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The Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Roots Festival website

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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Today is the day! The weather promises to be beautiful, the Festival Program is fabulous, and the company will be great. Join us for the weekend, an evening, or a day of great music, jamming, workshops, and all the fun of the Festival!

 

We start today, Friday 22 November at 5 pm, kicking off with Slim Dime and the Prairie Kings. They will open for us with their  their energetic Old Timey Swing. Stay in the Marquee throughout the evening for a wonderful selection performers in the festival’s acoustic roots concert. Stay on for Andrew Clermont’s Suppler Club where you will experience musicianship of an exceptional quality.

Saturday morning gets going with some excellent workshops to attend. Throughout the day there will be led-sessions under the verandah, performances in the Marquee, open-mic opportunities in the Blackboard tent, more workshops in the Woolshed and jamming everywhere! The evening brings us the Bluegrass Concert in the Marquee. With some old favourites and some exciting new (to Wirrina) bands this evening promises a world-standard of Bluegrass performances. The evening concludes with the Supper Club Unplugged—don’t miss this one! And then, take your instruments over to the verandah area for jamming into the wee hours.

Sunday morning—after at least one coffee—take yourself over to the Marquee and make amends for your sins the night before with some soothing Gospel singing led by Rev Rowdy and friends. Then it’s more workshops, a great line-up of performances in the Marquee, and jamming. (There’s always jamming at Wirrina!)

Food, coffee and other beverages will be available to purchase at the kiosk.


Announcing the 2019 Festival line-up!

The committee are excited to announce the 2019 Festival line-up! And here it is…

  • Bluegrass—Made In Taiwan (SA, Vic, Canada, Bluegrass)
  • The Borderers (Adelaide, Celtic Rock)
  • The Cherry Pickers (Adelaide, Bluegrass)
  • Backwater (Victoria, Bluegrass)
  • Bluegrass Junction (Adelaide, Bluegrass)
  • Craig Woodward & the Flying Engine Trio (Melbourne, Old Timey Band)
  • William Alexander & Cat Moser (NSW, Folk/Western)
  • Slim Dime & the Prairie Kings (Victoria, Old Time Western Swing )
  • Nobody’s Sweethearts (Adelaide, Western Swing)
  • Jen Lush & Tara Coates (Adelaide singer songwriters)
  • The Henk Groot Trio (SA, singer songwriter)
  • Wolfe & Thorn (Tasmania, Folk, Dixie, Gypsy Jazz)

Read about the 2019 performers here.

Calling all volunteers!

As this festival is put on by volunteers, we really do need people to help out. If you’ve enjoyed previous festivals, how about lending a hand to take the weight off the shoulders of the few who do so much? We need people to help with publicity and marketing at the moment. And at the festival there will be many opportunities to help. Visit the Volunteers page for further information or phone our friendly volunteer co-ordinator, Alex Abbott  m: 0408 509 283.

Put the dates on your calendar: November 22 to 24, 2019.


Wirrina Cove Holiday Park accommodation

Accommodation at the Wirrina Cove Holiday Park — which is the venue for the festival— needs to be booked separately to festival tickets. There are powered and unpowered caravan and tent sites and a limited number of cabins available. Bookings for accommodation must be made via their online booking system. Wirrina Cove Holiday Park.

Tickets are now on sale!

Please book your festival tickets online via the Humanitix website. Should you encounter any problems with placing your order, please try using a different web browser. (An earlier bug in the system has now been fixed but just in case…)

Tickets can also be purchased at the ticket and info booth when you arrive at the festival.

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

Book your Wirrina Cove Holiday Park accommodation via their online booking system. Festival tickets DO NOT include accommodation.

Reducing waste at Wirrina

In 2017 we asked 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 2019!  Reduce, reuse, recycle. 

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Book tickets

Weekend passes:
Adults:
$85.00 Youth (13–17): $30

Friday:
Adults:
$30.00 Youth: $15

Saturday:
Adults:
$50.00 Youth: $25

Sunday:
Adults:
$30.00 Youth: $15

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