Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass Tour

Chris Henry BandPeter Rowan’s mandolin-player, Chris Henry, returns to Australia with his own bluegrass band, The Hardcore Grass. This is a must-see band for all lovers of bluegrass music.

The International Bluegrass Music Association has labelled Chris Henry as “the premier Monroe-style mandolinist of his generation”, while US Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan describes him as “a bright young star in Bluegrass Music”, and has made him a full-time member of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.

Chris Henry grew up in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA, the son of veteran bluegrass musicians, Red and Murphy Henry. He moved to Nashville about ten years ago, and has been making quite a name for himself as one of the most highly regarded and sought-after young musicians on the American bluegrass scene. He received an International Bluegrass Music Association nomination for Song of the Year in 2011 for writing “Walking West to Memphis.” He was in Shawn Camp’s band, and in the last few years he has been playing with his own band, The Hardcore Grass, and with the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.

He impressed Australian audiences when he toured here earlier this year as a member of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Trio. As a result of that tour, he has been invited back to Australia to headline the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival this October.

Chris is touring with his own four-piece band, The Hardcore Grass, consisting of himself on mandolin and vocals, Mike Garris (guitar and vocals), Corrina Logston (fiddle and vocals) and Beth Lawrence (bass and vocals).

As well as being a talented guitarist, Mike Garris is also a highly respected bass-player, and has recorded and toured extensively as a long-time member of the Del McCoury Band and David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience. Fiddler, singer-songwriter, Corrina Logston, is an exciting new talent in bluegrass today, widely known for her lively and versatile fiddling, and tenor singing rooted in traditional bluegrass music. She has performed with the likes of Del McCoury, Jesse McReynolds, Bobby Osborne, Alison Krauss, and Charlie Louvin, and many others. Beth Lawrence has been living in the South for 10 years, and playing bass and singing with national bluegrass bands, including the Mark Newton Band, Ron Block Band, Jerry Salley Band, and The Daughters of Bluegrass.

Chris Henry website: http://christopherhenry.net/
Hardcore Grass facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hardcoregrass

Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass – 2014 Australian Tour Dates:

  • Fri 24, Sat 25, Sun 26 Oct: Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW
  • Tue 28 Oct: Bonny Hills Community Hall, Bonny Hills, NSW
  • Thur 30 Oct: Carrington Bowling Club, Newcastle, NSW (with Annie Lou Band)
  • Fri 31 Oct: Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
  • Sat 1 Nov: Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-Together, Annandale, NSW
  • Sun 2 Nov: Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
  • Thur 6 Nov: The Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW
  • Fri 7 Nov: Canberra Musicians Club, Turner Bowling Club, Turner, ACT
  • Sat 8, Sun 9 Nov: Blackwood Festival of Music & Culture, Blackwood, Vic
  • Tue 11 Nov: Mountain Pickers Association, Burrinja Café, Upwey, Vic
  • Thur 13 Nov: Courthouse Café, Camperdown, Vic
  • Fri 14 Nov: Healesville Music Festival, Healesville, Vic
  • Sat 15, Sun 16 Nov: Mountaingrass Festival, Harrietville, Vic
  • Thur 20 Nov: The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, Vic
  • Fri 21 Nov: Candelo Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
  • Sat 22 Nov: Katoomba RSL, Katoomba, NSW

Colin O’Brien Tour Dates

Colin O'BrienColin O’Brien has announced dates for his tour in New South Wales and Victoria.

Colin O’Brien’s music is informed by the past and speaks to the present. A playful performer, Colin delights his audiences with fiery melodies, groovy rhythms, soulful lyrics, fancy footwork and old time hat tricks. His banjo, fiddle and guitar playing, percussive dancing, and lyrics all express an earnest regard for the traditional, natural and true.

O’Brien is a nationally touring independent performer based in Nashville. He has shared bills with artists such as The Infamous String Dusters, Great American Taxi, Trampled By Turtles, Tim O’Brien, Del McCoury, Steve Martin, Sam Bush, Darol Anger and Peter Rowan. Colin has performed at many venues and festivals throughout the United States including Rocky Grass, The John Hartford Memorial Festival Boats and Bluegrass, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, The Station Inn, The Sioux River Folk Festival, The Ark and dozens more.

