News just in from the hard working team at the Australasian Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Assoc (ABOTMA) is that MountainGrass 2020 has been cancelled.
We are very sad to announce that given the current rise in the number COVID-19 infections in Victoria and NSW and the restrictions that are likely to remain in place now for some time all over Australia, we are cancelling this year’s Mountaingrass festival.
While we are disappointed with having to cancel this year our primary concern is for the safety of everyone attending the festival and everyone involved in putting it on including staff at the George Kerferd Hotel. We also want to make sure that you are all in good shape for Mountaingrass 2021. Aside from this it would be very difficult for us to run a financially viable Mountaingrass 2020 if we are required to abide by social distancing rules that limit our numbers inside venues – The MountainGrass Team.
Additional Information For MountainGrass Fans:
Performers: ABOTMA advises that offers made to performers made for the 2020 festival will remain valid for MountainGrass 2021
Memberships: Any ABOTMA memberships renewed since Mountaingrass 2019 will be rolled over to 2021.
Accommodation bookings: If you have booked accommodation in Beechworth and you no longer need it, please contact the provider asap so that they can fill the rooms or camp sites.
If you do have accommodation booked, the MountainGrass team have not given up on the likelihood of an informal weekend in Beechworth if things have improved by November. It may well be possible to have in weekend in Beechworth anyway to catch up with friends, have a pick, and enjoy a weekend exploring the region.
More About ABOTMA
The Australasian Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association, (ABOTMA), is a not-for-profit incorporated organisation that was formed in 2013 to continue organising an annual bluegrass and old time music festival following on from the very successful and much-loved Harrietville Bluegrass and Traditional Music Convention after it ceased in 2012.
The new festival, called Mountaingrass, was held at Harrietville, Victoria from 2013 until 2017 after which it moved to Beechworth, Victoria. Mountaingrass is organised entirely by volunteers and members of ABOTMA for lovers of bluegrass and old time music in Australasia.
ABOTMA is dedicated to the promotion of bluegrass and American old-time music in Australia and New Zealand. We do this primarily through the annual Mountaingrass festival, but we also have several projects in including the Young Performer Grant and Women in String Bands Project.
As an incorporated body ABOTMA is managed by an executive committee, that also oversees the organisation of the annual Mountaingrass festival. The 2019/2020 Executive committee comprises:
- President: Helen Ludellen
- Vice President: Bec Bradbury
- Secretary: Susan Boothroyd
- Treasurer: Karita Brokenshire