Wednesday, August 2 - Saturday, August 5, 2017

2017 Performers

The Del McCoury Band (Sat)

Del McCoury

Vince Gill says it simply, and maybe best: "I'd rather hear Del McCoury sing 'Are You Teasing Me' than just about anything." For fifty years, Del's music has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans-count Gill among them-as well as a growing number of fans among those only vaguely familiar with the genre. And while the box set Celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury, like its distilled companion, By Request-both in stores on May 12th-provides an opportunity to look back on a unique legacy, it's also one that Del McCoury's rolling past with a wave and a grin and some of the best music he's ever made.

"It gives hope to everybody-fifty years is a long time to be playing music in any field," says another fan, Elvis Costello. "But to keep the purity that you need to do this kind of music, and the drive and the energy …takes a special kind of guy." And indeed, McCoury is something special, a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honkytonks, schoolhouse shows and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, yet also a commandingly vital presence today, from prime time and late night talk show TV to music festivals where audiences number in the hundreds of thousands. "Here's a guy who has been playing for fifty years, and he's still experimenting-still looking to do things outside the box, to bring other kinds of music into bluegrass form," says Americana music icon Richard Thompson, who saw his "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" turned into a bluegrass standard when McCoury brought it into the fold. "I think that's the best bluegrass band, period. That's it."

Born in York County, PA seventy years ago, Del McCoury would once have seemed an unlikely candidate for legendary status. Bitten hard by the bluegrass bug when he heard Earl Scruggs' banjo in the early 50s-"everybody else was crazy about Elvis, but I loved Earl," he says with a chuckle-McCoury became a banjo picker himself, working in the rough but lively Baltimore and D.C. bar scene into the early 1960s. He got his first taste of the limelight when he joined Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in early 1963; the Father of Bluegrass moved McCoury from the banjo to guitar, made him his lead singer, and gave him a lifetime's worth of bluegrass tutelage direct from the source in the course of little more than a year. But rather than parlay his gig with the master into a full-time career of his own, he returned to Pennsylvania in the mid-60s to provide steady support for his new and growing family.


Rhonda Vincent and The Rage (Thu & Fri)

Rhonda Vincent

A firecracker of talent that powers one of the hottest shows in any genre of music! World Class Musicians, and an Award Winning Voice seamlessly set the stage for a breath-taking, one-of-a-kind, must-see performance; that reaches beyond the boundaries of bluegrass music! Written words can give you but a glimpse of the artist known as The Queen of Bluegrass, as deemed by the Wall Street Journal. But it's only when you see this artist, that you can feel the energy and experience the excitement of her music, to truly know why she and her amazing band are the "Most Award Winning Band in Bluegrass Music History, with over 100 awards!"

Breaking a stereotypical image, Rhonda Vincent takes the stage in designer gowns, stiletto heels, in a take-charge manner, far from the type set that Hollywood has portrayed as the image of acoustic music.

"We're changing the landscape of our music in many aspects; to show we are sophisticated, educated, and hold a deep respect for the tradition of our music, keeping the roots embedded within the perimeters of our songs, to create a balance of tradition mixed with a contemporary flare, and present our own unique brand of music," Rhonda explains.

"We want our listeners to hear with their hearts," says Rhonda. "Music is a business, but I hope we don't let it show that much," she continues, "The business part is a necessity; but most of all it's the love of the music, that keeps us doing what we do!"

Rhonda Vincent makes having a successful career look easy. Behind the scenes, she's a savvy businesswoman with a tireless work ethic. At center stage, she makes a magical transformation to wow her audiences, with a fresh cover girl face, and complimentary curves; all while showing off her chops as the genre's finest vocalist, and playing break-neck riffs on the mandolin.

The Voice of Rhonda Vincent is the centerpiece, surrounded by the rhythms of each instrument; featuring the individual styles of the world class musicians that collectively make up The Rage. Their talent is unmatched. Each and every member can sing every part, and play every instrument. Their depth of skill sets the stage for the highest level of professionalism in every performance.

Reaching beyond the boundaries of bluegrass music……

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage are one of the HOTTEST TICKETS in any genre of music!


Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (Fri)

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

Gospel harmonies were ringing in the Smoky Mountains as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver were named Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year at the 22nd Annual Diamond Awards held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center on Tuesday night in Pigeon Forge.

