For over thirty years, players and lovers of Bluegrass and Appalachian old-time music have gathered in November in the high country of Victoria.
The beautiful Victorian high country reflects this music’s origins and the spring mountain air inspires folk who come to listen and play Bluegrass and
traditional country music.
People of all ages travel from across Australia and New Zealand to revel in an acoustic, string-band, music filled weekend that is the only solely Bluegrass and Appalachian music event of its kind in Australia.
It’s a not to be missed event for many musicians who attend year after year!
This traditional gathering is so much more than a festival.
There are: concert performances from top US, Australian and NZ performers; workshops to develop, improve and hone skills on guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro & bass, performance skills, harmony singing, jamming and more; curated, intimate acoustic concerts; a walk-up stage; a Sunday morning gospel concert; many spontaneous, informal jams; and, a luthier display featuring hand crafted guitars, banjos and mandolins where you can talk to the makers and try out their wares.
There’s something for everyone, beginners to aficionados.
The gathering is held in the stunning, heritage listed, parkland of Mayday Hills, in historic Beechworth, Victoria, from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November and the festival base is the Grand Oaks Resort (the old George Kerferd Hotel),
The featured headline overseas artists for Mountaingrass 2023 include, The Kody Norris Show (US), The Foghorn Stringband (US / Canada), Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones (US), The Sonoran Dogs (US), The Pipi Pickers (NZ), and, You, Me, Everybody (NZ).
Come and listen to the exciting sounds of bluegrass, gospel and Appalachian old-time music.
Bring your instruments, tunes and songs and join our friendly and welcoming community of music lovers.
Beechworth, is an historic gold mining town full of heritage architecture and local history museums and boutique shopping.
It has two breweries, many wineries close by and great food. Beechworth is also well served by two beautiful caravan parks, one of which sits on the
edge of a lake.
On the same weekend as Mountaingrass, there will be a Beechworth Heritage Festival for those interested in learning more about what shaped the town, its history, heritage trades, forebears and traditional music.
Mountaingrass is presented by the Australasian Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association (ABOTMA), a not-for-profit organization formed in 2013 to support the teaching, performance and promotion of these styles of music in Australia and New Zealand.
Anyone who enjoys bluegrass and old-time music as either a performer, a player or a listener, is very welcome at Mountaingrass.