The 2022 Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival was a blast! So many fabulously varied performances and many people came along to join in the fun. The 2023 Festival is already beginning to take shape. Mark the dates on your calendar—the last weekend of November. So that’s Friday November 24 to Sunday November 26. The festival is an annual gathering for people to hear, play and share acoustic music from the Bluegrass, Old Time, Acoustic Roots 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.
2023 Festival dates: Fri Nov 24 to Sun Nov 26
Applications to play at the Festival in 2023 are now closed.
Thank you to everyone who applied to play. We are still in the process of finalising the line-up.
Ticket sales for the 2023 Wirrina Festival are now open
After the success of the Wirrina Music Camp in 2022, we are now well into the planning for the Wirrina Music Camp 2023!
For $285, come along and participate in tutoring for a range of instruments over the three days leading up to the Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Roots Festival. We have a number of tutors already booked including the members of the Foghorn String Band, from Canada and the USA. They will also be a featured act at the Festival. Check them out here!
Watch this space for info about more tutors.
Interested? Please send us an email to express your interest in attending the camp: [email protected]
Announcing more performers for the 2023 Festival
The committee members have been working our way though the impressive list of applicants for the year’s Festival. We are excited to announce that the first performers have been booked—with more to come in the next weeks. As well as the Foghorn String Band from Canada and USA we have:
The High Street Drifters
Vetter Og Villska
The Foghorn String Band
The Foghorn String Band, from Canada and USA, are coming our way in November! Not only will they be playing at the 2023 Festival, they will also be tutoring at the Wirrina Music Camp 2023, in the three days leading up to the Festival. From their website:
The Foghorn Stringband is the present day gold standard for real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over 15 years of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of roots musicians following their lead … The Foghorn Stringband is comprised four master performers and historians: Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle) – From Orcas Island, Washington; Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar) – From rural Farmer, Washington; Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) – From the Gaspé Coast, Eastern Quebec; Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo) – From Minneapolis, Minnesota. Each member of Foghorn Stringband exemplifies the best of the roots music traditions from their respective native cultures … In performance, Foghorn Stringband gather around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon.
There are a variety of ways to participate in the festival.
Apply to play on the program
Bring your instrument/s and play at the black-board tent
Join in the hosted sessions
Attend an instrumental or vocal workshop
Run a workshop
Jam in the session area
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 go to the Wirrina Cove Holiday Park website to book your accommodation for the Festival—camping, caravans, and cabins available. www.wirrinacoveholidaypark.com.au
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 2023! Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Yes, there will be ‘merch’ in 2023! We love it when you buy from us because it all goes towards running the Festival. Details to be announced.