Submitted by Judy Jones
National Bluegrass & Traditional Country Music Convention of Australia
Nurturing The Tradition.
After 22 years, the annual Harrietville Bluegrass & Traditional Country Music Convention is moving location and has a new name.
The National Bluegrass & Traditional Country Music Convention of Australia will be held from 17- 20 November 2011 at the Latrobe Heritage Campus at Beechworth convention centre in north-east Victoria. The Bluegrass Convention will continue to be held in November each year.
The new name reflects the Australia-wide support that has developed for the Harrietville Bluegrass and Traditional Country Music Convention over the past 22 years. Bluegrass, old time and traditional country musicians and bands, acoustic instrument makers and, of course, audiences from across the country participate in the event. Since 1994, well-known musicians and bands from the USA have also been invited guests.
The same high quality program will continue to feature concerts with local and overseas bands, workshops, dance, casual jamming and picking sessions and the friendly atmosphere that has always been a highlight of the Harrietville Convention.
We are looking forward to holding the convention at this beautiful location with its many all-weather venues, bar and restaurant, established grounds and a range of accommodation on site and nearby. It will continue to nurture and promote the music we love – Janet Dear, on behalf of the families and friends who organise The Convention.
The organisers have enjoyed their time in Harrietville and appreciate the support provided by the township and the Alpine Shire over the past few years. The infrastructure costs and labour required at the current site, the lack of a suitable alternative all-weather venue and the difficulty in securing sufficient accommodation in Harrietville have resulted in our reluctant decision to move – Janet Dear.
For further information, contact Nick Dear: on (03) 5368 6888 or 0421 593 998.
The National Bluegrass & Traditional Country Music Convention of Australia is coordinated by Harrietville Bluegrass & Traditional Country Music Convention Inc.