Performers 2021

✭Artists 2021✭ 

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.

Videos: 
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 

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✭The Cherry Pickers (S.A)✭

The Cherry Pickers’ are a contemporary bluegrass band playing your favourite tunes from today and back in the day. Always on the search to “uncover” some hidden bluegrass in any song, their tasty arrangements are reverent to Bluegrass tradition. 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, vocals, Paul Cooper – Banjo, vocals, Rob Cooper – Dobro, vocals, Lou Evangelistis – Mandolin, vocals, Mae Napier-Traeger – Fiddle, vocals, Gage Stead – Bass, vocals

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✭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 to learn bluegrass banjo at the age of 15. He started his professional career in Kyoto. 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 Sydney-based band ‘The Pigs’ all over Australia. He has won many Bluegrass and banjo prizes at Tamworth Country music festival where he has also been performing at Pete Denahy’s Comedy and Bluegrass Breakfast Show for 10 years. In addition to being an accomplished bluegrass banjo player Montz has recently been exploring his Asian heritage, which he showcases in his music video ‘Golden Sky and Purple Cloud’. At Mountaingrass he will be playing with Pete Denahy and Aron Mclean.

✭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. Most members of the band goes back decades earlier. Trev, Nick, Geoff and John have all have played bluegrass in various Adelaide band configurations for over 30 years. 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.

 

✭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.  

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Live at the Dorrigo Bluegrass and Folk festival

Willing Ponies live at the George Hotel, Waterloo compile

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✭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

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✭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.

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That Ole Train

Stranger in 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 – of growing up in isolation; jumping freight trains to get where you need to be; of getting out of town and returning beaten, with the past at your heals. Megan and Ben are joined by John Lee on fiddle and Paul Abrahams on bass. 

The Higher We Go

Shallow Water

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✭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.  

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Live at the Dorrigo Bluegrass and Folk festival

Willing Ponies live at the George Hotel, Waterloo compile

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✭Backwater (Vic.)✭

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. 

Videos

Can’t you hear me callin’

Just as soon as I get over you

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✭ 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. 

✭ Workshops

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.