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21 years of Didmarton Bluegrass Festival 2009 at Kemble Airport

21 years of Didmarton Bluegrass Festival 2009

Didmarton Bluegrass Festival is now considered by many to be the premier Bluegrass Festival in Britain.  It brings the pick of the best bands from the UK and North America to perform.  At twenty one years old this year the festival is proud to have hosted top US bands, The Roland White Band, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Blue Highway, Sally Van Meter and Cadillac Sky.  Headlining this year are the high energy MOUNTAIN HEART who are sure to send their audience into a frenzy when they take the stage on Saturday and Sunday at this year’s event.

A message from John Wirtz, organiser of the 2009 Didmarton Bluegrass Festival.

"The main theme of the festival is Bluegrass although we pursue a policy to cater for a wider audience and the choice is widening with two stages offering different styles of music from “Folk” through “Jazz” to “Blues” and other acoustic genres.  There is a lot on offer for music lovers.  We are constantly being congratulated on the high quality and variety of entertainment on show at Didmarton.  Bluegrass fans however, will always be highly valued and especially provided for.

There is a fantastic line up of Bluegrass and Old Time bands keeping to the main theme.  So alongside our distinguished guests from the USA will be “Carl Jones and Beverly Smith” who pay a second visit to Didmarton, “The Scoville Units” - Leon Hunt’s new band, “Rabbi John”, “A Band Like Alice”, “Monroe’s Revenge”, rising stars “The Carrivick Sisters”, “Old Yeller Dog”, “The Kitty Hawks” and many more.

This time we are raising the bar on the alternative music front proud to have the fantastic “Chris Newman and Maire Ni Chathasaigh” headlining the folk section.  They will be supported by several bands playing all sorts of different stuff for example: “Brejeiro” performing some Brazilian Choro, “Kelly Elliott” with her brand of smooth Jazz, The highly acclaimed “Fastest to Canada” with their eclectic mix of Folk, and many others.

The main programme of music will be supplemented with a full dance display programme featuring “Chequered Flag” and “Applejacks”, and Instrumental Workshops featuring the best musicians present on site are always a highlight.

The festival site amenities are improving too.  This year, we will be adding more showers to the already first class facilities.  The site is flat, well drained and easy to find on the map.  Our hosts the OGRI M/CC will be manning the bars and selling beverages at the best prices to be found anywhere on the festival circuit.  And they do it with a smile!

We’re proud this year to announce a new association with Santa Cruz Guitars and Microphone manufacturers: Audio Technica who are sponsoring the festival by donating prizes for the 2009 Didmarton Prize draw.  Santa Cruz will have a presence on site displaying their range of high end instruments.  The first prize in the draw will be a Model D dreadnought and at £2.00 a ticket to enter the draw, it’s a no brainer!"




Concert times as follows: 

  • Friday Afternoon 1.30pm to 5pm
  • Friday Evening 7.30pm to 11.30pm
  • Saturday Afternoon 1.30pm to 5pm
  • Saturday Evening 7.30pm to 11.30pm
  • Sunday Afternoon 1pm to 3.30pm

    Other activities outside of concert times.

  • Event: Didmarton Bluegrass Festival 2009
  • Date: Friday 4 - Sunday 6 September 2009
  • Time: A full weekend ticket allows you to camp onsite from Thursday night (3rd) until noon on Monday. The bar will be open Thursday night until Sunday night.
  • Tickets: From £18  - £62.50 to include camping. Under 14's FREE. For advance tickets send STAMPED SELF ADDRESSED ENVELOPE with cheque or credit card details to: Dimarton Bluegrass, Park Farm, Buckland Down, Nr Frome, Somerset. BA11 2RG
  • Where: Site A Kemble Airfield, Cirencester, GL7 6BA

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29 July 2009


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