Colin loves to engage his audience, young and old alike, and may at any time leave the stage to dance and sing among them; his voice, fiddle and feet all still resounding loud and clear through the stage speakers.

In 2011, the great Nashville musician, Larry Perkins, heard Colin play at the John Hartford Memorial Festival and was side-struck. “Colin’s music is genuine, whimsical, full of fun and carefully crafted. For me, it’s a very pleasant surprise”. He invited Colin down to Nashville to record. The resulting After A Song features Colin’s original songs performed with several of John Hartford’s band mates, including Perkins himself.

You are a very talented artist – John D. Loudermilk, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee
Colin O’Brien is a great entertainer – Tim O’Brien

In addition to his solo song and dance, Mr. O’Brien performs with The Nashville Stringy-Band, an acoustic super-group featuring Matt Combs on fiddle, Mike Compton on mandolin and Todd Phillips on bass.

When not entertaining on the road, O’Brien may be found dancing in his front yard on the banks of the Cumberland River with his fiddle and banjo as the General Jackson steamboat rounds Hartford’s bend.

Colin’s tour dates:

23 Oct 14 – Mofo, Surrey Hills, NSW: 10:00am
24 Oct 14 – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival
30 Oct 14 – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC: 8:00pm
31 Oct 14 – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC: 10:00am
9 Nov 14 – Barney Allen’s, St. Kilda, VIC: 7:00pm

One Up Two Down on Tour

Onen Up Two DownOne Up, Two Down have just announced some tour dates for the next couple of months.

One Up Two Down hail from three countries joined by the Pacific Ocean, George Jackson (NZ), Andrew Small (USA) and Daniel Watkins (AUS) bring together raw old-time aesthetics, bluegrass dexterity and folk story telling. This trio draws on a strong grounding in old-time and bluegrass music, extending their music to new compositions with far wider influences. These three lean lads are armed with some exciting music, which they recently recorded in Nashville Tennessee and have just released on their debut EP. Andrew, is a North Carolina native Double Bassist, Yale School of Music masters graduate who is immersed in the American Old-time and Bluegrass music scene. George is the 7th generation in a line of New Zealand fiddlers dating back to the first settlers. Daniel Watkins is a strong vocalist and an encyclopedia of songs which he masterfully flat-picks on his Guitar hailing from Newcastle, Australia. George and Daniel are the back to back winners of the Australian Youth Bluegrass Scholarship (2012, 2013)

“Parsons’ voice has poignant warmth reminiscent of James Taylor, with a familiarity that enables you to feel like two friends.” – Timber and Steel Dan Parsons’ self titled second album, on which Parsons plays the vast majority of instruments, was mixed by The Boat People’s Robin Waters. It was during his time touring America 2012, that Parsons had the opportunity to play more solo shows and steep himself in the ghosts of the West Coast’s golden age. He found himself in bars and landscapes that had shaped the artists which in turn, had shaped him. Parsons emerged triumphant in 2013 with his second album, which could not possibly bare anything less than the mark of an artist who knows who he is and what he wants to say, without irony and at peace with self-doubt. When he’s not touring as a solo artist Parsons has taken on stints in South East Asia and the US as a hired gun for Kate Miller-Heidke, as both a drummer and guitarist.

One Up Two Down Tour Dates:

21 Oct – House Concert – Glebe
22 Oct – The Armidale Club – Armidale
23 Oct – The Tree House – Byron Bay
24 Oct – The Junk Bar – Brisbane
25 & 26 Oct – Dorrigo Folk And Bluegrass Fest
28 Oct – Mother’s Milk – Coffs Harbour
29 Oct – Newcastle Uni
30 Oct – Clarendon Guest House
31 Oct – Tanswells Hotel – Beechworth
1 & 2 Nov – JamGrass Music Fest*
6 Nov – Billyroy’s Blues Bar – Bendigo
7 Nov – House Show – Mildura
8 Nov – Wheatsheaf Hotel – Adelaide
9 Nov – Barb Agar’s House – Melbourne
12 Nov – Melbourne Folk Club – Melbourne*
13 Nov – Quiet Place – Castlemaine*
14, 15 & 16 Nov – MountainGrass Fest*
19 Nov – Jasmine’s House – Newstead, VIC
20 Nov – The Front Gallery – Canberra
22 Nov – The Roxbury – Sydney*

*One Up, Two Down only.

