We would like to thank all the people who helped make our final Didmarton Bluegrass Festival a total success. All the bands, stewards, technical crew and OGRI MCC who have worked hard over the past ten years to bring the British Bluegrass and Old Time scenes one of the best events of the year.
As previously announced Moira and I have decided to step down from organising the festival and, although we are delighted to go out on such a high, we do hope a new management team will arise to continue running the festival for the future.
OGRI, lead by their president Lee Broders, are in the process of mobilising a team of people. There are encouraging signs as many of the stewards, technical crew and other staff have pledged their support going forward. So, OGRI will not have to re-invent the wheel.
However, there are gaps, and certain skills are still required to complete the organising committee. OGRI are well versed in the business of running events as they have their own annual biker rally and also get involved in a number of other activities on the airfield. But they will need input from people with specialist knowledge of folk music, Bluegrass and Old Time in particular.
So, a person with an interest in booking and programming bands and concerts is needed. All the job needs is enthusiasm and an open mind.
The Didmarton Bluegrass Festival is a going concern with a customer base and a well organised administration package. Suppliers, Bands and contacts are all on a database and a new team member will have access to all the information and the systems they need from the start.
We would encourage anyone who has an interest in working for the festival to come forward and make contact. A general hand over meeting is scheduled for November and it would be good if interested parties could attend on the day.
For the time being, the website is limited to this Welcome page and the temporary contact details are below. Once the hand over is complete, the site will be re-instated and maintained by the new team.
Moira and I wish the new management all the luck in the world and we sincerely hope that you, the fans, will support them as well as you have over the past ten years.
John & Moira Wirtz
All enquiries until further notice by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org