It’s a hive of activity onsite at Wirrina this morning—the stage has just arrived, Foghorn String Band will shortly be starting their 4 hour Master Class, the ‘Merch’ van/tent is being set up, and people are emerging from tents/vans after a blissfully wind-free night.
The weather: The gale force winds were a tad challenging for a few days but it’s lovely and calm now. We can expect the odd shower but it’s really no big deal. The 2 x large marquees provide plenty of shelter around the main stage. Plus there’s the verandah and heaters. it will be cozy in the Session tents and the Open mic tent. When the clouds clear it’s quite warm. Wear layers! Maybe throw in a brolly, a hat, and a coat.
This award is made possible by the support of the SA Government Musical Development Office.
Wirrina Music Camp 2023
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 excellent tutors booked including:
(Please note that the Foghorn String Band are no longer able to join us for the music camp due to logistical challenges with their Australian tour, however, we will still see/hear them at the Festival.)
Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Roots Festival has its very own (temporary) radio show. Listen in as Thea and Maggie play tracks and talk about all things Bluegrass and give updates for the 2023 Festival.
When: Thursdays at 12 midday until the Festival.
Head to the Lofty Radio website or go to 88.9 Lofty Radio.
The Foghorn String Band, from Canada and USA, are coming our way in November! 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 will be many options for sessions and jamming over the Festival. So bring your instrument/s and join in the fun!
Irish/Celtic Sessions will be held in a dedicated marquee — look for the signs.
Bluegrass and Old Time sessions will be held in the kiosk.
Sessions of any style can be held in the Open Mic tent, the Workshop tent and around the fire pitsafter the end of programmed events each evening.
During performances …
Our performers come from far and wide and rehearse hard to play for Wirrina audiences. Please be aware that jamming, talking and other noise travels far, so we ask you to keep that in mind when near concerts on the main stage and open mic stage. Please turn mobile phones to silent, give your attention to the performers and move away from the stages for chatting and socialising— there is plenty of space for this that won’t disrupt concerts.
Many thanks for being mindful.
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.