The 17th Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival

by | 23 Aug, 2018

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Dorrigo Festival LogoDoing what Dorrigo does best.

Dorrigo Festival – 26th 27th and 28th October 2018.

Organisers are well on the way to finalising yet another wonderful weekend of acoustic music, concerts, workshops, jamming, dancing and more.  Sourcing  some of the finest musicians to contribute to the overall feel of the festival, whilst keeping the familiarity of what folks have come to expect is what we do best at Dorrigo.

It’s a family festival with something for everyone and participation from all ages is encouraged.

Bryant and Brown

The line-up this year includes Folk, Bluegrass and Old-Time artists from around Australia and overseas. This year also sees the second  Old Time Music School, taking place from October 24 and offering  three days of learning and playing alongside award-winning old-time musicians. This year, Bryant and Brown will present old-time music traditions from North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and other Southern states, reflecting their depth of experience. Ashlee Watkins, Andrew Small, Hoot and Holler, Mike Compton and the Blueridge Broadcasters will also be presenting workshops during the school.

Also taking the stage is multi award-winning Bluegrass powerhouse Jeff Scroggins and Colorado. Now based in Nashville, they have perfected a blend of deep tradition whilst also trailblazing progressive influences. The line-up continues with South Australia’s premier Bluegrass band Bluegrass Junction which includes SA royalty Trev Warner, Nick Cawthorne, the Bridgeland brothers and Stephen Loss; mandolin players Mike Compton and John Reischman and Eli West;  and from Scotland the energetic Dosca. Hear the superb guitar skills of Guy Ghouse together with the Bulladong songbird, Australia’s Gina Williams, will leave you breathless.

Mike Compton

This year’s talent is endless with Luke Plumb and The Circuit, Georgia State Line, Liam Gerner with Luke Moller, John Flanagan Trio, Rhodeworks (NZ), Willing Ponies, The String Contingent, Lucy Wise, The Knott Family Band, Cat and Clint, The Blueridge Broadcasters and Anna Smyrk who are all just a taste of what to expect. The full line-up is on the website as well as links to ticket sales for the festival and the Old Time School. The program is fabulous and there will be plenty of workshops and favourite Old Time Dance and Ceilidh. Find all the information you need at the Dorrigo Festival Website and plan a visit to Dorrigo in Springtime and experience a little Bluegrass and Old-Time music Heaven.