Totally charming: Kallena Briggs and Nardi Simpson from the Stiff Gins delighted audiences with their beautiful harmonies.
Totally charming: Kallena Briggs and Nardi Simpson from the Stiff Gins delighted audiences with their beautiful harmonies. Ute Schulenberg

Dorrigo music festival a hit

DORRIGO has been humming with the melody and twang of folk and bluegrass.

The city's ninth annual festival has added to the town's growing musical reputation.

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass organiser Bridget Sommers said the event has once again brought a vibe to the town, plus a host of visitors.

“The glorious weather must have been felt at the bottom of the ranges; we had a heap of people turn up for the festival from Bellingen and Coffs Harbour,” Ms Sommers said.

“Not even the rising fog was an issue on the Saturday night, venues were full to the rafters.

“It's been amazing how involved all of the performers have been in the festival, it wasn't a case of them just playing their gigs, getting into their cars and leaving, most stayed for the entire festival over three days and a good time was had by all.”

Ms Summers said the groundwork has been laid for a milestone 10th anniversary festival next year.

Standout acts at the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival included the Stiff Gins, comprising Kallena Briggs and Nardi Simpson, and Annabelle Kay and the Caretakers, who were up from the Central Coast.

Even a touch of Bollywood came to Dorrigo for the weekend with Parvyn Singh's popular dance workshop for the young and old.



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