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Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

24th, 25th & 26th October 2014

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

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.

Work is well under way for the 2014 13th Annual Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival and it is shaping up to be one of the best yet. Each year we aim to improve on the last, and this year will be no exception!

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".

Many of you will have noticed that we lost our old companion - the big shady oak tree at the centre of the Festival - in a storm last year - although the tree pictured here on the right , and many others are still in place. We are looking at ways to create a new shady area close to the position of the old oak tree.

This year we will be extending 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, adding their extra dimension of experience and authenticity to the mix.

As well as the Main Pavillion Stage, and the recently renovated Luncheon Pavillion Stage, we will also be including 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. In keeping with being a family friendly event, tickets for the Community Hoe-Down Dance are only $25 for a family.

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.

In the very near future our website will be receiving a new updated "look", and we will also have some new artwork from Dorrigo artist Marilyn Wall to feature on  our Posters, Flyers and logos.

Facebook Check out (and "like") our facebook page for news and updates, video clips and more great photos from the Festival.

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival


Performer Applications:

Performer applications for the 2014 Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival 24th-26th October 2014 are now open until 30th May.

For more information please head to the Performer Applications page.


Festival Tickets:

2014 Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival Tickets will be available here soon.


Rory McLeod Concert in Dorrigo:

Musical Gypsy Rory Mcleod will be performing in Dorrigo Saturday 22nd March at the very popular and ambient Angel Food Café where Jo Baff will once again be providing a delicious meal and desert . The venue has proved to be very popular so get in and make your booking and enjoy world class entertainment at your doorstep. 7.00pm tickets $45.00 includes Dinner. Bookings 0266572356 or 0428415078. Presented by The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival with the supportof The Arts Council of The Dorrigo
"When he sings his songs he will take you on a journey with him." "Poetry and dance-stories with verve, sharpness, humour and warmth about people and for people’

The fabulous Rory McLeod returns to Australia in 2014 to pick where he left off in 2013 when he toured post Woodford festival. A one-man soul band, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, and whatever else he can get his hands on!. A true individual and unique performer, there's nobody like Rory McLeod.

"It takes 10 to 15 years to become an overnight success..."

Rory McLeod

Peter Rowan Trio Concert in Dorrigo:

On Wed 12th March 7pm at the Community Hall, Hickory St, The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival will be presenting a one night only concert featuring US Bluegrass legend and Grammy Award winner Peter Rowan.

As part of his 2014 Australian tour, Peter is returning with a new album and a hot new trio featuring Chris Henry on mandolin and George Jackson on fiddle and banjo.

Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing with the legendary Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys, to his time in Old & In the Way (with Dave Grisman, Jerry Garcia and Vassar Clements) and breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

Tickets $28  (Concessions available). Bookings and enquiries 0428 415078  or 0266 571224

Local Bookings can be made at Misty Threads, Hickory St Dorrigo

Peter Rowan Concert Dorrigo


Some of the Featured Artists for 2013 were:

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The Foghorn Stringband (USA)

Charlie Walden and Patt Plunkett  (Patt and Possum) (USA)       

Bluegrass Parkway                                          

Mustered Courage

Appalachian Heaven String Band

The Company

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

The Lurkers

Rebecca Wright and Donald McKay

Oh Pep!

Cat and Clint

The Three Marketeers

Oh Willy Dear

My T Fine String Band

Chris Gillespie and The Time Being

Mark Cryle

The Mid North

Starboard Cannons

Rhiannon and Monique

TheSide Art Barkers Vale Brothers

Chilly Strings

Ceilidh Clan

The Jiggles

The Pitts Family Circus


Vic Manuel

Evan Mathieson

Caloobasak Jug Band

Don and John - Resonator Brothers

Spirit Of The Glen

The Travelling Teardrops

Slim Jim

Stompin' Greg

Black Train

Michael Vlasto

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:

View or Download the 2013 Performance and Workshop Programme Timetable ....

View or Download the 2013 Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival Poster........

View or Download the 2013 Festival Flyer .........

Stall-Holder Applications:

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.

For more details please Contact us and we will send you a Stall info pack and 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 - For further details please contact Bridget  6657 1224


Our Sponsors:

Bellingen Shire Council Holcim Heritage Hotel Motel Dorrigo

Pepperprint Printing Coffs Harbour NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service Roots Records Bellingen

Essential Energy Creative Coast Trad and Now Magazine

2BBB FM Dorrigo Computer Services     Dorrigo Dramatic Club

Tourisn NSW

The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival  -  A "Regional Flagship Event for 2011" -  through Tourism NSW


Festival Artwork by Marilyn Wall

2013 Performers

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Around the Festival

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