The Imbil Acoustic Music Festival at the Borumba Deer Park is in its 27th year. A bunch of BUMS were there, and Angela McGrath provided a review.

Tony, Cath, Steve, Ang and Jane

What a great weekend! Terrific time had by all and lots of jamming and music to keep everyone entertained and smiling. In only costs $20, bring your tent or caravan or book a cabin? Next year is 5-7 November so get in quick folks.

Overview

This was our second time attending this great festival, friendly and laid back with lots of jamming in campsites with muso’s of various skill levels and instruments. The usual suspects of guitars, ukes and banjos plus harmonicas, tea chest bass and lots of other interesting equipment.

In between jamming there were workshops on learning to play uke, advanced strumming guitar, learn violin, djembe drumming, laughter yoga, storytelling, poets, Saturday night concert and so much more.

With COVID safe measures people wandered in and out of campsites and joined in with new friends and old, playing, laughing and sharing songs and stories. It was great to catch up with old friends from the previous year and to share experiences with new ones. I’m always amazed at the talented people you hear playing as you walk around the park.

Ukulele jams

On Saturday afternoon David and I led the ukulele jam and were supported by Cath on Bass, Steve and Tony taking a turn leading and Jane on drums. With the songs up on the screen and Phil on scrolling we had a fantastic time with a range of well-known uke songs – lots of favourites and some requests. I think we rocked the roof off the shed and a great time was had by all.

Dave and Steve

Highlights

The evening concert was a hit with Javane a rising young star entertaining with her beautiful voice – keep watching for her in the future. Bearded Betty, Cherry Ripes, Blue Harmony and Lady Grey Nomad were fabulous.

Other highlights were the walk-up open mic, the poets breakfast and a Gospel music session. But my favourite was the campsite jamming! Definitely a highlight of any festival.

Check out the Imbil Acoustic Music festival Facebook page for more info and photos.