Full Lineup for the 2016 Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

10 String Symphony
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Australian bluegrass lovers are about to get excited as we slide into festival season. Spring is all about the pickin’ and pluckin’ with a bunch of weekends dedicated to bluegrass festivals in the country – and one of the jewels in the bluegrass crown has to be the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival.

Held from the 21st to 23rd October in the beautiful mountain town of Dorrigo, NSW, the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival manages to attract the best and brightest artists every single year. This year’s lineup is no different with 10 String Symphony (USA), Bluegrass Parkway, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West (USA) and Mike Compton (USA) headlining the festival and a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites also announced including Catgut, Fred Smith, John Flanagan, Liz Frencham & Robbie Melville, Rebecca Bastoli, Rowena Wise, String Theories, The Barkers Vale Brothers, The Black Mountain String Band, The Company, The Mae Trio, The Plough, The Squeezebox Trio, Wayward Angels and many more.

Tickets are now on sale – check out the official site for more details. The full lineup for the 2016 Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival is below:

Rose&theSea, 10 String Symphony, Alesa Lajana, Appalachian Heaven Stringband, Ash & Andy, Bluegrass Parkway, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Carl Pannuzzo, Catgut, Chloë & Jason Roweth, Cielle Montgomery, Den Hanrahan, Enda Kenny, Farmer Mick & Miss Jane, Fireside Celts & Friends, Fred Smith, Harry Jakamarra, Haywood Billy Goats, Honey and Knives, Jed Rowe, Jerry Salley, John Flanagan, Katie Crane, Kazoobafak Jug Band, Kimberly Wheeler, Kristy Cox, Liz Frencham & Robbie Melville, Mick Daley, Mike Compton, Montz Matsumoto and Friends, Omados, Pitts Family, Rebecca Bastoli, Redlands Bluegrass Boys, Rowena Wise, Ruby Gilbert, Slim Dime, String Theories, Sunny and the Dark Corners, The Barkers Vale Brothers, The Black Mountain String Band, The Company, The FruiTTrees, The Mae Trio, The Mulberry Collective, The Plough, The Squeezebox Trio, Vic Manuel, Watling & Bates, Wayward Angels

MountainGrass Announces its 2015 Lineup

Laurie Lewis
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This November the fantastic MountainGrass festival returns to Harrietville, Victoria with a fantastic lineup of bluegrass, old time and folk music.

Held from the 20th to 22nd November at the foot of Mt Hotham, MountainGrass is regarded as Australia’s premier bluegrass and old time music festival. This year’s event will be headlined by award winning Americana singer and fiddler Laurie Lewis with her band The Right Hands (featuring Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber and Todd Phillips).

Joining Lewis will be other US touring artists Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass and Orpheus Supertones as well as an impressive lineup of local talent including Bluegrass Parkway, Paul Wookey, Pete Denahy, Davidson Brothers, Karen Lynne, The Weeping Willows, The Kissin’ Cousins, The Pipi Pickers, John Flanagan, Old South, Buffalo Nickel, Coolgrass, The Strzelecki Stringbusters and many more.

For more information on MountainGrass including how to get your hands on tickets make sure you check out the official site here.

MountainGrass Announces 2013 Lineup

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Mountaingrass, held each year at Harrietville at the foothills of Mount Hotham in northern Victoria, prides itself on being the “national” bluegrass festival in Australia. This year’s festival takes place from the 22nd to 24th November and will feature some of the country’s best pickers and players for a weekend full of amazing music.

The lineup for Mountaingrass 2013 was recently revealed with the likes of Bluegrass Parkway, The Company, Coolgrass, The Davidson Brothers (above), Oh Pep!, The Strzelecki Stringbusters and more taking to the stage.

