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Complete Line-up for 2018!

We are extremely happy to present the complete line-up for 2018's 17th Festival.

It is joyful, exciting, fresh, stellar, diverse, local, national and international, daring and brave yet comfortable and homely, beyond our imaginations; it is everything we could have hoped for and more. The Festival Committee is so delighted to have all of these musicians on board. You can read about the artists here, but feast your eyes for a moment on the line-up:

Aine Tyrrell IRE

Anna Smyrk

Appalachian Heaven Stringband

Blue Ridge Broadcasters US

Bluegrass Junction

Bryant & Brown US

Cameron DeWhitt US

Cat & Clint

Charlie & Jensen

Chloe & Jason Roweth

Dosca SCOT

Enda Kenny

Evan Mathieson

Fireside Celts & Friends

Flying Engine Stringband 

Georgia State Line

Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse

Honey & Knives 

Hoot & Holler US

Jane Germain

Jaron Freeman-Fox & Simon Nyberg CAN/SWE

Jason Roweth

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado US

Joe Newton

John Flanagan Trio

John Reischman & Eli West US

Kate Burke & Luke Plumb


Knott Family Band

Lali & John 

Liam Gerner

Lucy Wise

Luke Plumb & The Circuit

Mandy Connell

Mike Compton US

Montgomery Church

Peter Daffy 

Pitts Family Circus

Red Grenadier

RhodeWorks NZ

Sally & George US

Shelley's Murder Boys


The 'Johnny Can't Dance' CajunTrio 

The Neon Effect

The New Macedon Rangers US/AUS

The SINners

The String Contingent 

Tom & Jerry 

Two If By Sea & KLOK AUS/AUT

Whoa Mule

William Alexander

Willing Ponies



We are banning single-use plastic bottles, straws and aluminium cans!

The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Inc. is extremely lucky to be nestled in rolling green hills on the edge of Gondwana World Heritage Listed National Parks. Dorrigo, like the rest of the earth, has an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife. To protect this, we have decided for our 17th Festival to ban the sale of Single-use Plastic Bottles, Plastic straws and aluminium cans. Once again we will have Filtered Water Stations for festival patrons and water urns backstage for performers and volunteers. The Keep Cup walls will be in place, this year bigger with more cups! Festival goers are encouraged to take a cup to use and return to be washed and placed on the wall for use again. Food Stalls will be selling home-made lemonades in place of canned soft drinks. The Festival Committee are also extremely excited to announce that we are working with Cheeki Bottles to bring you these Stainless Steel DF&BF Inc. water bottles, in silver and pistachio, to our merch store. Being as environmentally friendly is something we feel strongly about. Over the years we have implemented policies and infrastructure such as the Rubbish Rooms, which were made possible thanks to the Blue Mountains Music Festival. The Rubbish Rooms are run by volunteers to help festival goers place their waste in the correct bins. We are delighted to make this announcement during #plasticfreejuly2018 and remind everybody to #byo bottle!! It has been so inspiring to see so many musicians and festivals support and take similar actions. To read on how festivals can ban plastics, head to Green Music Australia to read up. If you’re interested in cutting back on plastic, Plastic Free July  has some very useful tips. Please share this with all your festival going friends so they don’t forget their reusable bottles! #plasticfree #ditchplastic #plasticfreejuly #byobottle#lifelivedright #protectmotherearth 

cheeki festival bottle

That's a wrap for 2018 gigs... we think!

Well, we have certainly been very lucky here in Dorrigo over many years to host gigs under the Festival wings. We've used many local venues to feature Australian and International artists. In 2018, we have come to the end of our programmed gigs before the 17th Festival. With no more gigs in sight (keep your eyes peeled as this may change!) we are busily preparing for another wonderful weekend of music in October. Our line-up is complete and you can read about and listen to our artists on the Artist List. 

