Welcome to the Pipi Pickers

Tickets are now on sale, just finalising a few bands, and we have some special guests to introduce to you, coming all the way from New Zealand. 

The Pipi Pickers have played at festivals including Harrietville Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Convention, the Great Alpine Pick, and Mountain Grass (all in Victoria), and the Redlands Bluegrass Festival in Queensland, but this is their first visit to South Australia and we are really looking forward to having them here!

The Pipi Pickers are Barry Torkington on guitar, Garry Bigwood on mandolin, guitar and vocals, Nat Torkington on 5 string banjo, and Jenine Abarbanel on double bass and vocals.

More information on the rest of this year's bands will be coming over the next few weeks.

We're at the caravan park this year.

Just a quick update to let you know about our major sponsor for this year's festival, the Wirrina Cove Holiday Park.


As you know, we are now holding the festival totally on their grounds, so that it's self-contained.  Holly and Ben, the owners, are going above and beyond to make this changeover easy for us, and we are getting a great welcome from them.  We look forward to when you all come to the festival and feel that welcome too ...


They are a Pet Friendly caravan park - even have a pet friendly cabin on site - and are working on making the facilities the best they can be for all campers and travellers.


The place is gorgeous so if you haven't been down before, check them out!

Dates for 2015 Festival - and some exciting news!

Now that we are back from our respective festival visits of the summer, we are getting into gear for another excellent Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic festival in September.


Remember it's the first full weekend in September - this year, that makes it September 4th-6th. Put it on your calendar!


And ... we are moving!  We are now based totally at the Wirrina Cove Holiday Park - everything including camping and cabins, festival events, spaces for sessions, plus food will be available on site ...  Holly and Ben from the caravan park have been very supportive of our festival, and we look forward to working more closely with them this year.  Stay tuned for more updates on what the festival will look like this year ...


Please contact us with any specific questions about the new site and we'll do our best to answer them ... or let you know what's going on.

Performer Applications Open

Applications are now open for the 2015 program and we want to hear from you!

 Please note, this year we will run with a tighter program owing to how we will be running at the new site.  We know we cannot take everyone who applies - so get in before the end of April if you want to be considered for a spot on the program!

 We are looking for acts who perform in Bluegrass and related genres. Preference is given to acts who play acoustic music of these or related traditional forms. Eg, Old timey, traditional string band styles.

We are looking for performers who are prepared to be on site for the duration of the festival, mix with people and participate in many aspects of the festival.

 Please note we do not have a big budget.  We will pay a small amount to all performers, and will assist with other costs where possible, for those travelling greater distances. 

We are particularly interested in performers who can contribute to the festival in ways other than performing in the concerts.  We are still a newer festival - let us know if you have ideas for what you and your band can offer to enhance the festival experience and acoustic music atmosphere!

 Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we want to hear from you!


Thanks for waiting patiently – we've had lots of emails from you asking who's on when, and we know you are looking forward to it!

With so much going on during the festival, we know some of you are wanting the chance to plan your weekend. We think you are really going to enjoy this one, so have a look, share it with your friends (and tell them to come along!), get on Facebook and spread the word …

We'll have a full colour printed program booklet available free at the festival for ticket holders.  It's packed full of all the details, including the performance schedule, so you don’t need to print off our whole web site.  

Click here to view Festival Timetable

If you've been following our web site, Facebook page or you've received a few of these emails, you will know we have some new things happening this year, just to keep things interesting for everyone … Some of the highlights we've enjoyed getting together for you include visiting instrument makers, more workshops and lots of chances to sing.  

There is no ATM at the resort this year.  You can pay for things with your card but we recommend bringing some cash for buying CDs and drinks..   Across the road from the Yankalilla Bakery are easily accessible ATMs  - a good spot to stop and grab some cash on the way to the festival.

15% off your festival ticket if you book it on line …  It makes things heaps easier for our volunteers at the festival office if you have pre-booked, so if you are able to do that we really encourage it! www.wirrinabluegrass.com

Don’t forget camping is free and there's still a few options for accommodation at the resort –  you get a 15% discount on (refurbished) resort accommodation if you have a festival ticket.   Call the resort on (08) 8598 2400 to book your rooms.

If you think you can spare a few hours over the festival weekend to help as a volunteer, we need to hear from you!  Lots of different tasks to choose from. Email or call us!

Look forward to seeing you there!