MPA Wednesday Pick

MPAThe Mountain Pickers Association is starting up the ‘3rd Wednesday Pick’ a night dedicated to Bluegrass and Old-Timey Jam Sessions. All you need to do is to turn up on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, (that’s the 20th for may this year) with or without an instrument and partake or enjoy a Bluegrass or Old-Timey Jam Session.

Entry is Free

Where is the 3rd Wednesday Pick?

  • Upwey-Belgrave RSL
  • 1 Mast Gully Road, Upwey.
  • 7:00pm, 20th May 2015

The Pigs – Addicted To Bass

ThePigsAlbumHere is the latest offering from The Pigs’ Home Brew album. It features original songwriter and Aria Award winning producer Josh Abrahams on bottles and coo-ees.

Addicted To Bass is the 3rd single to come from The Pigs’ Home Brew: 13 Aussie Classics. The video shows The Pigs and Abrahams recording the track live.

“Playin’ the song with Josh was an honour and a privilege. As was drinkin’ all the beer and wine to make enough empty bottles to build his instrument the night before – T-Bone Pig

The Pigs’ Home Brew: 13 Aussie Classics, features iconic Australian songs by INXS, Silverchair, Olivia Newton-John, Cold Chisel and more are reborn into The Pigs’ twisted world of bluegrass and country.

  • CANBERRA – Friday May 15 – Street Theatre – GET TICKETS
  • ALBURY – Saturday May 16 – Kinross Woolshed
  • SYDNEY – Friday May 22 – The Basement – GET TICKETS
  • KATOOMBA – Saturday May 23 – Katoomba RSL – GET TICKETS
  • TRARALGON – Friday May 29 – Spirit Bar – GET TICKETS
  • MELBOURNE – Saturday May 30 – The Flying Saucer Club – GET TICKETS
  • TOOWOOMBA – Friday June 12 – The Spotted Cow –  TICKETS
  • BRISBANE – Saturday June 13 – Norths Leagues – GET TICKETS
  • GOLD COAST – Saturday June 20 – Broadbeach Country Music Festival
  • ALICE SPRINGS – Saturday June 27 – Gap View Hotel
  • DENI UTE MUSTER – Friday Oct 2nd – GET TICKETS

Hamilton County BGB to Play Adelaide’s Barn Gallery

HCBGBOne of Australasia’s longest running and most widely known bluegrass ensemble is The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band. Next month they will be making their only appearance in South Australia in an intimate house concert with one of Australia’s favourite bluegrass bands Old South Bluegrass. The concert is scheduled for next month at 7.00PM on Monday, 18th May at The Barn Gallery, 142 Mount Barker Road, Aldgate SA.

Although Hamilton County Bluegrass Band have toured the US, Australia and NZ many times, this is their first visit to Adelaide in decades. Indeed their recently released Universal/EMI CD ‘Anthology’ has topped the NZ national album charts.

The 2015 Hamilton County Bluegrass Band features the two original members of the band, Paul Trenwith on banjo, Alan Rhodes on guitar, and with long-time friend Keith MacMillan on mandolin, Pam Crowe vocals and Tim Trenwith bass.

This is your chance to get up close and personal with this great band in The Barn’s intimate setting.

BYO. Light supper provided. Admission $20.00 and bookings are essential. Call 0408 966 751 or email


Cripple Creek and Gerry Hale

Cripple Creek BandThe boys from Cripple Creek have announced that their special guest, Gerry Hale will be performing with then at the Whitmore Hotel on Sunday April 12; from 4 – 7pm.

Gerry, frontman for the well-known Victorian band Uncle Bill is a master on mandolin and fiddle and has had musical associations with Paul Kelly (CD Smoke), Colin Hay (Men at Work), Dan Hicks and Deborah Conway. As a teenager Gerry performed on stage with the father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe.

This really is a special treat and not to be missed, and best of all entry to the Whitmore will still be free and the usual happy hours and fine-food still be available.

Cripple Creek have also been working on recording a few songs which will be available soon.

Gold Coast Folk Music Festival

Perch CreekThe 2015 festival will present an exciting array of acoustic music, food, jam sessions, workshops and festival goers, bringing together legendary folk artists and emerging talents from the region and across Australia for two days of folk, blues and bluegrass.

Following on from the success of previous festivals, the 2015 line-up will be even bigger set on three under cover stages in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland.

Get a weekend pass on-line and go in the draw to win a guitar from Guitar World. Early Bird tickets are available now from Trybooking for just $22 until sold out.

Thirty bands including Perch Creek Family Jugband, Women in Docs, Felicity Lawless, Thrillbilly Stomp, Gypsy Jazz with Ewan Mackenzie, Skiffle with Toni Pollard, Owl Valley Bluegrass, Red Crow, Ash Perrow, Pitt Family Circus and many more.

See website for more information: Gold Coast Folk Music Festival

  • Dates: 19-20 September 2015
  • Location: Country Paradise Parklands, 231 Beaudesert Nerang Road, Nerang.
  • Tickets: Earlybird $22 from Trybooking. Under 15 years free.

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

Stringbusters return to Yinnar in 2015

Strzelecki StrinbustersThe Strzelecki Stringbusters return to their spiritual home, The Yinnar Hotel, next Wednesday Feb 25th, for the 1st monthly show of 2015.

Now entering its 7th consecutive year, these shows feature the best Bluegrass & Old TIme artists from Australia and overseas in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where the humor flows freely and the good times keep on rolling.

Old favorites from Melbourne, Coolgrass, return this month for their 3rd visit to the musical landmark.

Coolgrass win and delight audiences with their hilarious take on bluegrass, and are favourites throughout Australia and New Zealand. They have been featured at Australia’s National Folk Festival, the Auckland Folk Festival, Port Fairy, the Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, the Redlands Bluegrass Festival, the Fairbridge Folk Festival, the Tamworth Music Festival and many more, plus many folk clubs, wineries, town halls, arts councils, pubs and so forth across Australia and New Zealand. They have recorded 4 CDs – Toad Rage (2004), Jaguar Breakdown (2006), Never Put The Banjo Down (2009) and Most Peculiar (2012).

Entry on the night is $10 at the door, with the Stringbusters kicking things off at 7.30pm. Bookings are essential, Ph 5163 1263.

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.

Delaneys Creek Jam Camp

Delaneys CreekFriday 24th – Sunday 26th April 2015, Kay Armstrong, Gary Vann and the boys from The Company will be hosting a jam camp in Delaney’s Creek, Qld.

It is a camp is for bluegrass pickers who want to jam with other musicians and learn to perform as a group. Friday night is an all-in jam session where you will get to meet and play with other attendees.

The setting for the jam camp is a beautiful 40 acre property at Delaney’s Creek.
The venue is a 60 minute drive north of Brisbane airport; 10 minutes from Woodford and and 5 minutes from the D’Aguilar motel.

All details can be found on the Delaneys Creek Jam Camp website.