George Kerferd Hotel, Mayday Hills, Beechworth

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Mountaingrass 2018

Mountaingrass 2018 ✭ 

It takes a small village to organise a Festival.

Here are the people who proudly brought you Mountaingrass 2018.

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – photo thanks to Ian Fisk


ABOTMA Executive committee & Mountaingrass Festival Organisers✭

Helen Ludellen, Evan Webb, Jen Land & Susan Boothroyd


✭Major Sponsors✭

Eastman Music Australia

Alexander Bell Sound Studios


✭Other Sponsors and supporters✭

Active Design & Print (Wodonga and Wagga), Gerald Pink picks, Chip Bragg, Grundy Banjos; Van der Gaag guitars; Madam PC, Big Tree T Shirts; Australian; Comedy Hypnotist Gerard V; Alpine Radio; Indigo FM; ABC Goulburn Murray, Ovens & Murray Advertiser; The Border Mail; PBS-FM.

✭Raffle Prize Donors✭

Eastman Music Australia for the mandolin for 1st prize, and Chip Bragg for the hand-made mandolin strap for the mandolin; Gerald Pink for the banjo picks and home made beef jerky for the 4th prize.


Jeff Scroggins & Colorado; The Blue Ridge Broadcasters; Bryant & Brown; Cameron deWhitt; The Pipi Pickers; Rhodeworks; Bluegrass Parkway; Appalachian Heaven Stringband; The Kissin Cousins; The Knott Family Band; Copperline, Nine Mile Creek; The Barkers Vale Brothers; Slim Dime; The Willing Ponies; The 3 Jimmies Plus 1; Backwater; Bluegrass Junction; Crooked Road; The Pitts Family Circus; Andrew Clermont and members of the Supper Club: Paddy Montgomery; Jack Melbourne and James Gillard: Jammalong Canberra (Dianne Porter and Michael Porter); Jammalong Melbourne (Jose and The Amigos); Tony O’Rourke and Ricky Smit; My-T-Fine Stringband (Rod and Judy Jones, Harold von Finster, Lindsay Mar, Len Newland).


✭Workshop presenters and concert/stage organisers✭

Jeff Scroggins, Greg Blake, Ellie Hakanson and Nico Humby; Doug Sharkey; Joe (Joe Bass) DeJarnette; Joseph Decosimo; Andrew Clermont; Jammalong Canberra (Dianne and Michael Porter); Jammalong Melbourne (Jose Garcia, and The Amigos – Henry Butcher, Maurice Keft, Tom Saunders and Michael DeValle); Crooked Road (Leonard Cohen; Phill Parker, Dave Taylor and Andrew Hook); Peter Scholtz; Rob Lewis; John Boothroyd; Bluegrass Junction (Trev Warner, Nick Cawthorne, Geoff Bridgland and Stephen Loss); Bluegrass Parkway (Paul and Maria Duff, Mick O’Neill, Adam Gare, Wayne Perry); Hugh Gordon; Mike Kear; Cameron DeWhitt; Tony O’Rourke; Paddy Montgomery with help from Tommy Chandler; Steve Treloar; the Willing Ponies (Ricky Pann, Paul Abrahams, Nigel Lever, Wen-Tjen Lim and Ben Thomas); Jacinta Connery; My-T-Fine Stringband (Rod and Judy Jones, Lindsay Mar, Harold von Finster, and Len Newland).

✭Sound crew✭

Harold Whittaker Room: Mark Woods and Luke Clarke;
MHAS Concert room: Bruce Packard and Billy Munro;
Pitts Family Circus Tent: Keith and Carla Rea; and in the
Arbor Bar & Restaurant: Andrew Clermont.


✭Video✭ Ricky Pannowitz

✭Photographer✭ Ian Fisk



Volunteer co-ordinators
Trish Glazier and Linda Harrison (wristband checking and raffle ticket sellers)
Helen Ludellen (registration, MCs, stage managers, setup and pack down, and site maintenance)

Debbie and Patrick Griffiths, Mick O’Neill, Laurie Brett, Isabel Paton, Thelma Pryor, Shirley Hardiman, Alan Lazarus, Max Amos, Sue Dwyer, Sue and Steve Treloar, Leonard Cohen, Lindsay Clapperton, John Boothroyd, Fred Hudson, Keith Lugton, Gerard Verschuren, Chris Beach, Howard Gadd, Will Arnold, Michael Whelan, Asha Dilkes-Hoffman, Bill Presse, Anne Baker, Jules Cain, Peter Jackson, Annette Schofield, Kevin Pritchard, Neil Greaney, Laurie Grundy, Linda Grundy-Riegler, Sharon and Terry Alford, Jon and Kerry Hansen, Rud and Giurli Nielsen, Chip Bragg, Gerald Pink, Doug Richardson.


✭Registration Desk and Merchandise✭

Karita Brokenshire, Matilda Brokenshire, Bindi Scott
Sue Dwyer, Helen Hatcher, Beth Perry, Julie Meaden, Jenny Michael, Laurie Brett.


✭Luthiers and stall holders✭
Laurie Grundy, Ray Black, David Aumann, Joe Gallacher, Chip Bragg and Jamin Smedes.


✭George Kerferd Staff✭

Chris Nuck, Laura, Cassie, Georgia, Max and the rest of the staff who worked very hard to make this, their first music festival at the hotel, a success.


✭Mayday Hills Art Society✭

Christine Cansfield-Smith, Wendy Stephens, Peter Leppert and all of the other MHAS members who helped to create a fantastic concert space for us upstairs at the MHAS and all at very short notice! Also, thanks to the carpet layer from the prison who put down the new carpet.


✭From the local community✭

Lauren Ryan (Indigo Shire Council) for invaluable logistical and practical support.
Beechworth Chamber of Commerce.
George Fendyk for help with aspects of the logistics of the site.
Geoff Brown from the Asylum Ghost Tours for agreeing to us using the Bijou Theatre. (Hopefully the floor will be fixed for next year!).
Nick and Tim from Wangaratta Sound and Lighting and the Mayday Escape Rooms for their enthusiasm and support.

Finally, if you gave us a hand and we have not mentioned you here, firstly, our humble apologies, and secondly, please drop us a line so that we can give you a special mention in a future newsletter.

Stephen from 24Seven events and Shaun from Barlens and the staff at EBA hire and Pacific Hire.
Aron, Sabrina, Will, Bec, Pete, Josh and Isabel for their support and local input.


Jen Land: Co-ordination of publicity, graphic design, website and social media
PBS 106.7 – Jan Dale – Southern Style
Isabel Paton for radio publicity
ABC radio Goulburn Murray
Vinny Russel for Instagram and Facebook posts
Helen Ludellen – print publicity


✭Sausage Sizzle put on by the Stanley Water for Stanley group✭
A big thank you to the volunteers from this community group who are trying to protect their local water supply from being mined and sold off as bottled water by brewing giant Asahi. These good folks put on a great sausage sizzle over the weekend to help feed all of our hungry attendees. Much appreciated!

Photo thanks to Ian Fisk