Meadows, riverside, woods camping in the foothills of New Hampshire's White Mountains surrounded by an unobstructed view, the Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival nestles into the New Hampshire countryside while delivering established and emerging national bands as well as some of the best bluegrass New England has to offer, from traditional to cutting edge. The Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival will run from July 31 - August 3, 2014 at the Sugar Shack Campground in Thornton, NH. Featuring a large and varied campground with a variety of camping venues, a lovely performance area nestled in a bowl which provides excellent acoustics, and the Pemigewasset River flowing in the background, Pemi Valley offers an ideal location for a weekend of bluegrass music.
Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing
Yesterday we listened again the Bob Amos & Catamount Crossings' newest CD, Sunrise Blues, and were again both deeply satisfied and happily entertained. With more than a decade passed between his highly successful band Front Range and this new one, Amos, whose earlier work we are not familiar with, yet, emerges as a mature, thoughtful, singer/songwriter with tremendous range of subject matter, melody, and emotion to call upon. In performance, the band is as one finely tuned instrument in the service of the song...a genuine accomplishment. Performing with his daughter Sarah, a senior at New College in Florida, only enriches the sound as the their voice blend and intertwine through a series of lovely songs. Amos' song "Mr. Beford's Barn" brings tears to my eyes each time I hear it, and the band's interpretation of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" is lively and inventive. Bob Amos & Catamount appeared at Pemi Valley on Thursday last year and have earned their Saturday slot.