G’day and welcome

Thanks to the combined efforts of Alastair Wilson and Peter Mitchell for the above video which shows the final song (Will the Circle Be Unbroken) of the Friday night session in the Hotel bar at the 2018 Guildford Banjo Jamboree.


With the 2018 Banjo Jamboree “done and dusted” it’s time to say thanks to all those involved in its success. The music, the songs, the dancing, the fun, the conversations, the concerts, the teaching and learning, the madness and mayhem, the warmth – it doesn’t all “just happen”. To our new coordinators Peter and Liz, to the committee, the volunteers, the musicians, the workshop presenters, the MCs, the PA operators, the dance callers and players, the parade organisers, the local businesses, the CFA, the Mount Alexander Shire Council – and many more who could be named – we thank you for helping to make this Jamboree such a wonderful occasion. And of course to all those who came to Guildford to join in, we say thanks for being here

If you have never been to a Jamboree and would like to find out more – welcome, and please click on the page links to navigate around the site.


Vale Rick E. Vengeance

The Jamboree this year was tinged with sadness and grief as one of the music community’s most widely known, well-respected and highly regarded musicians and personalities, Rick E Vengeance, was struck down by a massive heart attack some time on Saturday and was found in his van on the oval camp ground late on Saturday afternoon. Nothing could have been done to revive him when he was found, but there were many in our music community and the CFA who need to be thanked and applauded for the love, care and respect which they demonstrated in difficult circumstances. Rick’s widow Leanne, who was unable to attend the Jamboree this year, wishes to pass on her heartfelt appreciation for all that was done, and for the love and support those who knew him have shown towards her in the subsequent hours and and over the past few days.

Rick had attended almost every Jamboree since 2004. He was a consummate musician, a mentor to many, a generous and respectful session player and leader, and an integral player and caller for the Jamboree dances. There are many who have known the warmth of friendship shown by both Rick and Leanne. Rick will be greatly missed and our hearts are heavy for Leanne. A consolation is that Rick died quickly, in a place he loved, making and sharing music with his “tribe”. The video above shows what was probably the last song Rick played.

Rick’s funeral was held on Thursday October 4th in Yea (Victoria).











Liz Monty
0417 544 835

Peter Mitchell
0408 521 592

Jeanette Gillespie
0414 732 667