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Bluegrass & Old Time Music Weekend comes to Manjimup again in 2022

Melissa PedeltyManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Banjo player Ian Simpson — who has played with Australian country music star Slim Dusty — will present several workshops over the weekend.
Camera IconBanjo player Ian Simpson — who has played with Australian country music star Slim Dusty — will present several workshops over the weekend. Credit: Supplied: Mary Nixon

Budding musicians and acoustic enthusiasts are gearing up for a weekend of workshops and jam sessions with top bluegrass and old-time artists from across the country.

The Bluegrass and Old Time Music Weekend will bring together more than 100 people to Manjimup from across the State for four days of listening, learning, and jamming, for one of the music industry’s most highly anticipated music event.

Hosted by the Warren Arts Council and now in its 11th year, the event will feature renowned musicians who are skilled on a range of acoustic instruments from guitar to mandolin, including Adam Gare, Thomas Kendall, Jeremy Marcotte, Ian Simpson, and Craig Woodward.

Jeremy Marcotte will present workshops on the clawhammer banjo.
Camera IconJeremy Marcotte will present workshops on the clawhammer banjo. Credit: Supplied: Mary Nixon

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The weekend will also feature a series of general admission events open to the public, including a welcome jam this Friday night at Tall Timbers Brewery, a feature concert with the visiting musicians on Saturday night at the Manjimup Repertory Club theatre, a gospel singout at St Martin’s Anglican Church on Sunday morning, and a Blackboard Concert and Cajun Dance on Sunday night at Tall Timbers Brewery.

Fiddle player Craig Woodward will run several workshops over the weekend, including 'Rhythm, phrasing, accents & dynamics'.
Camera IconFiddle player Craig Woodward will run several workshops over the weekend, including 'Rhythm, phrasing, accents & dynamics'. Credit: Supplied: Mary Nixon

“You bring your instruments and we provide bluegrass and old-time professional musicians to listen to, to learn from and to jam with,” she said.

“It’s about connecting with other music enthusiasts, making music and making friends.

“Playing with others is what it’s all about.

“It’s an opportunity to take your playing and your enjoyment of playing with others to another level.

“People have been coming for years, it’s really become an event people don’t miss.”

Jeremy Marcotte will present workshops on the clawhammer banjo.
Camera IconJeremy Marcotte will present workshops on the clawhammer banjo. Credit: Supplied: Mary Nixon

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