Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival

The Festival

We warmly welcome music lovers of all ages to the picturesque Kinglake Ranges for the Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival 13th, 14th & 15th October 2017. This intimate celebration of Bluegrass music is set to feature some of Australia's best Bluegrass musicians and International acts as well as the best country hospitality our region has to offer. Attendees will be treated to a toe-tapping Hoedown Bush Dance; Bluegrass concerts Friday, Saturday & Sunday, musical workshops, Gospel and community concerts, jam sessions at all hours and many great activities. Don’t miss a weekend full of great atmosphere, country hospitality and unique musical riches.



Bluegrass concerts, Hoedown Bush Dance, Musical workshops, Gospel and community concerts, Jam sessions at all hours and many great activities


Friday 13th October 2017
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Bush Dance & Country Spit Roast Dinner
Venue: 2970 Heidelberg‐Kinglake Road, KINGLAKE

Cabaret Concert
Venue: Lawson’s Restaurant Kinglake Pub

Saturday 14th October 207
9.30am - 12.30pm
Interactive Music Workshops
Venue: Various

Morning Newgrass Concert
Venue: Main Marquee, 28 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Kinglake 3763

Chalkboard Concert
Venue: Kinglake Bakery

This is open to any musicians, solo or bands, amateur or professional. All audio equipment and stage will be provided.

2.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue: Main Marquee, 28 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Kinglake 3763

Registrations for the 2017 Foggy Mountain Beard Competition will be taken at the Beard Booth (at the Main Marquee) from 2pm – 5pm, with the winner announced at 7pm.

Sunday 15th October 2017
Gospel Concert
Venue: Kinglake Ranges Community Concert

Community Concert
Venue: Main Marquee, 28 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Kinglake 3763

1.30pm- 4.00pm
Afternoon Newgrass Concert
Venue: Main Marquee, 28 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Kinglake 3763

2017 Artists

  • Appalachian Heaven StringBand



  • Clandestiny

    Davidson Brothers

    Great Aunt

  • Savannah Rose

    Slim Dime

    Strzelecki Stringbusters

  • The Burning Bridges

    The Knott Family Band

    The Stetson Family

  • Ukes Djour

    Nine Mile Creek

    New Macedon Rangers

  • Coolgrass

    The Kissin’ Cousins

Appalachian Heaven StringBand

The best old-time/Americana band in Australia right now; with their trademark three part harmony, chunky, yet mesmeric guitar, fiery fiddle, haunting cello, and driving clawhammer banjo, the Appalachian Heaven StringBand engages with audiences of all ages.

This band aims to share their enjoyment in playing traditional, contemporary tunes, original ballads and fiery dance tunes; this band loves to entertain and interact with audiences.

Australia's finest tribute to to the old-time mountain music of Appalachia and brilliant exponents of authentic Americana presented with energy and style.


Traditional Bluegrass

Rob Lewis – Guitar : previously with Last Gasp (1975) Dr Fosters (1980) and Snowy Mtn Ramblers

Mick Harrison – Banjo - previously with Hard Drive and Bluestone Junction

Andrea Calwell – double bass - co-hosted Meredith Jam camps and plays with Just Add Moonshine.

Mark Pottenger – mandolin - 9 Mile Creek


Band out of Victoria with its members having roots in Bluegrass, Oldtimey, Celtic and Rock and Roll music. When it's Bluegrass, we stick to the traditions of the single microphone scrum and sound. From new grass to old time its always a good time with Brucellosis. In fact we're infectious.


Clandestiny are possibly the most experienced Bush Dance / Ceilidh band in Australia, with all three members having played professionally since the late 1970's. Peter, Maggie and Evan between them play accordion, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and double bass.

And rare in any band, all three members are expert dance callers, teaching the steps and movements with humour and confidence to audiences who have danced a lot, or audiences enjoying their first night of Bush / Ceilidh dancing. Ceilidh by the way is the term used in Ireland and Scotland for a dance / party, and indeed Clandestiny is a band frequently chosen for Scottish Ceilidhs in Melbourne, as well as for Colonial Balls. So no prior dancing experience is needed to have a fun night of dancing - the only prerequisites are a willingness to have a good time, and some energy to burn!

