2023 Festival

Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Roots Festival

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The Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Roots Festival

TODAY is the day!

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.

It’s all looking good for a great weekend! 

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Festival dates: Fri Nov 24 to Sun Nov 26

Book accomodation at Wirrina separately.
Go to: www.wirrinacoveholidaypark.com.au

The 2023 Festival Program is now online

Sorry for the delay— we’ve had some website bugs.

We are excited to announce the
Wirrina Young Musicians’ Award

For singing and instrumental performance in Bluegrass, Old Time and String Band acoustic traditions, at the Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Roots Festival, 2023.

Saturday Nov 25,
12.45 pm

First Prize: $250
plus other prizes

The details:

  • For young musicians, 17 years and under
  • Prizes in 2 sections— vocal and instrumental.
  • Instruments played are to be acoustic stringed instruments
  • Each competitor is allowed one accompanist (any age, playing acoustic stringed instrument)
  • Songs and tunes should come from Bluegrass or Old Time or String Band styles
  • Songs and tunes must be performed from memory.
  • Each competitor may perform one song or instrumental tune
  • $10 cash entry on the day before competing
  • Register in advance or turn up on the day. Limited places available
  • Entries & enquiries by email: [email protected]

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:

Gleny Rae
Andrew Clermont
Paul Cooper
Sally Carter
Tony O’Rourke

(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.)

Interested? Read more…
Please send us an email to express your interest in attending the camp: [email protected]


Listen in to our very own radio show!

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.

Wirrina Cove sign

Performers for the 2023 Festival

  • Foghorn String Band
  • Tony O’Rourke
  • Green Fieldz
  • The High Street Drifters
  • McHarg Creek
  • Bluegrass Junction
  • Crooked Road
  • Andrew Clermont
  • Kate Battersby
  • Vetter og villskap
  • The Cherry Pickers
  • Gleny Rae
  • The Adelaide Scottish Fiddle Club

The Foghorn String Band

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 pits after 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.

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.

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. 


Festival merchandise

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.

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