Mountaingrass 2023 Approaches

2023 Mountaingrass Festival Preview

Mountaingrass 2023

Beechworth, Victoria

10 to 12 November

By Jim Jacob

By Rob Dickens

Mountaingrass 2023 looks like being a big return to form after the pandemic years. Nestled in the historically significant and postcard pretty town of Beechworth, three hours north east of Melbourne, it promises great music, food, dancing, workshops and jamming for those who make the journey.

Presented by the Australasian Bluegrass and Old-time Music Association (ABOTMA), Mountaingrass will be spread over 10 to 12 November at the Grand Oaks Resort (formerly known as the George Kerferd Hotel), Mayday Hills in Beechworth.

The Line-up

(Australian except where noted)

The Kody Norris Show USA

Bluegrass Parkway

Foghorn Stringband USA

Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones (USA)

You, Me, Everybody (NZ)

Black Mountain String Band

The Pipi Pickers (NZ)

Quarry Hillbillies

The Cartwheels

The Sonoran Dogs (USA)

The High Street Drifters

Cat & Clint

The Colvin Brothers

Meridian

John Boothroyd

Jose and the Amigos

Dave Diprose (and Hillbilly Radio)

Rod and Judy Jones

The provisional concert program is HERE.

Cat and Clint – Photo: LTTL

Workshops

There will be plenty of opportunities for attendees who are players of bluegrass, old-time and related styles to both learn and play their instruments at Mountaingrass. To that end, a wide range of instrument workshops lead by experienced and accomplished players will be provided.

Other workshops focus on getting you playing with others via jams and picks ranging from slow jams to other lead sessions for more experienced players. And, for those wanting to get comfortable with performing in public with a PA, Jose Garcia is returning with his Performance Skills workshops.

You can find the complete workshop schedule HERE.

Banjo Raffle

New Zealander luthier Johan van der Gaag is donating this fabulous ‘Mountaingrass’ banjo as the First Prize in this year’s raffle. Johan has utilised some of New Zealand’s  beautiful native timbers – the fretboard is Puriri and the back, which is turned (not laminated), is made from Taraire, another native NZ timber. The pan is made from Black Maire, a very hard wood. The neck and the rim are made from Black Walnut.

Johan also makes guitars and mandolins and he will have some on display at the instrument maker’s stand this year. You can find more details of Johan’s instruments, workshops and his farmstay and hobbit house HERE.

Listening Through The Lens will be covering Mountaingrass 2023.

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