Acclaimed artists such as Jeff & Sheri Easter and Gerald Crabb performed along with Lawson and other gospel music favorites on the fan-voted Diamond Awards show sponsored by SGN Scoops Magazine, the vibrant digital source for Southern Gospel News.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver were scheduled to perform one song on the show, but when the crowd spontaneously erupted following DLQ's a cappella performance of "John the Revelator," show host Tim Lovelace came on stage in an unusual move for a scripted Awards Show and invited the Bluegrass legend's group to sing another song! Lawson's surprise was evident, but he obliged with a big grin and his signature harmony rang again on the classic toe-tapper, "Jesus Gave Me Water."

"We were thrilled to have Doyle Lawson performing at this year's Diamond Awards," said Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and Publisher of SGN Scoops Magazine. "Doyle Lawson's gospel music is as legendary and beloved as his bluegrass, and it was an honor to have him be a part of the show and to present his group with our Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year Award."

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have nearly 40 albums to their credit, are seven-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year winners, and have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA, and SPBGMA Award nominations. Lawson is reigning SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year, and was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in September 2012 at the Ryman Auditorium. Lawson's band were 2012 ICM Vocal Group of the Year, and are just coming off a recent prestigious Dove nomination and two Inspirational Country Music Association nominations.


The Gibson Brothers (Sat)

The Gibson Brothers

The Gibson Brothers were voted 2013 Entertainers of the Year at the IBMA World of Bluegrass 24th Annual Awards Show in Raleigh, N.C. for the second year in a row. We also won the Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year ("They Called It Music") and Eric was named the Songwriter of the Year.

The Gibson Brothers were named the 2012 Entertainer of the Year Award at the 23rd Annual IBMA Awards at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, the first time a brother duet has won this award. The same night we won the "Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year" award for "Singing As We Rise."

Help My Brother, our tenth album, won the prestigious 2011 IBMA Album of the Year Award. We were named the 2011 IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, the first time a brother duet has won this award. Help My Brother held the #1 position on the Bluegrass Unlimited Album chart for 8 months. It definitely had staying power, with songs charting on the BU Top 30 more than a year after its release.

These awards followed on the success of Ring the Bell. The title cut of that album won the 2010 IBMA Song and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Our 11th release, They Called It Music, was #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Album Chart for six months in 2013. The title cut spent three months as #1 on the BU Song Chart.

In July 2014 we signed with Rounder Records, a label we always equated with quality. Our first release on the label, Brotherhood, is an homage to the brother duos that have inspired us since childhood. We chose fifteen songs from country, bluegrass and early rock 'n' roll brother acts including some who will be familiar to most listeners, such as Phil & Don Everly, Charlie & Ira Louvin, Jim & Jesse McReynolds and Carter& Ralph Stanley. Brotherhood also features covers of songs recorded by some lesser-known acts, including the Blue Sky Boys, the Church Brothers and the York Brothers.

Leigh reflects, "These are the acts that pointed us in our direction musically. After we got going, we went our own way for a while." He adds, "But the process of making this record brought us back to the music we were listening to when we were just getting started. When we sing those songs, I feel like I did when I was 15 years old, sitting in our living room in the farmhouse and learning to play. This music is part of our soul."

We also look forward to contributing to the music we love for years to come. Music's brought us a lot of interesting experiences and many friends. We truly appreciate every one of them. We've been very fortunate to be honored by our peers several times. And each time our thoughts are back home with the people who helped us get there.


The Boxcars (Fri)

The Boxcars

Adam Steffey
An East Tennessee native, he found a place in the Tennessee-Virginia border area's thriving bluegrass scene in short order, serving early stints with the Lonesome River Band (Tyminski was his replacement there) and then helping to found the near legendary group, Dusty Miller, along with Barry Bales and guitarist Tim Stafford. The three jumped to the big time together when Alison Krauss recruited them into Union Station, and for nearly seven years, Steffey lived the life of a high profile musician, as the band earned Grammy awards and IBMA trophies, toured extensively, made national TV appearances and recorded albums that reached far beyond the core bluegrass audience.

