Tickets for the 2015 Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival 23rd, 24th & 25th October 2015 will be on sale from April 2015. for more information see our Tickets page...



The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Performance Timetable is now available here for viewing or download. The full 20 page printed Programme will be available over the Festival weekend.


Performer, Stalls & Volunteer Applications

Are you interested in working as a volunteer in the set up, running and pull-down of the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival? Applying as a performer or stall-holder?

Performer, Stalls & Volunteer Applications

2014 Featured Artists

Chris Henry Hardcore Grass

Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass (USA) are just one the 2014 Featured Artists. For a full list...


Upcoming Concerts

Fred Smith 290

In the coming months, there are some fine musicians and songwriters performing concerts in Dorrigo


Photo Gallery

Here are some great photos from the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival

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DFBG Side Art1 800h CWe 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.

We would like to say a  heartfelt THANKYOU to everybody who helped to make our Thirteenth Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass festival the amazing weekend it was.
Thankyou to our wonderful performers who gave their all; despite an uncanny Dorrigo heatwave (perhaps we should have a Concert at The Dangar Falls!).
Thankyou to our hard working sound teams: to Tony and Shane, Roger and Glen and Dave  for ensuring clear sound and that everyone is happy .
Thankyou to our Sponsors for your support: To Dorrigo Heritage Hotel, to Essential Energy and The Bellingen Shire council. along with Dorrigo IGA, Holcim, and Pepperprint.
Thankyou to all our smiling Volunteers who worked so hard before, during and after the weekend .
Thankyou to Lynda and her Team in the Ticket Office and Merchandise Booth.
Thankyou to our Organising Committee and to the Arts Council of the Dorrigo.
There are some great photo memories to have a look through and we will have another little video gem from Kell Stoner to share in the not too distant future.

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 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".

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, the recently renovated Luncheon Pavillion Stage, and the "Tallowood Venue", we will also have a new "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. In keeping with being a family friendly event, tickets for the Community Hoe-Down Dance are only $25 for a family.



"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.

Kell asks the question "What is it about Folk, Bluegrass and Old-Time music that brings people together?" and gets some great insightful answers from 2014 Festival Artists and patrons...
Music Played by Folks Vimeo360







"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.
Fire Friends and Fiddles Vimeo 640






Upcoming Concerts in Dorrigo

Whitetop Mountaineers 290The Whitetop Mountaineers from Virginia USA are back in Australia by popular demand and will be appearing at Megan Hall, Coramba Rd Dorrigo on Tues 17th March from 6pm. Authentic Old-Timey music and dance at it's finest...

$20 Adults, 5$ Kids. Bring a plate to share for dinner before the show...


Bookings essential 0428 415078 or 6657 1224












Fred Smith Poster 400 As Summer draws to a close, February will be a busy month with some of the world’s finest music makers and songwriters visiting and performing in Dorrigo.

First up we have Fred Smith with special guest Liz Frencham, appearing on February 5th at Food Angel Café.
Fred and Liz have been to the Dorrigo Folk & BluegrassFestival several times now and are always a well-deserved favourite.
Fred is one of Australia’s leading songwriters and he has taken us on many different journeys over the years but this time he brings us ‘Home’, the title of his most recent CD.
It is an album of transitions. Fred returned from his latest spell in Afghanistan late in 2013, his baby daughter, Olympia, was born in January.
It is an album of coming home and calming down. Most songs are set in a domestic frontier, a couple are delightfully frivolous, a couple deal with the “difficult return “faced by soldiers and includes the remarkable "Derapet" written following a request from a Brisbane soldier to honour his mate Jaryd “Crash” Mckinney killed at the Battle Of Derapet.

Performing at Food Angel Café Thursday 5th February
Starting 7.30PM  $50.00  includes a delicious two course meal.
Bookings essential  0266572356   0428415078
Make sure you tell your friends and come along for a great night of music and yummy food!




Tangalo PosterFollowing shortly after, we take a leap across the oceans to Argentina, the home of the Tango. Born on street corners, nurtured by dancers, musicians, poets and lyricists , the tango tone evolved and is today receiving a worldwide renaissance.

On Tuesday 10th February  Tangalo Tango Quintet will be performing at the Dorrigo Anglican Church with The Duo Ramirez Satorre  presenting a unique and captivating program of Tango and Folkloric music from Argentina.
Members of the quintet have recently spent time in Buenos Aires playing with the Duo and capturing personally the essence of the alluring, dynamic, transcendant and romantic Tango. 

Performing in the Anglican Church, 39 Kurrajong Street, Dorrigo Tuesday 10th February
Tickets $20 on the Door,  Bookings 0428 415078    0266 571224
Presented by the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Stunning Tango & Argentine Folkloric Music Tangalo performing with duo Ramirez Satorre Direct from Buenos Aires
Be sure to tell your Friends and come along for a great night of fantastic music! 







Gordie Tentrees PosterThirdly , on Saturday February 21st,  at Food Angel Café, Canadian Singer/Songwriter Gordie Tentrees has included Dorrigo as part of his first Australian Tour. After spending most of his young adult life struggling with the effects of being raised in a violent home, Tentrees took charge of his life, taking up a variety of sports, dance and theatre. He became a three-time Golden Glove Champion, also working in a cross section of jobs, school teacher, youth worker, counsellor and mentor for at risk kids.
At 25 he wrote his first song and over the past ten years has earned himself a well deserved reputation as one of Canada’s hardest working and touring musicians. Earning Awards for his performances and songwriting.
Come along and hear songs from a man whom The Americana Roots Magazine states should be a household name.


Performing at Food Angel Café Saturday 21st February
Bookings 0428 415078    0266 571224

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 last of Summer days and come along with friends to these events.



"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 every second Sunday from around 1:30pm to 4pm at "A Touch of Country" Cafe, Dorrigo  -   For further details please contact Bridget  6657 1224

On Sunday 8th February  MATTHEW COLINS   SINGER SONGWRITER  will be performing a House Concert in conjunction with Dorrigo Mountain Pick.

Matthew has spent the last three travelling the United State and Canada and has now come to our shores to do the same. Please phone for more details.



Our Sponsors:

 Essential EnergyBellingen Shire CouncilHeritage Hotel Motel DorrigoTrad and Now Magazine

Pepperprint Printing Coffs Harbour NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service Roots Records Bellingen2BBB FM
Creative Coast Holcim    Dorrigo Computer Services  iga-logo          


  Tourisn NSW



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

 Festival Artwork by Marilyn Wall


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