Strings Tied: The West Australian Guitar Festival 2021 | Busselton-Dunsborough Courier


Listening to the Festival: Organizers and supporters of Strings Attached: The West Australian Guitar Festival (Dan White pictured far right) is pleased with the early rush for tickets to the October festival.

The organizers of the upcoming Strings Attached: The West Australian Guitar Festival say they are thrilled to bring the festival back after hitting the event in 2020.

Festival director Dan White said it was exciting to bring the event back to Margaret River after a turbulent year of COVID-19-related disruption.

One of WA's top musicians, Grace Barbe will perform at the 2021 Strings Attached WA Guitar Festival in October.

One of WA’s top musicians, Grace Barbe will perform at the 2021 Strings Attached WA Guitar Festival in October.

“We’re really excited to be back for another big year,” White said.

“It has been difficult to overcome the obstacles posed to us by restrictions, blockages, etc. which resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 festival, but I think it is more important than ever for the entertainment industry. guitar and guitar enthusiasts to be able to come together and stay connected through a celebration of music and crafts. “

Scheduled for the weekend of October 8-10 at Margaret River HEART, the Strings Attached program also includes a range of satellite events taking place at locations near you.

“Almost all of the venues hosting a festival this year are within walking distance of the city center so festival-goers can choose between the selection of events on offer and get to them easily,” White said.

“We have been working on expanding the youth program this year, which will offer a host of free events for aspiring guitarists and musicians to learn directly from the pros.”

The inaugural festival drew crowds at the River Hotel and other shows throughout the weekend.  Photos: chains attached

The inaugural festival drew crowds at the River Hotel and other shows throughout the weekend. Photos: chains attached

The full program is yet to launch in August, but early ticket sales have already been positive after an early release this week.

The first Weekend Release Passes sold out on Monday night, and White expected the solid roster of talent and exhibits to capture the interest of the community at large – not just music fans.

The main exhibition at Margaret River HEART is expected to host other incredible luthiers, tool makers and exhibits which are free to the public during the festival weekend, while the performance and workshop side will include a wide variety of artists including Jeff Lang, Australian blues royalty, Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham, Golden Guitar and ARIA award winners, Grace Barbe, WA’s best reigning bassist and many more, ”said White.

“Local support is integral to the success and longevity of Strings. This festival is organized by locals with the locals in mind and would not survive without the support of the Margaret River community who attend events, visit the exhibit guitars at HEART and spread the word. “

Margaret River crowd favorite, Tracy Barnett will also be in town for the festival.

Margaret River crowd favorite, Tracy Barnett will also be in town for the festival.

The second release passes are now on sale for the Strings Attached West Australian Guitar Festival which will take place in Margaret River from October 8-10.

Demand has been high for weekend passes following the announcement of big names like Jeff Lang, Grace Barbe, Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham last week.

In addition to live music, the festival offers people the chance to connect with experts, artists and creatives who will showcase their talents in a series of free exhibitions and showcases.

Beautiful instruments will be on display with vintage collections and specialist workshops for participants.

All musical tastes will be catered for with elements of folk, rock, classical, blues and country incorporated into the festival program.


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