2020 Festival

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The Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival is an annual gathering for people to hear, play and share acoustic music from the Bluegrass, ‘Old Timey’ and other related traditions.

Bluegrass is great music. That’s why it heads up our festival. Our stage attracts world-class musicians; many come back each year to perform, to run workshops, and to join in the fun and inspiration of all that a Wirrina festival is.

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2020 Festival has now been cancelled due to the COVID situation in SA

The Festival committee have met and worked through the various issues and the decision has been made. It’s practical, sensible, loving and safe… and sad. Yes, we are cancelling this year’s festival, owing to the currently unpredictable situation here in SA. However, we are interested in having some kind of event or activity before the next festival, so stay tuned.

Some practical matters

  1.  As we always planned and stated this year, we will refund in full what you’ve paid for tickets.  We are incurring some losses in cancelling the festival, mostly booking fees. If, and it is a genuine if, you would like to help out with that, please email us and we will deduct any donation you care to make from your refund (If we don’t hear from you, we’ll happily refund your ticket in full). It all goes back into the fund for the next festival, which will now be 2021. We’ll be starting to process refunds from next week.
  2.  If you booked and paid as a group, your tickets will be refunded to the account of the person who bought them – so please liaise with that person!
  3.  Your accommodation bookings at the caravan park will be handled separately by Ben & Holly.  Please be patient as there are a large number of people they will need to contact.   If you need proof of cancellation for other accommodation or travel providers, please show them this message but if it’s a problem, make contact with us and we will see if we can help.

Next year’s festival will be a new event of its own, and we’re not planning comprehensively for it at this stag—we need a break! But as always, we’ll send out notifications of setting a date and of expressions of interest for performers and involvement. 

As we said, we too are passionate about the Festival, and deeply unhappy about having to abort. So many people have put time into creating a fine event this year, with an excellent lineup of performers, and so many volunteers prepared to spend their time working to make it happen.  We offer a particular acknowledgement also to Montz Matsumoto who was willing to come from Tasmania with the expectation of quarantine when he returned home. Hopefully we will see him here in the not too distant future.
Thank you all for your support and interest. Do stay tuned, we have some ideas for the interim. And we’d be happy to hear any of your ideas too.

The Program

The Festival program is now up on the  2020 Program page.  Have a look at what we were planning…


Thank you to all who had put their hands up to run this exciting program of workshops. Maybe next year…

  • Ukulele: John Mansfield will run two workshops—one on ‘Making strums more interesting’ and another on ‘Clawhammer for Ukulele’.
  • Singing: As four classically trained vocalists, Amber, Matthew, Emlyn and Jodie are excited to offer some classical techniques for folk singers.
  • Bluegrass Fiddle with Geoff Bridgland 
  • Banjo with Montz Matsumoto
  • Dobro with Leonard Cohen
  • Harmonica with Mij Tanith
  • South American music with Sally Millar & Jesse Hamilton
  • Bluegrass guitar with Andrew Clermont & Tim Bailey
  • Improvisation with Andrew Clermont
  • Stringed instrument building with Tim Wright
  • Creative thinking & writing with Caz Williams

2020 Festival line-up

The show can’t go on sadly.  A big thank you to all who applied to play this year and to our wonderful line-up. Bring on 2021!

Montz Matsumoto
The Borderers
Nice Verdes
The Memphis Suns

Ned Wright
The Cherrypickers

Miss Ohio
Tennessee Travels: Jodie & Emlyn O’Regan with Matthew Lykos & Amber Evans
Crooked Road
Bluegrass Junction
Andrew Clermont’s Supper Club
Apocalyptic Breakdown

Get involved!

There are a variety of ways to participate in the festival.

  • Apply to play on the program
  • Bring your instrument/s and play at one of the walk-up stages
  • Join in the hosted sessions
  • Attend an instrumental or vocal workshop
  • Run a workshop
  • Jam around the fire-pits
  • Come to watch and listen as part of the audience
  • Volunteer on the festival crew; six hours of service = one free festival ticket!

Book accommodation at Wirrina

Please contact Wirrina Cove Holiday Park directly for any refunds fro the 2020 Festival. They have a lot to process so a little patience will be needed.

Reducing waste at Wirrina

We ask patrons to spare a thought for the environment and the volunteers who clean up after the festival. Thank you for helping us to reduce the rubbish. Lets keep up the great effort in 2020!  Reduce, reuse, recycle. 


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