The Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival will begin its tenth season on Wednesday, June 16th with a covered dish supper and barn dance at 6:00 PM. The formal festival will begin Thursday afternoon at 5:30 PM and run through Sunday the 20th with a full lineup of national, regional, and local bands, including a "surprise" band to close on Sunday afternoon. Last year the Jenny Brook stage was moved from its previous location in Weston, VT to the more spacious and versatile World's Fair Grounds in Tunbridge, VT. The larger and more flexible fair grounds are located in a lovely rural valley in central Vermont made easily accessible by its proximity to both I-89 and I-91. This medium sized event now has room to grow, and has already shown that it can offer the full range of activities expected at a festival along with a few extra bells and whistles. The setting is one of the most beautiful in New England. Promoters Candi and Seth Sawyer have worked hard to develop this event and their effort shows in every element of the festival.
In addition to his performance with Seldom Scene, Dudley Connell will pair with traditional singer/mandolinist Don Rigsby for a single set on Friday evening. Rigsby has recently returned to full time touring after spending several years as director of the traditional music program at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Rigsby has been a member of The Bluegrass Cardinals, J.D. Crowe and the New South, The Lonesome River Band, and superband Longview and has been nominated for and won numerous awards including Grammys, SPBGMA, and IBMA recognition. In combination, this duet is powerful and entertaining. Connell and Rigsby have recorded two projects together.
The Gibson Brothers
Audie Blaylock & Redline
Smokey Greene retired several years ago and then kept right on touring. He'll be at Jenny Brook all four days with his combination of witty novelty songs and classic country often featuring Ernest Tubb songs. His solo act with his battered old guitar "Ben A. Martin" is a favorite of many people. Acoustic Blue is a first rate regional band featuring good singing and a variety of newer covers along with material written within the band. They're entertaining and musically interesting. I haven't heard The Hemingway Brothers yet, but they advertise themselves as a hard driving traditional cover band playing bluegrass classics. All told, Jenny Brook this year has a strong lineup. It'll be worth staying through Sunday to see what Candi has in mind for her closing surprise.
|10:00 AM||Running the Sound Board with Harry Grant|
|12:00 PM||Old Time Dobro with Jim Warren|
|3:00 PM||Clawhammer or Frailing Banjo with Leroy Troy|
|4:00 PM||Jug History and Stories with Lester & Mike Armistead|
|1:00 PM||Banjo with Jack Hicks|
|2:00 PM||Mandolin with Alan Bibey|
|3:00 PM||Songwriting with Steve Gulley|
|4:00 PM||Guitar with Audie Blaylock|
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