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The 2014 Orwell Bluegrass festival will be on the 9th, 10th and 11th May 2014

***Latest News 18th March 2014 - Confirmed bands list updated***

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    Welcome all to the 2014 and the 8th Orwell Bluegrass Festival, hosted once again at Hallowtree Scout Camp, and to be held on 9th/10th/11th May.

    As you are probably aware, Ralph Keeble, a founding member of the festival team, sadly passed away on August 30th last year and we are dedicating the 2014 Orwell Bluegrass Festival to his memory. It therefore would be a great testament to his acheivements over the past 7 years to see as many of his old friends as possible.

    As many of you know this is a wonderful site to hold our Festival, with 46 acres of parkland containing purpose built buildings including toilet and shower blocks. There are many picturesque walks along the banks of the River Orwell with easy going footpaths for you and your four legged friends. Dogs are more than welcome on the site, as long as they are kept under control. However they are not allowed in the main buildings or marquees.

    This year we have some amazing new Bluegrass bands as well as your old favourites, plus a wide selection of Old Time music. The Main Stage is busier than ever, with bands coming from all over the UK.

    It also gives us great pleasure to announce that Tumbling Bones and Mean Mary will be travelling from the USA to perform for us. This is a real coup for the UK Bluegrass scene and we are very proud to have them perform at our festival.

    We will once again be hosting the Old Time Marquee, with the support of FOAOTMAD, where a great selection of Old Time Music and Dance will be held.

    The Bar as usual will be located in the main building serving traditional beers, lagers, wines and spirits. The Open Mike Bar Stage will be hosting a variety of music commencing 13.30 Saturday. If you wish to perform on this Stage, please come along to the Bar to book your slot as soon as possible after arrival as this is on a first come first served basis. There will also be an Open Mike session in The Old Time Marquee.

    The catering services will once again be provided by Bombillo Events Ltd who are based in the West Country, and we know from last year they provide high quality food at very affordable prices.

    We look forward to a great weekend and to welcoming all our old friends and making new ones. So go to “Download a 2014 Booking Form” and get it sent to us to ensure you get a ticket. You can also pay on arrival, by cash.

    Chris & Ben

  • Main Menu
    Bluegrass Music
    An introduction and a history.
    News
    Band Information.
    Programme
    Dates and Lineup.
    Old Time Programme
    Dates and Lineup.
    Ticket Information
    Ticket Price and Information.
    Photo Gallery 2012
    Pictures from 2012
    Contact Information and Directions
    How to Find or Contact Us.
    Links
    Additional Information.
    Download a Flyer
    2014 Festival Advertisement.
    Download a 2014 Booking Form
    Order your tickets.
     
    Bands confirmed for 2014 so far include:
  • Shooting Stars
  • Tumbling Bones (USA)
  • Jaywalkers
  • Mean Mary (USA)
  • Biggin Hillbillies
  • Blossom Hill Bluegrass Band
  • Flats and Sharps
  • Ragged Out String Band
  • Ghost Town Showdown
  • New Essex Bluegrass Band
  • Cowbaby
  • The Grove Band
  • 309s
  • Wood Wire and Words
  • Flat Mountain Family Band
  • Kentucky Cow Tippers
  • The Old Grey Dogs
  • The Slowdown Boys
  • Valerie Vale and her Aylesbury Aylevators
  • Acorn Shakers
  • Tappalachian clog dancers and band
  • Malvern Hillbillies Old Time String Band
  • The Allen Family
  • The Bundy Brothers

  • Festival Details

    Festival Dates:
    Thursday 8th to Monday 12th May 2014.

    Location:
    Hallowtree Camp Site
    Ipswich
    Suffolk
    IP10 0JP