In 2002, after living in Dorrigo for 2 years, Jack Sommers of The Sommers Family Band recognised that the township needed a music festival. With the enormous help of a small dedicated team, Jack’s vision emerged as The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, its genesis August 30th-September 1st 2002 at the Dorrigo Showgrounds, NSW, Australia. There were approximately 300 people in attendance, most of them visitors to the area. The line-up included Wongawilli, Bubbly Mary, Copper Kettle, Us Not Them, Gypsy Hot Club and The Sommers Family Band and it was just $7 for a session ticket.
Fast forward 17 years and the festival is now one of the Major Events in Dorrigo. It has been nurtured to a size where it is able to continue yet still holds a very authentic and homely atmosphere. The Festival Committee is proud to present the finest traditional, contemporary and acoustic music to you and find joy in seeing festival audiences and musicians connecting, jamming and enjoying what we can so happily and humbly provide. To us, the festival is all about that connection and the celebration of it.
Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival is absolutely thrilled to be joining in the Festival of Small Halls for the first time on the Spring Tour 2019, and is looking forward to their part in the celebration of all that music involves, at Dorrigo and beyond into the regional communities of Australia.
Get your tickets at https://www.dorrigofolkbluegrass.com.au/