The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Foghorn Stringband
Image Courtesy of Foghorn Stringband

Every year the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival manages to deliver one of the most exciting lineups of the year, featuring the best in bluegrass, old time and folk artists from around the country and around the world.

Held in the small northern NSW town of Dorrigo, the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival is an intimate, community run event with a really nice vibe and so much great music. Their lineup this year includes so many amazing artists including Foghorn Stringband (above), Genni Kane, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Luke Plumb and Peter Daffy, Mac Traynham and Shay Garriock, Mile Twelve, The Freewheeler, The New Macedon Rangers, Andy Gordon with John Kane, Angus Gill, Cat and Clint, Chloë & Jason Roweth, Chris Matthews, Corn Silk, Fat Cousin Skinny, Fireside Celts & Friends, Flora Knight & Sean Donald, Freya Josephine Hollick, Golden Whistler, High and Lonesome, John Bennett with David Hyams, Kaurna Cronin, Kazoobafak Jug Band, Loren Kate, Mandy Connell, Michael Waugh, Misty Mountain Players, Monique Clare, Montgomery Church, Pete Denahy, Pitts Family, Sohum Women’s Choir, The 3 Jimmies, The Daughters of the Rum Rebellion, The Mae Trio, The Martins, The Northern Folk, The Pipi Pickers, The Sinners, The Tawny Owl Stringband, The Tin Can String Band, Thor and Jasmine Phillips, Tommy Chandler and the Continental Drift, Twin Peaks, Two If By Sea, Watling & Bates, Whoa Mule and Yhan Leal.

The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival takes place in Dorrigo from the 27th to the 29th October – check out the official site for more details.

This year they’re also holding the inaugural Old-Time Music School in the lead up to the festival, from the 25th to the 27th October. The Old-Time Music School will give players to learn alongside some of the best musicians in the business – this year will feature the likes of Ashlee Watkins (The New Macedon Rangers), Shay Garriock, Andrew Small (The New Macedon Rangers), Mac Traynham, Jeremy Marcotte and Foghorn Stringband. Workshops at the school will include traditional fiddle and banjo music, instrument workshops, old time ensemble workshops, folk singing, concerts, jamming and a festival performance opportunity – for more information check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Folk four-piece Lime and Steel have a couple of gigs around NSW while they’re busy recording a new album. Details here

– Sydney’s Belle and the Bone People have released their new video “The Boy”. Details here

– The very buzz-worthy Mikhael Paskalev has announced Australian tour dates next March. Details here

– Gold Coast singer-songwriter Weathered has released his new video “Coast”. Details here

– In the year’s most unexpected collaboration Norah Jones and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong are releasing an album of traditional Americana songs inspired by The Everly Brothers. Details here

– Melbourne duo Sweet Jean have released their new video “Annabelle”. Details here

– Adelaide based singer-songwriter Kaurna Cronin will be heading out on a national tour this weekend. Details here

Matt Walker, the singer-songwriter NSW readers would recognise from the NRMA adverts, has a brand new band called Lost Ragas. Details here

The April Maze are back in the country and are celebrating with a residency at The Toff in Town in Melbourne. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Ariela Jacobs has released her debut single “The Sound”. Details here

– Canberran six-piece The Ellis Collective have released their brand new single “Walk Back Down” after a two year hiatus. Details here

– UK based singer-songwriter Gibson Bull will be releasing his new EP Skin and Bones at the start of next month. Details here

WOMADelaide revealed their full 2014 lineup including Billy Bragg, Sam Lee, Breabach, Washington, Hanggai, Jeff Lang, Mikhael Paskalev, Neko Case, Loren Kate, Thelma Plum, Tinpan Orange and many many more. Details here

– George Jackson, Daniel Watkins and Andrew Small have a new bluegrass and old time trio that will be touring the country next year. Details here

The Pierce Brothers will be launching their new single “Tallest Teepee in Town” with shows in NSW and VIC. Details here

