video created by Glenn "Jacko" Jackson

Bluegrass Junction - photo thanks to Ian Fisk

✭ Mountaingrass - new location & dates for 2018.✭

Mountaingrass 2018 will be held at The George Kerferd Hotel at Mayday Hills in Beechworth on the second weekend in November, from 9th - 11th.

The George Kerferd Hotel has a restaurant, bar and a large function room seating over 400. There is also a National Trust theatre available, (where Dame Nellie Melba once sang!) that is capable of seating up to 100. A small chapel in the hotel grounds, has great acoustics, is able to seat 60 and can be used for workshops and small concerts. The hotel is surrounded by acres of beautiful grounds, full of huge shady trees. The accommodation at the George Kerferd Hotel also includes the recently refurbished Linaker Lodge, previously the nurse’s quarters for the hospital that was located there. There are many open air and under-cover spaces for picking and conducting workshops. Mayday Hills is close to the centre of Beechworth, where there is a variety of accommodation, including two large caravan parks. Best of all, the proprietors of the hotel are very keen to host Mountaingrass.

We are very grateful for the many suggestions provided by our members regarding possible future locations for Mountaingrass. We are confident that our choice of the change of date and location will meet with approval from our membership, and that it will enable ABOTMA to continue to successfully run Mountaingrass for future years. 

We thank all local supporters and sponsors of ABOTMA’s Mountaingrass in Harrietville over the past five years and we recognise the assistance and support provided for our type of acoustic music in Harrietville over many years prior to ABOTMA.

Beechworth Accomodation

✭It takes a small village to organise a Festival, here are the people who proudly bought you Mountaingrass 2017.✭

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the festival such a success

ABOTMA & Mountaingrass 2017 Festival Committee

Kimberley Wheeler (Vic), Barry Torkington (NZ), Helen Ludellen (ACT), Jenine Abarbanel (NZ), Jacqui McKenzie (VIC), Evan Webb (VIC), Donal Baylor (ACT), Mick O'Neill (WA), John Taylor (ACT), Jen Land (VIC)


Major Sponsors

Alpine Shire Council, Feathertop Chalet, Barry Torkington and The Pipi Pickers (NZ), Grundy Banjos (USA/VIC), Vander Gaag Guitars (NZ)

Other Sponsors and supporters

Paul Trenwith Banjos, Gerald Pink picks, ASE engineering and Casbak Alpine Units, Presto Cases, Harrietville Hotel Motel, Madam PC, Big Tree TShirts, Snowline Hotel, Australian, Alpine Valley Getaways, Comedy Hypnotist Gerard V, Dunn Mandolins, The Harrietville Times, The Alpine Observer, Active Design & Print, Alpine Radio, Indigo FM, The Border Mail

Raffle Prize Donors

Johan van der Gaag (NZ), Paul Trenwith (NZ), Gerald Pink (VIC) 

Frank Solivan (USA) - photo thanks to Ian Fisk

Artists & Workshop Presenters

Appalachian Heaven String Band (Vic), Bluestone Junction (Vic), Crooked Road (SA), Jammalong (ACT & Vic Groups), Fat Cousin Skinny (Vic), Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen (USA), John Boothroyd (Vic), Kimberley Wheeler & Roadside Holiday (Vic), Mike Kear (NSW), Mustered Courage (Vic), Nine Mile Creek (Vic), Pete Denahy and Wide Island (Japan/Vic), Peter Scholtz (Vic), Peter Somerville (Vic), RhodeWorkz (NZ), Slim Dime (Vic), Strzelecki Stringbusters (Vic), The 4 Jimmies (NSW), The Apostle Tour (NSW/Vic), The Beekeepers (Vic), The Kissin Cousins (Vic), The Knott Family Band (Tas), The New Macedon Rangers (Vic), The Pipi Pickers (NZ), The Stetson Family (Vic), Tony O'Rourke (Vic)


Sound crew & Video:

Mark Woods, Bruce Packard, Andrew Clermont, Luke Clarke, Aaron Vellin, Joshua Levi-Collings



Brighde Collins, Keith Lugton, Duncan Kirkley, Isabel Paton, Liz Hamilton, Sally Scanlan, Debbie Griffiths, Sue Dwyer, Fred Hudson, Susan Boothroyd, Bill Downs, Anne Downs, Michael Whelan, Will Arnold, Simone Schroder, Marlene Fleming, Christine O'Brien, Gary Digney, Christine Meads, Josephine Collins, Tony Dingwall, Gerard Verscherun, Jenny Shimmin, David Hardiman, Shirley Hardiman, Evan Webb, Sally Carter, Julie Meaden, Lindsay Clapperton, Leonard Cohen, Brett Laurie, Barry Torkington, Gerald Pink, Chip Bragg, Laurie Grundy, Ian Fisk, Chris Beach, Howard Gadd, Lynette Molloy, Peter Jackson, Glen (Jacko) Jackson, Annette Schofield, Barry Price

Special thanks to Isabel Paton, Hugh Paton, Pete Denahy, Nadine Budge, Chris Jacobs, Nine Mile Creek & Fat Cousin Skinny for their work on publicity before the Festival and Kyle Stubbs - raffle ticket seller extraordinaire!!


Registration Desk

Karita Brokenshire, Matilda Brokenshire, Bindy Scott with help from Marshall Woods and his friend Matthew.


Feathertop Staff

Sharna Johnston and Conor Murrell (Managers) and their weekend staff: Louise, David, Craig, Sue & Sarah who worked very hard to make the event the success it was.

From the Harrietville local community:

Bennett Mountjoy, Ella and the staff at The Snowline Hotel

John Mander and staff at the Harrietville Hotel Motel

Brian and Meryl at the Harrietville Cabins and Caravan Park

Emma Hinchliffe and staff at Alpine Valley Getaways

Ed and Neene at Casbak Alpine Units

Brian and Sue at Avalon House

Fiona at Mountain View Retreat

Melanie and Elisha at the Alpine Shire Council

Diane and staff at Bella's cafe

Jeff and Nikki Swan at the Bakery

Morrie's Ice Creamery

The Lavender Farm

Adrian and Pat Webster

Phil Horner

The Harrietville Times

Last but not least

Tony Boon and staff from PA Services

Stephen Hill and staff from 24Seven Events

Crispies Hardware, Bright

RRR 102.7 - Denise Hylands – Twang

PBS 106.7 - Jan Dale - Southern Style & David Heard – Acid Country

Kissin Cousins - photo thanks to Ian Fisk

✭ Mountaingrass ✭

The first Mountaingrass was held in November of 2013 and is organised by the Australasian Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association Inc. (ABOTMA Inc.)  For over 27 years the small township of Harrietville has played host every year to bluegrass and old-time music festivals.

The original Harrietville Bluegrass and Traditional Country Music Convention was held in October 1989. It was organised by a group of musicians including Nick and Janet Dear, Rod and Judy Jones, Philomena Carroll and Laurie Grundy. With help from other dedicated volunteers the festival grew into the peak event on the bluegrass and old time music calendar in Australia and came to be known simply as ‘Harrietville'.

Mountaingrass continues the tradition of bringing U.S. Bluegrass and Old-Time acts to play concerts and run workshops for fans and players of all levels. Mountaingrass also showcases a selection of acts from Australia and New Zealand and runs instrument and other workshops for players of all levels. Most of all, Mountaingrass offers two and a half days of non-stop picking and jamming and lots of opportunities to improve your chops.