JamGrass Music Festival 2013

by | 15 May, 2013


Jamgrass2012Jambands Australiahas announced the artist line up for JamGrass Music Festival 2013.

After a highly successful 2012 festival, JamGrass Music Festival returns in 2013 with another exceptional lineup featuring Australia’s leading bluegrass, progressive bluegrass and jam orientated bands. The increase in interstate bands congregating in Melbourne for the 2013 event is a clear demonstration of the festival’s unique focus, its growing national exposure and the resurgence of bluegrass music in Australia and overseas.

The first artist announcement includes:

  • Patt and Possum (USA) – Charlie Walden, an old-time fiddle champion from Missouri with Patt Plunkett on keys.
  • The Company (Qld) – Brisbane-based bluegrass band with a passion for high-energy original acoustic music.
  • The Steamgrass Boys (NSW) – Forging elements of bluegrass, country, old timey, gospel, and jazz into a twisted junkyard folk sound they call steamgrass.
  • The Green Mohair Suits (NSW) – Blending country, folk and bluegrass roots with musical influences like Beck, Fleet Foxes, Hank Williams, Tom Waits, Portishead & Gram Parsons.
  • Papa Pilko & The Binrats (NSW) – Wild Blues & Slick Swingin’ Country Rock n’ Roll… with Horns.
  • Quarry Mountain Dead Rats – QMDR’s instrumentation fits the bluegrass mold, but the influence of old-time mountain-music combined with rock‘n’roll sensibilities give way to something altogether different.
  • Hardrive Bluegrass Band (VIC/NSW) – Hardrive bring you the true and unique sound of traditional bluegrass music with high lonesome harmonies and blistering instrumentals.
  • Strzelecki Stringbusters – A 14 piece string band from the Strzelecki Ranges featuring guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, fiddle, double bass and harmonica.
  • James Kenyon – James Kenyon’s fine songwriting is augmented by gun musicians to form a unique slow-grass ensemble.
  • John Flanagan & The Begin Agains – Blending traditional Americana stylings with deeply honest Australian storytelling to create their simple and expressive style of bluegrass/folk music.

Two more artist announcements will be made in the coming months to fill out the expanded 3 day program from 11th to 13th October.

Capacity crowds for both days of JamGrass 2012 and an overwhelmingly positive response from artists and  festival goers alike has made it necessary to move to the larger Ballroom at the Thornbury Theatre. The Ballroom will be transformed for JamGrass 2013 with a construction of a second stage, additional PA and lighting, extra bars, stage and room decor and all the extras it takes to create a festive environment in the comforts of an indoor venue.

Jason Taylor, one of the Festival Directors commented that “despite the huge success of JamGrass 2012, we are always looking at how to improve, make things more exciting and provide a better stage environment for the extremely talented musicians that make JamGrass possible. It’s all part of our commitment to promoting these artists and these genres of music within Australia and overseas.”

A large number of professional videos filmed live at JamGrass 2012 are currently available on the festival’s YouTube channel.

Photos from JamGrass 2012 can be found here: www.facebook.com/JamGrass/photos_stream

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 ‘newgrass’ 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. JamGrass will include a lot of bluegrass classics, but the JamGrass stage will be one that supports musicians to experiment, collaborate and push musical boundaries.

JamGrass is dependent on its volunteers throughout all aspects of the festival. It is the hard work of this growing community that allows JamGrass Music Festival to create a unique experience for artists, fans, and general music lovers that would otherwise not be possible.

About the Presenter – Jambands Australia

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.