Step back into the 1880s this weekend (May 8 and 9) when the Historic Village Herberton presents its Pioneer Weekend Country & Folk Music Festival.
Dress up in the costumes of yesteryear for the Pioneer Fashions On The Field (children and adults) to add to the experience of walking in the steps of the ancestors as the skills, hardships and creativity of a bygone era come to life.
Lining up to entertain alongside top local music talent throughout the weekend will be experts of another kind, demonstrating the pioneer arts of blacksmithing, competitive wood chopping and tin panning.
Historic Village Herberton owners Craig and Connie Kimberley said the two-day program features vintage machinery displays, including the firing up of the 1905 Marshall Steam Traction Engine, and loads of family fun, including games for the children, steam train rides, petting zoo and pack donkeys.
Now & Never, the Littmus Steampunk Band, and Rough and Ready,” Craig added.
Whiskey Boat’s mix of folk/rock, sea shanties and sing-alongs will have the whole village jumping, or at least foot-tapping along throughout their energetic sets. Consisting of violin, flute, bass, lead guitar and drums, the group also specialises in heavenly three-part harmonies from band members the Butler sisters.
The entertaining Littmus Steampunk Band is described as a “ragtag bunch of time travellers from the great Victorian Age of Exploration and Invention”. They perform a mix of electro-acoustic folk/Cabaret songs from the Age of Airships while impeccably dressed in the grand style of 19th century London.
The Pioneer Weekend Country & Folk Music Festival will be held at the Historic Village Herberton, on the Atherton Tablelands, from 9am till 5pm on Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9.
For more information about the heritage museum village and the Pioneer Weekend, visit www.historicvillageherberton.com.au
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