Did you know that about 40% of the musos at 26th annual Imbil Acoustic Music Festival were ukulele players?  If we get a few more people going next year, we can launch a take-over bid and rename it the Imbil Ukulele and Acoustic Festival (only joking!).

We (and a few other BUMS) spent the first weekend of November at Boorumba Deer Park at Imbil — a sleepy little hollow about 15 km off the highway south of Gympie.  It’s a couple of hours drive from Brisbane and accommodation is in huts, caravans and (mostly) tents.  This year there were over 100 people at the festival which costs just $20 for the weekend. A marquee and shed form the main concert and workshop area.

Packed into The Shed. Photo courtesy of Jane Erkens.

The festival program started Friday night with an open mic session.  Saturday was full of workshops, a ukulele jam which we led and a grand concert in the evening.  Perhaps 40% of the people there were guitar players and the remaining 20% played banjo, fiddles, whistles and so on.

Wildwood Flower show the diversity of instruments at the Saturday night concert in The Shed. Photo courtesy of Geoff Dancer.

Perhaps, the most impressive aspect of the festival was the “love”. There was a beautiful atmosphere with people moving about each other’s campsites enjoying and sharing music and playing various instruments.  Everyone was welcome to join in and contribute.

Camping ground jam, Imbil, November 2019. Photo courtesy of Geoff Dancer.

We certainly plan to be back next year, and it would be good to see a few more BUMS there.

Angela & Dave McGrath