Bluegrass and folk go down well in Dorrigo

“FULFILLING and wonderful”.

Those were the words of Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival organiser Bridget Sommers on Sunday as yet another small but successful event wound down.

“There were lots and lots of happy faces, the main hall was packed for Saturday night's concert and the new Friday night Old Timely Square Dance was a hit,” Mrs Sommers said.

“We haven't made a huge profit but for a little festival our future is assured.

“All the workshops were well-attended and we've had loads of positive feedback.

“As always, all our performers were very generous and sincere - that's special.”

Audiences were particularly taken by the unique performance of West Australian band Bluegrass Parkway.

The sharp-looking group created a colourful, energetic atmosphere packed around their single microphone, nimbly sidestepping each other as they shared the vocal harmonies.

Pat Drummond and Karen Lynne were an entertaining pair with his story-telling talents and her sweet, sweet voice and people were raving about the performance of George Jackson and Davydd McDonald.

While newcomers Twisted Oak showed the generational shift for folk music is alive and well, didgeridoo maestro Charlie McMahon proved he had lost none of his passion for the instrument that first captured his imagination more than 50 years ago at the age of four.

As usual, the Dorrigo Showgrounds were filled with jamming musicians all weekend, as amateurs enjoyed the opportunity to explore riffs with the experts.

And finally, the winners of the Johnny Cash competition were... Dorrigo High School duo James Darley and Garth Burley.

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