The Katoomba Oldtimey Folk Festival is a new event set to take place in Katoomba this October. It will see local and national musicians from the old-time and bluegrass community play across two venues in the heart of Katoomba on Saturday October 19. An opening night event will also take place on Friday October 18.
One of the venues being used for the festival is the Plantbased Wholefoods café on Katoomba Street. This is where the opening night event will take place on Friday, from 6pm, and where you'll find musicians playing throughout the day and into the evening on Saturday.
Special events at the cafe to look out for include a jam session hosted by Maizy Coombes and The Plough, from 3pm till 5pm, when everyone is encouraged to bring their instruments and play and sing along. Upstairs, there will be more jam sessions, and, in the morning, opportunities for musicians not scheduled to play at the festival to put their name down for twenty-minute sets.
The second venue where you'll find the festival is the Junction 142 church, across the road from the café. Here, the church hall will host its own line-up of musicians throughout Saturday (again starting at 10am). Over here there will be a break between 4.30pm and 6pm for an old-time dance called by Judy Jones, and food and chai will be on sale.
I think the Katoomba Oldtimey Folk Festival sounds like a great addition to the Blue Mountains calendar, thoughtfully catering to performers and listeners, as well as those new to these genres and old hands. If you are a fan of folk music, check out the program to see who's playing. If you're not so familiar with it, the festival website has some great links to performers you might want to catch.