Here are some snaps and words about how we felt about the concerts. 

oneup rachel

In January we were thrilled to host a Double whammy gig featuring One Up, Two Down (AUS and USA) and Rachel Baiman (USA) in the Megan Hall. The hall was full and the dinner table set with filling food for everyone. All the musicians had been with us at the festival before and so the concert was a meeting of familiar faces and fans, with a couple of newbies from far and wide, who have since become apart of the regular Megan Hall audience. Every aspect of the evening sought and received emotion and reaction, with topics such as politics, shame and love sung of and traditional and original songs and tunes played. 

republic strings

Also in January we were honoured to host Darol Anger & the Republic of Strings (Tristan Clarridge, Monique Clare and Emmy Phelps) in the Old Gazette Theatre. This was the first gig in the theatre for many years and the crowd was delightful and supportive. There was a great many years of musical knowledge and collaborative skills displayed. It was so nice to see Brisbane local cello extraordinaire Monique Clare playing with such renowned musicians from America. At intermission we were greeted with home-baked cakes with fresh tea and coffee to wash it down. Dave faced some new challenges with sound levels but never-the-less provided top sound. We were absolutely chuffed to have Darol, Tristan, Monique and Emmy in Dorrigo! 

liz n fred

In February we had wonderful Fred Smith & Liz Frencham in Dorrigo Wholefoods. This was the first time we'd worked with Kenton & Monique in their cafe outside of the Festival weekend. They served up delicious home-made sushi, curry and a tapioca dessert and everyone's bellies were well satisfied. Mind you, their youngest had just broken her arm and was in hospital! Fred's storytelling made us laugh, cry and think while Liz's beautiful harmonies soared through the venue. Dave did a magnificent job testing the boundaries of a new venue. Thank you to everyone for supporting the evening. 


The year just kept getting better and better; in March we had Lindsay Lou and band from Nashville,USA in the Megan Hall. Wow, it was an absolute ripper evening! Thank you to Lindsay, Josh, PJ and Jeff for making our hearts sing. The audience was energised and happily participative with hearty harmonies, and many had travelled from far and wide to fill the hall. A massive thank you goes to George Jackson for setting Lindsay and band up with the Australian Tour via Due South Touring Co. It was the first Megan Hall gig with drums! 

flats n sharps

Also in March Flats & Sharps from Cornwall,UK took to the stage in the Old Gazette Theatre. The Theatre was full as the Cornish accents and slang made everyone laugh. We couldn't help but catch onto some of their phrases! It's been so brilliant to see young musicians doing right by the live music industry and Flats & Sharps are no exception. It was lovely to see Australia's very own Robyn Martin stepping in to play Double Bass. The night was bangin'! 

Paul Mckenna

In May we had the pleasure of working alongside Woodfordia Inc. to host the Paul McKenna Band from Glasgow, Scotland in the Old Gazette Theatre. The Theatre was cosy as we were blown away by the Scottish vocals and instrumentation. There's nothing like seeing a band that you love live; this one went well and beyond any expectations! I personally couldn't get enough of their thick Scottish accents. It was a perfect encounter, as this Festival celebrates the first year of having a Scottish band at the Festival, coming from Glasgow too. Thank you to the Paul McKenna Band for making the trek up the mountain. 

string theories wholefoods

We fought off the cold of Winter with String Theories in Dorrigo Wholefoods. It was a pleasure to have the trio back in Dorrigo after having them at the Festival. The cafe was filled with stunning acoustic instrumentation and vocals from the Sydney based trio. We were grateful for Kenton's hearty cooking as the chill crept about outside. We are very lucky in Dorrigo to have international musicians but we are extremely lucky to have the infrastructure to host and support local Australian artists too. There's two things we love on the Festival committee and that's music and food, especially together! 

john trio

We finished off 2018's gigs with the John Flanagan Trio from Melbourne, in the Megan Hall. We were extremely lucky to have the JFT at the Festival in 2016 and we are over the moon to announce they're coming again this year! There were once again familiar faces and fans in the audience and they joined in for some gorgeous sing-a-longs. John Flanagan said that Dorrigo and it's Festival is a secret best kept that way. We have to agree! We are extremely lucky to have such amazing and beautiful musicians coming our way. We couldn't fault one moment of the evening; the trestle table was heaped with warming food, the Hall had had heating installed, brilliant sound from Dave, a lovely audience, and lively tunes from Bill on the piano. The John Flanagan Trio delivered a beautiful concert with perfectly gorgeous and warming harmonies. 

We loved every moment of these gigs and can't thank everyone involved enough! Special thank you's go out to the Musicians, DF&BF Inc Committee, Dave on sound, the Megan Hall and Theatre Committee's, Kenton & Monique at Dorrigo Wholefoods, Woodfordia Inc. and George Jackson. 

Please keep an eye on our Concert page just in case we are able to host another gig before the Festival! All the best, the Festival Team. 


