Whitetop Mountaineers On Tour in 2015

WhitetopMountaineersWhitetop Mountaineers Touring Australia from this month through to mid April.

The Whitetop Mountaineers is made up of the duo, Martha Spencer and Jackson Cunningham. They both live in Whitetop in the highest mountains in Virginia . Their shows feature old-time country duet singing, up-tempo old-time fiddle, clawhammer banjo, bluegrass mandolin and guitar instrumentals as well as high energy Appalachian dancing. They have been a regular feature at several Australian festivals over the past few years and gain popularity and friendships with every visit to Australia.

Their current itinerary includes:

Visit the Whitetop Mountaineers website for further information.

Emily Miller & Jesse Milnes on Southern Style

Milnes & MillerJan Dale will be presenting her Southern Style program on Tuesday March 17, between 1:00pm and 3:00pm featuring the music of Emily Miller & Jesse Milnes.

Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller perform country and old-time music, singing close harmony with Jesse’s unique finger-picked guitar style and a healthy dose of old-time fiddling. Emily was raised playing and singing Louvin Brothers and Stanley Brothers songs with her parents while they traveled the world as journalists. Jesse grew up in the world of West Virginia old-time music, learning from masters like Melvin Wine and Ernie Carpenter. They now make their home in central West Virginia.

Whitetop Mountaineers on Southern Style

Whitetop MountaineersOn Tuesday 10th March from about 1.30 pm Jan Dale will be featuring The Whitetop Mountaineers who are on yet another Australian tour.

The Whitetop Mountaineers are Martha Spencer and Jackson Cunningham, a duo hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Steeped in the mountain music traditions, their shows are a combination of country duet singing, fiery instrumentals and high energy Appalachian dancing.

Martha and Jackson have performed at festivals, venues and workshops across the USA and have toured to the UK, Ireland, and Australia.

Southern Style can also be streamed to your computer, so you might like to also catch Jan’s special in the archives of the PBS website.

Southern Style with Jan Dale – PBS FM 106.7
Tuesdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm or online at www.pbsfm.org.au.

2015 Forrest Jamcamp

2015-ForrestAdvOrganisers of the Forrest Jamcamp have announced dates for their 2015 camp. Sat 16th to Mon 18th May.

Nestled in the heart of the Otway Ranges, Forrest has become one of the best holiday destinations in the Hinterland of the Great Ocean Road area. It’s a pleasant 2 hour drive from Melbourne.

The $420.00 registration fee covers all tuition, handouts, single room accommodation and includes all meals. Shared accommodation is available on request.

What can you expect from a Wernick Method Jamcamp?

  • Hands-on learning in large and small groups
  • Learn many bluegrass standards
  • Full ground rules and etiquette of typical jams
  • How to find melodies, fake solos, carry a tune, sing harmony
  • Tab/note reading skills not needed or used
  • Understanding, low-pressure, time-tested teaching
  • Only four chords needed, G, C, D, and A.
  • Gentle tempos, mistakes expected
  • How to lead songs and how to follow new songs
  • Ear skills taught and emphasised, as in real bluegrass
  • Group and individualised instruction on backup skills

You can sign up for the 2015 Forrest Jamcamp on our Jamcamps Australia website.

The Pigs’ Home Brew

ThePigsAlbumUnashamed bluegrass sinners, The Pigs have taken it upon themselves to reinterpret a formidable collection of Australian pop songs on their new album called The Pigs’ Home Brew: 13 Aussie Classics.

The Pigs have built a reputation for dismantling mega-hit songs and rebuilding them in their signature style. Now, at the peak of their interpretive powers, they turn their hillbilly tractor beams towards home. Some of the reworked songs include Powderfinger’s My Happiness which has been converted to a country waltz. In addition we hear Farnham’s You’re The Voice receive a wild yodel makeover and Olivia Newton John’s Physical performed with unnatural desperation. Further, INXS’s Devil Inside has a lot more devil inside it. The first single from the album is You Just Like Me Cos I’m Good In Bed, featuring Red Symons on pedal steel guitar and accordion.

The Pigs have taken a different approach to recording this album, seeking to capture the energy of a live performance. “We didn’t want to split into different rooms and wear headphones,” says Stretch Pig “we just wanted the record to sound like people playing music in a room together. So we went to a cottage in the bush, set up some microphones and had some fun playing the songs.” Every song was captured on multi-camera video.

We’re celebrating the songs that we love and the songs we grew up with, from Cold Chisel to The Avalanches – T-Bone Pig.

The album also features many of The Pigs’ greatest hits, taken from a career spanning 10 years, 4 albums, 1 EP, concerts all over Australia and the world, countless TV and radio appearances, “squillions” of beautiful fans and 4 very painful blisters.

The Pigs’ Homebrew Tour is an event that’ll test your Reg Grundies and quite possibly, change your life.

The Pigs Touring Schedule:

Fri 13 Mar Newcastle, Lizottes
Sat 14Mar Central Coast, Lizottes
Fri 27Mar Warrnambool, The Loft
Sat 28Mar Rainbow Bushfire Recovery
Fri 17 Apr Cronulla, Brass Monkey
Sat 18Apr Wollongong, Heritage Hotel
Fri 1 MayLithgow, Lithgow Workies
Sat 2 May Rooty Hill, Rooty Hill RSL
Fri 15 May Canberra, The Street Theatre
Sat 16 May Albury, Kincross
Fri 22 May Sydnet, The Basement
Sat 23 May Katoomba, Katoomba RSL
Fri 29 May Traralgon, Spirit Bar
Sat 30 May Melbourne, Flying Saucer Club
Fri 12 Jun Toowoomba, The Spotted Cow
Sat 13 Jun Brisbane, North Leagues Club
Fri 19 Jun Maroochydore, Sol Bar
Sat 20 Jun Gold Coast Broadbeach CMF

Some time ago the Pigs appeared on the television program Australia’s Got Talent.

Dorrigo Performer Applications Open

DorrigoBannerDorrigio Folk and Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for 23rd 24th and 25th of October this year and performer applications are now open.

All are welcome, old and new festival patrons, to Dorrigo Mountain for an intimate and friendly three-day weekend of acoustic music featuring some of the very best Folk and Bluegrass and Old-Time country musicians from around Australia and overseas.

It’s a time when Dorrigo’s picturesque showground comes alive with people concerts, workshops, dancing, jamming, impromptu performances, poetry and children’s entertainment.

Tickets for the 2015 Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival will go on sale from their website at the end of April 2015.

2015 Manjimup Jamcamp

The Warren Arts Council have announced that enrolments for their 2nd jam camp are now open. Wernick

Jamcamps Australia has posted details of the enrolment process on its website for the Warren Arts Council. The camp is scheduled for three nights and three days from Friday 29th May to Monday 1st June this year.

The camp will feature a Friday night post dinner get-together jam. The camp tuition will start on Saturday morning at 9:00am (after breakfast) with group sessions, small-group practice throughout each day until late Monday morning.

Costs for the camp are $410.00 with an early bird offer of $380 until the 15th March 2015.

This year’s camp includes all tuition and accommodation, as well as breakfast and dinner for the three nights and days from 29th May to 1st June. Both shared and (some limited) single accommodation are available at the Manjimup Hotel.

The camp commences with a get-together and welcome jam on Friday night after dinner at the Manjimup Hotel.

Bookings are now open and deposits are being accepted via the Jamcamps Australia  website.

Wernick Method Jam camps and day sessions have been operating in Australia since 2007. There have been several camps run in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. future camps are being planned for NSW an South Australia.

Visit the Jamcamps Australia Website for details of the Wernick Method and to read of student’s testimonials from previous camps.

Mid North – Tales From a Mountain

Mid North AlbumScott Collins is one of Australia’s very few songwriters contributing to the ongoing collection of original Australian bluegrass music. Scott’s previous album was called You Were Right About the Stars. This new album is called Tales From a Mountain.

Songwriting can be a challenge for some. Writing words for a song can require one to search deeply into feelings, values and beliefs to deliver one’s message. Indeed the challenge is often one of having to bare the soul to deliver heartfelt beliefs and stirring messages from, sometimes, tender personal experiences.  Scott Collins has opened his heart on this album.

The music on Tales From a Mountain ranges from heart-wrenching blues, and haunting old-timey ballads to lively bluegrass instrumentals. His music underpins some great song writing and open-hearted confessions to the listener.

The album features Scott Collins on guitar and vocal, John Woolhouse on mandolin and fiddle, Bill Faulkner on banjo and Will Pregnell on bass. Adding to the vocal work is Cath Cooper and Josh MacKenzie.

Additionally we hear Kat Mear and Sammy Lind on fiddle, Hamish Davidson and Jenny Shimmin on banjo, Jamie Sampson on bass, Paddy Montgomery and Caleb Klauder on mandolin with Josh MacKenzie on backing vocals.

Corn Liquor is the opening track on the album and sets a great pace with Hamish Davidson’s hard-driving banjo and Cath Cooper’s supportive harmonies. Overall Cath does a fine job in supporting the vocals with her pure clear harmonies.

One of my favourites on the album is No Return. It tells the tale of a cowardly retreat of a gambler, philanderer and wonton cheat who is heading down the road of no return, leaving a letter of some regret and to be read by his abandoned woman.  A mournful ballad, haunting in melody and lyric and executed with style by Mid North’s band leader Scott Collins.

In short, this album is full of fine song writing delivered in a blend of complimenting musical styles and instrumentation with deft performances by a host of Aussie musicians delivered through a fine production effort from NoiseLab Studios. Congratulations Scott on another great album.

The Wayward Angels Head To Tamworth

The Wayward AnglesThe Wayward Angels is a four piece all-girl band delivering sweet vocal harmonies to a repertoire of alt country/bluegrass tunes.

The girls met through a local Brisbane bluegrass jam session and went on to form the Wayward Angles. They say they bring a taste of bluegrass with a feminine edge to Brisbane audiences and now they are heading to Tamworth.

The group cites their main influences as: Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show, Blue Highway, The Punch Brothers old-timey and bluegrass music

The Wayward Angels are: Kay Armstrong on banjo, Jody Bell on mandolin, Brenda Kelly on guitar and Anne-Marie Lawton on double-bass.

Performance Schedule:

  • Sat. 17th Jan – Post Office Hotel – 1:20pm – 2:00pm
  • Sun. 18th Jan – RB Sellars Stage – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Gold Coast Folk Festival Artists Applications

GCAMFThe Gold Coast Folk Festival will be held 19-20 September 2015 at Country Paradise Parklands in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Around 4000 people attended the 2014 festival. The festival is expected to attract around 6,000 this year. There are three stages with 30 performances over the weekend.

Organisers are looking for up to 20 acts with a mix of local, interstate and international artists. Previous years have included Wes Carr, Hanneke Cassel (USA), John Schumann, the Bushwhackers, Round Mountain Girls, Michael Fix, Hat Fiz and Cara, The Company and many more. Click here to see the 2014 program.

The venue is an ideal setting for a festival. Set on 30 ha of rural farmland, each stage is under cover and has an intimate barnyard feel. The main stage can easily fit up to 600 people under cover. Sound production is by Patric Burke and the team from the Soundshed, who specialise in, and are exceptionally good at managing folk and acoustic music festivals around Australia. Colorful markets and food stalls are dotted under huge spreading fig trees, adding to the laid back atmosphere.

How to apply:

Applications will close once the program is full so get in early. For more information, please see the festival website or contact Rob Saunders.

The 2015 Gold Coast Folk Music Festival is sponsored by the Gold Coast Acoustic Music Club (Coast Acoustics), Councillor Tracey Gilmore, City of Gold Coast and Tourism and Events Queensland.