G’day and Welcome

Loyal fans of the Guildford Banjo Jamboree – and new visitors – will be pleased to know that the 13th Jamboree is now only weeks away – the weekend of September 16th to 18th. If you haven’t attended before, Guildford is a small settlement in Central Victoria, Australia, around 12km south of Castlemaine, and 25km north of Daylesford. It was set up in 2004 to celebrate and highlight the banjo. its forms and its music. To find out more about the Jamboree, please click here (the About link on the menu bar).

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great response – the program is full

We have been able to line up a terrific array of talent for all our concerts, and the workshops promise to deliver knowledge in spades!

ARTISTS INCLUDE: Angie and the Doc, Appalachian Heaven, Backwater Bluegrass Band, The Duck Downpickers, Fat Chance, The Flying Engine String Band, Hillbilly Kitchen, John Boothroyd, The Moonlighting Jug Band, Moosejaw Rifle Club, Nice Boy Tom, Simon Carroll, The Snowy Mountain Ramblers, The Southern Bluegrass Band, and the Stetson Family. Watch this space for changes and additions.

WORKSHOP PRESENTERS INCLUDE: Brent Davey, Chris Ryan, Craig Woodward, Gus McMillan, Ian Alexander, Jim Golding, Mark “Chips” Wardle, Neil Barr, Richard MacEwan, and Tony O’Rourke.

SATURDAY FAMILY SHOW: A great hit last year, the mob from Gippsland are again bringing Banjo Bear, Hay-Lo the Scarecrow, and a host of characters, songs, tunes, dances and games to the hotel beer garden on Saturday morning from 10.15 to 11.15. This is a free show.

SATURDAY NIGHT FAMILY DANCE: Saturday night, 7.30 to 10.30pm in the Public Hall.

SUNDAY GOSPEL SINGALONG: 9.30 to 10.30 am. Led once again by “Dancing with the Angels”

CHALKBOARD CONCERTS: Always great fun – performance spots available to anyone who has purchased a session, day or weekend pass. This year, FRIDAY night will be free, but SUNDAY lunchtime in the Stables will be a ticketed event. Sign-up sheets will be in the Public Hall where the ticket selling is located.

AWARDS: Check the Programming link for details.

FULL PROGRAM with times: will be available on the Performers link and the Programming link very soon.


volunteers still invited (and needed)

Volunteers are the life blood of the Jamboree. Click in the Volunteer link on the website to download a pdf of the Volunteer Call Sheet. We need about 140 volunteers to cover all areas of set-up, operation and pack-up. Three hours or more of labour will earn you a weekend pass.

Thanks to those folk who have already offered assistance in a number of areas. A huge CHEER for Gael Shannon for taking on the demanding role of Volunteers Coordinator. And many thanks to retiring coordinator Beverley Hope, who did a magnifident job in the role over the past two years.


organising team news

It’s been very encouraging, after the Jamboree almost didn’t happen this year, to have some new folk come on board and offer assistance. I have mentioned Gael Shannon (Volunteers); Jeremy Furze has offered skills in financial management, John Hannah in performer liaison, Jane Harding and Kenny Joe Blake (planning and labour force), John Ross (website). Others have offered considerable time and skills in a variety of areas. Our continuing committee members are : Jeanette Gillespie (Chairperson and Programmer), Seamus Curtain-Magee (Secretary, Marvin Smith and Shane Samson (outdoor management and logistics), Jasmine McDonald (Merchandise), Alan Joyce (hotel liaison), Mark Wardle and Lauren Lee Williams (planning and labour force). (Sorry if I’ve missed someone!). HEAPS of THANKS to last year’s committee members who have not returned this year: Chris Allen, Beverley Hope and Paul Fitness.


Jeanette Gillespie (Committee Chairperson).
Email: info@banjojamboree.org Phone: 03 5473 4201 / 0414 732 667
Mail: PO Box 41 Guildford Vic 3451

More news to come – watch this site!

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