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Friday Night Bush Dance (2023)

Ticketed event. 

The 2023 bush dance will be held at 7:30 - 9:30pm on the Friday night of the Jamboree in the Public Hall. As usual our "scratch" band and the wonderful Maggie Duncan (Expert Caller) will have you dancing your socks off! 



Headline acts and anyone that wants to play!!  Bring your instruments and put your name on the Chalkboard at the Music Hall!  


Saturday Morning Banjo Workshops (2023)

Ticketed event. 

Each workshop will feature an aspect of banjo playing led by talented musicians - a variety of levels
will be catered for.
Venues will be the Music Hall, The Stables, the Cricket Pavilion and the Public Hall. 
Presenters will be:

Gerry McDonald 

Chris (Curio Workshop) 

Richard Galluzzi 

Gus McMillan 

Brent Davey


Saturday 12 - 1pm Come join our community celebration commencing on the John Powell Reserve & culminating in an giant photo shoot under the Big Tree. Dress up as you wish, there will be clowns, a camel, Banjo Bear and numerous other characters. 

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Saturday Afternoon Concert (2023)

Guildford Public Hall: 1:30pm till 5.00pm

Ticketed event. 

Oh Suzannah 

Awkward Strangers 

Thieving Magpies 

Chilli Pickers 

Duck n Weave

Mysterious Mose 

Duck Down Pickers


Saturday Evening Concert (2023)

Guildford Public Hall: 7.00pm till 11.00pm

Ticketed Event.


Double Dole Stringband

Broken Creek 


Moonlight Jug Band

Moosejaw Rifle Club 

Dave Diprose & Hillbilly Radio

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Saturday Guided Jam Sessions (2023)

Ticketed events. Music Hall. Bring instruments to play along or just come and listen.
Saturday Afternoo
n 1.30 – 3.00pm:

Old Time Jam - MC by Maggie Duncan. 

~~ then keep going from 3.00 - 5.00p

 Jam for all with MC Brent Davy 

Gospel (2023)

No ticket required.

Sunday Morning 9:30 - 10:30am in the Public Hall. Dancing with the Angels &
friends will lead all comers in a host of sing along blue grass gospel songs. Bring a gold coin for a song word booklet.

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John "Johnno" Caldwell  Memorial Jam Session (2023)

No ticket required.

Sunday 11-12:30am Public Hall.

MC Jeanette Gillespie will lead the Memorial and Jam session with some of Johnno's songs included!  

Sunday Afternoon Banjo Open Mic - Castlemaine

2pm – 5pm. Maurocco Bar, Midland Hotel building, 4 Templeton St, Castlemaine.

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Performer Guidelines


All performers, workshop presenters, MCs and dance callers donate their time in return for weekend passes. No additional fees are paid and accommodation is generally camping, or as arranged by the participants. In exceptional circumstances we may be able to arrange billets.


Concert performers will be booked for one half-hour performance for the weekend at either of our two main Saturday concerts. All performances feature the banjo as an integral part of the music.


Our workshop presenters are highly respected musicians who give their time to present an hour's worth of banjo expertise. These workshops are always very informative to attend even if you are not a player.

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