2014 MountainGrass Festival

MGrass2014Mountaingrass Bluegrass and Old-Time music festival, runs Thursday 13 through to Sunday 16 November 2013 at Feathertop Chalet at Harrietville in the beautiful Ovens valley.

MountainGrass is unique in that it combines concerts of bluegrass and old-time music with many opportunities for both emerging musicians and old-hands to come and play together and practice their craft and hone their skills. It also offers the opportunity to buy a hand-crafted instrument with some of Australia’s best luthiers and instrument makers in attendance.

MountainGrass starts informally on Thursday evening with everyone invited to come and participate in “pick” (jam), or just sit back and listen. The event then starts officially on Friday night with the first of many concerts. This is followed by a weekend of workshops, concerts, picks and jams, and finishes with a blackboard concert on Sunday night. There will also be bands on in the local hotels on Friday and Saturday night – free admission and all welcome. The festival program can be seen on the MountainGrass Website.

The organisers have secured two special guest bands from the United States: Special Consensus and Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass. They will be joined by favourite Old-Time bands from Australia, The Flying Engine String Band and Appalachian Heaven. Add to this the highly popular Australian band the Flying Emus, Bluegrass Parkway, and many other Australian and NZ acts including The Davidson Brothers, The Company, Old South, Pipi Pickers, Little Rabbit, Coolgrass, String Theory and local favourites Peter Denahy and Kissin’ Cousins. A full list of artists can be see on the MountainGrass Website.

Season tickets, Day tickets, and reasonable priced single concert and single workshop tickets will also be available at Feathertop Chalet. Season tickets are now available online. Day passes will be available at the festival.

Accommodation is available onsite at Feathertop Chalet for $65 per person per night for bed and breakfast. There is also a wide range of accommodation in Harrietville ranging from camping and cabins to Bed and Breakfasts, guest houses and entire houses. See the Accommodation Page on the MountainGrass website for a comprehensive list or contact Alpine Valley Getaways, 03 5759 2653 for help with your booking.

The event will be based at Feathertop Chalet, where a marquee is being used for the main concerts. Other concerts will be held at the Harrietville Community Hall and the Mountain View Retreat Hall less than 5 minutes walk from Feathertop Chalet.

Evening meals and lunches and will be available at Feathertop Chalet, the two hotel motels, and local guest houses. Both of the local cafes will be serving breakfasts, lunches and other food all day.

Other attractions in the local area include a trout farm, lavender farm, blueberry farm, local made produce, Harrietville Museum, several cafes, an ice-creamery, two hotels, and the famous Bright Markets on Saturday November 15. Harrietville and its surrounds offers great terrain for road cyclists and mountain biking. For bushwalkers there is the famous Bon Accord and Bungalow spur walking tracks to Mt Feathertop which begin or end in Harrietville.

Mountaingrass is an initiative of the Australasian Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association Inc.,  and is supported by the Alpine Shire Council, Feathertop Chalet, Mountain View Retreat; The Snowline Hotel, The Harrietville Hotel Motel, and Casbak Alpine Units.

Comments from some of last year’s attendees:



Well done on pulling together a great event over the weekend. I went along to Feathertop Chalet on Saturday evening and watched the O’Donnell’s, Karen Lynne and Don Rigsby. As usual I was in awe at the musical skill of the performers and appreciated their positive energy which was undoubtedly spurred on by the enthusiastic crowd.

Thank you so much one & all for the wonderful job putting together the festival this year, I had ball and played non stop until I got too sore to continue, rested then played some more – Serial jamming addict.

Thanks to all involved for a great Mountaingrass 2013. We have been going to the festivals at Harrietville for the past 14 years and that was certainly one of the best. Congratulations and well done to all involved, just fantastic.

