Miller Jr

Shaun Murgha

  • Local Gunggandji fellow
  • Loves country & reggae music

Cornelius Richards

Cornelius has been singing and writing his own songs since he was a young boy, jamming with his family members and sharing his unique voice in various styles of music such as country, rock and reggae. This is the first time he will be performing at the Yarrabah Band Festival.

Lyndell Thomas

  • Loves country music
  • Performed at Tamworth Country Music Festival
  • Dolly Parton fan

Sylvia Barlow

Sylvia Barlow grew up with music and singing as a big part of her upbringing. She grew up listening to her dad singing and strumming to his favourite country music songs. Sylvia’s favourite country music singer is Dolly Parton. The two songs that she will be singing are in memory of her father “Bruce Murgha/Muka”.

Norman Johnston

Norman Johnston or “Normy Boy” is a local singer-songwriter and music producer who grew up on the aboriginal communities of Palm Island and Yarrabah. His music has become popular in both these communities and has become an inspiration to many youths in Yarrabah and Palm Island. He comes from family of musicians and has grown up listening to country, reggae and R&B. He loves sharing his music and developing further skills to continue to produce more music in the future.

Norilyn (Aunty Polly) Harris

Sharmaine Stafford

  • Loves country and gospel music
  • Getting back into music
  • Just released her album which is on sale now!

Adrian Thomas

Bay Boyz

  • Hip hop
  • Recently released new material
  • Performed in Cairns at popular night clubs and venues
  • Released a new single recently?
  • You can like them on Facebook: Bay Boyz

Djun Djun Jarra

Djun Djun Jarra are a young country, rock and reggae band who started writing their own songs and performing during their primary and high school years in Yarrabah. They have since had many opportunities to perform as a group in and beyond Yarrabah for various concerts and festivals as support acts for other well-known artists and bands.

Black Crubians

  • Well established local band
  • Writes original music all about culture
  • Country rock band with an eclectic style
  • Have performed at the Quandamooka Festival on Stradbroke Island

Elverina Johnson Band

Elverina has worked in the creative industry for over 20 years as a singer/writer/performer/manager and has written many of her own songs over the years and sings of faith, reconciliation and social issues as well as cover songs with various influences. Elverina was the person who uncovered the stories of Indigenous Brass Bands throughout Australia including researching, curating an exhibition on the Yarrabah Brass Band Story called ‘Blow’im’ for the Qld Performing Art Centre in Brisbane, which she later wrote as a performance piece that toured Qld schools for a record breaking 4 years for Qld Arts Council.

She released her first album, New Beginnings in 2001.

Barry Cedric & The Night Owls

Barry Cedric and the Night Owls are well known throughout QLD and Barry himself is a legendary artist who has written songs over the years with political messages. His song ‘I’m An Aborigine’ was a very popular song in the early 80’s. Barry and his band supported many big-name artists over the years. He really made a name for himself when he was runner up at the Tamworth Star Makers Quest. The band’s music consists of country, rock, reggae and folk.