Guildford Banjo Jamboree

The Thirteenth Guildford Banjo Jamboree has come and gone. The Jamboree went ahead last weekend as Guildford was not swept away by a flooding Loddon River.

Whilst the banjo is the star of the Jamboree, it shares the stage with other instruments typical of traditional American string bands so there were guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, double basses and fiddles aplenty.


The midday parade and banjo photo shoot under Guildford’s iconic Big Tree was a very relaxed affair.


Mmmm, not sure why there was a camel in attendance.


Some people were dressed to be noticed.




Anybody could get in on the act.


Gradually, the casual strumming became playing in unison and voices were raised in song.




The Jamboree is an opportunity for local organisations to raise much needed funds. The Guildford Primary School was offering tempting treats for afternoon tea on Saturday, whilst the Guildford unit of the Country Fire Authority was busy feeding people all weekend. They need a new fire truck.


This man was demonstrating his cigar box guitars whilst his friend was playing a more conventional instrument.




There was music here in the Guildford Public Hall……






……. and here in the Guildford Music Hall, Australia’s oldest surviving music hall……….




……..There was plenty of action in the beer garden…….



……and on the street.

I’ll be back next year.


11 Responses

  1. What a colourful event! I can imagine much fun was had, especially in the beer garden. These festivals are a good way for people to relax and let their hair down.

    • Lovely to see your comment, Jane. Yes, it was a relaxing event with lots of music being played by lots of people.

  2. I’ll put it in my diary for next year, when I’m on the road. 🙂

    • Yes, it’s a great local community music festival, Enevea.

  3. Did you join in the singing…I would have! A fun day…

    • Hi, Errrr, singing is not really my forte…..but I admire those who can sing.

      • Oh, it’s just about joining in and having fun, really! lol

  4. Hi Margaret, looks like fun was had by all. What a lovely sunny day and some great photos as usual. Trust you had an awesome time, listening, dancing and eating!!.

    • Thanks Jennie. This was my first experience of the Jamboree and my first experience of being a volunteer at a music festival. Three hours of volunteering spread across two days meant I received a free weekend pass. I said I would be happy to volunteer next year.

  5. It looks and sounds like a most enjoyable event.

    • Yes, Susan. I really enjoyed the weekend. Big events with large crowds are not for me. A small festival like this is so relaxing.

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