Tickets for the festival are just $98 for all three days and are available via the official site here. Check out the full lineup below:

4 Jimmys
Mile Creek
Appalachian Heaven
Bluegrass Parkway
Bluestone Junction
The Company
Davidson Brothers
Dear Orphans
Don Rigsby
Fat Chance
Faux Grass
Karen Lynne
Kissin’ Cousins
The O’Donnells
Oh Pep!
Old South
Peter Denahy
The Pippi Pickers
Snowy Mtn Ramblers
Strzelecki Stringbusters

The National Folk Festival Reveals First Round of Artists, Changes to Site Layout

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Last week must have been a frantic one for the staff of the National Folk Festival as they not only officially announced the first round of artists for 2013, including a number of indie-folk artists that you normally wouldn’t see at the National, but they also significantly altered the layout of the festival site.

Let’s start with the artists. Announced as headliners next year are Scottish/American fiddle and cello duo Fraser & Haas, master UK multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman, US all-female Americana trio Red Molly, Danish roots and world five-piece Himmerland, Australian nu-folk quartet Husky (above) and folk troubadour Jordie Lane. Joining them in 2013 will be Bluegrass Parkway, Breige Murphy, Bygone Error, Chris Smither, Danny Spooner, Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens, Lime and Steel, Michael Kennedy, Pete Wild and the Only Ones, Mike Jackson, The Simpson Three, Son of Rut and The String Contingent. The full release of performers will be due at the end of November.

As for the site changes, financial pressures have forced the National Folk Festival to rethink how they layout the festival at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) in order to minimise overheards such as insurance and security. Organisers have downsized the festival so it now mainly takes place at the Flemington Road end of EPIC rather than along the Federal highway. New camping areas have been opened up and some of the outlying venues, such as the youth focused Majestic (yay!), have been incorporated into the main festival. You can check out the new site map here.

The blogs and forums have been rife with speculation that the site changes may reduce the festival’s ability to host as many performances with many people assuming that the performance program may suffer.

“It has been a difficult year, we’ve had to tighten up on our budget,” National Folk Festival managing director Sebastian Flynn told the ABC. “But hopefully, we’ve managed to keep our ticket prices the same. We’ve tried not to have too much of a hit on music or dance, and there’s been a little bit of downsizing there but basically people still get a very, very generous program.”

Early-bird tickets to the National Folk Festival, which will be held over the Easter long weekend in Canberra next year, are now on sale. For more information check out the official web site here.

Mike Compton Brings the Spirit of O Brother To Perth

Mike Compton
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Grammy award winning mandolinist Mike Compton will be winging his to Australia this October for a very special show at the State Theatre of Western Australia in Perth. Compton, the picker responsible for the mandolin parts on the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack and the subsequent Down From the Mountain folk album, will be bringing together some of Western Australia’s, and indeed the country’s, finest musicians for In Constant Sorrow – A Night of Bluegrass.

Joining Mike Compton in Perth will be Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton, Andrew and Karen Winton, Bluegrass Parkway, Bernard Carney and David Hyams, Jane Germain and Ian Simpson and Clarke’s Grey Vest. The show takes place on the 28th October with tickets and more information available here.

And just in case the Eastern states thought they were missing they needn’t worry – Mike Compton has also planned shows in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. The full list of dates are below:

Friday 26th October – Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th October – State Theatre of Western Australia, Perth, WA
Friday 2nd November – Albany Town Hall, Albany, WA
Tuesday 6th November – Newport Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 7th November – Yinnar Hotel, Yinnar, VIC
Friday 9th November – Cat and Fiddle Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 11th November – Wollongong, NSW

2012 Redlands Bluegrass Convention Line-up Announced

Mustered Courage
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The Redlands Bluegrass Convention, held at the the Kindilan Convention Centre near Redland Bay in Queensland between the 13th and 15th July, has just announced its first round of artists and it’s already looking pretty sweet. So far they’ve confirmed The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, The Davidson Brothers, Mustered Courage (above) and Bluegrass Parkway with The Australian Bluegrass Blog adding Kristy Cox to that list (although this hasn’t been confirmed on the official Redlands web site). And this is just the beginning with more artists yet to be announced

The Convention boasts more than just showcase performers with instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, blackboard concert, food, drink and much much more throughout the weekend. For more information on The Redlands Bluegrass Convention and how to get tickets visit the official web site.

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