Every year something magical happens to the small Weston Recreation Park just north of the precious hamlet of Weston, VT. On Wednesday morning this field surrounded by the rolling hills of central Vermont is a grassy few acres with a stream-fed swimming hole, two tennis courts, a basketball court, and a ramshackle green trimmed grey stage building labeled Jenny Brook off in a corner. On Wednesday afternoon at three the campers lined along a small dirt road are allowed to enter and set up their rigs. By Thursday noon the vendors are set up, the sound man has arrived and wired the stage, volunteers are ready to assist in all the tasks surrounding a festival, and four days of bluegrass music begin.
It's Not All Work
Holly, Cliff, and Mandy (Breakin' Strings)
Josh Williams (Showcase Winner)
The day started off with four showcase bands chosen from applications. The bands were all enjoyable, and one was excellent. Breakin’ Strings, a young band from Maine offered strong bluegrass with lively instrumentals and solid vocals, especially from Holly Hughes and Mandy Garnet. Cliff Randall sang lead and emceed the group. Bob Hamilton, a very solid flatpicker, and Ed Howe on fiddle, filled out the band. This is a promising group worth watching for. Twelve year old Josh Williams, attractive and precocious won the vote for best showcase band and a performance slot for Friday. Breakin’ Strings had a full set Thursday afternoon.
Derek Corbett and Mathew Sawyer
Brenda Mathews and Friends followed with an enjoyable set of classic country music. Brenda is Candi Sawyer’s mother. She performed with grace and humor, accompanied by a strong backup band of local pickers.
Family and Friends