MountainGrass is scheduled for Thu. 13th to Sun. 16 November 2013 at Feathertop Chalet at Harrietville Victoria.

Jamgrass’s Adelaide Debut

Jamgrass2013This weekend marks Jamgrass’s Adelaide debut and they’ve got an incredible line up of music. Fiddle Virtuoso Casey Driessen has landed in Australia and will be making his only SA appearance at The Gov. Marlon Williams returns to Adelaide after selling out his last show in town. Astro Cobalt and The Cherry Pickers will provide a bluegrass fix, James Kenyon will wow with his intricate songs while Skyscraper Stan and The Bakers Digest will provide a late night party.

So you’ve had the JamGrass experience in Melbourne or Sydney? Now don’t let your Adelaide friends miss out. Help grow the JamGrass movement by letting them know it’s coming their way this weekend. You know they’ll thank you.

More info can be found at the Facebook event page here.

Follow JamGrass on Twitter here.

Blackwood Festival of Music and Culture

Blackwood FestivalNews of another festival has arrived this week with the Blackwood Festival of Music and Culture.

This event will be held over the weekend of November 7th, 8th and 9th, 2014. Their website states that this is a pilot festival with the aims of celebrating great aspects of music culture in a beautiful mountain-forest setting at Blackwood, Victoria an hour’s drive from Melbourne.

The festival will feature a diverse music lineup including old-time, Irish, bluegrass, country, Blues and rockabilly genres as well as workshops and demonstrations in Cajun and old-time dance styles and traditional harmony singing.

Acts include old-time masters Eddie Bond and Kirk Sutphin (USA) and Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass (USA) as well as musicians from Melbourne and regional Victoria including Chere Cajun, Johnny Can’t Dance, Little Rabbit, Flying Engine Stringband, Woodward and Rough, Fingerbone, Swamplands,Cat and Clint, Archer, Freedom, Clintonium Bomb, The Ramshackle Band, Honeyfields, Hardrive Bluegrass Band, Slim Dime, Jonno and the Daredevils, Tully Sumner, Colin Matthews, Fruit Jar and Lowdown & Lonesome.

The festival is aimed at music lovers, musicians and anyone interested in old-time and traditional culture and entertainment. The event will be inclusive and family friendly. Onsite camping is available for a limited number of attendees. Those in RV’s or wanting a quieter environment, are encouraged to book into the Blackwood Mineral Springs Caravan Park.  Note – RV’s are not permitted on the Rec Reserve. A range of other accommodation is also available in Blackwood, including B&Bs and rental cottages.

Guildford Festival 2014

GuildfordThe Ninth Guildford Banjo Jamboree, in the tiny town of Guildford in Central Victoria, is almost upon us. We are sure that this year’s Jamboree will be as enjoyable as the last eight, with loads of talented artists in concerts, workshops and the dance, and with jam sessions going night and day. The Jamboree aims to be a friendly, enjoyable and informative gathering of musicians and music lovers and we trust that all readers who are attending will stand by that ethos and ensure that everyone has a wonderful weekend. I know it is the highlight of the year, both for local people and for the many folks who travel from far and wide.

Of course the Jamboree could not possibly happen in our little village without the generosity of the performers, MCs, dance musos and callers, sound crew, local businesses and organisations, committee of volunteers, and the volunteers who come to the party and offer some time to sit on doors or sell tickets or merchandise, or help with the 1001 other tasks necessary for the Jamboree to function.

If you are coming from afar and would like to volunteer, please contact us via any of the contacts at the end of the newsletter.

Old favourites such as the afternoon concerts, the four chalkboard concerts, the open-age and youth Pick-Off awards, the Saturday lunchtime Big Tree Parade and Photo, the Maree Murrell Memorial Saturdee Night Dance, the Sunday morning Gospel Singalong, the Instrument Makers Display at London House and Glen Bale’s Big Banjo will still be featured. Our special logo this year features and honours the Big Banjo. Final artwork came from the wonderful Irene Fitness, but a number of folks contributed ideas and time, including quite a deal of work from Ashley and Louisa Tracey.

