Plus many more to be announced soon...

As you can see, we have an extraordinary line up of Folk, Bluegrass and Old-Time Artists from around Australia and overseas performing at this year's Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival.

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Chessboxer is no longer coming to Australia to tour in 2015 and so will not be appearing at the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival as previously listed.

Featured Performers

Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass (USA)
Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass (USA)

 Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass have risen quickly to become one of the most popular bluegrass groups in Nashville. They draw from the best years of traditional bluegrass  [ ... ]

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Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band
Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band

Let the good times roll!  In a fine tribute to the music and language of the Cajuns - Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band play the traditional music of Southern Louisiana. Andrew and Ge [ ... ]

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Louisa Wise
Louisa Wise

USA born, but with many years in Australia, Louisa Wise is an award-winning fiddler and songwriter with a decidedly quirky bent. Emerging from her role as mother to the Wise Famil [ ... ]

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Shane Howard Trio
Shane Howard Trio

Shane Howard has refined his art with 13 solo albums, 3 Goanna albums, two books and a stable of great production credits, that have established him as one of Australia's most impo [ ... ]

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Stephen Pigram
Stephen Pigram

Hailing from Broome in Australia’s far North West Kimberley region, Stephen Pigram Is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist musician playing acoustic guitar, harmonica, u [ ... ]

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The Andrew Collins Trio (Canada)
The Andrew Collins Trio (Canada)

Last year Andrew Collins featured at the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival with Canadian headliners The Annie Lou Band. This year we are excited that he is returning with his o [ ... ]

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The Davidson Brothers
The Davidson Brothers

Hamish and Lachlan - The Davidson Brothers have the well-deserved reputation of being one of Australia’s hottest bluegrass acts – They are award winning multi instrumentalist [ ... ]

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Tonchi McIntosh
Tonchi McIntosh

" Tonchi McIntosh was born in England, grew up in Bourke and has Mexican blood running through his veins on his Mother’s side. He sings, his voice full of warmth and emotion, of  [ ... ]

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2015 Artists

Alanna and Alicia
Alanna and Alicia

Alanna & Alicia are twin sisters who blend folk, jazz and roots in their original, acoustic songs. Known for their sweet, sibling harmonies and fine songwriting, the sisters ha [ ... ]

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Astro Cobalt
Astro Cobalt

Astro Cobalt are Adelaide's youngest bluegrass band. Astro Cobalt is the result of four former students of the Elder Conservatorium deciding to innocently explore the Bluegrass gen [ ... ]

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BluesAngels
BluesAngels

From jug band to jazz-infused New Orleans shake, Chicago blues bellow to bluegrass bounce, plugged or unplugged, BluesAngels will warm your whiskers with their backhills bemoaning  [ ... ]

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Breaking Hart Benton
Breaking Hart Benton

Breaking Hart Benton have a uniquely modern indie/folk/Americana sound and a strong focus on melodic, lyrically rich songwriting. Instrumentally, the sound is shaped by the ‘claw [ ... ]

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Cat and Clint
Cat and Clint


Cat and Clint play their brand of Old-timey music, featuring sweet harmony vocals, crankin' Fiddle tunes, twangin' Banjos, Guitar and Banjo Ukulele. The dynamic duo share a close m [ ... ]

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Chaika
Chaika

Chaika demonstrates an eclectic folky world style that is elusive to pin down. Their repetiore includes Balkan, Jazz, Jewish, Celtic and Italian music interspersed with their own f [ ... ]

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Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass (USA)
Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass (USA)

 Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass have risen quickly to become one of the most popular bluegrass groups in Nashville. They draw from the best years of traditional bluegrass  [ ... ]

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Co-cheòl
Co-cheòl

Multi-award winning Co-cheòl are four lasses with a rich and beautiful sound that will challenge your idea of a girl group!

Recent winners of the Peter J Daly Memorial Award for Be [ ... ]

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Colin MacLeod
Colin MacLeod

Colin MacLeod - Celtic Fiddle Guru Colin MacLeod's musical journey started at the age of 7 when a music teacher asked a class of primary school pupils, 'Who would like to play t [ ... ]

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Gleny Rae Virus and her Playboys
Gleny Rae Virus and her Playboys

Gleny Rae Virus and her Playboys - Bluegrass with attitude! 
Gleny Rae Virus brings her sizzling western swing and honkytonk sentiments to a new line up of hot picking playb [ ... ]

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Golden Whistler
Golden Whistler

Inspired by a shared love of connecting stories, people and places of times past to audiences today, Golden Whistler (Kate Barker - vocals & guitar and Richard Galluzzi - vocal [ ... ]

