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 thirteen 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 2016 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 2017 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 $55 – 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 15th, 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. Guildford does not have a public camp ground, so all our camping areas need to be pre-booked with permits submitted and fees paid to the John Powell Reserve Committee, the Mount Alexander Shire Council and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). It has only been by the good will of these bodies that we have been able to hold a Jamboree for the past thirteen years. Vehicles will no longer be permitted on the Big Tree Park, though we have negotiated for tents and gazebos to be allowed.
Additional notes for 2017 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
The Guildford has good Telstra reception, but Optus and other carriers are not so well received, so be prepared! There is still a telephone box in Guildford!
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.