If there happen to be any lulls through the night while the dancers catch their breath, they will be filled with Clandestiny's renditions of favourite Australian and country sing along songs. Don't miss a great night!

Davidson Brothers

Hamish and Lachlan Davidson grew up in the rural Victorian town of Yinnar. Raised in a musical family, the brothers began playing music and performing from a young age. With seven albums under their belt, they have built the reputation of being one of Australia’s hottest bluegrass acts – multi instrumentalists on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and great entertainers with an enormous respect for the traditions of the genre.

Australian Country Music Award winners in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and Group of the Year at the 2010 Australian Independent Country Music Awards, Hamish and Lachlan Davidson are “the best young bluegrass pickers we have seen for a long while in Australia and a very exciting live act,” according to Troy Cassar-Daley.

In recent years, the Davidson Brothers have toured extensively throughout Australia and America, which included representing Australia at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in the USA in 2004 and 2009. In June 2011, the brothers completed their first European tour and performed at the 2011 European World of Bluegrass in the Netherlands.

Great Aunt
Great Aunt is a soulful Americana duo that will, in the best traditions of roots, bluegrass, gospel, and folk music - make you wanna stomp, clap, and shout to the sky with rejoice
Savannah Rose
Savannah Rose perform with honeyed harmonies and pure simplicity that harks back to mountain traditions and days long gone. Their music nestles between folk, country and bluegrass in the style of the Carter Family, or Emmylou Harris. Savannah Rose thrive on entertaining audiences with their stories, humour, commentary and songs.
Slim Dime
Slim Dime are an acoustic folk duo. Their music is contemporary and urban, but woven through with the simplicity and space of old time mountain music. Listen close: you can hear fog soaked valleys, mountain ash forests and the grit of gravel road. Their music is new but sounds as though it's always existed somewhere on a mountaintop.
Strzelecki Stringbusters

The 14 piece Strzelecki Stringbusters combine elements of Ole Time Country & Bluegrass with humour, audience participation and boundless enthusiasm to create a “good natured musical riot”.

An exhilarating and memorable musical experience is assured with The Stringbusters on board…and be ready to join in and sing along!

The Burning Bridges
The Burning Bridges repertoire ranges from bluegrass, old time and acoustic blues by artists such as the Carter family, Delmores, Louvins, Stanley Brothers and some originals. High lonesome harmonies, supported by banjo, guitar, double bass and mandolin. They have a brand new album out soon which will be launched at the festival.
The Knott Family Band
The Knott Family Band are four Melbourne musicians who play a finely curated selection of originals and bluegrass classics that reflect both traditional and contemporary influences.
The Stetson Family
With their latest album True North breaking out of Australia and onto US Americana charts, The Stetson Family will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary in 2017. Champions of fresh bluegrass with a bedraggled soul of rock and roots, their spirited, lush harmonies and free-wheelin' style take the audience down life’s joyous and sometimes crooked highway.
Ukes Djour

Ukes DJour are a bunch of ukulele crazed musos from the Coast near Geelong. Our Crew love playing music together and sharing our fun interactive performances with whoever will listen. Feet wont stop tapping and the smile won't leave your face with the music that includes bouncy old style swing with a mx of Bluegrass /Jug and Jazz. Not only ukuleles ! Our sound explodes with Banjos, Double Bass, Guitar, Trumpet, Washboards, Harmonicas, Percussion and Jug. Look out for our dancing Limberback doll - Lucielle!

Ukes DJour have strutted their stuff at Maldon Music festival where we have a regular Saturday night Playalong/Singalong, Anglesea Music Festival, St Kilda's busking festival, Ballarat busking festival where we voted by the Community Favourite award, Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Ukulele Festival to rave reviews. Our Street Performances are a guaranteed Crowd Pleaser. Our Ukulele Workshops aim to get beginners playing music and the more experienced to play in a big Jam session. Turning more people into Ukulele crazed musos!

Nine Mile Creek
Nine Mile Creek is a Bluegrass band playing traditional and original Bluegrass, Swing and Americana. Long time fans of the bluegrass genre and those appreciating the joys of good acoustic music are enthusiastically discovering Nine Mile Creek's fresh approach. Full-on up tempo rhythms underpinned by Andrew's bass and Doug's guitar are a feature of the band's sound. This provides a platform from where Colin's banjo brings traditional bluegrass tunes to life, all nicely rounded out by Mark's mandolin playing. Lead vocal duties are shared, and two, three and four part harmonies make for an exciting, toe-tapping musical experience.
New Macedon Rangers
Presenting a range of traditional dance music from North Carolina and Virginia to mountain ballads and early country songs, the New Macedon Rangers effect an atmosphere that harkens back to a time when music was a social event shared in homes, bringing people together over ancient melodies and compelling rhythms. Stirring vocal harmonies and driving instrumentals tap into the essence of traditional mountain music while original tunes and songs move the tradition forward. Winners of the old time band contest at the 2017 Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention in Chatham County, NC, the versatile duo has also won blue ribbons for fiddle, banjo, and folk singing as well as the 2015 Australian National Bluegrass Mandolin Championship.
Coolgrass win and delight audiences with their hilarious take on bluegrass, and are favourites throughout Australia and New Zealand. They have been featured at Australia’s National Folk Festival, the Auckland Folk Festival, Port Fairy, the Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, the Redlands Bluegrass Festival, the Fairbridge Folk Festival, the Tamworth Music Festival and many more, plus many folk clubs, wineries, town halls, arts councils, pubs and so forth across Australia and New Zealand. They have recorded 4 CDs – Toad Rage (2004), Jaguar Breakdown (2006), Never Put The Banjo Down (2009) and Most Peculiar (2012).
The Kissin’ Cousins
Live and stomping, The Kissin Cousins bring a fresh, youthful Australian sound to traditional American bluegrass and Old-time music. Hard-driving banjo, melodic harmonies, twin fiddles and a hole-lotta banter makes The Cousins are festival favourites all over the East Coast of Australia. The Cousins bring to life traditional bluegrass and old-time music with an Australian twist from hard-hitting banjo and volcanic mandolin, to sweet 4 part harmonies and ballads. A set from the Kissin Cousins includes two part fiddles, vocal harmonies, some completely random banter, Scruggly banjo and a driven grassy blur. The gig you can kick up your heels to but still bring your mum along!


    • $20-$75

    • Weekend Pass

    • Adult


      (age 12 to 17)


      Under 12

      Friday, Saturday & Sunday
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    • $20-$40

    • Bushdance

    • Adult


      (age 12 to 17)


      Under 12

      Friday Night (incl. Dinner)
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    • $15-40

    • Saturday Pass

    • Adult


      (age 12 to 17)


      Under 12

      Bluegrass Concert
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    • $25

    • Cabaret Concert

    • Adult

      Friday Night Cabaret Concert
      8.30pm – 11.00pm
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    • FREE*

    • Sat Workshops

    • All Ages

      (under 18, parental permission or supervision required)
      *Included in Weekend or Saturday Pass
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    • $20

    • Beard Competition

    • All proceeds go to
      White Ribbon Australia
      Saturday 7pm
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Festival Coordinator Contact:

Sarah Macdonald
Mobile: 0409 028 511
Email: info@fmbluegrass.com.au

Performer Contact

Mark Pottenger
Mobile:  0427 411 157
Email: mpotteng@bigpond.net.au

Accommodation Contact:

Brad Quilliam
Mobile: 0488 998 338
Email: bradquilliam@gmail.com

School Song Writing Contact:

David Carter
Mobile: 0416 075 638
Email: info@carter-carter.com