This site was last modified on 18th July 2013.
The Guildford Banjo Jamboree is a gathering of musicians and music lovers in the small country town of Guildford, in Central Victoria, Australia. It was conceived in 2004 to showcase the banjo in its many forms and related styles. The emphasis has been on American string band music (Bluegrass, Old-timey, Appalachian, Jugband, Hawaiian and Blues) but the programme also encompasses other styles such as Celtic, Klezmer, Jazz and contemporary music.
A great spirit of celebration has pervaded the town during each of the past nine Jamborees and, whether on stage or in the jam sessions, the music from an enormous array of instruments and voices has been top class. Of course the Banjo is always King - as well it should be!
The Jamboree owes much of its success to local residents, businesses and organisations. Each year a percentage of excess funds is donated back to organisations such as the CFA, the Hall, the John Powell Reserve, the Primary School and the Progress Association. The Jamboree has assisted in, among other things, the purchase of a defibrillator, a sound system and acoustic insulation for the hall, the shower block for the oval, equipment for the CFA and the School, and costs associated with the publication of the Guildford Globe.
The Jamboree is a great place to be and a great place to play. All our musicians, MCs and dance callers give their time and talents in return for a weekend pass and they work hard to make sure that the crowds get well and truly more than their money's worth! Go to the Programme & Performers Bios page for our programming guidelines. Applications have now closed for our 2013 program..
ROBBIE WATTS PICK-OFF AWARD & RON DE GRAAUW YOUTH AWARD
The Robbie Watts Memorial Banjo Pick-off Contest, which now also incorporates the Ron de Graauw Memorial Youth Award, is always a big crowd-pleaser during the Saturday afternoon concert. The open award was won in 2012 by John Boothroyd and the 18 years and under Youth Award was won for the second time by Connor Young.
For conditions of entry into these awards, see the Programme & Performers Bios.
Links to the various pages on our website can be found at the bottom of each page (apart from this one) just above the banjo pictures. If you have the website in your Favourites listings, please hit REFRESH when you log on and for each page just to make doubly sure the latest version appears. Thanks to Chris Allan for working on our website at very reasonable rates.
The Links page gives you access to some sites related to the Jamboree and its associated music which you may like to peruse. Please let us know if you have anything to add or change.
The Jamboree is organised and run by VOLUNTEERS, and is hugely supported by the townsfolk of Guildford and surrounds. We appreciate any assistance anyone can offer before, during and after the Jamboree. If you would like to become involved in the organisation, you can contact us at:
You will find the 2012 ticket prices by clicking on the Tickets page - prices are not expected to rise by too much in 2013. Tickets are not available to be pre-booked. The ticket office will open at the Public Hall at 5pm on Friday September 20th, 2013. If you arrive earlier for camping, you may set up first and purchase your tickets after 5pm.
CAMPING AND ACCOMMODATION
For general guidelines concerning camping, accommodation, facilities and fire restrictions, please
go to our Camping and Accommodation page.
Additional notes for 2013 can be found on the Bulletin Board "Bulletin Board" page.
As a result of Public Liability Insurance constraints and in the interest of public safety, that while they are welcome in the town of Guildford, no dogs will be permitted in any venue during programmed events (including the Guildford Family Hotel beer garden on the Sunday afternoon). We hope that this will not cause any offence to Jamboree patrons and ask for their understanding.
MOBILE PHONE RECEPTION
Please note that Guildford is in a mobile phone "rainshadow" area and reception is limited or non-existent. A little hill-climbing may be necessary. You have been warned!
We are: Jeanette Gillespie, Annie Wiltshire, Gayle Boyle, Marvin Smith, Shane Sampson, Beverley Hope, Paul Fitness, Seamus Curtain-Magee. As always, we gratefully acknowledge the fabulous work of past committees, and we have, and will continue to, call upon them for advice and assistance.
We still welcome comments and feedback from the 2012 Jamboree - just email us at Thanks to those who have already provided some comments and feedback - all will be taken into consideration when planning this year's Jamboree!
Ph: (03) 5473 4201
P.O. Box 917