Songs from the Catlins' heart

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 05:00 03/02/2014
Bluegrass band
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BLUEGRASS JAM: Musicians (clockwise from bottom left) Jago Byatt, Bari Fitzgerald, Jugman Jim Crawford and Alton McDonald jam ahead of the Niagara Falls Bluegrass Festival.

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Hundreds of people enjoyed the seventh annual Niagara Falls Bluegrass Festival at the weekend.

Bluegrass music enthusiasts converged in the gardens of the Niagara Falls Cafe in the Catlins to enjoy the live entertainment during the two-day event. Entertainment included fiddlers Steven and Marylyn Hayes, Alton McDonald, Kelsi Hayes, Lachie Hayes, Bari Fitzgerald and Westcoasters Two Armed Men and a Bandit.

Festival co-organiser Marylyn Hayes said almost half of the people at the family-friendly event camped in the paddock next door on Saturday night.

"It's a great couple of days spent enjoying bluegrass music in the beautiful surrounds of the Catlins."

Festival-goers enjoyed the beautiful weather, food and entertainment. Bluegrass music evolved from old-time American folk music, becoming popular in the 20th century, and is known for the use of banjos, fiddles, mandolins and string bass.

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