– The Blue Mountains Music Festival has revealed the first lineup of artists for 2014 including Xavier Rudd, Ash Grunwald and Lior, Rory McLeod, Eleanor McEvoy, Hanggai, Blair Dunlop, Peter Rowan Band with Richard Greene, Rose Cousins, Eric Bogle, Jeff Lang, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan, Flap!, Sunas, The Woohoo Revue, The Pigs, The BordererS, The Tiger And Me, Jack Carty, Mustered Courage, George & Noriko, Hat Fitz & Cara, Dan Parsons, The Mae Trio and many many more. Details here

– Sydney’s Little May have released their new video “Hide” as well as being announced as supports for the upcoming Mikhael Paskalev tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Jake Bugg
Shangri-LaJake Bugg

I Spy
I SpyMikhael Paskalev

Timber and Steel Presents

Alex Bowen
Alex Bowen with Tash Sultana, Callee
Sunday 17th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Boy Outside
Boy Outside, The British Blues, All Our Exes Live In Texas
Thursday 21st November – The Mac Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Friday 15th November – Waves Nightclub, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Wrestpoint Showroom, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 21st November – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Friday 22nd November – Metropolis, Fremantle, WA

Busby Marou
Friday 15th November – Flinders Social, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 16th November – Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, QLD
Friday 22nd November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Damien Dempsey
Sunday 17th November – The Cab Bar @ Rosie O’Grady’s, Perth, WA

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 17th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 15th November – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 16th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th November – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 22nd November – Balnarring Community Hall, Balnarring, VIC

Emma Davis and Brian Campeau
Sunday 17th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Foghorn Stringband
Friday 15th November – Nerrigundah Ag Bureau, Nerrigundah, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW

Gossling with Whitaker
Friday 15th November – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 20th November – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Jacinta Price
Thursday 21st November – Old Telegraph Station, Alice Springs, NT

James Kenyon
Friday 15th November – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Thirty Three on Hickory, Dorrigo, NSW
Wednesday 20th November – The Tree House, Byron Bay, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 15th November – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 16th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th November – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Monday 18th November – Music Lounge, Manly, NSW
Wednesday 20th November – Lizotte’s, Central Coast, NSW
Thursday 21st November – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 22nd November – Mullumbimby Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Kate Martin
Friday 15th November – Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th November – The Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 17th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Kaurna Cronin
Sunday 17th November – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 19th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Thursday 21st November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Laura & Susie with Wartime Sweethearts
Friday 15th November – Cafe Church Space, Sydney, NSW

Lime and Steel
Saturday 16th November – The Royal Exchange, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 22nd November – Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW

Lost Ragas
Sunday 19th November – Northcote Social CLub, Melbourne, VIC

Love Over Gold
Friday 15th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT (Lucie Thorne Solo)
Saturday 16th November – The Town Hall, Candelo, NSW (Lucie Thorne Solo)
Wednesday 20th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Patrick James
Friday 15th November – The Fly Trap, Fremantle, WA
Friday 22nd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Saturday 16th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Raindrops on Rooftops feat. Grim Fawkner, Oh Pep!, Christopher Coleman Collective
Saturday 16th November – TBA House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Robert Ellis and Corey Chisel with Marlon Williams
Friday 15th November – The Substation, Newport, VIC
Saturday 16th November – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 17th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 20th November 20 – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 21st November – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
Friday 22nd November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 15th November – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 17th November – The Wollombi Tavern, Wollombi, NSW
Thursday 21st November – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 22th to Sunday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 15th November – Wollongong Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 22nd November – Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW

The Little Stevies
Friday 15th November – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 22nd November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Tanya Batt
Friday 15th November – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA

Friday 15th November – Yours and Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Goodgod, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th November – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Roving Gambler” – The Stanley Brothers

This song has crossed my desk twice this week. First of all it appears on the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack courtesy of The Downhill Strugglers and then again as part of the Billie Joe and Norah album of Americana covers Foreverly. Listen to this classic version from The Stanley Brothers.

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