Make Music @ Manjimup is scheduled for 5th to the 7th October this year and features Bluegrass Parkway for a weekend of workshops and concerts and all events are free.
As well as workshops in banjo, mandolin, violin, guitar and double bass for musicians who wish to hone their bluegrass style of playing, Bluegrass Parkway will run a harmony singing workshop Saturday morning with a chance to use your new skills on Sunday morning in a Gospel SingOut in Manjimup’s historic St Martin’s Church.
If you don’t play an instrument but have always had a hankering to have a go, there will be workshops for real beginners in guitar, ukulele, banjo, and fiddle.
Bring your dancing shoes because on Saturday evening there will be an Old Time Dance at the Manjimup Town Hall featuring popular local old-time dance band Country Six.
October is the start of the wild flower season and Manjimup is the heart of the South West of WA and is surrounded by native forests of tall jarrah and marri and towering karri trees and lush farming land.
The King Jarrah Tree is a short distance from town, as is the One Hundred Year Forest, Big Brook Dam, Fonty’s Pool and Diamond Tree Lookout. Whilst driving around the district you may still see the remains of tobacco kilns in paddocks, which are a testimony to the once thriving local tobacco industry.
In town itself you can visit the Manjimup and Heritage Timber Park, a 9 acre park featuring historical buildings and machinery from Manjimup’s agricultural and timber industries.
Make Music @ Manjimup takes place over the middle weekend of the October school holidays and gets underway just after lunchtime on Friday with activities for children. It promises to be a friendly and relaxed country town weekend. Come along, bring your friends and make new ones. Why not introduce your children and / or grandchildren to the country and enjoy a fabulous weekend of free music?
For accommodation information visit the Manjimup Visitor’s Centre.