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Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival 2014

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The Grass Is Greener At Wirrina With Bluegrass
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Wirrina Cove Resort. Photo: Trip Advisor

South Australia is renowned for putting on terrific festivals, and Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Roots Festival is no exception.

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3rd Annual Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Roots Festival

The event in its third year is held at Wirrina Resort which has undergone a big refurbishment and taken over by new management. More than 70 of the resort's rooms have been renovated as well as the restaurant and foyer areas.

The festival will offer great music and a community program designed for learning, sharing, performing and making music. It will also feature performances across three stages by some of Australia and New Zealand's favourite bluegrass acts including The Company, Coolgrass, The Cherry Pickers, Astro Cobalt, The Passionate Fools, and SA Music Hall of Fame inductee Chris Finnen.

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The Company are part of this year's festival line-up

Whether you want to jam with other musicians, learn new skills at a workshop or just sit back and enjoy the sounds of Bluegrass, there'll be more sessions, more concerts, and a range of special accommodation packages in the newly refurbished rooms.

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Old South Bluegrass Band will facilitate workshops. Photo: Facebook

Some of the festival's favourite performers, including members of the Old South Bluegrass Band will facilitate ten workshops covering a range of instruments (including vocals), where attendees can come away from the festival with new skills, knowledge and tunes.

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Chris Finnen will be part of this year's festival's line-up. Picture: Stephen Laffer. Source: News Limited

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills by playing along with some of the festival's programmed acts, named the "Led Sessions".

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Coolgrass are part of the 2014 Bluegrass Festival line-up

Impromptu music sessions will also carry on late into the night, bringing together acoustic musicians of many different skill levels to play together. The festival will include an unplugged venue that has a busking feel about it, with event organisers happy for the hat to go out. A third amplified stage has been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, with attendees able to register themselves for a 20 minute performance on the Open Mic.

There's 15% discount on festival tickets when purchased online at the festival's website.

There's also a 15% discount on all Wirrina Resort accommodation for festival ticket holders.- 1800 WIRRINA (1800 947 746)

For more information visit Wirrina Resort or Wirrina Bluegrass Festival site.
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When: 5-7 September 2014
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