Folk Will Flock To Maidenwell

Murrumba Pipes and Drums chief Gervie Fullerton chats with fan Sharyn Hansen, from Upper Yarraman, at the Maidenwell Hotel; the Maidenwell Folk Festival draws all types of musicians to the pretty mountain village
Maidenwell is gearing up for an influx of acoustic folk music fans on the October long weekend when it stages one of its biggest events of the year: the Maidenwell Folk Gathering.

This all-acoustic folk festival has been running for more than a decade, and it always attracts dozens of keen followers who use the long weekend for relaxed outdoor camping, music and fun.

Thursday is usually an informal time set aside for arriving at Maidenwell, pitching camp in the free camping areas near the historic Maidenwell Hotel and meeting fellow festival-goers. But informal Thursday night jam sessions and performances aren’t uncommon and the hotel is usually packed by evening.

Then on Friday, things kick up a notch with jam sessions and workshops that run all day and late into the night.

The action then moves up several gears again on Saturday when the Folk Gathering gets underway in earnest.

The hotel’s decks are packed with musicians and fans all day for informal jam sessions and singalongs.

This is followed on Saturday night with a chalkboard concert inside the hotel, which always attracts a good crowd.

Then on Sunday, things will ease back again with chilled-out jams before the gathering finally winds down on Monday with some farewell jams in the morning, followed around lunchtime by actual farewells as guests begin to make their way back home.

The best news of all, though, is that the entire Festival is 100% free.

There is only one rule: no BYO.

If you want supplies, you should buy them from the Maidenwell Hotel.

Festival organiser - and well-known local singer - "Bunya Nut Ernie" (Ian Heard) on stage
Festival organiser – and well-known local singer – “Bunya Nut Ernie” (Ian Heard) on stage
Sharron Coughlan, Maree Codd and Betty Hamber, all from Nanango, didn’t have long to wait on Friday night before the music started on the Maidenwell Hotel’s verandah last year
Sharron Coughlan, Maree Codd and Betty Hamber, all from Nanango, didn’t have long to wait on Friday night before the music started on the Maidenwell Hotel’s verandah last year