We are certain that you are all well aware of the ongoing situation with the Covid19 pandemic, so we don’t expect it to come as any surprise that we sadly have to announce the postponement of Didmarton 2020 until 2021. It was not an easy decision or one that the committee wanted to have to make, but as with so many festivals and events this year we are out of options and up against deadlines. With government guidelines as they stand and the pandemic continuing, there is simply no way it can happen.
As we can’t gather to watch music, chat, catch up and play music together this year, we will be looking to host something like a virtual festival on our Facebook page over the usual Didmarton festival weekend. Videos of bands that should have been performing this year and videos from previous festivals, that we can all watch together at the same time. It won’t be the same, but at least we’ll be able to connect with each other in our love of bluegrass music. (We are investigating a simultaneous broadcast here, on our website too, so keep an eye out for any news)
Do not despair, we will be be back next year!
Stay safe, look out for each other and keep on pickin’.
We just wanted to let you all know that planning and preparation for Didmarton 2020 is continuing behind the scenes and at this time we still plan to hold the 32nd Didmarton Bluegrass Festival on the 4th-6th September. However, given the current situation regarding the Coronavirus worldwide and with advice and information from the government changing daily, the committee has decided to delay the sale of Early-Bird tickets at this time. There are still 24 weeks until our festival, so it would seem prudent to monitor the situation a bit longer to have a better understanding of the long term implications, before we start to sell tickets. We are closely monitoring the situation, as are all of you and hope to be able to give you positive news soon. In the meantime, please stay safe, take care of yourselves and each other, don’t panic and keep on pickin’. See you in September.
Hi folks, we’re sorry to say that someone named Mrs. Lily Thomas, who claims to be in the U.S., is contacting American bands under false pretences, claiming they are representing us and wish to book them for Didmarton Bluegrass Festival 2020. Please be aware this has nothing to do with us, we don’t know who they are and they do not represent us in any way shape or form! So far we have heard from two U.S. bands who have received communications from this person and we have found another UK festival (non-bluegrass) is having similar problems. There is little we can do, other than to warn bands not to have any contact with this person. This is as frustrating for us as it is for the bands involved, but luckily, so far the bands have contacted us directly first before giving over any of their details or information. We hope by posting this publicly on Facebook and our website, we can warn bands to be wary and to please contact us directly to confirm whether we know of any offer from agencies or promoters, before imparting information to third parties.
Here it is folks, put the dates in your diary now because you don’t want to miss Didmarton 2020! Join us for another fabulous weekend on 4th to 6th September! Keep a close eye on this website and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for news of the fantastic music we will have in store for you and when you can buy your Early Bird tickets. ??
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Joe K. Walsh has had to return home for a family emergency and will not be able to play for us with Grant Gordy on Saturday night, our thoughts are with him and his family and hope to see him back in the UK soon. The good news is Grant Gordy will be playing a solo set with the possible addition of some guests to mix things up.
For several years Brooklyn-based guitarist Grant Gordy has been a major voice on the American “acoustic music” scene, and one of the most highly regarded young instrumentalists of his generation. Having held the guitar chair in the legendary David Grisman Quintet for six years, he’s also worked alongside such musical luminaries as Edgar Meyer, Steve Martin, Tony Trischka and Darol Anger. Grant has performed all over North America and Europe. You do not want to miss seeing and hearing one of the finest flatpicking guitarists in the world today!
The full line-up for Didmarton 2019 has been announced and it’s a bumper year for amazing music! Check out the ‘Line-Up’ page for the full list. Top of the bill are the incredible Grant Gordy and Joe K. Walsh from the USA, you really do not want to miss this pair!
Early-Bird tickets are still on sale until the 1st June when the Advance ticket price will come into effect, so don’t wait, grab a bargain while you still can! At £65 for Early-Bird tickets you will not find a better value festival, 14 bands, workshops, camping included for 4 nights, a communal bonfire, trade stalls, lots of picking sessions, an Open Mic stage, real ale bar, the list is almost endless! Plus, if you are a member of the British Bluegrass Music Association you can get a further discount on the Early Bird Ticket Price. Don’t wait, buy your tickets today!
You may remember at Didmarton 2018 there was a collection being held to raise funds for a young boy called Jackson who suffers from an undiagnosed neurological condition, between OGRI MCC and Didmarton Bluegrass Festival goers the amazing amount of £2011 was raised. We have just been sent a link to a newspaper article about the Lucy Air Ambulance which flew Jackson to Great Ormond Street Hospital for specialist tests and we thought you would like to read it too.
You can find out more about Jackson on his website:
Hello folks! You’ll be delighted to hear, after our first committee meeting of the year, that we can confirm Didmarton Bluegrass Festival 2019 will most definitely be held from 30th August to 1st September! It’s all systems go here at Didmarton Central, the website has been updated, you’ll see a new banner up on Facebook, lots of bands are being, or already have been, confirmed, traders are being sorted, stewards are being mustered and the whole committee and festival team are working feverishly to make sure the 31st Didmarton Bluegrass Festival is the best it can be! We know you’re all desperate for news so how about this, we’re freezing weekend ticket prices for another year! Yes, you read that right, your weekend ticket for 2019 will not cost you a penny more than it did in 2017 or 2018! Early Bird tickets will be on sale from April, so grab yourself a bargain and buy them early! As soon as we have more news we’ll make an announcement on here and the website, so please do keep checking. In the meantime, please share this page with all your friends, invite them along and start making plans for the 31st Didmarton Bluegrass Festival! ?
On Sunday 3rd September we will be sharing the airport site with the Emergency Services Show from 10am-4pm. The exit will be therefore be busier than normal around 4pm, but there will be police organising traffic out on to the main road, so traffic should flow. Departure will be signed and marshalled, with two exits, one for travelling north and one for travelling south.
Hard to believe it, but Didmarton 2017 kicks off in just 4 weeks time!
We have a fantastic line-up for you, plus the usual workshops, real ale and cider, picking sessions, dancing, etc., etc., etc..
Ragged Union – USA.
Sweet Water Warblers – USA
Jack Lawrence with Dick Plank and Alan Ward – USA/UK
The Small Glories (Cara Luft & J.D. Edwards) – Canada
Jeni Hankins – USA
The Horsenecks – USA/UK
The Rip Roaring Success – UK
Hot Rock Pilgrims – UK
Dan Walsh & John Dowling – UK
The Jaywalkers – UK
New Essex Bluegrass Band – UK
Cardboard Fox – UK
Bill Smarme & The Bizness – UK
Midnight Skyracer – UK
Next Generation – UK
The Rosellys – UK
More information on the bands can be found on the Line-Up page.
Get your tickets in advance and get a discount, if you’re a member of the BBMA, you can also get an additional discount, see the Ticket page for details.
If you want to ask us anything, take a look at the Contact page, or find us on Facebook.