The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

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Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival is an acoustic weekend of concerts, workshops, jamming, dancing and more, focused primarily on Old-Time, Bluegrass and Folk traditions. festival director Bridget Rees tells us more about the event …

Our seventeenth festival is just around the corner, and if you have never made the trip up to the Plateau to experience this internationally recognised acoustic music festival, then we urge you to mark the dates down on your calendar right away. This is one of the must do major events held on the Mid North Coast and has something for the whole family to get involved in. Bringing to the region incredible international, national and local performers, we put together a three day programme filled with inspiring performances, dance, poetry and workshops covering the finest traditional, contemporary and acoustic music.

Recognising how important it is to bring to our patrons the very best of our favoured genres of Bluegrass, Folk and Old-Time music, we have some stellar acts coming for the weekend to weave their skills in concerts, dances, workshops and around the jam sessions. Dorrigo has always been about sharing, inclusiveness and making the music available to all ages and levels of musicianship, and we endeavour to create an atmosphere that is family friendly and encouraging.

After a great success last year, we are running our second Dorrigo Old-Time Music School before the festival, engaging tutors from North Carolina and Tennessee with the knowledge, heritage and respect of the genre to pass on the important traditions of Old-Time music. The school runs for three days and provides opportunities for learning and playing alongside award winning Old-Time musicians. There are many skills taught at the camp that are applicable across a wide range of musical genres.

The festival has for many years made efforts to become environmentally friendly; the “Keep Cup” scheme has helped to reduce disposable drinking cups, and in 2018 we aim to have zero takeaway containers and coffee cups which are not biodegradable or recyclable, plastic bottles, cans and plastic straws. We have Rubbish Rooms run by some of our amazing volunteers, who are there to help patrons place their rubbish into the correct bin. This year we are focusing on reducing green waste.

Held at the picturesque Dorrigo Showgrounds, where camping is available, there are seven venues and two workshop areas. All are under cover and within a short walking distance of each other. The town itself hosts café and poet’s breakfasts.

For the complete lists of performers and information regarding ticket sales, camping and the Music School, please visit our website.

Tickets are available from the website and will be available on site over the whole weekend. There are many different options, and all workshops are included. You can even just come along for the famed Friday night Hoe-Down or Saturday afternoon Ceilidh – great fun for all the family.

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Inc. would like to acknowledge that this festival is held on the traditional lands of the Gumbaynggirr people.



26th, 27th, 28th October, Dorrigo Showgrounds.
Tickets available from

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