Following some lengthy discussion with the Falling Leaf FestivalÂ Committee, Ausgrass 2009 has received the green lightÂ to proceed with a minor reduction in some aspects, money being tighterÂ than last year, so some of the wish list has been trimmed.Â Unfortunately negotiations to alter the date failed and the event dateÂ remains Friday 1 to Sunday 3 MayÂ 2009 – the first weekend in May.
Funding for the Feature Bands had been reduced to two bands but thisÂ has been surprisingly helped out with the unsheduled inclusion ofÂ Bluegrass Parkway, who will be in Tumut only on Saturday night for the Ausgrass ConcertÂ and will be presenting their Â 1950’s Radio Show to a live audience and video cameras for a future DVD release. The rest of the of Bluegrass World will get to see thisÂ great event.
Heather Mandich and Southern Alliance will be the mainstay of theÂ Friday dance event, with the “Bushfire Band” out of QueenslandÂ heating up proceedings during Saturday, with all bands appearingÂ briefly at Grass in the Park on the Main Stage.
The Original Snakeskins were on my wish list and as at this date IÂ am still wrestling some funds out of the piggy bank to have thisÂ great group at Ausgrass 2009 as well.Â Saturday morning activities include children’s session, DiscoverÂ Bluegrass, Â banjo workshop and beginners jam session, leading up toÂ the afternoon Blackboard concerts, a definite chance this year to getÂ up and have a go with heaps of appreciative audience.
The evening concert will be in two parts, with the first hour for someÂ hot Bluegrass music and then a 15 minute interval to cool off,Â followed by the Bluegrass Parkway 1950’s Radio Show. This is the first appearance at Ausgrass for all these great bands andÂ with the show in the exquisite Montreal Theatre, this is shaping up toÂ be a night to set a very high standard for Australian Bluegrass events. We areÂ hoping to maintain and perhaps extend the high standard of the 2008Â concert.
The one modest $15.00 fee covers the two Saturday evening sessions. ThisÂ admission fee assists with the restoration costs of this remarkableÂ theatre.Â All other Ausgrass events on the weekend are free.
Sunday this year begins around 10.00 am with a Gospel session andÂ afterwards, another chance for a Blackboard concert or just jamming inÂ the parkÂ with friends.
The updated web page goes up today, so check out all theÂ details on the Ausgrass Website
Submitted by Howard Miller – Ausgrass Events