Ron Stewart
Ron is well on the road to becoming a legend in contemporary bluegrass music. He is already one of the most sought after multi-instrumental session players in the genre's history, and is in high demand as an engineer and producer. Stewart grew up in rural southern Indiana, an hour and a half from the famous Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom bluegrass festival, surrounded by a family that played bluegrass and oldtime country music and a community rich with musicians. In his thirty-three years of playing banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, and mandolin, Ron has gone from fronting his family band for over ten years to working with a who's who of bluegrass, including Lynn Morris, Curly Seckler, a guest appearance at age nine on a live album with Lester Flatt, and, most recently, a six-year stint as fiddler for JD Crowe and The New South.

Keith Garrett
Keith grew up in the community of Citico in East Tennessee. His earliest and possibly most important musical influence was his dad, William Garrett, who taught Keith to play the guitar at the age of thirteen. Almost immediately he was drawn to the music of such greats as Tony Rice, Keith Whitley, the Bluegrass Album Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Ricky Skaggs, and he soon began playing with various local and regional bands. In 2000 Keith became a founding member of Blue Moon Rising, an East Tennessee based bluegrass band that received national acclaim and was nominated for "Emerging Artist of the Year" in 2006 by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Gary Hultman
Gary grew up on the Canadian border in the small town of Birchdale, Minnesota. When introduced to bluegrass music by way of a traveling music teacher, Hultman's family formed a band that he played with from the age of 10 until he left home to attend East Tennessee State University. As a member of their Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program, Hultman has had the opportunity to share the stage with many of his musical heroes such as Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford, Doyle Lawson, and Ricky Skaggs. Gary also traveled to Japan with ETSU's Bluegrass Pride Band for a short tour during the summer of 2014.

Harold Nixon
Harold has been a working musician since he was 15 years old, and has had an intense interest in recording almost from the beginning. With a keen ear and a rock solid sense of rhythm and timing, he has gained the respect of the very best in the business, eventually leading to a six year stint with JD Crowe and the New South, touring in the band and appearing on the 2008 Grammy Nominated record "Lefty's Old Guitar." Some recent work with Blue Moon Rising has kept him in the spotlight the past couple of years.


Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass (Thu)

Danny Paisley

Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass continue to be deeply rooted in tradition, but look to the future with enthusiasm and anticipation.

Since Danny's father Bob Paisley (founder of Southern Grass) passed away in 2004, Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass have made their own niche in the bluegrass world. Their album, The Room Over Mine, earned accolades and significant chart action, and the song, "Don't Throw Mama's Flowers Away" won the 2009 IBMA Award for Song of the Year and the group has received several IBMA nominations for Emerging Artist of The Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year throughout the years. This year (2016), Danny finally won, deservedly so, the Male Vocalist of the Year award, a moment revered by his peers who gave him a standing ovation. Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass are a national and international touring band who frequently get invited for return engagements. Their list of notable festivals and events include: Rocky Grass, Grey Fox, Grass Valley, Del Fest, Wind Gap, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival and more.

With Danny Paisley on guitar Southern Grass continues the family tradition adding Danny's son Ryan on mandolin, the next generation of up and coming pickers. Southern Grass welcomes back TJ Lundy (after a brief hiatus) as the band's fiddler. TJ Lundy is a highly respected fiddler bridging the gap between old time fiddling and bluegrass music.TJ is a warehouse of fiddle tunes! Southern Grass also includes: Mark Delaney (formerly with Randy Waller and the Country Gentlemen, and Darren Beachley & Legends of the Potomac) on banjo; and Eric Troutman on bass. Eric Troutman (from Gratz, PA) on bass, who started pickin at the age of 9, when his grandfather gave him a mandolin. As a member of The Southern Grass, Eric is not only known for his driving bass playing but also for his fine lead and tenor singing.

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned, and intense traditional bluegrass. There is no hybrid or genre-bending music here. Their combination of instrumentation and vocals convey the energy and emotion of classic bluegrass and country music. Danny's lead vocals will captivate your senses, so much so that many prominent musicians, including Alison Krauss, have considered Danny as one of their favorite singers. His voice combines powerful range and soulful blues with a sound like no one else in bluegrass today.

