Read how MountainGrass Festival ensures music traditions are passed down
By Jim Jacob and Rob Dickens
The MountainGrass Festival 2016 which showcases old-time and bluegrass music has just wrapped up. The event was held over three days in the picturesque alpine village of Harrietville, Victoria, Australia.
The weather was perfect. The town was both lovely and lively. The performances excellent. The people warm and friendly.
This is number six in a series of pictorials of the festival, all photos were taken by LTTL’s Jim Jacob. The focus is on:
- The Setting
- The People
- The Jamming
- The Headline Performers
- The Other Artists
- The Tradition Passes On
The coverage will finish up with an overview by LTTL’s Rob Dickens – the best performances and overall impressions.
One of the endearing features of MountainGrass is to behold the generosity of players passing on their expertise and knowledge, whether it be about their instruments or the music traditions and culture. There were over a dozen workshops over the weekend and we sat in on three of them.
Rob Ickes handled multiple questions on a wide range of topics dobro related – pick-ups, instrument types, stage techniques, tone bar skills, even dealing with flights and his preferred guitar case for on the road. Nadine Budge and the rest of The Stetson Family did a terrific job during a harmony workshop, building up a sizeable group into a three-part harmony covering one of the band’s own songs. The end result was surprisingly good. The third educational activity was a slow jam conducted by Jenine Arbarbanel and the rest of The Pipi Pickers.
So, here are some shots from those session as The Tradition Passes On: