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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.

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Days

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

Schedule


Friday 13th October 2017
6.30pm - 11.30pm
Bush Dance & Country Spit Roast Dinner
Venue: 2970 Heidelberg‐Kinglake Road, KINGLAKE

8.30pm-11.00pm
Cabaret Concert
Venue: Lawson’s Restaurant Kinglake Pub

Saturday 14th October 207
10.00am - 2.00pm
Interactive Music Workshops
Venue: Various

11.00am-1.00pm
Morning Newgrass Concert
Venue: Main Marquee, 28 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Kinglake 3763

1.00pm – 2.00pm
Foggy Mountain Beard Competition
Venue: Main Marquee, 28 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Kinglake 3763

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

Sunday 15th October 2017
10.00am-11.00am
Gospel Concert
Venue: Kinglake Ranges Community Concert

11.00am-12.30pm
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

Artists


If you are interested in performing at the festival, please click on the link below. Online application form will open up in new tab. FMBF Performer Application

  • 10 String Symphony

    One Up, Two Down

    Cool Grass

  • Pipi Pickers

    Astro Cobalt

    Haywood Billy Goats

  • Nine Mile Creek

10 String Symphony
Nashville duo 10 String Symphony began as a partnership of mutual admiration­­ a much needed creative release valve for Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, two 5­string fiddle players and veteran sidemen of Nashville’s music scene. Rachel, a former Illinois state fiddle champion in the old time tradition, needed an outlet for the new sort of songs she was writing, while Christian, originally a classically trained violinist, now a current touring member of the Jerry Douglas Band, was looking to get in touch the impetuous spirit of the rock bands he played in before his arrival in Nashville. With the love of the 5­string fiddle and its musical possibilities as its focal point, the band’s mission statement was as clear as it was expansive: Two fiddles. Two Voices. Epic music.
One Up, Two Down
One Up, Two Down hail from three countries joined by the Pacific Ocean. Fiddler George Jackson and guitarist Daniel Watkins, from New Zealand and Australia respectively, are back to back winners of the Australian Bluegrass Scholarship ('12, '13) and veteran touring musicians in the Australian bluegrass scene. Together with North Carolinian old time multi-instrumentalist and Yale School of Music trained (MM '13) double bassist Andrew Small, they bring together raw old-time groove, bluegrass dexterity, and folk storytelling. The music showcases a deep knowledge and respect for tradition while simultaneously establishing these musicians as boundary pushing musical explorers. No barrier is too great to stand between musicians with a powerful musical connection and One Up, Two Down is a perfect example of music bringing people together. They have recently released their debut EP, recorded in Nashville, TN.
Cool Grass
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).
Pipi Pickers
When you just need that sweet Bluegrass sound, the Pipis won’t disappoint. Heavily influenced by New Grass Revival and Tim O’Brien, the four piece bluegrass band. The Pipis rejoice in laying down their energetic, contemporary, “full-bodied” style of bluegrass. Hailing from the seaside village of Leigh in New Zealand, they have played the main stage at the Auckland Folk Festival, Wellington Folk Festival, Warkworth Kowhai Festival, Harrietville Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Convention the Great Alpine Pick, and MountainGrass, all in Harrietville, Victoria, Australia, and the Redlands Bluegrass Festival in Queensland, Australia.  They’re a regular feature at the Bunker in Devonport, playing for both the Folk and Bluegrass clubs. The Pipis are Barry Torkington on guitar, Garry Bigwood on mandolin, guitar and vocals, Nat Torkington on 5 string banjo, and Jenine Abarbanel on double bass and vocals.  Jenine’s strong leading vocals have been compared to Natalie Merchant and Gillian Welch.  Nat Torkington is considered one of the best Scruggs-style 5-string banjo pickers in New Zealand, and his licks will blow your mind. .
Astro Cobalt
Take four highly trained musicians, add addiction to bluegrass, a passion for contemporary music, traditional music and all good music generally and what do you get? Astro Cobalt! Coming to you from between the churches of Adelaide, this band are tuned up and ready to roll, Banjo Style! Band members: Jeri Foreman - Fiddle, Paul Cooper - Banjo, Gage Stead - Bass, Doug Loudon - Guitar .[
Haywood Billy Goats
An old time string band out of Chatham County, NC, the Haywood Billy Goats have become one of the most respected string bands in theNorth Carolina old time music scene. Their tight, hard-driving sound and repertoire of traditional NC dance music has earned the band top finishes in a number of reputable string band contests throughout the region as well as numerous ribbons for twin fiddling. Members of the group have won blue ribbons at prestigious contests such as the Mt. Airy, Union Grove, and Fiddler’s Grove Festivals as well as a first place finish at the 2015 Australian National Bluegrass Mandolin Championship. In addition to being in demand as a square-dance band across North Carolina, the Haywood Billy Goats have played for dance contests at various festivals throughout the region and have performed with legendary NC dance ensemble, the Green Grass Cloggers. Holding great appreciation for older-generation musicians in the traditional music community,the Billy Goats have spent considerable time playing with and learning from many respected old time musicians from the Round Peak and Piedmont regions of North Carolina. Members of the Billy Goats have also performed with Sierra Hull, Ricky Skaggs, Jim Lauderdale, Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass, and Mandolin Orange.
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 Kevin'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. Mark Pottenger and Andrew Barcham were keen to continue the experience they'd had playing in previous bands, and with Colin Weight on banjo formed a trio that performed at the Kelly Country Pick in 2012. Kevin Parsell completed the line up and Nine Mile Creek was born. The band is building a strong repertoire and is a regular contributor to the Mountain Pickers Association's monthly night at Burrinja Café in Upwey. In 2013 they performed at the Great Alpine Pick in Harrietville, closely followed by a support slot for New Zealand band The Pipi Pickers. They also perform at non-Bluegrass events, introducing the joys of Bluegrass music to enthused audiences. Expect Nine Mile Creek to become regular performers at Bluegrass and other music festivals and events, as they entertain audiences with their special blend of hi-octane traditional and original material.

TICKET PRICES & TICETEBO DETAILS


    • $70

    • Weekend Pass

    • Adult

      Friday, Saturday & Sunday
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    • $50

    • Weekend Pass

    • Youth 12-17

      Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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    • $35

    • Bushdance

    • Adult

      Friday Night (incl. Dinner)

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    • $20

    • Bushdance

    • Child U12

      Friday Night incl. dinner

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    • $45

    • Saturday Pass

    • Adult/span>

      Bluegrass Concert

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    • $25

    • Saturday Pass

    • Youth 12-17

      Bluegrass Concert

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Festival Coordinator Contact:


Sarah Macdonald
Mobile: 0409 028 511
Email: sarahcraigmac@gmail.com

Performers Contact:

Mark Pottenger
Mobile: 0418 171 569
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