Danny grew up listening to the music his father Bob played and enjoyed hearing— the sounds of classic bluegrass like Red Allen, Mac Martin, Bill Monroe, the Stanleys, Reno and Smiley, and the Osbornes, as well as old time mountain music and traditional country music. Once you hear Danny sing, it comes as no surprise that he lists George Jones and Vern Gosdin as major influences in his singing.

Danny Paisley, born in Landenberg, PA in 1959, inherited the love and talent of this music and is proud to continue the family tradition. Gathering fans at each event, Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass, look forward with renewed energy as they bring their unique sound to audiences near and far.


The Special Consensus (Thu)

The Special Consensus

THE SPECIAL CONSENSUS is a four person acoustic bluegrass band that began performing in the Midwest in the spring of 1975.

The first band album was released in 1979 when the band began touring on a national basis. In 1984, The Special Consensus initiated the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program in schools across the country and began appearing on cable television and National Public Radio shows. The band has since appeared on The Nashville Network “Fire On The Mountain” show, toured for three seasons as 4/5 of the cast in the musical Cotton Patch Gospel (music and lyrics by Harry Chapin), and released seventeen additional recordings.

In 2000, Pinecastle Records released the first band performance video, filmed for Iowa Public Television’s “Old Time Country Music” show, and The Special Consensus 25th Anniversary recording to mark this milestone year for the band. The band has been featured in cover stories of the renowned bluegrass publication Bluegrass Unlimited in 1998, 2005, 2010 and 2015. In November 2003, The Special Consensus received a standing ovation after the first band performance on the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. International tours have brought The Special Consensus to the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Ireland, South America and Australia.

In 1993, the band performed the first of many concerts with a symphony orchestra, complete with orchestral arrangements of songs from the band repertoire. The fifteenth band recording “35” was released in 2010 by Compass Records in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the formation of the band as a professional touring and recording entity. The sixteenth band recording “Scratch Gravel Road” was released by Compass Records in March 2012 and was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY Award.

Compass Records released the seventeenth band recording “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” in March, 2014. Two songs on this recording received IBMA awards in 2014: “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” received the Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award and “Wild Montana Skies” received the Recorded Event of the Year Award. In March, 2016 Compass Records released the eighteenth Special C recording “Long I Ride” and the tune “Fireball” (with guests Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown) received the 2016 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award. Greg Cahill, banjo. Rick Faris, guitar, Dan Eubanks, bass. Nick Dumas, mandolin


The Karl Schiflett & Big Country Show (Thu)

Karl Schiflett

Among the most beloved and respected entertainers in the music industry today, The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show continues to keep the spirit of the past alive with their authentic delivery of Bluegrass and Classic Country Music. "Real Music" as they like to put it. Harnessing the synergy and raw edginess of Classic Country Acts of the 1940's and 50's they bring the best of the past to the present with their high energy single microphone stage show. For nearly a quarter of a century they have touched the hearts of countless fans across the United States, Canada and abroad while establishing themselves as one of the most dynamic musical acts of this generation.

The band first gained national attention back in 2000 with their self titled debut release on Rebel Records. The single "Where the smoke goes up" went to the top of the charts bringing the band instant recognition with a song and a sound they could easily be identified with. Their most commercially successful song came in 2003 as "Worries on my Mind" went to number 40 in the Texas "Top 40" Music charts. A few years later in 2011 the album "Worries on my Mind" was ranked by "Texas Music Magazine" as number 2 in the "Top 10 Texas Bluegrass albums of all time" coming in just behind The Dixie Chick's album "Thank Heavens for Dale Evans". Their last recording project "Take Me Back" on Pinecastle Records received rave reviews and widespread airplay. It was ranked as number 8 in Bluegrass Music Profiles top 10 albums for 2012. The group's latest project "Sho-Nuff Country"on Patuxent Music is due for release in early fall of 2016.

The group is closely associated with "Bill Monroe's Bluegrass festival in Bean Blossom Indiana, where Karl holds the title of "Ambassador of Bean Blossom". The group performs there twice each year in June and September. The band has also gained further popularity through their frequent guest appearances on RFD-TV which has made them a household name among many viewers of the rural network. For a down home, audience pleasing, good natured, toe tapping good time this is one band you don't want to miss


The Lonely Heartstring Band (Sat)

Lonely Heartstring Band

Nourished by deep roots in the expansive canon of traditional American music, The Lonely Heartstring Band embodies the modern American condition—an understanding and reverence for the past that informs a push into the future. This multi-talented group of musicians is a classic Bluegrass quintet—always far greater than the sum of its parts. Combining soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies, their growing repertoire of original songs and compositions showcases not only their considerable talents, but a dedication to meaningful roots-conscious music.

