update march 19th 2018
Preparations are starting to crank up for the 2018 Guildford Banjo Jamboree. The 2017 Jamboree was again a fabulously enjoyable occasion. Numbers were down a little because of the flu epidemic, and due to the fact that it was not on the first weekend of the school holidays. No-one who was there really minded as the atmosphere was friendly, not too crowded, and joyful! And, as ever, the concerts, sessions, etc were top quality. Huge thanks to all the performers, workshop presenters, organisers, volunteers, local businesses and various other supporters.
performer and workshop presenter applications open
We are now taking applications from performers and workshop presenters who would like fill a spot on one of our six concerts and around ten workshops. Please note the following criteria:
All performers, workshop presenters, MCs, dance callers, etc, donate their time in return for weekend passes. No additional fees are paid, and accommodation is generally camping, or as arranged by the participants. In exceptional circumstances we may be able to arrange billets.
All concert performers at our two main concerts (Saturday and Sunday afternoons), as well as the feature acts at our four chalkboard concerts, must feature a banjo as an integral part of their music.
Official workshops must be banjo-based, but there venues are provided for a limited number of informal workshops which can be advertised on a chalkboard at reception.
There are at least four chalkboard concerts for all sorts of acts (banjo not a necessity) – performers need to have a Jamboree pass of some sort and can sign up at reception. These spots are much sought after and the concerts are hugely popular with audiences.
some general preliminary guidelines
- CAMPING IN ALL AREAS TO BE FOR TICKET HOLDERS ONLY
Our three camping areas are NOT public camping parks – the Jamboree must pay permits, provide infrastructure, and abide by regulations on all three areas – the oval, the park at the back of the oval (Big Tree Park) and the River Reserve. Therefore camping is for ticket holders only, and there may be an additional fee this year per car for campers – still under discussion.
- NO CAMPING IN ANY AREA ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT SEPTEMBER 19TH.
Previously we have allowed folks who wished to register as a volunteer for the Thursday to camp on the Wednesday night. Due to our decreased worker base we are not allowing camping on the Wednesday night in any of our event areas (all of which require permits and payments to various bodies). If you wish to come in on the Wednesday night, contact us and we will find a spot for you on private property, then you can move to the designated area of your choice from 8am on the Thursday.
- NO VEHICLES AT ALL ON BIG TREE PARK.
This direction has come from the Mount Alexander Shire Council, but we have been able to negotiate with the council officers to allow tents/gazebos in the park. If you have previously parked here and drawn power from a nearby residence for medical reasons, we may be able to assist with driveway parking at nearby properties.
- NO POWERED CAMPING SITES
We do not offer plug-in power for campers. If you need power for medical reasons, please advise us in plenty of time (see above).
- NO SMOKING IN OUTDOOR EATING AREAS.
The changes to smoking laws in this state now prohibit smoking in outdoor eating areas. We ask Jamboree patrons to please observe all “No Smoking” signage at the hotel, the General Store and the Stables Wine Bar during the Jamboree.
At present, there are no pre-booking facilities, but that may change. Keep an eye on the website – we will make an announcement if we decide to institute a pre-payment facility. Ticket prices will appear on the website closer to the Jamboree. The full weekend ticket last year was only $55.
Jeanette Gillespie (Acting Committee Chairperson and Programmer).
Phone: 03 5473 4201 / 0414 732 667
Mail: PO Box 917 Guildford Vic 3451