Dorrigo ready to have a ball

By UTE SCHULENBERG

NO MATTER what the heavens do, Dorrigo is set to welcome crowds for the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival this weekend.

From 11am today the main stage will host a solid program of talented musicians, kicking off with popular band Headland and continuing on until Fellowship of the Strings close the day around 11pm.

Sunday begins in fine style with a gospel sing-a-long with bluegrass swingers Coyote Serenade and continues non-stop until late afternoon when dynamic frontline performers Backbeat wrap the fun.

The workshop program is packed offering everything from dobro/slide sessions to banjo, fiddle, whistle and harmonica tips.

There is also story-telling for the kids as well as 'Bindi eyed Bop' dance sessions for ages 0-90.

There's a Poet's Breakfast this morning at the Dorrigo Heritage Hotel plus cafes around town are hosting musical breakfasts.

Lick the Spoon owner, David Scott, said the breakfasts were very popular last year with lots of locals coming out for a coffee and some music.

Join the Sunburnt Celts for a lively round of mayhem at the festival bush dance tonight from 7pm at Dorrigo High School.

For more information phone the festival hotline on 6657 1229 or just turn up at the Dorrigo Showgrounds.



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