Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival 23rd, 24th & 25th October 2015
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 2015 14th Annual Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival is shaping up to be one of the best yet - with an exceptional line-up and some new surprises in store. Each year we aim to improve on the last, and this year the overseas line-up will include The Andrew Collins Trio (Canada), and also the return of Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass (USA, NZ, AUS).
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".
As well as the Main Pavillion Stage, the recently renovated Luncheon Pavillion Stage, and the "Tallowood Venue", we will also have the Pitts Family "Mini Big Top" Circus Tent Venue, 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 My-T-Fine Stringband and special guests. In keeping with being a family friendly event, tickets for the Community Hoe-Down Dance are only $25 for a family.
Please note: The Main Festival Area in and around the venues is a smoke, drug, alcohol, and pet free zone.
"Music Played by Folks" - Vimeo
Kelly Stoner Has done it again with a wonderful video documentary capturing the essence and atmosphere of the 2014 Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival. You can view it HERE on Vimeo.
"Fire, Friends and Fiddles"
Last year Kelly Stoner produced a particularly sweet short video documentary that captures the essence and atmosphere of the 2013 Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival. You can view it HERE on Vimeo.
Upcoming Concerts in Dorrigo
Bellingen based Honey and Knives marry the sweetness and beauty of life’s possibilities with honesty blunt as a butter knife. Melding an earthy mix of folk, bluegrass, country and blues, Honey and Knives craft compelling, raw original music informed by love, loss, redemption and resignation.
Driven by the intricate, soaring vocal harmonies of front-women Toke and Jacquie, Honey and Knives reward the discerning listener. Toke sets the pace and tone on ukulele, and Jacquie delivers atmospheric, captivating violin breaks. Adding texture and rhythm to the mix are the multi-instrumentalist Steve on banjo, mandolin and oil can slide as well as Aaron instilling warmth and momentum on acoustic guitar.
Friday 16th October - Food Angel Cafe
6:30 for 7:30pm Start
Price - $45 - Includes a delicious two course meal
Bookings essential on 02 6657 2356
Enquiries 02 6657 1224 0428 415078
These performances are brought to you as part of The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass’s intention to bring quality, live acoustic music to our small town.
They are supported by the Arts Council of The Dorrigo. So enjoy the opportunity and come along with friends to these events.
"The Subtle Art of Performing and Jamming"
with The Andrew Collins Trio (Canada)
This year we are presenting a ONE-DAY PRE-FESTIVAL WORKSHOP with The Andrew Collins Trio from Canada - on Friday 23rd October, 9:30am to 3:30pm
Venue: Dorrigo SDA Hall (opposite Dorrigo Showgrounds camping entrance)
Friday 23rd October 9:30am to 3:30pm
Cost - $100.00
Morning tea provided.
Camping available at the showgrounds.
In this workshop we will look at the many facets of playing in a group. From playing in jams, to performing in a band.
There are many aspects that we can improve on that will make us a better player.
The topics to be discussed will include how to be a heads up player, arranging songs, working on harmonies and many more.
The more the merrier.
There will be something to be learned by players of all levels
To book: Click on "Buy Tickets, follow the links, and choose "Pre-Festival Workshop" from the Ticket options.
Please Note: All the (one hour) workshops on the Saturday and Sunday of the Festival weekend are included in the price of a Festival Ticket
"Dorrigo Mountain Pick"
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, pick 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...
Dorrigo Mountain Pick is on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from around 1pm to 4pm - For further details please contact Bridget 6657 1224
The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival - A "Regional Flagship Event for 2011" - through Tourism NSW
A feature event of the Arts Council of the Dorrigo
Festival Artwork by Marilyn Wall