The 20011 festival scene is about to get a make over, especially in the Alpine region of northern Victoria. Despite assurances from organisers last week that rumours of 2010 Harrietville Bluegrass and Old Time Music Convention being the last, were just rumours, it now appears that, in the full light of day, we have indeed seen the last of the Harrietville gathering. Organisers Rod and Judy Jones announced over the weekend that they are now planning to stage the 2011 event in the neighbouring town of Beechworth.
The announcement brought mixed responses from a wide variety of folk, as news of the festival’s end spread throughout Harrietville faster than a bluegrass breakdown. Regardless of the reasons, rationale and justifications, there was a feeling of dismay which settled over the town like an cold alpine cloud. Some were keen to return to H’ville in 2011 to create their own pick-in regardless of the festival location. Others indicted that they’d refuse to engage any future festival that was not held in Harrietville, while others were quite accepting of the change. Local business owners too were also of mixed opinion with some keen to continue with an event in Harrietville.
News of the festival’s end spread faster than a bluegrass breakdown
As some degree of clarity is brought forth as to the future of the Harrietville festival, one thing remains uncertain. What impact will this impending move have on the existing Kelly Country Pick, which is also held in Beechworth in August of each year?
For those keen to meet in Harrietville on an annual basis, Jim Golding has announced the dates for the Great Alpine, Old Time and Bluegrass Pick in Harrietville on 20th to 22nd May 2011.