The Kelly Country Pick Bluegrass, Old time and Cajun music festival, has been a regular feature in Beechworth each year in August. This year the festival celebrates its 15th birthday with another superb line-up of performers coming in from all over Australia.
Western Australia’s Bluegrass Parkway, will be featured at the festival for the first time, performing concerts on Friday and Saturday night and running workshops Saturday and Sunday. Workshops will include mandolin, double bass, bluegrass fiddle and single mic performance techniques. Maria Duff on the double bass, not only plays bluegrass, she also spent many years with the Perth Symphony Orchestra.
Bands heading to the ‘pick’ this year are coming from nearly every state – Coolgrass, Cat and Clint, Johnny Can’t Dance, Fruit Jar, John Flanagan and the Begin Agains, High and Lonesome, Appalachian Heaven, High Times String Band and the Rusty Pickers are all from various parts of Victoria.
The Kissin’ Cousins are flying the local Beechworth flag. The fabulous Breaking Hart Benton are returning from Brisbane for the second year running. Ray Marshall and his Deputies and Burnt Creek Deviation are heading down the Hume from Sydney and Wollongong and the Cherry Pickers are coming east from Adelaide.
A packed weekend program is planned from 15th – 18th August, featuring concerts and open mic sessions in four iconic Beechworth venues – The Hibernian, The Nicholas, Bridge Rd Brewers and the Old Priory.
18 different workshops will take place at the Old Priory on Saturday and Sunday morning. These are aimed at musicians and non-musicians alike across a broad range of instruments including banjo, guitar, Dobro, fiddle and mandolin. For those who don’t play instruments there is harmony singing, Cajun dance and clogging. Luthiers will be on site, displaying and selling hand made acoustic instruments.
A variety of ticket options are available – from weekend and day/evening passes to individual concerts or workshops.
Full program details are available at www.kellycountrypick.org