✭Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – USA✭
Jeff Scroggins and Colorado comes to us as a high-energy bluegrass band that features the National banjo champion, Jeff Scroggins. The band also includes Jeff's son, Tristan Scroggins, who is an award-winning mandolin player and accomplished songwriter. Tristan and Jeff’s original instrumentals play a large role in the band’s unique and energetic sound. Lead vocalist Greg Blake is also an award-winning guitarist. Accomplished fiddler Ellie Hakanson also provides vocals, and another award-winning musician, Mark Schatz, on bass.
✭The Blue Ridge Broadcasters – USA✭
Comprised of some of the most inspiring, innovative, and engaging young musicians on the old-time scene, the Blue Ridge Broadcasters perform a mix of driving fiddle tunes and traditional songs. The members of the Broadcasters have been working together for over a decade, teaching, recording, performing, and competing. They have appeared together at The Appalachian Stringband Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia, winning multiple first place prizes in the traditional band and fiddle contests.
Building on their deep reverence for Appalachian old-time music to create compellingly new sounds. They can crank out blistering fiddle tunes made to move dancers or draw out the mystery from a crooked, haunting melody. They can tease out the funkiness from a country blues. They can blend their voices into sweet harmonies, breathing new life into old songs.
✭Bryant & Brown – USA✭
This extraordinary foursome presents old-time music traditions of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and other southern U.S. states with depth and expertise reflecting long experience. Paul Brown, Terri McMurray, Mike Bryant, and Marcia Bryant carry on the traditions they learned directly from the late masters such as Tommy Jarrell, Benton Flippen, Paul Sutphin, Luther Davis, and many others over their 40+ years playing traditional music. These two couples, who love to make music together, bring you the real old-time music sound with an easy, down home friendliness in every performance.
✭Cameron deWhitt - (USA)✭
Cameron DeWhitt is a clawhammer banjoist and Old Time musician living in Philadelphia. He hosts the weekly podcast Get Up in the Cool, which features conversations and musical collaborations with some of Old Time's heaviest hitters, like Ken Perlman, Adam Hurt, Spencer & Rains, and Jake Blount. Joining him are Gareth Bjaaland of The Pitts Family Circus and Nara Demasson of Demasson Musical Instruments.
✭Pipi Pickers (NZ)✭
The Pipis play a blend of contemporary and traditional hard driving bluegrass with solid instrumental chops and an engaging performance style. The Pipis bring a love of the genre and a desire to share that love with as many people as possible. The Pipis feature Jenine Abarbanel on double bass and vocals, and Nat Torkington, New Zealand's best 5-string Scruggs-style banjo player. They are supported by Barry Torkington on guitar and Garry Bigwood on mandolin.
✭Rhodeworks - (NZ)✭
Rhodeworks are an award-winning bluegrass folk band who play fast paced, high energy folk music, presenting a set of traditional and well-loved bluegrass alongside their original material. Laurence (17), Sam (15) and Nate (12) are largely self-taught multi-instrumentalists and vocalists who have performed at festivals throughout NZ and Australia. Including, MountainGrass, Auckand Folk Festival, WellyFest, HamsterFest, Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, and Aongatete. In 2017 they were recipients of the Frank Winter award for their Outstanding Musical and Vocal talents.
Australia's premier bluegrass band, Bluegrass Parkway hold true to the origins of this exciting musical genre, capturing the magic of the golden years of bluegrass. Bluegrass Parkway remains faithful to the 1940s by playing to a single microphone and incorporating strong three and four part harmonies. Whether it be the traditional sounds of Monroe and the Stanley Brothers or material closer to the 'cutting edge', Bluegrass Parkway will thrill you with great picking, strong harmonies and fancy footwork!
✭Appalachian Heaven Stringband ✭
The Appalachian Heaven Stringband is well known for its tight, driving arrangements of Americana tunes and old time songs from the southern Appalachian USA mountains. The best old-time/Americana band in Australia right now; with their trademark three part harmony, chunky, yet mesmeric guitar, fiery fiddle, haunting cello, and driving clawhammer banjo, the Appalachian Heaven Stringband engages with audiences of all ages. Fun, enthusiastic and talented, an upbeat entertaining show that everyone will enjoy.
✭The Kissin Cousins✭
Hailing from Northeast Victoria, the Kissin Cousins bring a fresh, youthful Australian sound to traditional American bluegrass and old-time music. Hard-driving banjo, melodic harmonies, twin fiddles and fun banter make the Cousins festival favourites all over the east coast of Australia. The Cousins bring to life traditional bluegrass and old-time music with an Australian twist from hard-hitting banjo and volcanic mandolin, to sweet 4 part harmonies and ballads.
✭The New Macedon Rangers✭
Andrew Small and Ashlee Watkins are the New Macedon Rangers. This duo presents a range of early country songs, mountain ballads, and traditional dance music from the Appalachian region. Their original tunes and songs help move the tradition forward. Winners of the old-time band contest at the 2017 Hoppin John Fiddlers Convention in Chatham County, NC, the versatile duo has also won blue ribbons for fiddle, banjo and folk singing as well as the 2015 Australian National Bluegrass Mandolin Championship.
