On Friday the rain and the festivities continued. People's spirits remained high and enthusiasm for the music was strong. As evening came, the rain let up, allowing a very good crowd to assemble. Workshops, held under cover were well attended, and the Gazebo Stage had a lively set of bands performing. The busiest person on the grounds was Adam Steffey, playing in three bands over five sets.
New Found Grass is a bluegrassy fusion band whose members come from a variety of musical backgrounds reflected in their sound and musical choices. Hailing mostly from Maine and New Hampshire, the band is pleasant to listen to and varied in their musical choices.
This year, under the leadership of Tony Watt, Jenny Brook has initiated a teaching strand for beginner and accomplished musicians. Regional musicians whose portfolios include extensive instructional as well as performance experience were recruited to offer small class instruction on Thursday and Friday at an additional fee. This idea generated few responders in its first year, but with more prep time and better publicity in the future it represents a fine time for aspiring and improving musicians to sharpen their skills under expert directions. Meanwhile, the set from the instructor band was lively, varied, and enjoyable enough for me to suggest these people re-constitute as a band and go for it.
The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
Minerva Lee & Ernie Sykes
Ernie Sykes and Friend
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper