The Guildford Banjo Jamboree is a gathering of musicians and music lovers in the small country town of Guildford, in Central Victoria, Australia (region map here). It was conceived in 2004 to showcase the banjo in its many forms and related styles. The emphasis has been on American string band music (Bluegrass, Old-timey, Appalachian, Jugband, Hawaiian and Blues) but the programme also encompasses other styles such as Celtic, Klezmer, Jazz and contemporary music.
A great spirit of celebration has pervaded the town during each of the past twelve Jamborees and, whether on stage or in the jam sessions, the music from an enormous array of instruments and voices has been top class. Of course the banjo is always King – as well it should be!
The Jamboree owes much of its success to local residents, businesses and organisations. Each year a percentage of excess funds is donated back to organisations which assist the Jamboree, such as the CFA, the John Powell Reserve, the Public Hall, the Music Hall, and the Primary School. The Jamboree has assisted in, among other things, the purchase of a defibrillator, a sound system and acoustic insulation for the hall, the shower block for the oval, improvements to the cricket pavilion and the oval surrounds and vital equipment for the CFA and the School.
We welcome comments and feedback from the 2015 Jamboree. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to those who have already provided some comments and feedback – all will be taken into consideration when planning this year’s Jamboree!
The Jamboree is organised and run by Volunteers, and is hugely supported by the townsfolk of Guildford and surrounds, as well as attendees from far and wide. We appreciate any assistance anyone can offer before, during and after the Jamboree. More information here: Call for Volunteers.
Tickets are not available to be pre-booked.
Ticket prices for the 2016 Jamboree may rise slightly due to increased all-round costs associated with infrastructure, permits, materials and security. A full weekend pass will not be more than $50 – great value. More information will appear on the Tickets page as it becomes available.
Ticket selling of weekend wristbands and Friday night session passes will commence at the Public Hall reception area at 4pm on Friday September 16th, through to 11pm, and at various times on Saturday and Sunday. If you arrive for camping outside these hours, you may set up first and purchase your tickets when reception is open. Please note that camping is for full day or weekend passholders only.
Camping and Accommodation
For general guidelines concerning camping, accommodation, facilities and fire restrictions, please go to our Accommodation pages on the menu above.
Additional notes for 2016 will be posted on the Home page as they become available.
As a result of Public Liability Insurance constraints, and – with so many people in the village – in the interest of public safety, dogs in the town and camping areas must be restrained on a lead. Dogs are not permitted in any venue, including the hotel beer garden, for the whole duration of the Jamboree. We trust that this will not cause any offence to Jamboree patrons and ask for their understanding.
Mobile Phone Reception
Please note that Guildford is a mobile phone “black hole” and reception is unreliable, limited or non-existent. A little hill-climbing may be necessary. You have been warned! Your phone will tend to go flat because of constant ‘hunting’ for a signal. To avoid this, put it into ‘Aircraft’ mode. Switch Aircraft mode off for an hour or so every now and then: with luck you will pick up text messages. Reception is reliable closer to Castlemaine or closer to Daylesford.
We are: Jeanette Gillespie, Marvin Smith, Shane Sampson, Seamus Curtain-Magee, Jasmine MacDonald, Lauren Lee Williams, Mark Wardle and Alan Joyce, with John Ross co-opted as website administrator. As always, we gratefully acknowledge the fabulous work of past committees, and we have, and will continue to, call upon them for advice and assistance. Thanks – and best wishes for his recovery process – to Chris Allan who can no longer participate in an active capacity.
The Links page gives you access to some sites related to the Jamboree and its associated music which you may like to peruse. Please let us know if you have anything to add or change.