The Robbie Watts Pick-Off and the Ron de Graauw Youth Award during the Saturday afternoon concert will again see some fierce banjo pickin’ competition. Those interested in entering can do so at the Jamboree’s registration desk. Entrants must be Jamboree wristband holders.

The Saturday afternoon concert in the Public Hall will feature: The Black Swans of Trespass, Red Dog, the Geelong Banjo Pickers, the Pick-Off awards, Appalachian Heaven, A new incarnation of Heel-Toe Express, The Kastlemaine Klezmer Kollective and Faux Grass. The Sunday afternoon in the hotel beer garden will feature: Zeptepi, Rose Turtle Ertler, Tequila Mockingbirds, Archer and the Long Gone Daddies, High and Lonesome, Sitting Ducks and the Cider House String Band. There will be four “chalkboard” concerts – Friday night, Saturday afternoon, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Register for these at reception at the Public Hall during the Jamboree if you wish to perform. Chalkboard performers must be Jamboree wristband holders. Most “chalkboard” concerts will commence with a band set. Friday night: Pennyweight; Saturday afternoon: The Marvilles; Saturday night: Lonesome Still; Sunday afternoon: Jan Wositzky.

Saturday and Sunday morning workshops will be offered in many styles of banjo playing, from Bluegrass to Jazz, from Celtic to Klezmer!

Organisers appreciate any assistance anyone can offer before, during and after the Jamboree. Anyone wishing to volunteer some time can contact the organisers at: volunteers@banjojamboree.org The full volunteer offer form is on the website.

Further information can be obtained from our website at www.banjojamboree.org or by emailing info@banjojamboree.org or Ph 03 5473 4201.

Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival

FMBluegrassHere’s news of another new festival scheduled for October this year – Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival.

Kinglake Ranges is set to come alive with the sounds of bluegrass on the weekend of 17-19 October 2014 with the first annual Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival. Supporting the economic redevelopment of the Kinglake Ranges, the Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival will showcase the best the region has to offer, in a family-friendly event with something for everyone.

Visitors to the festival will enjoy local and national bluegrass artists, music workshops, markets, arts and crafts, a bush dance and a gospel concert. The festival will feature popular and well-known Australian bluegrass bands Hardrive, Coolgrass, the Marville Family, and Nine Mile Creek. We’re also pleased to welcome the internationally renowned Davidson Brothers, who will be playing up a storm.

If you love playing music, you can hone your skills by joining one of the workshops being run by our professional musicians for guitar picking and banjo or fiddle techniques.

Kick off the weekend and kick up your heels with Clan Destiny at the Old Timey Bush Dance and Spit Roast on Friday 17th October. Saturday 18th October will be a day of music, art and craft, mouthwatering local produce, horse and carriage rides, culminating in a family-friendly afternoon concert featuring the best of Australian and international bluegrass bands. In the evening, you can stick around and enjoy more from our headliner acts at local venues.

Come and enjoy great local food, fun and music – bring the family for a fun weekend among the towering timbers.

Kids can enjoy playing at Bollygum Park, the best adventure playground in Victoria, while you browse the local Sunday markets.
For something very special, enjoy our uplifting Gospel Concert on Sunday morning.

Kinglake is a convenient hour and a half drive from Melbourne’s CBD, but there will also be limited accommodation available on the mountain and in the local region for those who would like to make a weekend of it.

By having a great time at our festival, visitors will also be supporting Kinglake’s talented local performers and artists, our incredibly beautiful local area, and our high quality local produce. Join our friendly locals for a weekend you’ll never forget.

Full details about the Foggy Mountain Festival are available at www.fmbluegrass.com.au

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Green Mohair Suits – Wooden Duck

GMS Wood Duck AlbumAustralia’s favourite purveyors of “garage grass” Green Mohair Suits release their third album Wooden Duck today before their  tour takes them to east-coast venues as grassroots, eclectic and off the beaten track are they are.

Along with the album release, are two brand new videos – for album tracks ‘With You I Feel Like I Have Nothing to Hide’ and ‘Open Door Metaphor’. These are out now, with more (including some ingenious covers) to be released via the band’s social media while they’re on the road.

