The Company Opens 2014


The Company kicks off 2014 with their first show announced in Brisbane Friday 14th February.  The band is pleased to be hosting Old-timey trio, One Up Two Down and new folk songstresses Oh Pep! who are touring the east coast during February. This will be the first show for these Brisbane bluegrassers since The Australian […]

Hayes Brothers – The Memory Lives On

Hayes Bros

The Hayes Brothers were one of Australia’s first Bluegrass Bands, arguably the very first. This double CD was released early this year lives and musical times of Pete and Mike Hayes. Pete and Mike Hayes were born in the UK and travelled to Australia with their parents in 1949. Pete Hayes was 3 years old […]

Pete Seeger 1919 – 2014

Pete Seeger

Music Legend, song writer, passionate environmentalist, and peace activist Pete Seeger sadly passed away on Monday 27th January. 2014. He was 94 years old. Seeger died of natural causes at a hospital not far from his longtime-home, Beacon, New York. Seeger’s grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, said his grandfather died peacefully in his sleep around 9:30 p.m. at New […]

Mid North Takes Honours at Tamworth


Scott Collins and his troupe The Mid North have just returned from Tamworth announcing  news of their week. After performing fifteen shows in ten days, and having lost their voices in the process, the group took out first place in the Battle of the Bands competition and also took first place at the Tamworth Buskers […]

Flying Emus Reunion

Flying Emus

Word on the bluegrass street is that the band that brought bluegrass music to the mainstream some years ago – The Flying Emus –  have reunited for a bit of a tour. We hope to bring you a full itinerary shortly but for those in the Sydney area here are some preliminary dates: Wed 29 […]

Dolly Parton Aust and NZ


Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress, philanthropist, and 2014 Grammy nominee, Dolly Parton, has kicked off her “Blue Smoke World Tour” on Friday, 24th January, in Rancho Mirage, California. In addition this past Friday, Parton announced shows in Tamworth and Cairns being added to the Australian leg of the tour, both shows are already sold out! […]

One Up Two Down Tour


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 power, 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 […]

Whitetop Mountaineers on Tour


From the hills and hollows of Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains come The Whitetop Mountaineers, returning to Australia for their 6th National tour. As in their home region, Martha Spencer & Jackson Cunningham are well-known and much-loved in this country. They have a host of communities looking forward to hearing their authentic, faithful renditions of old country tunes […]

The Yinnar Pub 2013 Review


The roof on Yinnar’s old Community Hotel received a number of workouts this year, being raised to the point of collapse on several occasions during the Strzelecki Stringbusters’ monthly Bluegrass & Old Time shows. With continued strong support from local, regional & interstate punters, this year saw several milestones achieved including the 50th pub show, […]

Pipi Pickers – As Is Where Is

Pipi Pickers

It was a warm, slightly damp afternoon in Leigh, New Zealand, when the doors of the Sawmill Café were thrown open to welcome an enthusiastic crowd of local fans and those who had traveled some distance to join The Pipi Pickers in celebrating their first CD at the “As Is, Where Is” CD launch party. […]

Don Rigsby 2013 Victorian Tour Dates

Don Rigsby

From Isonville Kentucky, to an international following in bluegrass music, Don Rigsby has remained true to his mountain roots and has made his mark as a powerful tenor and distinctive mandolin player. Don emerged on to the national scene as a member of The Bluegrass Cardinals, played with JD Crowe and The New South, and […]

2013 Banjo and Bluegrass Conference Update


Just when you think the line up for this year’s 6th Australian Banjo and Bluegrass Conference couldn’t get any stronger, convenor Peter Nahuysen has announced that Australian banjo legend Ian Simpson is also now part of the faculty. Ian will be performing at all the 3 scheduled December concerts as well as conducting workshops over […]