|Upcoming BG Festivals & Travelogue
||[Jun. 30th, 2007|10:25 am]
Contemporary Bluegrass Music
Plans are underway for a road trip to Music Fest in Sugar Grove, NC (www.docwatsonmusicfest.org)in mid-July and the Grey Fox Festival (www.greyfoxbluegrass.com) held a week later in central New York state.|
I'll be posting photos and keeping a running record of the events in my journal.
If anyone has been to either of these festivals, please drop me a line and give me the lowdown.
I went to last year's Grey Fox, the 30th anniversary. My father's bluegrass band had played at the very 1st one, so we decided to go for that one.
We did not camp at the festival, unfortunately, due to time constraints and various logistics -- but I would have liked to, very much so. It's primitive conditions of course, but the cameraderie and general air of musicianship seemed very apparent. The music was, as expected, wonderful! I won't even list everyone we got to enjoy, but the entire day was filled with the best bluegrass has to offer. Also, even the biggest names (Ricky Skaggs, members of Drybranch, Bela Flek) wander around the hill, so there are plenty of opportunities to meet 'n greet. Essentially, the entire festival is one giant jam session, there are vendors and plenty of things to do, see, and buy, and I'm so glad I was able to be there.
Bring lots of sunscreen and bugspray, chairs/blankets, a camera, and raingear!
Many thanks for the reply. What was the name of your father's bluegrass band?
We will tent camp. I'm a former scoutmaster (with more than seven years tenure) and both my boys made Eagle rank. My better half is a trooper so she'll put up with the bugs and mud. She plays fiddle and I play banjo so we'll make the rounds for the campground jam sessions. Too bad you won't make this one. Would have liked to make your acquaintance.
His band was called Spider Bridge; they are long since disbanded, as the members married and moved on. A Google search will result in nothing, I'm afraid, as their 2 records were long before the digitally-documented era. My father did leave a comment on the Grey Fox website, however, mentioning his connection.
Your Scouting history will serve you well, particularly if the weather happens to turn foul (notable occurrences have been cars bumper-deep in mud, tents sliding, etc.) though I've been told that nearly everyone is friendly and willing to help out.
If you enjoy jamming, simply sit out in front of your space and begin to play. Or, if you're so inclined, wander about minstrel-style, and you'll be joined in no time. My father plays banjo and guitar, and I myself play the flute and tin whistle, so even during our short stay we were able to collaborate with other musicians. There is a "slow jam" tent for beginners and learners, a dancing tent, kid's tent, and all manner of events scattered throughout the hill -- truly a 'grass lover's paradise. I do hope you and your family have a wonderful experience!