Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival 2011

by | 3 May, 2011

The Tenth Annual Festival – 21st to 23rd October 2011.

Dorrigo Festival organisers are once again planning an intimate and friendly three-day weekend of acoustic music featuring some of Australia’s best Folk & Bluegrass and Old-time country musicians. The picturesque Dorrigo showground should once again come alive with concerts, workshops, dancing, jamming, impromptu performances, poetry and children’s entertainment.

This year’s festival is the 10th Anniversary Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival. It promises to be a particularly special celebration with some great surprises planned according to festival reports.

The headline acts for 2011:

Bluegrass Parkway – one of Australia’s finest Bluegrass line-ups. Performing around a single microphone, they have wowed festival audiences across Australia and the United States with their authentic Bluegrass presentation.

The Bushwackers – called The Australian Band by Rolling Stone and celebrating 40 years of music excellence across 25 albums. The Bushwackers will be working hard to bring a rollicking good time to Dorrigo Festival goers. You will not want to miss the Bushwackers Grand Bush Dance on Friday night, or any of their other performances.

The Lurkers – a folk and bluegrass music with a message. Featuring protest songs with an old time bluegrass twist.

Coolgrass – a truly unique bluegrass band with a mix of comedy that will have you holding your sides as well as tapping your feet.

The Barefoot Folk Orchestra – are known for their sounds of flute, fiddle, viola, cello and bass, playing music ranging from Haydn and Mozart through arrangements of South American, Klezmer and folk tunes to quirky original compositions and jazz classics.

Hunter and Suzy Owens – where bluegrass, old time and folk music meet – their entirely original repertoire draws upon the traditions of American Appalachian music to express their stories. Having been raised in Virginia, Hunter’s lead vocals lend an air of authenticity to the show.

Ami Williamson – a unique singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. Ami is returning to Dorrigo by popular demand with her memorable and amazingly entertaining one woman show and a new album Close to Home.

Many more great performers will be announced soon in the coming months.

Organisers are still taking performer applications for the 2011 Festival until the 31st May see the performer applications link.