Green Mohair Suits, originally a rag-tag bunch of blokes lining up some instruments for a Gram Parson tribute show, have established themselves. Today they are  as a force to be reckoned with, pushing against the preconception of country and bluegrass music as much as they embrace it.

Band members Brian Campeau, Richard Cuthbert, Jason Mannell, and Ben RomalisIt’s say that this is a benchmark album for the good friends – despite being seven-odd years into the band’s history, Wooden Duck feels like their first real album: the first time all four songwriters have shared the songwriting, writing together but separately, writing just for one another, and allowing their individual and quite varying styles to shine.

Without question, Green Mohair Suits have released a stellar record, their musicianship and vocal harmonies are fantastic and the songwriting is inspiring. A killer album.

Wooden Duck Album Tour:

Fri 19 Sep – South Side Tea Room, Morningside, QLD
Sat 20 Sep – Cardigan Bar, Sandgate QLD
Sun 21 Sep – The End, West End QLD
Wed 24 Sept – Mother’s Milk, Sawtell NSW
Thu 25 Sep – Cafe 2340, Tamworth NSW
Fri 26 Sep – The Lass O’Gowrie, Wickham, Newcastle NSW
Sun 28 Sep – Grand Junction Hotel [The Junkyard], Maitland NSW
Fri 3 Oct – Tanswells Commercial Hotel – Beechworth, VIC
Sat 4 Oct – Paynesville Wine Bar, Vic
Sun 5 Oct – Bruthen Inn Hotel, Bruthen VIC
Fri 10 Oct – Smith’s Alternative Bookstore, Canberra ACT
Sat 11 Oct – The Vanguard, Newtown NSW
Sun 12 Oct – Modus Operandi Brewery, Mona Vale NSW

2014 Dorrigo Bluegrass Festival Catch Up

Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass

Chris Henry & the Hardcore Grass

The 2014 13th Annual Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival is shaping up to be one of the best yet we are told. They have announced an exceptional line-up and some new surprises in store. Like many successful festivals, organisers plan improvements each year to improve on previous years. This year appears to be no exception.

This year the festival organisers will be extending the scope of The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival by featuring more brilliant performers from the USA – home of Bluegrass and Old-Time mountain music, adding their extra dimension of experience and authenticity to the mix.

As well as the Main Pavillion Stage, the recently renovated Luncheon Pavillion Stage, and the “Tallowood Venue”, we will also have a new “Mini Big Top” Circus Tent Venue, allowing for more intimate acoustic performances, and more “blackboard spot” opportunities.

Some of the acts announced so far include:

Sutphin & Bond

Kirk Sutphin & Eddie Bond.

Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass. A band that has risen quickly to become one of the most popular bluegrass groups in Nashville. Chris Henry has been described by the International Bluegrass Music Association as the premiere Monroe-style mandolinist of his generation. After receiving a Song of the Year nomination for writing the song “Walkin’ West to Memphis”, his skill as a songwriter has been receiving national attention as well.

Hardrive Bluegrass Band. This is one of Australia’s foremost traditional Bluegrass bands, playing standard bluegrass repertoire as well as Australian Original songs and tunes in a hard driving bluegrass style.

Kirk Sutphin and Eddie Bond. Here are two Masters of Old-Time Fidldle and Banjo. They hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and steeped in the Round Peak, Galax and Mt Airy Old-Time music styles and traditions. Kirk Sutphin and Eddie Bond aquired their nickname while travelling around the US with the acclaimed “Music from the Crooked Road: Mountain Music of Virginia” and the “Roots of American Music” Tours. They seemed to pop up in so many of the tour’s musical line-ups that the other performers began to jokingly call them The Stage Hogs. Now they have made the name official…

Colin O’Brien, who playfully delights his audiences with catchy melodies, groovy rhythms, soulful lyrics, fancy footwork and old time hat tricks. His banjo, fiddle and guitar playing, percussive dancing, and lyrics all express an earnest regard for the traditional, natural and true. His music is informed by the past and speaks to the present.

Here is a short video documentary that captures the essence and atmosphere of the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival produced by Kelly Stoner: