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If you really want to know something about a place, ask a local. We have done this for you with our many stories of locals across the Bellingen Shire including Bellingen, Dorrigo, Urunga, Mylestom. Everyone in our Valley has a story to tell. Some come from families who have lived here for many generations, and others have discovered this beautiful region and made it their home.

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We interview Bridget Rees on the eve of The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival about her recent invitation to the United States to participate in the Performing Arts Discovery: American Sounds. the role of this festival is to introduce American artists to international festival programmers.

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival hits the world stage

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The much-awaited Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, an acoustic weekend of concerts, workshops, jamming, dancing and so much more, is fast approaching.  Festival organiser and undisputed mainstay Bridget Rees has barely…

Dorrigo born and raised musician Joe Newton will be inspiring audiences at this year's Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival with his soulful music. We interview Joe on the eve of the Festival.

Joe Newton plays Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival

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It seems only fitting that this Dorrigo born and raised musician will have the opportunity to share with us his soulful music at this year’s Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival,…

I Love Bello Shire chats with Mark Crane of Bellingen Veterinary Clinic about his life surrounded by animals

Backchat: Bellingen’s Vet Mark Crane

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Mark Crane has been curing the animals of Bellingen for 27 years now.  As Bellingen’s Vet he has  seen it all.  “A country Vet will face so many more challenges…

I Love Bello Shire chats with Bridget Rees about the upcoming Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival happening in Dorrigo on the weekend of the 26th, 27th and 28th of October 2018.

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival: authentic, intimate and green.

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Dorrigo  is about to erupt with the sweet sounds of music, as the 17th Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival promises to bring the very best of the folk, bluegrass and…

We chat to Rosie Wickert current chair of the Bellingen Fine Music Festival organising committee about this year's festival line-up.

A peak behind the curtain- Bellingen Fine Music Festival

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Rosie Wickert, current chair and unofficial publicity officer of the Bellingen Fine Music Festival organising committee, has always had a love of ‘fine’ music. And Rosie is quick to point…

I Love Bello Shire chats with Kye Ruigrok about our local radio broadcaster 2 Triple B on the eve of the Open Day to celebrate 35 years on-air.

Backchat: Kye Ruigrok all abuzz about the B’s

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Our local radio broadcasting station 2 Triple B is celebrating 35 years on-air for the month of September, quite a feat for this volunteer-run stalwart of our community, that has…