Our line up so far. More to be announced soon!
✭Bluegrass Parkway (W.A)✭
Bluegrass Parkway is the longest, continually active bluegrass band in Australia and is now in its 32nd year. They were all set to come to Mountaingrass 2020 when we had to cancel, so we are looking forward to seeing them at Mountaingrass this year.
Their current lineup is Paul and Maria Duff, Wayne Perry, Mick O’Neill and Michael Patrick.
BGP are fabulous gospel singers. Here they are with an arrangement of Rock My Soul.
And some more recent recordings: Lonesome River – January 2021 Gone Gone song – January 2021
✭The Cherry Pickers (S.A)✭
The Cherry Pickers’ are a contemporary bluegrass band playing your favourite tunes from today and back in the day. A Coupled with their love of traditional tunes and their original songs, the Cherry Pickers make for an exciting and refreshing bluegrass experience. The Cherry Pickers are: Mark Bandick guitar and vocals, Paul Cooper banjo and vocals, Rob Cooper dobro, and vocals, Lou Evangelistis mandolin and vocals, Mae Napier-Traeger fiddle and vocals, Gage Stead bass and vocals.
Videos: Evergreen @Wirrina 2017 Train Keep Rolling
✭Bluestone Junction (Vic.)✭
Bluestone Junction formed in 2007 in Victoria, with founding members Chris Jacobs, Pete Fidler, Mick Harrison and Mike St. Clair-Miller. The band was later joined by master fiddler Donal Baylor in 2008. Respected for their exciting performances delivered with passion and integrity, Bluestone Junction perform as the music’s originators did, around a single valve powered large plate condenser microphone which accurately captures the complete performance without resorting to any electronic trickery.
Videos: Southern Flavour, Black-eyed Suzie featuring a great bass solo by Mike St. Clair-Miller.
✭Montz Matsumoto, Pete Denahy and Aron Mclean✭
Montz Matsumoto was born in Japan and started learning bluegrass banjo at 15. In 1997 he toured Japan with legendary singer-songwriter and bluegrass player Peter Rowan. Since moving to Australia in 2002, Montz has toured as both a soloist and with ‘The Pigs’ all over Australia. He has won many Bluegrass and banjo prizes at Tamworth Country music festival where he has performed at Pete Denahy’s Comedy and Bluegrass Breakfast Show for 10 years. At Mountaingrass he will be playing with Pete Denahy and Aron Mclean.
Video: Golden Sky, Purple Cloud/Montz Matsumoto
✭Bluegrass Junction (S.A.)✭
Bluegrass Junction, South Australia’s premier traditional bluegrass band, was formed in 1997 and is Trev Warner, Geoff Bridgland, Nick Cawthorne , Stephen Loss and John Bridgland when possible. All of us have a lifetime’s passion for old-fashioned hard-core three-chord bluegrass and three-part harmonies. We play Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Doyle Lawson, JD Crowe, Jim & Jesse – the classics – that high lonesome sound. We also feature twin-fiddle and twin mandolin instrumental numbers, acknowledging the traditional old-time country music that pre-dated bluegrass music.
✭Corn Nut Creek (N.S.W)✭
Corn Nut Creek are a powerhouse female alt-country/Americana duo, hailing from America and Australia. The band features the artful banjo work of Tanya Bradley, paired with the deft fiddle and soulful vocals of Danielle Vita. The duo’s original songs tell raw stories of womanhood which are transporting, honest and effortless. Their original music has been awarded as a category finalist and juror’s top five selection in the 2020 Blues & Roots Radio International Song Contest.
Videos: Nowhere to go. The House is Falling Down
✭Slim Dime (Vic.)✭
Slim Dime are an acoustic duo featuring old-time mountain sounds, seamless harmonies and some mighty-fine pickin’. They make music that sounds as though it’s always existed somewhere on a mountaintop. Slim Dime are Jen Land on acoustic tenor guitar and vocals and Chris Taylor on acoustic guitar, banjo and vocals.
Videos: That Ole Train Stranger in this Town
✭Crow Mountain (N.S.W)✭
Hailing from the Blue Mountains of NSW, Megan Legg (mandolin, guitar and vocals) and Ben Thomas (banjo, guitar and vocals) blend old-time and bluegrass with honey-dipped harmonies. Their original songs are rich in the sound and story-telling of traditional country music. Megan and Ben are joined by John Lee on fiddle and Paul Abrahams on bass.
Videos: The Higher We Go, Shallow Water
✭The Willing Ponies (Vic.)✭
The Willing Ponies Australian country and bluegrass / folk band from Sydney who play original songs of relatable life that are distinctly Australian in perspective. They combine acoustic bluegrass instruments with a fusion of diverse musical influences, including: Gram Parsons, Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Union Station, Bela Flec and many others. The Willing Ponies. They are: Ricky Pannovitz, Paul Abrahams, Nigel Lever, Ben Thomas, Wen Tjen Lim and Quentin Fraser.
Video: Live at the Dorrigo Bluegrass and Folk festival
Willing Ponies live at the George Hotel, Waterloo compile
Melbourne’s most traditional bluegrass band with a solid pedigree. Backwater plays the early traditional Bluegrass tunes made famous by Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and the Stanley brothers with a smattering of Carter Family. At Mountaingrass 2021 Rob will also be running a guitar cross-picking workshop.
✭Dave Diprose and Hillbilly Radio (Vic.)✭
Award winning songwriter Dave Diprose and his band Hillbilly Radio perform original tunes drawing heavily on Bluegrass traditions and Australian rural themes. A founding member of Nine Mile Creek, Dave’s driving guitar contributed to the band’s popular sound. With a growing catalogue of original tunes Dave formed Hillbilly Radio, featuring the sounds of Dobro (Pete Fidler) and Fiddle (Greg Hunt). The band has performed at numerous festivals including Kelly Country Pick; GAP; and Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival.
✭Paul Wookey & Monroe’s Mill (Vic.)✭
Paul Wookey’s first class flat picking and Gold Guitar winning vocal, Dave Hellens hard driving banjo, Aron Mclean’s double bass, Josh Grundy’s mandolin and Gold Guitar winning fiddler/ singer song-writer Pete Denahy’s fiddlin’ come together as Monroe’s Mill, Beechworth’s very own world-class bluegrass band.
✭ The Walk-up Stage ✭
Jacinta Connery runs the Walk-up Stage 10:00am – 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, where there is the opportunity for performers to put their names on the blackboard to perform, on a “first-in best-dressed” basis.
✭ Jamming ✭
In addition to the informal jam sessions taking place all over the Mayday Hills site, there will be structured ‘slow’ jams that are designed to accommodate players of all levels.
Our workshop program this year will include instrument workshops for banjo, guitar, mandolin, and fiddle along with two new workshops: songwriting and how to promote your band or act to radio. A more detailed program will be posted soon.