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Greg Windred
Greg Windred

Greg Windred's music springs from the Australian landscape, being described as “rootsy, local and passionate”. His musical style is a blend of roots, folk and rock, his lyrics  [ ... ]

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Honey and Knives
Honey and Knives

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 an [ ... ]

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James Thomson
James Thomson

In 2012, James Thomson released his debut self-titled album through independent Sydney label, Laughing Outlaw Records. Despite James being just 23 years old
at the time, the 16 orig [ ... ]

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John Flanagan Duo
John Flanagan Duo

  With original but timeless melodies and deeply honest lyricism, John Flanagan has been steadily building a reputation as one of Australia’s most exciting up and coming si [ ... ]

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Katie Crane
Katie Crane

Katie Crane, born in 1981 is a guitarist and singer of Old Time High Country, Blues and Rag Time music. Katie's intricate Fingerstyle guitar playing and strong mountain vocals hav [ ... ]

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Kym Pitman
Kym Pitman

With a pure and haunting voice, Kym’s songs tell stories of Australia’s expansive landscapes and evoke a deep sense of ecological connection. Kym has a special place amongst
Aus [ ... ]

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Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band
Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band

Let the good times roll!  In a fine tribute to the music and language of the Cajuns - Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band play the traditional music of Southern Louisiana. Andrew and Ge [ ... ]

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Lime and Steel
Lime and Steel

With a driving banjo, a doghouse bass, a tasty fiddle and an old snare drum, Lime and Steel's sweet harmonies twang through a show of well crafted original songs, that splash on ju [ ... ]

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Little Rabbit
Little Rabbit

Little Rabbit features Kat Mear (Fiddle & banjo), Kim Wheeler (upright bass) and Pete Fidler (Dobro & mandolin). They are a passionate and energetic string band f [ ... ]

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Louisa Wise
Louisa Wise

USA born, but with many years in Australia, Louisa Wise is an award-winning fiddler and songwriter with a decidedly quirky bent. Emerging from her role as mother to the Wise Famil [ ... ]

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My T Fine String Band
My T Fine String Band

The My-T-Fine Stringband has been playing old-time traditional country and 1940’s bluegrass for many years. Their all-acoustic music ranges from traditional murder ballads thro [ ... ]

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Nick Payne
Nick Payne

A growing collection of songs and a yearning to get back into the studio has prompted Dear Orphans singer and songwriter Nick Payne to record an album of his own music. Musically  [ ... ]

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Noel Gardner and Alex Bridge
Noel Gardner and Alex Bridge

Noel Gardner is an emotive singer/ songwriter with the capacity to sing of both beauty and injustice in an insightful way. Noel and Alex’s beautifully harmonising voices and sens [ ... ]

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Passionate Fools
Passionate Fools

Passionate Fools - Peter Hisco and Wendy Jackson are highly skilled multi-instrumentalists with soaring vocal harmonies who weave a captivating musical web between bluegrass, old-t [ ... ]

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One Up, Two Down
One Up, Two Down

One Up, Two Down (George Jackson, Andrew Small and Dan Watkins): Three passionate young musicians hailing from three countries joined by the Pacific Ocean George Jackson, Andrew S [ ... ]

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Red Crow
Red Crow

  Crushed velvet and broken glass, cigar smoke and a gathering storm. RedCrow is a band of contrary themes. Americana roots music shares a whiskey with wide ambient soundscap [ ... ]

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Rod and Judy Jones
Rod and Judy Jones

Rod & Judy Jones have been singing and playing music together for most of the years they have known each other. Rod plays fiddle, mandolin and guitar; Judy plays clawhammer ban [ ... ]

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River Mountain Riot
River Mountain Riot

River Mountain Riot are a fast-paced, energetic, traditional Bluegrass band based out of Brisbane.
Expect a fun-filled show with plenty of passionate picking and fiddling when these [ ... ]

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Sandy Brechin and Ewan Wilkinson (Scotland)
Sandy Brechin and Ewan Wilkinson (Scotland)

Accordionist Sandy Brechin ('Burach', 'Seelyhoo', 'The Sensational Jimi Shandrix Experience') and singer/guitarist Ewan Wilkinson have been playing together for ten years. They reg [ ... ]

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Shane Howard Trio
Shane Howard Trio

Shane Howard has refined his art with 13 solo albums, 3 Goanna albums, two books and a stable of great production credits, that have established him as one of Australia's most impo [ ... ]

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Sohum Women's Choir
Sohum Women's Choir

Bellingen's first all-female acapella choir - Sohum, was formed in April 2014. Sohum Women's Choir is facilitated by Jo Pierce and currently has over twenty members. With a repeto [ ... ]

