After a break of nine years, the Country Music Association of Australia re-introduced the Australian National Bluegrass Championships in 2008 to an overwhelming response from both the participants and audience members.
The Australian National Bluegrass Championships had humble beginnings in St. Andrews Hall, Tamworth in 1979. The Championships soon became the pinnacle of all acoustic music awards – attracting the best players in Australia together with lots of young, eager to learn players competing to become the national bluegrass flat pick guitar, mandolin, banjo and fiddle champion. The Championships attracted great crowds and were synonymous with great raw talent. The majority of the previous winners are now at the forefront of our country music industry – performing in the best bands, with all our major artists, and playing on the finest of our Australian country albums.
The Championships were the single most driving factor for the emergence of such great musical talent through the eighties and early nineties. Nominations and subsequent winners will be determined in 4 categories; Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin. the 2009 event will be held on 25th January.
Entry forms will be online shortly at www.visittamworth.com
Up for grabs for the winners will be Fender gear. Tickets: Adults $25/Children under 14 years $15 CMAA Members can order via their Membership ticketing Forms for premium seating. General Public Tickets on sale now at Tourism Tamworth Ltd. Ph: 02 6767 4300.