2022 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.

Festival News

Festival dates: Nov. 25–27, 2022

Hello dear Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Roots Festival community!
An update from us here at Committee Central (AKA local cafe great coffee!)
We are well into the planning for our 2022 Festival and we have some terrific performers who have applied to play. Announcements about them will be happening as they are confirmed. Applications to play this year are closing soon but if you are keen, we will keep looking at any which come into us before July 30.
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Wirrina Music Camp 2022

We have some exciting news for you—this year we will be running a three day music camp at Wirrina prior to the Festival!

The camp will feature group tuition and activities over the three days. At the core of the camp will be workshops and tuition run by the American trio Smith Allen & Peterson. Beverly Smith, Kellie Allen, and Pete Peterson, award-winning players of Old-Time Music, have combined their talents to visit us in Australia. Beverly (fiddle, guitar, mandolin), Kellie (guitar, bass, mandolin) & Pete (banjo, guitar, autoharp) will spend a month or so travelling on the East Coast before coming to South Australia. They all have extensive teaching experience in the USA, where music camps are very popular.

Other tutors likely to be engaged if we get enough committed numbers—subject to demand. We hope to cover the range of string band instruments and multiple styles to have something for everyone. The workshops will include instrument-specific instruction to help you improve your playing, as well as some ‘themed’ classes (e.g., Carter Family style), and a class in songwriting.

CAMP DATES: Tuesday Nov 22 to Thursday Nov 24 (arrive Monday 21for those staying on site).

LOCATION: Wirrina Cove Holiday Park (same as festival). Camping (powered/unpowered) and some cabins available; resort rooms up the hill if you prefer hotel-style accommodation.

COST: $280 which covers all group tuition and activities over the 3 days. That’s less than $50 per half day (or lesson).  Accommodation is to be booked separately. Catered dinners be available at extra cost with more information closer to time.

WE ARE TAKING EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST NOW: Please email [email protected] to put your name down. Tell us what instrument(s) you play and approximate ability/experience. Make sure you write ‘Camp’ in the subject line!

CUT OFF DATE for withdrawal and payment due in full by the end of September. (We need to assure our tutors that they will be paid!)

MORE INFORMATION will be coming out regarding payments and details of program over the next few weeks, but if you’re interested in attending, please check your calendars now.

Wirrina Music Camp Tickets now available

Please email [email protected] to register your interest. To pay your $50 nonrefundable deposit or purchase tickets go to:

Camp Tickets here

Bring to the Festival…

This year we encourage you to bring along your favourite camping/deck chair and/or a picnic rug to sit on. There will be some seating available but BYO to set up your spot in front of the stage. And remember these as well:

  • face masks
  • sun hat
  • sun screen cream
  • warm coats, beanies etc for night time
  • cool and warm clothes (the weather can be changeable)
  • water bottles
  • ‘keep cups’ for coffee/tea
  • and of course, instruments, to join in workshops and sessions.

The Festival line-up is taking shape…

We can now begin announcing the performers we have (so far) booked for the 2022 Festival. We are talking with a number of additional groups and solo performers and should be able to announce these in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, here are a few ‘booked’ performers to whet your appetite. It’s looking very good!

  • Smith, Allen and Peterson (from the USA)
  • Dave Diprose Trio
  • Blue Guru —with Andrew Clermont
  • The Burning Bridges
  • South Season
  • Gwyn Ashton
  • Crooked Road
  • Bluegrass Junction
  • The Cherry Pickers, and
  • Bluegrass Quartet.

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 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 2021!  Reduce, reuse, recycle. 

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Festival merchandise

Yes, there will be ‘merch’ in 2022! We love it when you buy from us because it all goes towards running the Festival. Details to be announced.

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