The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Foghorn Stringband
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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.

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s for August 2017

Gareth Rowan
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The month has only just begun but we already have the details of the next Bluegrass @ Yulli’s, set to take place on Wednesday 23rd August.

The monthly Sydney jam and performance night will this month feature rootsy honky tonk trio Gareth Rowan and The Crazy Fools. The trio, made up of Gareth Rowan, Gary Brown and Jamie Sampson, will be bringing their own brand of western swing, hillbilly and country music to Yulli’s and are guaranteed to delight.

As always the feature band will be proceeded by an all in jam where you’re encouraged to bring your banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin, fiddle or whatever and enjoy some pickin’ and singin’. The jam kicks off at 6pm with Gareth Rowan and The Crazy Fools taking to the stage at 8pm.

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s takes place upstairs at Yulli’s restaurant in Sydney and is completely free. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

Old Crow Medicine Show Announce Australian Tour

OCMS
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Legendary string band Old Crow Medicine Show have announced plans to head to Australia at the end of September for a quick tour.

The band will be touring their tribute to Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde album (which they recently released as an album titled 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde) with shows planned in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne plus an appearance at the Caloundra Music Festival.

Joining Old Crow Medicine Show for their headline shows will be buzz worthy roots singer-songwriter Valerie June. The full list of dates are below:

Thursday 28th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 1st October – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 3rd October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s for July 2017

Shelley's Murder Boys
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The stage has been set for the July edition of Bluegrass @ Yulli’s and you’re all invited to come and see some amazing music.

The regular jam and performance night has announced the 19th July as its next date and boy do they have goodies in store.

As always Bluegrass @ Yulli’s kicks off with an all-in am where you’re encouraged to bring your banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin, fiddle or whatever you can get your hands on and join in on the action.

Then at 8pm local trio (and Bluegrass @ Yulli’s regulars) Shelley’s Murder Boys take to the stage to keep you entertained with their own brand of old time and bluegrass music. They’ll also be putting the finishing on their upcoming EP Troubled Thoughts Keep Her Fed (due the 1st August) so expect some sweet sweet music.

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s takes place upstairs at Yulli’s restaurant in Sydney and is completely free. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

Davidson Brothers Announce East Coast Tour

Davidson Brothers
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Sibling bluegrass duo Davidson Brothers will be heading out on tour from this week with shows planned up and down the East Coast. The tour will also see Davidson Brothers appearing at a couple of festivals including the Gympie Music Muster and the Deni Ute Muster.

Davidson Brothers will be touring their latest album All You Need Is Music – check out the full list of dates and their latest video “Take A Little Drive” below:

Friday 23rd June – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 24th June – Nethercote Hall, Nethercote, NSW
Saturday 8th July – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th August – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD
Friday 29th September – Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s for June 2017

Bluegrass @ Yulli's

Sydney bluegrass jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s hits its mid year stride with the announcement of their June event.

Taking place on the 21st June the next edition of Bluegrass @ Yulli’s will feature The Flat Rock Boys the fun, uplifting collaboration between Mark Stevens (The Crooked Fiddle Band, Fat Bastards), Antony Mutch (Fat Bastards) and Gordon Wallace (The Crooked Fiddle Band).

As always the night will kick off at 6pm with an all-invited jam session before the band takes the stage from 8pm.

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s takes place upstairs at Yulli’s in Surry Hills – check out the official Facebook event for more details.

Timber and Steel Premiere: Watch The Morrisons’ New Video “Long Time Travelling” feat. Georgia Mooney

The Morrisons
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Ok, I may have just found my favourite video of 2017. Or maybe I’m just getting nostalgic for Sydney’s inner west. Either way you’re going to love “Long Time Travelling” from The Morrisons.

Shot in the back streets of Newtown and featuring the angelic harmonies of Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas), this a cappella track is taken from The Morrisons‘ recently released debut album.

“I love harmony singing! It’s my favourite thing to do in music,” Jimmy Daley from The Morrisons told Timber and Steel. “I wrote this song whilst traveling around China. I’m not sure where the tune came from but I’d just been humming it to myself the entire trip. The melody has a very pentatonic “asian” quality to it, perhaps it just seeped into my subconscious. We then went up to Inner Mongolia and the lyrics just poured out. It’s an incredible landscape but at the same time it’s marred by destruction and rapid urban development. Like the rest of China it’s a place of insane contrast. I remember sitting waiting for a bus and looking around me at this desolate construction site wasteland and seeing that just over the horizon cows and horses were roaming across the stunning Mongolian steppe the same way they had for centuries. The same grasslands on which Genghis Khan rode his horse. It was bizarre.”

Check out “Long Time Travelling” below:

The Morrisons are bringing their Man Of Constant Sorrow: The Music of O Brother Where Art Thou show featuring All Our Exes Live in Texas, Brian Campeau and Luke Escombe back to Sydney this month – dates are here:

Wednesday 17th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 18th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Watch the New Video from The Weeping Willows, “The Pale Rider”

Weeping Willows
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The latest single from Melbourne based bluegrass and Americana duo The Weeping Willows is the incredibly catchy “The Pale Rider”. This is the third single from the duo’s latest album Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’ and features some amazing Appalachian-inspired banjo work from Andrew Wrigglesworth.

Check out the video for “The Pale Rider” below:

The Weeping Willows are currently on a co-headline tour with Lachlan Bryan – the remaining dates are as follows:

Saturday 13th May – Palais Theatre, Franklin, TAS
Sunday 14th May – MONA, Hobart, TAS
Friday 19th May – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th May – Perth Good Nights, Perth, WA
Saturday 27th May – Bunbury Good Nights, Bunbury, WA

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s for May 2017

Tawny Owl
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The May edition of everyone’s favourite Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s will feature the return of The Tawny Owl Stringband, made up of local legends Luke Webb (Lucky Luke and His Shooting Stars), Jimmy Daley (The Morrisons, Diamond Duck, AKA BAZ), & Anna McInerney (The Morrisons, Terza Madre, Oh Willy Dear).

And of course Bluegrass @ Yulli’s kicks off with the traditional all-in jam so if you’re coming down to see The Tawny Owl Stringband don’t forget to bring your own banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin, fiddle or whatever and join in. The jam kicks off at 6pm before The Tawny Owl Stringband take to the stage at 8pm.

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s takes place upstairs at Yulli’s in Surry Hills on the 10th May. As always the night is 100% free – for more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s for April 2017

The Galax Bogtrotters
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This month Sydney bluegrass and old-time jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s is kicking off Easter early with a show this Wednesday 12th April.

As always with Bluegrass @ Yulli’s the first two hours from 6pm is an all-in jam where you’re encouraged to bring your banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin, fiddle or whatever you can get your hands on and join in on the action.

Then from 8pm US band The Galax Bogtrotters, from the musically rich region surrounding Galax, Virgina, will be taking to the stage with their unique brand of high energy dance tunes.

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s takes place upstairs at Yulli’s in Surry Hills from 6pm this Wednesday. The night is 100% free – for more information check out the official Facebook event here.

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