Australia’s Best ‘Bluegrass’ Event – JamGrass

Read about Melbourne’s premier bluegrass event JamGrass 2014


Twenty Reasons To Go To Melbourne’s JamGrass Music Festival


Thornbury Theatre

31 October to 2 November 2014


# 1 Mustered Courage

I was at the International Bluegrass Awards in Raleigh North Carolina just this month.  When I collected my ticket to the Awards show which celebrates the best bluegrass in the world, the lady recognised my Australian accent and told me how good Mustered Courage were – she thought the band should have been nominated for the Best Emerging Artist Award.  True story.


Watching Mustered Courage in Raleigh North Carolina

I was in Bristol Virginia last month, the week after the Rhythm and Roots Reunion festival was held.  A local told me that Mustered Courage were the best band she saw there.  True story.  (The Reunion is a big, three-day event with a large bill – the headliners were Emmylou Harris and Tweedy).

  • The band has just completed a successful marathon tour of the U.S.A, just signed an international record deal and released one of my favourite albums of 2013 – Powerlines.


# 2 Raised By Eagles

Weekend Photos

Raised By Eagles – Photo Jim Jacob


Raised By Eagles – Photo Jim Jacob

  • My favourite alt. country band in Australia
  • Released a wonderful self-titled album in 2013 – see my review here
  • Just played the first Out On The Weekend festival on a huge bill

# 3 Sweet Jean

  • A sweet duo from Melbourne – Alice Keath and Sime Nugent
  • Their 2013 release Dear Departure was another of my best albums last year
  • Caught their new mini-album launch Greetings From Goodbye in September 2014 and the quality of songwriting and melodies continue

# 4 Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel

  • A classy album, self-titled, released in 2011
  • Have seen the band many times and love their sound
  • I was lucky to see Sal showcase her work in Nashville Tennessee last month
  • Her Australian sensitivity, lyrics about family and places we know about (or should know about) never fail to move me

# 5 Perch Creek (previously Perch Creek Family Jug Band)

  • Their 2014 release Jumping On A Highwire is very impressive – see my review
  • That album nominated for Best Independent Country Album for the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards
  • Have just returned from a successful Canadian and UK tour
  • They’ll be a lot of fun live

# 6 The Morrisons

  • Saw half the band support Lindi Ortega in Sydney this April – looking forward to seeing the full outfit

# 7 Green Mohair Suits

  • Great EP – Aubergine
  • Can’t wait to hear the songs off the new album – Wooden Duck
  • Lively on stage from all reports!

# 8 Tracy McNeil and The Good Life

  • Great new album – Nobody Ever Leaves received two Age Music Victoria Genre award nominations – Best Country Album & Best Folk/Roots Album

“There’s a mountain of great music being made in Australia at the moment, and ‘Nobody Ever Leaves’ sits right at the top of it. My favourite album this year so far.”

Shane Nicholson

“Nobody Ever Leaves is a gem… It’s an immense record which showcases the talent of a rising roots music star. Tracy McNeil has arrived.”

Samuel J. Fell / Rhythms Magazine, July 2014

# 9 Marlon Williams

  • has been gaining a lot of momentum on the road with his authentic and traditional roots country music, both original tunes and respectful covers
  • Saw him solo earlier this year and this time he will have a band

# 10 See New Acts

  • A chance to see new artists – in my case thirteen

# 11 It’s not just bluegrass!!

  • It will have everything to cater for your roots music tastes

# 12 Master of Ceremonies

  • It will be MC’d by the one-and-only Sam Cutler, former tour manager for The Rolling Stones. and author

# 13 An Event

  • It will be a wonderful three-day event, with so much great music to see, jammed together

# 14 The Venue

  • The Ballroom Thornbury Theatre is beautiful and stately and easily accessible

# 15 Halloween

  • The first night is going to be colourful, there will be some sights to see

# 16 Jim

  • My mate Jim is coming over from Tasmania just for JamGrass, and he’s got good music tastes

#17 Jason

  • Support the curator/organiser Jason Taylor who puts his heart and soul into this event – this is enough reason alone

#18 Great Value

  • Single day tickets are still available for only $30 and you can get a three-day pass for only $80 – check it out

#19 and #20 Other

  • If I thought about it for long enough, I’m sure I could come up with another two reasons!


Read about Melbourne’s premier bluegrass event JamGrass 2014

Read about Melbourne’s premier bluegrass event JamGrass 2014


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