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One Month To Didmarton 2017!

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..

2017 Line-Up:
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.

JUST CONFIRMED – ROB ICKES and TREY HENSLEY

JUST CONFIRMED – we have ROB ICKES and TREY HENSLEY playing on the Friday night.

 
ROB ICKES has been playing bluegrass with his much-decorated band Blue Highway for over twenty years, during which time he has been adjudged Bluegrass Dobro Player Of the year fifteen times. Rob has played on countless sessions, recording with artists such as Merle Haggard, Dierks Bentley, Patty Loveless, and Alison Krauss.
TREY HENSLEY is bursting at the seams with freshness and musical excitement. His resonant baritone voice is rich, expressive, and equally at ease with classic bluegrass, traditional country, and original compositions. Raised in Jonesborough, Tennessee, Trey began playing guitar and singing when he was 10 years old. Invited by Marty Stuart and joined from the wings by Earl Scruggs, Trey Hensley landed on the Grand Old Opry when he was only 11.


Must be seen – along with the rest of our amazing line-up!

Advance Tickets now on sale

Thank you to all who have purchased an Early Bird Ticket, it helps us out massively with pre-festival costs.

There is still a saving on an Advance Weekend Ticket at only £60 for a full weekend of fabulous music, bonfires, beer, burgers, bikers and banjos (also fiddles, mandolins, guitars, double basses, dobros and more!)

Not forgetting the traders market, children’s corner and the chance to win an Ashbury Concert Ukulele AU24 in our one day raffle.

A Bluegrass Festival not to be missed, an atmosphere like no other.

Click here to book now

Get your Early Bird tickets now

Early Bird full weekend tickets now on sale for just £55. A bargain price to see some of the best Bluegrass around with three American Bands booked and one waiting to be confirmed.

Apology if the website plays up, it’s probably us trying to sort out the photo galleries again!

Headline bands for Didmarton 2016 announced

We have two headline acts confirmed for Didmarton this year and both hail from the U.S.A.
Front Country from San Franciscohttp://www.frontcountryband.com
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West from Seattlehttp://cahalenandeli.com
We’ll be posting more information on both of these as the weeks go on, plus the rest of the line-up as it’s finalised, but in the meantime, check out their websites, Facebook pages and Youtube, to hear the fabulous music they are going to be playing for us.

See you all there

It’s looking dry for Didmarton 2015 🙂

Advance Tickets we’re left a day or two extra but it will be cash on the gate now.

Some final notes:

  • No Dogs
  • Pack a torch for night time through the site
  • Tent only area provided this year
  • There will be some marked bays along some of the fence lines
  • No provision shop this year
  • We have to be super-eco-friendly to our reed beds this year (water/chemical waste). Please take note of the notices.
  • We have x4 Elsan points this year, please use them and don’t dump into the ground (as it were, oo er missus!)
  • Small metalwork forge on site for commissions and demos
  • x2 ladies providing massage to tired limbs
  • Creative Children’s area
  • Woodfired Pizza Saturday only
  • Trailer providing full meals but we still have our sit-down canteen area
  • Sweet & Savoury Crepes

Kid’s Corner

Workshops, fun and a stage to perform . . .

  • FELTING FUN WORKSHOP,  Friday  2 – 4pm

Ever wondered how to make felt? Here is your chance to find out how and create a wondrous woolly masterpiece – choose to make a flower or vase.

  • MAKE YOUR OWN BLUEGRASS INSTRUMENT WORKSHOP,  Saturday  2 – 4pm

Rummage through our junk modelling materials and put together your very own Bluegrass instrument. Fancy making a fiddle, blinging banjo or bostin’ bass? Come and join us for the ‘make & take’ fun.

*Parents, feel free to bring anything that can go in our rummage box for instrument making*