John Flanagan Trio at Megan Hall

John Flanagan Trio comes to Megan Hall on the 30th June 2018. As with our other Megan Hall gigs, we'll kick off the evening at 6pm with a shared meal around the halls beautiful trestle table. Please bring either a savoury or sweet dish. John Flanagan trio will play from 7pm in front of the mural of picturesque Megan. Tickets are $20 and once again it's cash only at the door. Please ring 6657 1224/0428415078 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make a booking. We are delighted to announce that Megan Hall now has new heating so we will be cosy! This is also our last schedule gig for 2018 in the lead up to the festival. If any other gigs pop up, we'll be sure to let you know!

Australian folk band ‘John Flanagan Trio’ are set to release ‘Honest Man’, Flanagan’s 3rd album and his first time recording with his regular Trio band mates. Fast becoming a favourite on the Australian Folk Festival circuit the group manages to transcend the sum of its impressive parts. Award winning songwriter, John Flanagan has been compared to James Taylor and Paul Kelly for his warm vocal delivery and engaging storytelling “one of Australia’s finest lyricists” -Timber and Steel; Liz Frencham has a remarkable stage presence and a creativity in her double bass playing which has seen her play alongside artists of international renown; Dan Watkins is recognised as one of the finest young bluegrass pickers in the country on guitar and mandolin and has toured extensively around Australia and the US. Together they combine 70s folk singer-songwriter influences with a range of contemporary Americana styles, from bluegrass and country to blues and jazz.

Flanagan made his mark on the Australian musical landscape when he released There’s Another Way to Where You’re Going in Feb 2016. Recorded in Nashville with producer Viktor Krauss the album was nominated for best Folk/Roots Album in the Age Music Victoria Awards, was featured on ‘album of the week’ lists for ABC and community radio and has been a radio favourite around the country.

“The music is just gorgeous, I absolutely love it” Felicity Urquhart, Saturday Night Country ABC Radio

With soaring 3-part harmonies and tight arrangements the trio delivers a dynamic and energetic live show that can vary from humorous and uplifting to moving and thoughtful.

Celebrating the 17th With A Magnificent New Bond

doscaThe Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Inc. are over the moon to celebrate the 17th year with a magnificent new bond with musicians from the UK & Ireland. This year we have the pleasure of presenting Dosca. These young Scottish lads are guaranteed to get you on your feet! Since triumphantly bursting on to the folk scene at Celtic Connections 2015, Dosca- the energetic sixpiece ensemble of bagpipes, flute, fiddle, guitar, bass and drums- are quickly making a name for themselves among some of Scotland's finest folk acts. With influences from Scottish and Irish folk, as well as a hint of jazz, the band's self-titled debut EP was launched early in 2015, leading them on to a number of prominent appearances throughout Scotland and further afield- including the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, Edinburgh's Usher Hall, Piping Live! in Glasgow, and a return to Celtic Connections in 2016. After an amazing few years, the boys have just released their highly aniticpated debut album 'Meridian' which was launched at Celtic Connections 2018. 

2018 Volunteer Applications Now Open

It has taken us longer than planned but 2018 Festival Volunteer Applications are now open! We've been busy getting the Application absolutely spot on before opening as we believe this is important. Our volunteers produce the lines on which the music is written; without them there would be no festival! So, head on over to the Volunteer page to become a Volunteer at the 17th Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival. 

As many people know, the festival has now become an absolute favourite and it would not be possible without a team of wonderful, dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers.
If you volunteer for the 2018 festival you will receive festival pass - 10 hours volunteering entitles you to a Full Weekend Pass - and you will be most welcome to attend the Volunteers Party on Sunday night, plus you’ll experience the warm fuzzy feeling of being part of the Festival!


2018 First Round of Artist Announcements

The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Inc. are more than excited to announce the beginning of our 2018 lineup. It is our greatest pleasure to provide our festival attendees with a wide range of acoustic traditional and contemporary music and we strongly believe that this years lineup does just that. The festival committee is looking forward to October when we finally get to present to you all that we've been working on throughout the year, we feel so rewarded come festival weekend when we get to see so many happy smiling faces. 

Here we go:

Blue Ridge Broadcasters (US)

Bryant & Brown (US)

Charlie & Jensen 

Eli West & John Reischman (US)

Flying Engine String Band 

Georgia State Line

Hoot & Holler (US)

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado (US)

Mike Compton (US)

Rhode Works (NZ)

Sally & George (US)