After a break of nine years, the Country Music Association of Australia announced the resurgence of the Australian National Bluegrass Championships at the 2008 Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The Australian National Bluegrass Championships had humble beginnings in St. Andrews Hall, Tamworth in 1979.
The Championships soon became the pinnacle of all acoustic music awards - attracting the best players in Australia together with lots of young, eager to learn players competing to become the National Bluegrass Flatpick Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo or Fiddle Champions.
The Championships attracted great crowds and were synonymous with great raw talent. The majority of the previous winners are now at the forefront of our country music industry - performing in the best bands, with all our major artists, and playing on the finest of our Australian country albums.
The Championships were the single most driving factor for the emergence of such great musical talent through the eighties and early nineties.
The 2012 CMAA Australian National Bluegrass Championships registration from for entrants will be online here in due course - please check back towards the end of the year. There is no registration fee for entrants or their registered accompanists. All friends/family need to purchase a ticket to gain entry to the Championships event.
Fabulous prizes donated by Fender valued at $10,000. Judged by some of Australia's best instrumentalists including - Hamish Davidson, Lachlan Davidson, Andrew Clermont, Trev Warner, John Kane and Ian Simpson, and highly regarded international Jerry Salley.
2012 CMAA Australian National Bluegrass Championships
Date: 29 January
Time: 11am - 1pm
Venue: Grand Ballroom, Wests' Diggers, Kable Avenue, Tamworth