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Mountaingrass Bluegrass & Old-time Music Festival

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Bluegrass and old-time music takes over Harrietville
Mountaingrass Bluegrass & Old-time Music Festival
Harrietville will be jumping on 22-24 November 2013

Every year, the town of Harrietville, near Bright in north-east Victoria, swells its population from a couple of hundred to over 1000 for its national Bluegrass Festival.

This year it has been renamed the MountainGrass Festival, but during 22-24 November it still showcases bluegrass and old-time music, so you can expect to hear lots of banjos! Headliners include The O'Donnells, the Don Rigsby Band, the Strzelecki Stringbusters and many more.

Mountaingrass Bluegrass & Old-time Music Festival

If you like to pluck the odd string yourself, each morning across the weekend there are workshops to help you improve your technique on the guitar, banjo, fiddle or mandolin. If you are more of a singer there are also microphone technique sessions.

Check the online program for a full run-down of events. You can also follow the festival updates on Twitter (@MountainGrassAU) or on Facebook.

Mountaingrass Bluegrass & Old-time Music Festival
Enjoy great music in the gold-mining town of Harrietville

Harrietville is quite a small place, but there is a lot of accommodation still available. However, if you miss out, there are other hamlets nearby that you could try, including Smoko and Freeburgh, which has a caravan park.

Mountaingrass Bluegrass & Old-time Music Festival

Mountaingrass Bluegrass & Old-time Music Festival

For a taste of the toe-tapping music you're likely to hear at Mountaingrass, take a look at this video of the Ciderhouse String Band playing at the festival in 2011. There is plenty more on Youtube - just search for "Harrietville bluegrass". See you there!

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Why? Banjo-plucking good fun
When: All weekend
Where: Harrietville, Victoria
Cost: 3-day pass $98, Fri pass $20, Sat pass $40, Sun pass $50
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