Friday, June 18, 2010

Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival - Tuesday to Thursday

The Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival is now in progress at the Tunbridge Worlds's Fairgrounds in Tunbridge, VT.  While Thursday's attendance was large and enthusiastic, there are still camping spaces available.  Come on over and enjoy the festivities if you're within driving distance.

Preparing the Jenny Brook Stage

Bruce Kendall & Kenny Whiton Getting the Sign Right

Seth Sawyer Building Boxes

Donor Presents Raffle Mandolin to Candi and Seth Sawyer
Dozens of small and large jobs must be accomplished to make a bluegrass festival work.  Much of this work is accomplished by volunteers who arrive early, work hard, and stay after all the excitement is over to assure all runs smoothly as people begin to arrive for the event.  Jenny Brook, like all festivals, can use additional volunteers.  Willing people should contact Candi or Seth for next year's crew.

Rigs Parked and Ready

Pot Luck Supper and Barn Dance

A pot luck supper and barn dance have become a Wednesday evening tradition at Jenny Brook.  This year music was provided by Cory Zinc and County Line, a very good country band, and the food was provided by everyone.  Good food (lots of beans) and great music.  This is a very nice way to begin a long bluegrass weekend. 

Cory Zinc & County Line

Always a Family Event

Aaron Foster and Friend

Toni Kendall

The Sawyer Family Band Opens the Show

Mathew Sawyer Sings The National Anthem




Brenda Mathews & Friends

Each year at Jenny Brook, Brenda Mathews (Candi's mother) does a set of country music accompanied by an experienced group of musicians who provide a strong backup band for her.  It's not only an enjoyable feature, but suggests the essential nature of this closely knit, family oriented event.  All weekend there'll be lots of kids whose parents feel free to let the have the run of the grounds.  

Brenda Mathews

Dave Gibson
Rob Ravilin

Steve Henig

Keith Barrett

The Trio

Smokey Greene

At age 80, Smokey Greene is still weaving his magical combination of classic country and humorous novelty songs, many of which he wrote himself, accompanying himself on the guitar.  He'll be at Jenny Brook all four days.

Candi Sawyer with her Dad Lonnie Mathews
LeRoy Troy & The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band

LeRoy Troy and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band hearken back to an earlier time, before bluegrass.  Their amusing and historical show presents a look at the music presented by Uncle Dave Macon and other string bands in the 1920's and 30's.  They're fast paced, humorous, and just plain fun.  They'll be here for three days, so look for more pictures of them.  I'm also going to try to post a video of LeRoy's great banjo work.
LeRoy Troy and Lester Armistead

Jammin' into the Night
Jenny Brook still has three days to run, and there's still room for RV's and campers.  If you're within driving distance come for a day or the rest of the weekend.  You can see the schedule here