Manjimup came alive with the sound of bluegrass music at the weekend as a beloved annual festival returned. The 2021 Manjimup Bluegrass & OldTime Music Festival opened on Friday evening with a full weekend of performances, workshops and jam sessions across the town led by some of the country’s top musicians. The festival, attended by music-lovers from far and wide, featured two major acts in Bluegrass Parkway, the longest running, continually active bluegrass band in the country, and Jeremy Marcotte, an American old-time musician now based in the Eastern States. Festivities kicked off on Friday evening with a sundowner jam at Tall Timbers Brewery, giving everybody a chance to chat and play with artists and enthusiasts. A full day of workshops and jam sessions on Saturday led by the artists was then capped off with a feature concert in the Manjimup Repertory Theatre. Festival-goers were also treated to a gospel “sing out” session in St Martin’s Church hosted by Bluegrass Parkway on Sunday. Workshops across Sunday led to a blackboard concert at Tall Timbers, giving anybody a chance to get up and perform for a crowd. The festival was rounded out with one last workshop and special Q&A with Bluegrass Parkway on Monday morning.