✭The Knott Family Band✭
The Knott Family Band delivers a unique performance of original and traditional music, drawing from the bluegrass and old-time traditions. With four-part harmonies, duelling bows of bass and fiddle, together with guitar and mandolin, The Knott Family Band presents a broad span of bluegrass and old-time inspired music with unbridled youthful energy, joy and spontaneity.
This local Beechworth bluegrass band features Tommy Chandler, Dave Hellens, the banjo slinger from hell (well Newcastle), Pete Denahy, all round good guy and Yackandandah funny man, Aron McLean on bass, rounded out by Josh Grundy, the ‘Beard from Beechworth’.
✭Nine Mile Creek✭
Nine Mile Creek have been around for about 6 years, playing at festivals in Victoria and South Australia. Regulars at the Mountain Pickers Association club nights, they also perform at weddings, pubs and clubs. NMC play a mix of traditional and modern bluegrass with a healthy dose of original material. Strong harmonies supported by a solid rhythm section and tasteful instrumentals are a hallmark of the band.
✭The Barkers Vale Brothers✭
Combining the ancient traditional sounds of bluegrass and old-time music with laconic, provocative songwriting and dry banter, these two brothers from Northern NSW are slowly but surely developing a cult following on the Australian folk festival circuit. Sharing a member with their sister act, The Pitts Family Circus, means Gareth and Vaughan will put on a show that you won’t forget. Caution: May contain partial nudity, inverted banjo playing and pyrotechnics.
Slim Dime is a duo featuring old-time mountain sounds, seamless harmonies and some mighty-fine pickin’. They make music that sounds as though it has always existed somewhere on a mountaintop. Their material is both original songs and traditional songs made new. They reference the old-time and bluegrass repertoire and write original compositions. It’s music that makes you lean in and listen.
My-T-Fine Stringband includes well-known members of the bluegrass & old-time Sydney music community who have enjoyed playing music together for more than twenty years: Lindsay Mar (guitar), Len Newland (mandolin), Harold von Finster (bass), Rod Jones (fiddle) & Judy Jones (clawhammer banjo). They present acoustic old-time traditional country music and 1940’s bluegrass via the Carter Family and lively stringband dance tunes. Rod and Judy have both brought home awards from Fiddle conventions in the USA, and their love of the music draws them back there most years.
Sydney based, the Willing Ponies play a unique brand of traditional acoustic bluegrass. Their forthcoming album contains inspirational songs including their debut single, Hope to be Happy combining acoustic bluegrass instrumentation with Americana, folk and Alt-Country delivered with a distinctly Australian pop attitude. Willing Ponies feature some of Australia’s top pickers, Ricky Pannowitz, Paul Abrahams, Nigel Lever, Ben Thomas and Wen-Tjen Lim.
✭The 3 Jimmies Plus 1✭
The 3 Jimmies Plus 1
The 3 Jimmies offer a program of bluegrass flatpick guitar excellence, with the occasional mandolin and Dobro thrown in for good measure. Over the years Jimmy Rush and Nigel Lever enjoyed picking together at festivals. Somewhere along the way they got together with Dougie Wallace and decided that it would be a good idea to present bluegrass flatpick guitar on stage as The 3 Jimmies. This year’s offering includes the multi-talented Bruce Packard as an honorary Jimmy.
Melbourne based traditional bluegrass band with a solid pedigree, Backwater plays the early traditional Bluegrass made famous by Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and the Stanley brothers with a smattering of Carter Family material. They also draw material from the best of the second generation of bluegrass performers: Audey Blaylock , Jnr Sisk, Karl Shiflett, Larry Sparks, Del McCoury, Vern & Ray, Dave Evans, James King, Red Allen and Joe Val.
Bluegrass Junction is South Australia's premier bluegrass band. The band is Trev Warner, Nick Cawthorne, Geoff Bridgland and Stephen Loss. When possible John Bridgland joins in. They have all played bluegrass in various Adelaide band configurations for over 30 years and they formed Bluegrass Junction in 1997. The band regularly features twin fiddle and twin mandolin instrumental numbers, with a focus on the traditional old-time country music that pre-dates bluegrass music. They don’t have their own website or Facebook etc, because they are old and cranky.
Crooked Road have come together to play original music and songs from the bluegrass canon that combine the bluegrass tradition with contemporary flair. In their long history with bluegrass in Australia and New Zealand, the Crooked Road Boys have played in many festivals, in many bands, toured widely and recorded many albums with artists from around the world.
✭Special Mountaingrass Events✭
We are excited to present some special events at this year's Mountaingrass Festival
✭The Pitts Family Circus✭
Be entranced by spectacular acrobatics! Sword swallowing children! Baby balancing! Human Pyramids and more... With humble beginnings 15 years ago as a duo act doing a small street theatre show The Pitts have now toured the world seven times and grown into a charming family circus - with the addition of three young children. They are popular with crowds wherever they appear. Over the weekend the magnificent Pitts Family Circus Tent will become an additional venue for the festival.
✭Andrew Clermont's Supper Club presents✭
Andrew Clermont's Supper Club presents
Australia's finest players followed by jamming until late.
✭Tony O'Rourke - Acoustic Concert in the Chapel✭
Tony O'Rourke presents an acoustic Concert in the Chapel