TUNE IN: Ash Bell and Matt Bone from The Starboard Cannons.
TUNE IN: Ash Bell and Matt Bone from The Starboard Cannons. Patrick Gorbunovs

First Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival fires up on Saturday

YOU are going to need some comfortable shoes this Saturday.

The inaugural Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival, a not-for-profit community event, will celebrate local food and music with highlights including a stellar line-up of Bluegrass musicians, a BBQ cook-off, a pickers comp and family friendly entertainment at the Bangalow Showgrounds from 10am Saturday.

The BBQ cook-off is sure to be popular with amateurs and professionals alike with a $1000 first prize up for grabs.

The pickers competition, featuring either guitar, banjo, mandolin or fiddle, has a $250 first prize on offer.

The line-up of Bluegrass performers includes the Bellingen-based The Mid North, winners of the Battle of the Bands competition and the Buskers competition at the Tamworth Country Music Festival earlier this year.

Bluegrass five-piece The Stetson Family whose country-folk offerings have earned them a following in the US will also appear alongside festival circuit favourites The Morrisons.

The seven-piece string outfit are sure to entertain with the alt-country, bluegrass and folk.

Joining these bands on the bill is an impressive collection of local Bluegrass musicians.

The mercurial Starboard Cannons, who have just released their second album The Brave and the Valiant, will perform as will new Queensland band River Mountain Riot.

Heartworn Highway will take time out from recording to perform alongside the Barkers Vale Brothers, a group with a penchant for 1920s-1950s bluegrass.

So dust off your double denims and be prepared to experience irrepressible hootin' and hollerin', some maudlin winsomeness and sheer, infectious joyousness.