We thank Patrick Jones for allowing us to use his video (above) from the 13th Jamboree, 2016, that so perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the Guildford Banjo Jamboree
The Jamboree highlights the banjo but all instruments are welcome. Traditionally the emphasis has been on American string band music (bluegrass, old-time, Appalachian, jug band, Hawaiian and blues) but more recently the program has expanded to encompasses other styles such as Celtic, Klezmer, Jazz and contemporary music.
The heart of the Jamboree is the camaraderie experienced by playing music with old and new friends: around the campfires, in the various rooms in the pub, the session marquees on the oval or the CFA station in fact anywhere you like and it is that experience that has people returning year after year.
Concerts (programmed stage performances must include a banjo) are held in the The Public Hall and the stage at the Hotel beer garden. Smaller venues such as The Goldfields Music Hall and ‘the stables’ behind The General Store, host chalkboard concerts and banjo workshops.
Among the highlights are: the Saturday morning free children’s program, Saturday night Bush Dance and the Sunday morning Gospel Sing Along which is followed by an Irish Session in the pub and the afternoon concert performers in the beer garden.