Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
25th, 26th & 27th October 2013
We welcome old and new Festival patrons to Dorrigo Mountain for an intimate and friendly three-day weekend of acoustic music featuring some of the very best Folk and Bluegrass and Old-Time country musicians from around Australia and overseas.
It's a time when our picturesque Dorrigo showground comes alive with concerts, workshops, dancing, jamming, impromptu performances, poetry and children's entertainment.
The 12th Annual Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival is shaping up to be exceptional. We have just announced the list of performers for 2013 and it's looking mighty fine indeed!
Fresh Dorrigo mountain weather, a wonderful atmosphere, an outstanding line-up and responsive crowds all combine to make it one of the most highly regarded events on the Australian festival circuit - big enough to draw world-renowned artists, yet relaxed, intimate and accessible enough to be known as "a Great Little Festival".
This year we have extended the scope of The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival by featuring more brilliant performers from the USA – home of Bluegrass and Old-Time mountain music - including The Foghorn Stringband from Portland Oregon, along with Fiddle master Charlie Walden and Patt Plunkett (Patt and Possum) from Missouri, adding their extra dimension of experience and authenticity to the mix. Also appearing is Bluegrass Parkway - Australia's premier Bluegrass band along with a host of local and home-grown talent. We have also included a third performance venue - "The Tallowood", allowing for more intimate acoustic performances, and more "blackboard spot" opportunities.
The Festival kicks off on Friday night with a foot-stomping Community HoeDown Dance in the Main Pavilion featuring the legendary Foghorn Stringband along with Charlie Walden and Patt Plunkett (Patt and Possum) and The Appalachian Heaven String Band. In keeping with being a family friendly event, tickets for the Community Hoe-Down Dance are only $25 for a family.
On Saturday morning from 8:30 to 10am Bluegrass Parkway will be hosting an interactive "Bluegrass Breakfast" show at the Tallowood Venue, and on Saturday afternoon Ceilidh Clan will be leading a Scottish Ceilidh Dance in the main hall. For the kids there will be plenty of fun and dance and jigs with The Jiggles at the Kid's Tent, as well as circus fun with The Pitt's Family Circus.
In recognition of being a “premier acoustic music” event, with top class artists wanting to perform each year, The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival was awarded the status of a “Regional Flagship Event” in 2011 by NSW Tourism. This has significantly raised the profile of the Festival and it now attracts an even wider audience to experience its unique charm. There are many visitors who return to Dorrigo every year for this Festival because of the great atmosphere, and the opportunity to jam with fantastic and sometimes famous musicians under a shady tree or round the campfire.
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Latest News: US Banjo player Ross Nickerson has recently cancelled his 2013 Australia tour, and unfortunately will not be appearing as previous advertised. However we are looking forward to having him at the 2014 Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival.
All Day Tickets, Night Tickets, Hoedown Dance Tickets, and Weekend Passes are now purchased "at the gate" from The Festival Ticket Office located at the main Festival entrance at Dorrigo Showgrounds.
There are plenty of Tickets available.
Online Weekend Ticket bookings through Trybooking have now closed (as of Fri 25th Oct)
For detailed Ticket information please go to the Tickets page
Please note: Powered Camping sites have now fully booked out. There is still Unpowered Camping available.
Featured Artists for 2013:
The Foghorn Stringband (USA)
Charlie Walden and Patt Plunkett (Patt and Possum) (USA)
Appalachian Heaven String Band
Carl Cleves and Parissa Bouas
Gleny Rae Virus and Her Playboys
Lucy Wise and the B'Gollies
The Wish List
Ange Takats and Band
Margaret and Bob Fagan
The Steamgrass Boys
Rebecca Wright and Donald McKay
Cat and Clint
The Three Marketeers
Oh Willy Dear
My T Fine String Band
Chris Gillespie and The Time Being
The Mid North
Rhiannon and Monique
The Barkers Vale Brothers
The Pitts Family Circus
Caloobasak Jug Band
Don and John - Resonator Brothers
Spirit Of The Glen
The Travelling Teardrops
and many more ...
For further artist information, and performer bio's, please go to the "Artists" page…
Festival Programme, Posters and Flyers:
The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival Programme is packed with Festival information, Performance and Workshop timetables, Performer information, Bio's, and more. The full 16 page gloss printed Programme will be available at the Festival Ticket Office on the weekend.(Please note: The Programme may be subject to change)
From here you can view or download this year's Performance and Workshop Timetable:
Pre-Festival Workshop with Foghorn StringBand:
This year we are presenting a PRE-Festival Two-Day Old-Time Music Workshop
with The Foghorn Stringband (for Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, and Singing)
9am to 4pm Thursday 24th and Friday 25th October.
This Pre-Festival Workshop costs $150 and can be booked here via TryBooking.
(Click on "Buy Tickets", follow the links, and choose "PRE-Festival Workshop" from the list of Tickets available)
Once you have booked, please let us know which stream you would like to participate in.
For more details please our "Workshops" page…
Performer applications for the 12th Annual Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival 25th-27th October 2013 have now closed.
A very large thank you to all the artist applicants for 2013.
Performer applications for the 2014 Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival will open via this site in January 2014
The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival is inviting applications for market stalls which will be situated in the Event venue - The Dorrigo Showgrounds.
Please note that our priority is Australian handcrafted and handmade products, including musical instruments.
We now have our full quota of food stall applications - no further applications for food stalls are required.
For more details please download a Stall-Holder Information Sheet , a Stall Fees Sheet and a Stall Application Form
Dorrigo "Folk in the Round"
Would you like to get together with an informal group of Old-time, Country, Folk and Bluegrass enthusiasts for a fortnightly "in the round" jam and singalong. The atmosphere is relaxed and there is usally a range of ages and experience levels present - from new folk through to seasoned veterans... each week has its surprises...
Folk in the Round is on every second Sunday from around 1:30pm to 4pm at Hickory House, 50 Hickory St Dorrigo - Contact Bridget 6657 1224
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The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival - A "Regional Flagship Event for 2011" - through Tourism NSW
Festival Artwork by Marilyn Wall