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Stephen Pigram
Stephen Pigram

Hailing from Broome in Australia’s far North West Kimberley region, Stephen Pigram Is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist musician playing acoustic guitar, harmonica, u [ ... ]

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Tanya Ransom
Tanya Ransom

Tanya Ransom weaves a musical tapestry of folk, blues and roots with honest, intelligent songwriting. Her strong and soulful voice echo’s that of the ancient Kimberley landscape  [ ... ]

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The Andrew Collins Trio (Canada)
The Andrew Collins Trio (Canada)

Last year Andrew Collins featured at the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival with Canadian headliners The Annie Lou Band. This year we are excited that he is returning with his o [ ... ]

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The Barkers Vale Brothers
The Barkers Vale Brothers

The Barkers Vale Brothers have delighted audiences Australia wide with their digestible mix of dry humour and high quality acoustic bluegrass music.

Gareth Bjaaland on the five st [ ... ]

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The Cherry Pickers
The Cherry Pickers

Adelaide five-piece The Cherry Pickers, are excited to bring their unique brand of Bluegrass for the first time to Dorrigo. Band members; Mark Bandick (lead vocals, guitar), Lou Ev [ ... ]

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The Chloë and Jason Roweth Band
The Chloë and Jason Roweth Band

The Chloë & Jason Roweth Band have been researching and reinventing Australian bush music / entertainment for over twenty years. They bring you the songs and poems of the kitc [ ... ]

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The Davidson Brothers
The Davidson Brothers

Hamish and Lachlan - The Davidson Brothers have the well-deserved reputation of being one of Australia’s hottest bluegrass acts – They are award winning multi instrumentalist [ ... ]

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The Heggarties
The Heggarties

Americana made in the Adelaide Hills. Born in 2009, The Heggarties are a talented five-piece alt country and roots outfit influenced by the likes of Americana greats; Lucinda Will [ ... ]

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The Kissin' Cousins
The Kissin' Cousins

Live and stomping - The Kissin’ Cousins play a combination of bluegrass, Appalachian and old-time music and hail from Beechworth in beautiful North-East Victoria.

A set from Th [ ... ]

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The Mid North
The Mid North

The Mid North are a rip roaring bluegrass band from Bellingen NSW. Their roots sound is a melding of Old-time Mountain Music, Bluegrass, Gospel, and Front porch folk. It nods [ ... ]

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The Pitts Family Circus
The Pitts Family Circus

Everyones favourite dysfunctional circus family are back! The Pitts Family Circus absolutely wowed audiences at last year's Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival. People were holdi [ ... ]

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The Plough
The Plough

The Plough are an Old Time String Band that play high energy Appalachian style American Folk and Old Time Gospel. The Plough originates out of the Sydney Old Time and Bluegrass  [ ... ]

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The Squeezebox Trio
The Squeezebox Trio

Out of the Sydney’s West emerges the increasingly inaccurately named ‘The Squeezebox Trio’. Armed with a thirty year old accordion, a left handed violin and acoustic gitane t [ ... ]

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The Stetson Family
The Stetson Family

  The Stetson Family are at the forefront of Australia’s contemporary bluegrass/alt-country frontier. Their songs dig deep into the roots of bluegrass, folk and alt-country [ ... ]

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The String Contingent
The String Contingent

  Virtuosic instrumental trio The String Contingent compose and perform music of sparkling beauty and originality that explores the full spectrum of musical expression. Austr [ ... ]

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The Three Marketeers
The Three Marketeers

The Three Marketeers started off as a trio of very old friends that got together playing a regular gig at the Rozelle Markets, Sydney, NSW, and have since gone on to perform at fes [ ... ]

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Tonchi McIntosh
Tonchi McIntosh

" Tonchi McIntosh was born in England, grew up in Bourke and has Mexican blood running through his veins on his Mother’s side. He sings, his voice full of warmth and emotion, of  [ ... ]

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Vic Manuel with The Vas Brothers
Vic Manuel with The Vas Brothers

Vic Manuel with The VAS Brothers is a four-piece group featuring songwriter and singer Vic Manuel with Victoria Lewis, Anton Halim and Steve Lingard. Echoing alt folk, roots and bo [ ... ]

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Will Thomas
Will Thomas

A dusty blend of folk and rock, with a nod towards the blues, Wil Thomas is a journey man and storyteller, a laconic troubadour and the kind of artist you crave round your campfire [ ... ]

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Watling and Bates
Watling and Bates

Watling and Bates are songwriters from Unumgar in the Northern Rivers of NSW. United by a love for gothic mountain music, their original tunes bridge the old time traditions to a c [ ... ]

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