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) and as a feature performer 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.

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.


Pick-off event:

The Ron de Graauw and the Robbie Watts awards are in the process of reconfiguration. Keep an eye on the website to see updates.


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.