G’day and Welcome

Loyal fans of the Guildford Banjo Jamboree – and new visitors – were delighted that, despite the rain and floods of the lead-up week, the 13th Banjo Jamboree committee and volunteers soldiered on, the weekend went ahead, people found places to sleep or made day visits, the music, food, drink, fun and frivolity flowed, the sun shone, and the result was an enjoyable and successful Jamboree!! Thanks all – read on below for more.

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. The Banjo Jamboree was set up in 2004 to celebrate and highlight the banjo, its forms and its music. It is held on the weekend which corresponds to the third Friday in September each year. To find out more about the Jamboree, please click here (the About link on the menu bar).

PLEASE NOTE: THE 14TH JAMBOREE WILL BE HELD ON THE WEEKEND OF 15TH TO 17TH SEPTEMBER 2017.

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Latest update OCTOBER 3RD 2016

JAMBO FULL STEAM AHEAD!! THANKS TO ALL

Well we did it! The 2016 Jamboree was a hair’s breadth away from being cancelled, but with some crisis management and the assistance and good will of heaps of people it went ahead and we are very thankful that it did. The sun shone, the rain held off, and all events were able to go ahead as planned – as well as the numerous jam sessions all around the town. Goodness knows where everyone slept – but somehow everyone managed to be accommodated!

The Hotel, Store, CFA and Jasmine’s Pizza all reported good turnover, and the Jamboree finances also came out of the crisis favourably despite the slightly fewer numbers.

THANKS to all the fabulous musicians, workshop presenters, dance callers, MCs, sound operators, and the army of volunteers, many of whom were working almost around the clock planning, setting up, running the festival and cleaning and packing up afterwards.

THANKS too to the organising committee and associates: Jeanette Gillespie (coordinator and programmer) Gael Shannon (volunteers); Seamus Curtain-Magee (secretary), Jeremy Furze and John Reid (finance), Marvin Smith and Shane Samson (outdoor management and logistics), John Hannah (on-site performer liaison), Jane Harding, Mark Wardle and Lauren Lee Williams  (planning and labour force), John Ross (website), Alan Joyce (hotel liaison), Alison Telford, Alisa Webb and Beverley Hope (general assistance).

NUMBERS GAME:

You might be able to add to these:

2 ……. The number of metres under water the River Reserve was three days before the Jamboree.
17 ….. The number of kilometres clocked (on a pedometer) as walked by one set-up volunteer in one day.
25 ….. The number of kegs of beer drunk by patrons during the weekend.
250 … The number of chocolate frogs sold by the pub over the weekend!

committee positions vacant for 2016-17

  1. CHAIRPERSON / COORDINATOR
    Jeanette Gillespie is finally, after two previous attempts, retiring from the coordinator role after seven years on the committee. She is very happy to train a new coordinator and be at the Jamboree next year to help out, and will be working with the committee to fully document all aspects of the organisation. Jeanette has also been the Jamboree’s programmer, and may be able to continue in that role if the Jamboree does go ahead.
    If this position is not filled, it is very likely that there will be no 2017 Jamboree.
  2. VOLUNTEERS COORDINATOR
    Gael Shannon stepped up this year to coordinate the 140 or so volunteers who operate the Jamboree and did a magnificent job. It is very likely she will be overseas next year so the position will once again be vacant. As with the coordinator postion, Gael will be on hand to train anyone who steps up to the plate!
  3. SET-UP, OUTDOOR AND LOGISTICS ASSISTANCE
    Marvin Smith is retiring from the logistics coordinator position after five years. Shane Sampson (Pockets) has agreed to take on the role, but he will be needing some dedicated assistants before, during and after the Jamboree.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING US OUT WITH ANY OF THE ABOVE, PLEASE EMAIL OR PHONE YOUR ENQUIRY TO THE CONTACT DETAILS BELOW.

Jeanette Gillespie (Retiring 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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