Programming Guidelines

Concerts and Workshops

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) 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.

The Friday night chalkboard concert in the Music Hall has been a success over the past four Jamborees and will be continued.

The Procession

Saturday Noon An ensemble or band of some sort leads a procession down to the Big Tree for the annual “Banjo Massed Mugshot” photo shoot.


Robbie Watts memorial two-tune pick-off

The Two-Tune Pick-Off Contest takes place during the Saturday afternoon Public Hall concert, judged by a panel of “mystery judges”.This year the open age range is to be extended to persons 14 years old and over. There will be a certificate and some prizes on offer, as well as the distinction of your engraved name on the trophy which lives at the Guildford Hotel.

Robbie Watts was an enthusiastic, talented and innovative 5-string banjo ‘picker’ who shared his banjo music at the first two Guildford Jamborees, but passed away in mid 2006.

Contestants in the Open Age Robbie Watts Pick-Off Event will perform two tunes …

(a) a version of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” or “Duelling Banjos” or “Cripple Creek”
(b) one tune of their choice.

Ron de Graauw memorial youth award

Ron de Graauw Memorial Youth Award is open to young folks 13 years and under. It is sponsored by the Ron de Graauw Memorial Fund. Ron de Graauw was a co-founder of the Jamboree and a generous and much loved musician who played a wide variety of instruments. Ron passed away in January of 2011.

Maree Murrell Caper

The Saturday night dance in the Public Hall , the “Maree Murrell Caper”, features a variety of talented local musicians and dance callers, their numbers swelled by numerous other Jambo musos who jump up on stage and join in!

Maree Murrell was an exceptionally talented and highly regarded local school teacher, flautist, singer, dancer, dance teacher and dance caller. Only retired for about a year and fully enjoying her retirement Maree unexpectedly and suddenly passed away in 2004.

Gospel Singalong

The Gospel Singalong takes place in the Public Hall at 9.30 on the Sunday morning.

Instrument Makers’ Display

Makers are able to set up displays under the London Gallery veranda, and others under a gazebo behind the Music Hall. We hope to be able to make this arrangement available again in 2017.

Programme 2017

The 2017 programme is being formulated, with at least ten performance spots currently filled and seven still available.  See above for performance criteria. 

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