Jambands Australia has announced that it will team up with PBS FM to present the 2012 JamGrass Music Festival. The additional 5 acts and 2 special guests round-up an already jam-packed lineup to take the JamGrass Stage in 2012.
Organisers tell us that these artists have all been carefully chosen to continue the bluegrass theme of the festival while providing a variety of musical genres that will make up an entertaining program for the festival. They are added to an already stellar lineup of local, interstate and international artists that will be converging on the Thornbury Theatre on 19-20 October, 2012.
Final Artist Announcement:
- Immigrant Union
- Jim Green Trio
- Oh Pep!
- Nigel Wearne & The Cast Iron Promises
- Old Town
- And special guests Jimi Hocking and George Jackson
Immigrant Union: Take one part Dandy Warhol, one part Lazy Son and one part Galvatron to lead a 7 piece Melbourne based band with a down-home country strumming rock sound…and you’ve got Immigrant Union.
Jim Green Trio: Drawing on influences as diverse as bebop and traditional Irish with a depth of lyrics that trace through Australian culture and politics. Jim Green Trio place improvisation at the forefront of the performance with a touch of romance.
Oh Pep!: A Melbourne based collective with an addictive mix of haunting heart filled vocals accompanied by a contemporary Americana/folk and bluegrass flavours.
Nigel Wearne & the Cast Iron Promises: Fresh off recording their highly anticipated album, Nigel Wearne & The Cast Iron Promises deliver dynamic performances that will rattle your emotions.
Old Town: Originally formed as Bluegrass Palace, Old Town know how to lay down some traditional bluegrass but will keep you guessing with a good mix of other folk and old-timey favourites.
George Jackson: Current Australian Bluegrass Fiddle Champion, the recipient of the 2012 Australian Youth Bluegrass Scholarship and winner of the 2012 Golden Fiddle for ‘Best Fiddler as a Soloist’, at only 23 years of age George Jackson can only impress.
Jimi Hocking: is a songwriter, singer and guitarist of the highest calibre, the electric love child of T-Bone Walker, BB King and Jimi Hendrix. He’ll be blowing the roof off the Thornbury theatre with his new love for the Mandolin.
Previously announced artists:
- The New Worlds – USA
- Rattlehand – Qld
- Uncle Bill
- John Flanagan & the Begin Agains
- Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
- The Stetson Family
- The Strzelecki Stringbusters • The Fletcher
- Big Bug Trio
- Merri Creek Pickers
- Mustered Courage
- The Stillsons
About JamGrass Music Festival
Inspiration for the JamGrass Music Festival (JMF) was found in early 2011 when the newly formed Jambands Australia began video documenting a variety of up and coming bands throughout Melbourne. It quickly became apparent that there were a number of emerging progressive bluegrass bands that were seeking to find an Australian audience for a musical style that originates from the Appalachia region of the United States.
JMF seeks to bridge the gap between traditional bluegrass scene and the wider music audience in Australia who are often unaware of the raw power of the genre. There’s a growing following of progressive bluegrass or ‘ new-grass’ bands in the U.S. which are helping to bring bluegrass music to a new generation of music lovers.
From a similar perspective, the JamGrass Music Festival is not strictly about bluegrass, but it seeks to draw on a range of musical styles and influences that will help promote bluegrass music to a new audience. There will be lots of bluegrass classics, but the JamGrass stage will be one that supports musicians to experiment, collaborate and push musical boundaries.
JamGrass Music Festival
19-20 October 2012
The Velvet Room @ The Thornbury Theatre
Second Round Tickets: Festival Pass: $40, Single day pass $28 www.jamgrass.com.au
About the Presenter
Jambands Australia is an online meeting place for the jamband community in Australia. Jambands Australia utilises rapidly evolving social networking tools such as facebook, youtube and twitter to create a dynamic space for fans and bands to interconnect through online media including reviews, photos, videos, tour dates and fan discussions. Through this forum, Jambands Australia seeks to promote the jamband community in Australia and provide a platform for Australian bands that jam.