2021 Great Alpine Pick

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Great Alpine Pick

Here is some news from the Mountain Pickers’ Association.

The Great Alpine Pick (GAP) is going ahead at Harrietville on the 26th – 28th February this year. In addition the group’s Club Nights (last Tuesday of the month) are starting again on the 30th March at Ferntree Gully Bowls Club.

The Great Alpine Pick

The Kissin’ Cousins

This year’s Great Alpine Pick will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Certainly bluegrass musicians and aficionados in Victoria have endured greater isolation and limited movement than most of the remainder of the nation. This year’s GAP will see not just a celebration of the10th anniversary but of the final shedding of those restrictions that have played havoc with artists and their audiences through 2020. We live in hope, that the worst of this pandemic is now behind us.


Some of the artists appearing at this year’s 10th convention are:

Canyon, Pete Denehy, The Kissin’ Cousins, Strzelecki Stringbusters and The Spokeshave Mountaineers.


All those new tunes and skills learned and honed to within an inch of their life will again have an outlet.
Like everything, playing with yourself is ok but it’s always better with someone else. It will be worth going to Harrrietville just to see the smiling faces of everyone actually being able to play together again, what could be better. It’s the 10th Great Alpine Pick; It’s a celebration of musical life starting again; so let’s all go to Harrretville and celebrate together. I Look forward to seeing you all there – Andrew Barcham, Mountain Pickers Assoc.

The 2021 Great Alpine Pick Program:

Friday night 8.00pm – 11.00pm:

Outdoor Concert at the Caravan Park or at the Community Hall
(Weather and Covid restriction dependant)

$25/ $22 concession – $20 MPA Members

8.00 – 8.50 – The Spokeshave Mountaineers
9.00 – 9.50 – Pete Denehy
10.00 – 10.50 – The Kissin’ Cousins

Saturday Afternoon 2.00pm – 4.30pm:

Picking with the bands At the Harrrietville Cricket Club
The Cricket Club Bar and BBQ will be open
20 minute jam sessions run by every band on the program

2.00 – 2.20 – The Spokeshave Mountaineers
2.30 – 2.50 – The Kissin’ Cousins
3.00 – 3.20 – Canyon
3.30 – 3.50 – The Strzelecki Stringbusters

Saturday Night 8.00pm – 11.00pm:

Outdoor Concert at the Caravan Park or at the Community Hall
Weather and Covid restriction dependant
$25/ $22 concession – $20 MPA Members

8.00 – 9.00 – 4 X 15 minute chalkboard spots
9.10 – 9.50 – Canyon
10.00 – 10.50 – Strzelecki Stringbusters

Sunday Morning 10.00am:

Down by the river in the Harrietville Caravan Park

Gospel Session

Mountain Pickers Memberships can be purchased at the Community Hall before each of the concerts and they are just $25.00.

Other Concert Spots:

For the first time at the GAP organisers have included chalkboard sessions to kickoff the Saturday night concert. There are only 4 spots, so if you want one, send your expression of interest to the Mountain Pickers’ Association by email here. The available spots will be allocated the week before the GAP. In other words, the judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

About The Great Alpine Pick:

The Great Alpine Pick is a Convention that is held annually in the town of Harrietville in the foothills of the Victoria Alpine Region. It is held on the last weekend in February. The Great Alpine Pick invite Bluegrass and Old Timey Music artists and enthusiasts to come down to enjoy a great series of concerts and play along in sessions and join in the many jams that are bound to happen. at the infamous rotunda and all around town. ​

Accommodation at Harrietville:

There are a range of accommodation options in and around Harrietville and these can be explored and booked through this link.

About The Mountain Pickers Association:

The Mountain Pickers Association, formed back in 2011, is a group dedicated to the promotion of Bluegrass, Old Timey and Associated Music in Victoria. ​ Membership of the Mountain Pickers Association requires an annual payment of $25. This can be paid at any of the group’s Last Tuesday Club nights.

Membership gives you discounted entry to club concerts and The Great Alpine Pick at Harrrietville and The Yarra Junction Fiddlers convention. It also helps us keep the club going. ​

The association has a monthly club night at the Ferntree Gully Bowling Club. This is held on the last Tuesday of the month from January to November. The club night consists of a chalkboard concert featuring local working bands followed by a feature act, both local and overseas guests appear. Keep an eye on the calendar to find out who’s playing and when.

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