Strenger i Gress Bluegrass Camp is the festival that just wouldn’t die. We keep alive the tradition started by the Risør Bluegrass Festival, for years an important gathering place for bluegrass enthusiasts and acoustic players/singers.
This year’s festival offers bluegrass workshops, concerts, and jam sessions: everything a music lover could want! We invite you to a unique and inclusive festival, the biggest of its kind in Norway, where we keep the bluegrass fires burning with a spirit of true volunteer enthusiasm. We offer camping and jamming all week, workshops for all instruments and singers from Wednesday to Friday, and festival concerts Friday and Saturday. Once again this year, the intimate setting of Gulsrud Church will be the place for a special concert on the Thursday evening.
Norwegian bluegrass bands deserve both a stage and an audience and there are several exciting bands on the bill this year. The festival is family-friendly: there’s even a kids’ concert Saturday morning. Later on Saturday there’s also an open stage where both new and established acts are invited to perform in an informal setting. Location: Gulsrud is idyllic. Situated by the Tyrifjord, just a little over an hour from Oslo, we offer both tenting sites and indoor accommodations.
The Festival is easily accessible for both daytime and overnight visits. The Camp is open for everyone and is both lively and family-friendly. Workshop and bandlab: try your hand at playing in a band! From Wednesday to Friday there will be workshops in guitar, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, and singing. All of the workshop participants, across instrument type (singers, too!) gather in the afternoons and are placed in bands and supervised by one of our instructors. This is a low-key introduction to playing in a band and a great way to try out some new things learned during the individual workshop classes. The classes are adapted to the level of the individual participants, with a special workshop available for kids. The bandlab concludes on Friday with a late-morning public concert.
Welcome to what may well be one of the highlights of your summer!