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 almost upon us – 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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saturday sept 17th

THE SUN IS STILL SHINING, THE MOON IS FULL, WE ARE HERE AND IT’S WELL AND TRULY HAPPENING!!

Guildford town is buzzing.

We have a great camping block not far from town. Solid as a rock for all types of vehicles. Great views. Toilets on site. Well signposted. And we are running a SHUTTLE BUS at various intervals till late night.

Come and join us!!!

friday september 16th 2016

THE SUN HAS BEEN SHINING, THE MOON IS FULL, WE ARE HERE AND IT’S HAPPENING!!

The volunteer army’s fingers are starting to recover, and laughter and music is everywhere. Do come to Guildford and see us.

 

Latest update september 15th 2016

CRISIS EASED … RIVER RECEDING  … JAMBO IS FULL STEAM AHEAD!!

The River Reserve under water

The River Reserve under water

A veritable army of people have been working their fingers to the bone for two days now and set-up is almost complete. All the roads are open but though the River Reserve is now not under water, it is very boggy and one good rain would see the river over it again, so it will remain out of bounds. Still NO VEHICLES ON THE OVAL.

A number of alternative camping spots for vehicles, caravans, campers, mobile homes, etc have been arranged, as well as some B and B rooms and bungalows, etc, and all details will be at the Reception desk in the Public Hall from 4.30pm on Friday.

If you are arriving during Friday, see the volunteer on the oval gate and they will refer you to someone who can help. If you would like to pre-book a spot, you can phone me on 0414 732 667.

Two of the major areas we have procured are more than walking distance away, and if we can get the volunteer drivers, we will be operating some shuttles at various times of day on Saturday and Sunday between Newstead Racecourse, Pound Lane, and Guildford. Gold coin donation per trip. Otherwise, people will need to drive-share!

COULD YOU TAKE A SHIFT DRIVING THE TWELVE SEATER? I NEED TO KNOW BY MIDDAY FRIDAY. Phone as above.

I am sure we will all have a fine old time. Remember to always lock instruments, valuables and alcohol away as there are always, unfortunately, some unsavoury and opportunistic characters around who will take any chance to rip people off

But, it’s a goer, and, as one lovely local lady said: “I’m not the hugest fan of the music at the Banjo Jamboree, but it is vital to the survival of the school, the CFA, the Pub and the best General Store in the world, not to mention how much joy it brings to others in the town and how hard the committee have worked at it.”

 

 

SEPTEMBER 12TH 2016 …  ALERT …  ALERT …  ALERT … ALERT …  ALERT

BECAUSE OF THE WET CONDITIONS, NO VEHICLES WILL BE PERMITTED ON THE OVAL THIS YEAR. 

This has been a joint decision of the Cricket Club, the John Powell Reserve Committee and the Banjo Jamboree Committee based on the condition of the oval today, and the expected rainfall of the next few days. Tents, marquees, etc will be permitted, but campers must carry everything onto the oval and park offsite.

We realise this will be difficult and could make your visit more uncomfortable than it would have otherwise been, but we will still have toilet facilities and showers on the oval, as well as the two large session marquees which will have some lighting and heating, and some tables and chairs.

As I‘m sure most people understand, the oval is a valued Guildford community asset and is not a camp ground but a sports oval with a complex underground watering system. Cricket season begins only a couple of weeks after the Jamboree, and vehicles driving on the surface at the moment – and especially with the forecast rain over the next couple of days – would make the oval into a rutted quagmire. Some parts feel hard, but then you take a few steps and it’s really spongy and soggy in other parts.

We hope as many as possible will still come – even for a day trip – we particularly want to support the store, the pub and the CFA who will all really suffer if we have drastically reduced numbers as they have all invested a lot of money and time to prepare for the Jamboree. And of course the musicians need an audience and people to jam with!!

 

 

Good News For Telstra Mobile customers

Telstra turned on its transmitter above Guildford just a few weeks ago, so the town now has full Telstra mobile phone coverage. We do urge you however to make sure your mobiles are turned to Off or Silent in all concert venues!!

You are not so lucky if you are with Optus or another carrier – sorry, still no signal!

Programming

ARTISTS : Angie and the Doc, Appalachian Heaven, Cat and Clint, Cathy Burke, Dancing with the Angels, The Duck Downpickers, Fat Chance, The Flying Engine String Band, Hillbilly Kitchen, John Boothroyd, Little Birds, The Moonlighting Jug Band, Moosejaw Rifle Club, Nice Boy Tom, Nine Mile Creek, The Southern Bluegrass Band, and the Stetson Family.
Watch this space for any 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 in the Public Hall. 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: Available on the Performers link and the Programming link.

 

volunteers still invited (and needed)

Volunteers are the life blood of the Jamboree. 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. You can still sign up when you arrive at the Jamboree

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.

 

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 (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.


Cheers,

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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