2021 Festival

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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.

Festival News

Tickets now on sale!

Festival dates: Nov. 26–28, 2021

Grab your tickets via our online booking system now! Ticket prices are listed here: Tickets 2021.
Please note that Wirrina Festival tickets do not include camping or other accomodation fees. Book your accommodation separately via the Wirrina Cove Holiday Park website. You will need to use the code: bluegrass2021.
If you prefer to stay off -site, enquire at local Real Estate agents for options or check out Fleurieu Peninsular Holiday Rentals.

Updates

Well folks, Wirrina 2021 is rapidly drawing closer! We have an exciting line-up of performances, workshops and led sessions awaiting you. Read about the Performers. Check out the Program. The black-board stage will be up and running—so bring along your instruments and voices. If you are yet to book your tickets, it’s time to get onto it. Go to the tickets page.

Friday night special event!

A very special event will be happening during the Friday night concert. It involves a certain Andrew Clermont, who is well known to Festival patrons. (He’s that tall fella with the hats who plays everything brilliantly and is our sound engineer on the main stage!) Be sure to be there to witness and applaud.

Festival grounds

There will be a few changes to the set up of the Festival this year. This is in part due to the need to keep the Festival a largely outdoors event—due to the COVID situation. Expect it to look a little different, but there will still be all the features of past festivals that you are accustomed to; excellent performances on the main stage, the black-board tent for all of we ‘walk-ups’ to play, jamming and sessions tent (all day and maybe all night!), workshops led by highly skilled musicians and other performers, great coffee, food, and drinks at the kiosk, led sessionsand performer’s CD sales. This will all happen at the Wirrina Cove Holiday Park. We are eternally grateful to our hosts, Holly and Ben.

COVID plans

We can run the Festival this year by meeting certain conditions. The main one, as mentioned above, is that we need to keep the event outdoors. So, three sides of the main stage marquee will be rolled up; the same with other tents and shelters. This is considered ‘outside’ for COVID purposes.

We ask everyone to be mindful of your responsibility to protect yourselves and others by:

    • wearing face masks in all indoor areas—kiosk, toilets, wool-shed
    • maintaining social distancing where possible
    • using the hygiene stations
    • signing in with the Festival QR code or sign-in sheet at the kiosk when you arrive.

COVID marshals will be on duty from early morning until late at night. Their job is to remind you of the COVID requirements. Please be cooperative and respectful with regard to any directions/reminders they give.

In response to a few queries, yes you can attend the Festival if you are not vaccinated for COVID. We do, however, encourage you to have a COVID test a few days beforehand to reassure yourself and us that you are safe to attend.

If you become unwell with any COVID symptoms (I think we all know what they are by now…) please do not attend the Festival. If you become unwell with any COVID symptoms whilst at the Festival, please go home and get a COVID test. We will reimburse the money for your ticket.

Let’s all enjoy a safe and respectful Festival. Download the Festival COVID requirements.

Workshops

We have some exciting workshops and sessions planned for the 2021 Festival. These include:

  • The South Australian Shanty Choir singing workshops
  • Ukulele with John Mansfield—Calypso and Rock ‘n Roll
  • The Scottish Fiddle Club
  • Irish Traditional Music with Pat Organ & Liam Flynn
  • Old Time session with Karina & Nara Demasson
  • Community Gospel Singing with Jodie, Emlyn & Matthew
  • Beginner Uke with Richard Tonkin
  • Banjo with Monz Matsumoto
  • Guitar with Andrew Clermont
  • Creative Minds with Caz Williams
  • How to make a band sound like a band—Crooked Road
  • Harmonica with Mij Tanith
  • Old time session with Geoff Bridgland & Ashley Turner
  • South American Music with Sally Miller & Jesse Hamilton
  • Scandi fiddle style & tunes with Ingrid Wangel
  • Finding your creativity: Instrument exploration & looping with Tim Bennett
  • Vocal techniques with Jodie, Emlyn & Matthew
  • Shortcuts to mandolin success with Andrew Clermont
  • Double stops for fiddle with Geoff Bridgland
  • Recorder with Chris Alway

Bring along your instruments and voices, join in the fun, and pick up some tips!

2021 Festival line-up

Monz Matsumoto / Andrew Clermont / Newbury Fog / Miss Ohio / Mark Curtis and the Flannelettes / Apocalyptic Breakdown / Bluegrass Junction / Crooked Road / Nice Verdes / The River Pearlers / The Scott Creek String Ensemble  / The Cherry Pickers /  The Scottish Fiddle Club / Jodie, Emlyn, Amber & Mathew / Ned Wright

Learn more about the 2021 Festival performers.

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.

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

This year we have new Festival merchandise for you to enjoy. And you’ll be helping to support the Festival to keep us running again next year. Please plan to buy a Festival cap, water bottle, or sticker—they’ll be very reasonably priced.  Thanks for your support!

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