Since their beginnings in 2012, The Lonely Heartstring Band has been on the rise and shows no sign of slowing down. With their 2015 IBMA Momentum Award and the imminent release of their debut full-length album on the legendary Rounder Records label, there is every reason to hope that they are at the front edge of a significant career.

Already they have generated a devoted following of music-lovers across North America, performing and headlining at major music festivals and historic venues from Western Canada to California, from Kentucky to New Hampshire. Whether it's a festival stage, theatre, or intimate listening room, The Lonely Heartstring Band always delivers a dynamic, diverse, and heartfelt performance. Over the last three years of touring, the band has crafted shows that generate a genuine connection and bring crowds to their feet.

Eager to hit the road again in 2016, The Lonely Heartstring Band will continue bringing thoughtful, energetic, and memorable performances to audiences across the country and around the world.


Skip Gorman and the Waddie Pals (Wed & Fri)

Skip Gorman

Skip Gorman was introduced to traditional music early in his life at the age of eight, when he received his first guitar and a Jimmie Rodgers record. While growing up he was lucky to have the opportunity to see musicians like the legendary Texas fiddler, Eck Robertson, Bill Monroe and Maybelle Carter at the historic Newport Folk Festival. An encounter with Monroe at age fouteen was a pivotal moment in the young musician's life, and aside from being a masterful cowboy singer and fine fiddler, Gorman is one of the premier mandolinists in the style of Bill Monroe.

While he pursued a degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish at Brown University, Gorman played in various old-time music and bluegrass bands, including a stint with bluegrass legend, Frank Wakefield. After graduating, Gorman traveled to Ireland, where he explored the Celtic roots of American music and to this day, Skip remains an accomplished Celtic-as well as Western-style fiddler. In 1973, he headed to graduate school in Utah, where he began collecting rare recordings by early cowboy singers like Carl T. Sprague, Jules Verne Allen and Powder River Jack Lee. While in Utah, he performed the music of Western pioneers with the Deseret String Band and in 1977 went on to record his first album of old-time cowboy songs and fiddle tunes, Powder River. This seminal recording on Folk Legacy Records along with his Trail to Mexico (1983) was among the very first attempts by a folk revivalist musician to reintroduce the older traditions of the music of the American cowboy.

Skip returned East and taught high school Spanish and history for twelve years. During these years, he performed with Rick Starkey, of Martin Guitars in a bluegrass duo, Rabbit in a Log and released a solo instrumental recording, Old Style Mandolin, for Marimac. One of the tunes from this album, Cowboy Waltz, was featured in Ken Burns' acclaimed Baseball PBS documentary behind the slow motion pitching of the great Walter Johnson.

In 1995, Gorman's Rounder debut, A Greener Prairie, was released to universal acclaim. It was named one of the top ten folk recordings of the year by the Boston Globe, which called it "one of the most masterful and flat-out gorgeous cowboy albums to lope down the trail in years." Gorman's 1996 release, Lonesome Prairie Love, was a finalist for the prestigious NAIRD Traditional Folk Recording of the Year award.


Southern Rail (Sat)

Southern Rail

Southern Rail's performances are high-energy exuberant fun, with riveting harmonies, irrepressible humor and sparkling banjo, mandolin, and guitar solo work. Southern Rail celebrates over three decades of performing with the long awaited release of their 12th CD , "Voices in the Wind".

Over the years, Southern Rail's recordings, featuring their prolific songwriting, have graced Bluegrass Unlimited's Top Thirty Singles Chart for a combined total of 32 months, climbing to #11. One of Southern Rail's earlier CD's, a special Bluegrass Gospel compilation entitled Glory Train, was nominated for Best Gospel Recording of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Southern Rail has been selected by the New England Foundation for the Arts to be included in their prestigious Touring Roster. Sharon Horovitch, Southern Rail.


