Oldtime and bluegrass in free Katoomba festival

Whoa Mule from Sydney
Whoa Mule from Sydney
The Button Collective from northern NSW

The Button Collective from northern NSW

The Plough from the Blue Mountains

The Plough from the Blue Mountains

A new community event bringing together local and national Oldtime and bluegrass musicians will be celebrated in an all-day festival on Saturday, October 19.

The festival will run between Plantbased Wholefoods café/restaurant 97 Katoomba St, and the beautiful Church hall across the road, Junction 142.

There will be music at both venues from 10am, with an Oldtime dance late afternoon in the church hall, followed by an evening of music, eating and drinking till late at Plantbased Wholefoods.

The festival has around 18 acts coming from the Blue Mountains, Bathurst, Sydney, northern NSW and Victoria, including some of the most prominent musicians from the Australian Oldtime music scene.

Cat and Clint are one of the highlights, bringing a real Australian style to Appalachian mountain music. Whoa Mule are a progressive Oldtime group that break the boundaries of the tradition with complex melody and rhythm. The Button Collective are a real favourite of the folk festival scene.

There will also be the My-T-Fine String band that have members who began the organisation of Oldtime and Bluegrass concerts and festival in Australia in the early 1970s and are still going strong today.

There are young and old musicians who come together over their love of this traditional country music. The festival is a good reflection of intergenerational connectedness.

During the event there will be space for musicians to get together and play in and upstairs in the café. There will be a play/singalong session with Maizy Coombes and The Plough in the cafe.

There will be some 20-minute spots between 11 and 1pm upstairs at the cafe, so get in early on Saturday morning at the cafe to get your name down.

The event is free. There will be food and chai on sale in the hall; Plantbased Wholefoods will of course have plenty to offer. There will be a henna artist and some instruments on sale.

On Friday night (18th) there will be an opening show and an Oldtime jam at the cafe.

Also, as a seperate event in the town on Friday night, Fusion Boutique Presents Live At The Attic with The Missy Raines Trio (Nashville) and special guests Whoa Mule in concert at Hotel Blue Upstairs. (Check Fusion Boutique for bookings for that event)

The organisers would like to acknowledge that the festival is only made possible by the generosity of the musicians and our supporters ... thank you all.

he Oldtime Festival in Katoomba on the 19th of October with an opening night at Plantbased Wholefood on Friday night with some of the festival groups. T

Cat and Clint from Blackwood, Victoria

Cat and Clint from Blackwood, Victoria