ABOTMA August update #1

Mountaingrass tickets are now on sale!

Make sure you’ve renewed your ABOTMA membership to get your discount code for $35 off your full weekend Mountaingrass ticket. Also, as an ABOTMA member you are eligible to buy Premium tickets, offered for the first time this year. Your premium ticket gets you an exclusive invitation to a meet-and-greet reception with our guest artists, reserved seating in the front two rows of the main marquee, and your very own Mountaingrass seat cushion. There are only 30 premium passes, and they are only available to ABOTMA Members.

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More Artist Announcements!
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We are very pleased that Harrietville favourite and multi-Golden Guitar winner Pete Denahy will be returning to Mountaingrass this year with his perfect blend of comedy, songwriting, and expert bluegrass musicianship.

Making her first appearance at Mountaingrass, Freya Josephine Hollick will be bringing her old-time sensibility and original songs very reminiscent of the Carter Family classics.

Also returning to Mountaingrass this year are festival regulars Appalachian Heaven (VIC) and The Pipi Pickers (NZ). These two bands, representing the old-time and bluegrass genres respectively, are always crowd pleasers and just plain fun to have around.

Keep tuned to our Facebook page and mountaingrass.com.au for more artist announcements soon!

Mountaingrass and ABOTMA Member Survey

The Mountaingrass and ABOTMA Member Survey will be closing up at the end of this month. Your opinion matters a great deal to us, and the results of this survey will determine our direction for 2017.

Instrument maker profile of the month:
Alan Funk

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Alan has been making banjos for over 30 years. Nearly all parts of his White Swallow banjos are made in his Adelaide workshop. He currently produces over 10 styles of banjo including 5 string bluegrass style, open back, plectrum and tenor banjos in conventional or deep resonator styles, and top tension. Alan will custom make your banjo to your specifications and requirements.

Getting to Mountaingrass, staying at Mountaingrass

When you’re ready to start planning your weekend, make sure you join the Mountaingrass Accommodation and Ride Share Group on Facebook. Make new friends and save some money by sharing transport and accommodation with your fellow Bluegrass and Old Time Music lovers!

If you wish to camp, the only camping available in Harrietville is the Harrietville Caravan Park & Cabins. The nearest free camping areas are in Smoko and Freeburgh. You can get more information about free camping options in the Alpine Shire from the Free Camping Guide for North East Victoria.

Kind regards and keep in touch,

Your ABOTMA Executive Committee

ABOTMA June Newsletter

ABOTMA Memberships for 2016/2017 are now available

The Australasian Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association formed in 2013 to support musicians and festivals keeping these beautiful musical traditions alive. You can show your support by becoming an ABOTMA Member. Membership is only $25, and with it you’ll get $35 off your Mountaingrass ticket, so it’s a bargain!

Mountaingrass tickets go on sale August 1st.


Artist Announcements Coming Soon!

After agonising deliberations, our program committee has whittled down the outstanding list of 70 applications to 20 accepted acts. It has not been easy. The quality of the applicants was simply phenomenal and we wish we could have all of them on the program. Notifications to artists will go out this week and we will start announcing them to you as the acceptances come back.

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Mountaingrass and ABOTMA Member Survey

It is not too late to have your say what you’d like to see at Mountaingrass, and get from ABOTMA. Won’t you take a very few moments and give us your opinion? It would be very much appreciated. And as a special incentive, everyone who responds goes in to a draw to win a special prize!

Thanks to an ABOTMA Pioneer
The ABOTMA Committee would like to thank Greg McGrath for his contributions to the establishment of ABOTMA, and his many years of advocacy for the bluegrass and old time music communities in Australasia with his Australian Bluegrass Blog. In recognition of his support and achievements, Greg has been made a life member of ABOTMA. From all the executive committee, thank you, Greg, for all your technical expertise, your kind and wise advice, and your sense of humour. We hope you are enjoying the retired life!

Farewell to a Bluegrass Founding Father

We are mourning the passing of Ralph Stanley, who left this earth for the angle band in June. Few voices are so uniquely associated with Bluegrass music, and his contributions to the genre will be treasured always.

Instrument maker profile of the month:
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Greg Dunn
Greg is a luthier from Brisbane, QLD. He trained under Roger Siminoff in California, USA. Greg’s mandolin’s were well received at Mountaingrass 2015, especially when Chris Henry played his A5 at his Monroe Mandolin workshop on the Sunday. He received an order for a custom-built F5 mandolin at the festival, to be made ready by the next Mountaingrass.

You can see a video of Mick Patrick from the great Australian bluegrass band, “The Company” playing a few of Greg’s mandolins at his website, http://www.dunnmandolins.com.au/.

Kind regards,

Your ABOTMA Executive Committee

ABOTMA May Newsletter

Mountaingrass 2016 … brought to you by YOU?
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Headline Act Announced!
We are very pleased to announce that Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley will be headlining at Mountaingrass 2016! Rob Ickes is a longtime, well-established instrumental giant, and Trey Hensley is newly arrived in Music City, bursting with talent both as a vocalist and guitarist. Their recent collaboration is taking the bluegrass and traditional music worlds by storm.

Learn more about Rob and Trey and get excited to see them in person by visiting: http://www.robandtrey.com/.

The selection committee is hard at work on choosing from the nearly 70 excellent applications we received from artists this year. We had hoped to have decisions done by June 1st, but we want to get it right, so that date is going to slip a little bit.

Mountaingrass and ABOTMA Member Survey

We are ever trying to bring you a bigger and better Mountaingrass, and build you a better ABOTMA. Won’t you take a very few brief moments and give us your opinion on how exactly you would like us to do that? It would be very much appreciated. And as a special incentive, everyone who responds goes in to a draw to win a special prize!

Put your name on Mountaingrass
Make your support of Mountaingrass work for your business, brand or band by sponsoring the festival. A number of naming and branding rights are available starting at only $500. In-kind contributions are also most welcome. Contact us about getting your name in front of all Mountaingrass attendees, ABOTMA members and sponsors.

Volunteer Opportunities

It isn’t too late to be a part of the action by volunteering as a festival organiser, or weekend helper. Email info@abotma.org.au or fill out the contact form at http://mountaingrass.com.au/volunteer/ to put yourself in the control seat. We look forward to hearing from you!

Instrument maker profile of the month:
Joe Gallacher
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Joe builds custom acoustic guitars, classical guitars, mandolins, Irish bouzoukis and parlour guitars. He uses a careful selection of timbers to get the volume, balance and lovely colour of tone that Joe’s instruments are treasured for.

Joe never sets up a display or brings a banner to Mountaingrass, because he doesn’t have to, he always sells everything he brings without it. The picture says it all.

Learn more about Joe’s line of beautiful instruments at his website: http://gallacherguitars.com/.

Kind regards,

Your ABOTMA Executive Committee