Amy Gallatin and Stillwaters (Fri)

Amy Gallatin

Amy Gallatin, born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, lived in several states before settling in the West, where she was raised. During her ten years in Idaho and Montana, she had had the good fortune of being able to work at two of her loves in life: horses and music; Amy helped to organize the horseback riding programs and was the featured entertainer at various guest ranches. Her performing background had been as a solo artist out West prior to her meeting some Connecticut musicians while wintering in New England in 1992.

With that Connecticut connection came the opportunity to tour as a working unit, so Amy packed her guitar and moved east in the fall of 1993 to pursue her music. Four albums later (including a live album and a project recorded in Nashville with ace producer Rich Adler), Amy Gallatin and her band Stillwaters have taken the stage at some of the most prestigious venues in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, UK, and Europe.Their most recent 2014 tour of The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Denmark--the band's fifth overseas tour--drew extremely enthusiastic crowds at house concerts, music clubs, theaters, country & bluegrass festivals.

They have twice had the honor of representing the United States as the featured performers at the European World of Bluegrass convention in The Netherlands.


Michelle Canning Band (Thu)

Michelle Canning Band

Originally from the North East region of Massachusetts, Michelle Canning is best known for her performance of bluegrass and traditional music. Her primary instrument being banjo, Canning also performs on a variety of instruments including guitar and bass, as well as contributing powerful and smooth lead and harmony vocals.

Michelle's musical repertoire includes hard-driving bluegrass tunes, soulful ballads, honky-tonk country music, and original material. Perhaps most recognized for her vibrant stage presence, Michelle Canning has toured in several states in the U.S. as well as seven different cities in the People's Republic of China on two separate occasions.

In 2009, Canning became the youngest person and only female ever to earn the title of New England Banjo Champion. Michelle Canning is a recent college graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in Traditional Music from Morehead State University's Kentucky Center for Traditional Music. Currently, she fronts her bluegrass band, The Michelle Canning Band.


Merrimack Valley (Fri & Sat)

Merrimack Valley

Merrimack Valley Bluegrass (Marilyn Gillis, fiddle; Al Marotta, banjo; Edmond Boudreau, mandolin; Ben Silver, guitar; Greg Algieri, bass) features a traditional, upbeat instrumental sound, warm vocal harmonies, and a wide-ranging repertoire including traditional classics, contemporary tunes by James King, Claire Lynch and others, and unusual banjo and mandolin instrumentals. Band members hail from eastern and central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. In the past three years the band has performed at several New England bluegrass festivals including Pemi Valley and Thomas Point Beach, and at many coffeehouses, concerts and other indoor and outdoor venues in the Mass.-N.H.-southern Me. area.


NewFound Grass (Sat)

NewFound Grass

A rock solid mold of some of New England's finest musicians - the hard driving sound of NewFound Grass stems from their background in bluegrass, soul, rock and jazz.

These seasoned veterans have combined talents to create an unmistakable sound. With driving instrumentals and tight harmonies, the band offers traditional and progressive bluegrass with a modern twist.

Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Lonesome River Band, Lou Reid and Carolina, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs? Now you're getting the picture! Ahhhh..........NewFound Grass!


Monadnock (Fri)


In August of 2003, the Monadnock entered an open stage at Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival. This was their first festival appearance. They received recognition from the crowd and festival owners. They have since played at several area bluegrass festivals over the years, including Pemi Valley, Blistered Fingers, Ossipee Valley, BBU Springfests, BBU Fallfests, and have appeared at the Cantab Lounge, the Strange Brew Tavern and other venues. In February, 2007, they were the opening band for the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Framingham, MA.

The band members enjoy playing bluegrass music and will provide an upbeat, energized performance in all settings. This group of talented musicians has developed a song list of traditional, contemporary and original bluegrass tunes allowing their musical abilities to shine. A mix of hard driving instrumentals and three part harmonies is always a must. Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, Hot Rize and Herschel Sizemore are just a few of the groups whose songs they enjoy singing and playing.


Robinson Gospel Jam (Sat)

Robinson Gospel Jam

Preacher Mike Robinson will not only Emcee our show this year but also provide spiritual guidance to the assembled Sunday morning Pemi Bluegrass Flock.

"My Journey In His Story", by Author Mary Rose Robinson, details the trials and travels of their Bluegrass Ministry over the past 10 years.


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