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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, the recently renovated Luncheon Pavillion Stage, and  "The Tallowood" venue, we will also have a new 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.

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.

Recently Kell Stoner produced a particularly sweet short video documentary that captures really well the essence and atmosphere of the Festival, You can check it out HERE on Vimeo.

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


Festival Tickets:

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We use the secure and convenenient services of TryBooking.
Please click on the "Buy Tickets" button and follow the links to purchase Festival Tickets.
(via Visa, Mastercard or Visa Debit type card)
You can print out your E-Tickets straight away or later
You will need to bring your E-Ticket to the Festival Ticket Office (at the main entrance) and exchange it for a coded Festival Wristband to gain entry.

Campers: Please bring your E-Ticket to the North Gate Camping Entrance Ticket Office and exchange it for your coded wristband to gain entry.

For further detailed Ticket information please see our Tickets page.


2014 Featured Artists:

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♦  Annie Lou Band (Canada)

♦  Chris Henry and Hardcore Grass (USA)

♦  Colin O'Brien  (USA)

♦  The Stage Hogs - Kirk Sutphin and Eddie Bond (USA)

♦  Tattletale Saints (NZ)

Appalachian Heaven  ♦  Astro Cobalt  ♦  Barkers Vale Brothers

Black Train  ♦  Cat Gut  ♦  Ceilidh Clan  ♦  Chloe and Jason Roweth

CloudStreet  ♦  Dan Parsons  ♦  Enda Kenny  ♦  Evan Mathieson

Fred Smith  ♦  Hardrive  ♦  Headland  ♦  Honey and Knives

Juzzie Smith  ♦  Kaloobafak  ♦  Karen Lynne Bluegrass Circle

Kym Pitman  ♦  Luciano Mesiti  ♦  Lucy Wise Trio

Margaret and Bob Fagan  ♦  Morgan Billy Goat Tucker

Oh Pep!  ♦  One Up Two Down  ♦  Putty Road

Rebecca Wright and Donald McKay  ♦  Sam and Gary Sheppard

Spirit of the Glen  ♦  Stray Hens  ♦  The Company

The Jiggles  ♦  The Mid North  ♦  The Morrisons

The Pitts Family Circus  ♦  The Resonator Brothers – Don & John

The Wish List  ♦  Tonchi McIntosh and John Bennett

and many more ...

For further artist information, and performer bio's, please go to the "Artists" page



Performer Applications:

Performer applications for the 2014 Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival have now closed.
Applications for the 2015 Festival will open again here in late January 2015.

A big thank you to all the artists who sent in applications this year.

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)

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 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 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 "A Touch of Country" Cafe - 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    

Tourisn NSW

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


Festival Artwork by Marilyn Wall