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Successful Fundraiser to Bring Guitars to Veterans
On Saturday, April 30, 2016 the SW Washington Bluegrass Jamboree
in Vancouver, WA, raised $1,159.50 for the local chapter of Guitars
4 Vets. (www.guitars4vets.org
). The event was hosted by the band Somewhere Between (Julie
Hukee, Chris Rasmussen, Pam McNamara, Dennis McBride and Mark
Rauch) and the English Estate Winery. Attendees enjoyed an open
mic session, community potluck, and concert. When Pam McNamara
visited the VA in Vancouver and found out there wasn’t a Guitars
4 Vets chapter in Vancouver, the band organized the event to start
a Vancouver chapter. The Guitars 4 Vets program will recruit volunteer
guitar teachers who will teach a six week course to veterans.
If the course is completed, the VA will give the veteran a guitar.
Congratulations on the start of something wonderful for our veterans!
Somewhere Between has been performing at the English Estate Winery
one Sunday afternoon a month for the past two years. Visit www.englishestatewinery.com/events
for more info.
The Bluegrass Quilters
Will Be Visiting!
Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival
Aug 10th 11th 12th 2018
The Bluegrass Quilters try to get together at Bluegrass Festivals
wherever there is a room to work in. General from the Washington
Bluegrass Association said he'd set up a Quilt room during Mt.
St. Helens festival.
The Bluegrass Quilters is just Quilters getting together, bringing
their own tools & machines, and power strips and cords. Nothing
will be taught, (we do offer advice, tho - if asked) we just bring
our own projects to work on.
If you have a quilt you are working on, bring it, sit and visit
with us while we work our own projects and enjoy each other's
Visitors are welcome to stop by and see what's going on as well!
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Contact Dian Hagen
our Gazette Editor.
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We are looking for bands for the 2018 Mt St Helens Festival.
Please send promo hard copy to:
Toledo Wa. 98591
The Bands Bios below is this years bands:
and His Hard Driving Swampgrass Band
After fifteen long years and after neck & back surgeries,
John Gillis is healthy and ready to return to the bluegrass
world with his brother Larry Gillis & the Swampgrass Band.
The serious injuries he incurred hindered him from the hard
road life as a musician, but with the medical technologies
of today, he is now able to travel full time, and with his
love for the music, he is excited and more than ready.
Larry has been hoping for this day for years, praying for
his better health. The Good Lord made it possible again. They
will be performing the same hard driving show as they always
did with the brother harmonies, but will be blended in with
the powerful and lonesome songs and tunes of their southern
roots, the Swampgrass style.
Brought up in a Christian home, the brothers were taught at
an early age to play music. They often sang and played in
churches, nursing homes, and town halls around the area as
they grew up. Back during the 1980’s and early 90’s Larry
and John – formally the Gillis Brothers – became one of the
top bluegrass bands in the nation. Recording on labels such
as Hay Holler Harvest, Ray Davis’ Wango legendary “Basement
Recordings”, and Rebel Records earning a spot on the “35 Years
of the Best In Bluegrass 1960-1995”.
The Central Valley Boys
No frills or fancy stuff, just down home Bluegrass
music at its finest. A Central Valley Boys show typically includes
songs performed in the traditional style in respect to Vern Williams,
the greatest Bluegrass musician to live in California. Songs like
“Bald Knob Arkansas” and “Oh Susannah!” done in the traditional
style can be heard at a Central Valley Boys show.
Band leader Yoseff Tucker is known for his outstanding guitar
playing and is a five-time Northern California Bluegrass Society
Guitar Player of the Year. in 2010 he shared the title of Male
Vocalist of the Year.
Victor Skidanenko is known as one of the finest banjo players
on the West Coast. Victor adds a deep traditional dimension to
the band, singing heartfelt leads and soaring tenor.
John Cogdill is a multi-talented musician who brings his mandolin
skills to the Central Valley Boys. Whether a fiery fast solo or
beautiful tremolo on the slow numbers, it’s always with taste
Dave Gooding holds the rhythm down with his solid bass playing.
He also emcees our shows, bringing a bit of Central Valley Boys
humor to the performance.
Peter Hicks is one of the finest fiddlers around His tasteful,
authentic fiddle playing and full, powerful voice complete the
Central Valley Boys sound.
The Baker Family
Bluegrass, Gospel, and Classic Country
The Baker Family is a high energy bluegrass
band located in south central Missouri. Their band performs at
bluegrass events throughout the United States and consists of
Carrie (mother), Trustin (17), Carina (15), and Elijah (13).
The Baker Family was named the 2016 International Country Gospel
Music Association Bluegrass Band of the Year and individual members
have won numerous state fiddle championships.
Great Northern Planes
The Great Northern Planes are well known for their great vocal
harmonies, irreverent humor, and friendly, approachable manner.
The Planes have performed at many Northwest bluegrass festivals
through the years and were lucky enough to have Bill Monroe join
them on stage once. They even played inside the cockpit of the Spruce
Goose! Spruce Goosegrass!
“Suits, Boots, and Hard Drivin’ Bluegrass”
Craig Wilson hails from Bakersfield, California and has been
playing bluegrass music since his teens. An accomplished mandolin
player, Craig switched to guitar and handles most of the singing
and guitar work for the Roustabouts. Craig is also a luthier and
builds very fine Loar Style mandolins under the Wilson name.
Shawn Criswell makes his home in Visalia, California and
plays the 5 string banjo. Shawn plays with drive and power and is
recognized as having one of the best right hands in the west. Shawn
also sings most of the baritone parts for Roustabouts.
Brian Hacker lives in Exeter California and has been playing
bluegrass for years in local bluegrass bands around the San Joaquin
Valley. Brian’s great tone and solid rhythm provide the foundation
to The Roustabouts’ music. Brian also sings bass on our gospel numbers.
Kelvin Gregory resides in Bakersfield California and has
been playing bluegrass music off and on since the early 80's --
originally as a bass player before switching to mandolin. Kelvin
loves the "high lonesome sound" of the bluegrass pioneers
and sings tenor parts in the band.
Paul Lee lives in Arroyo Grande California and is recognized
as one of the top bluegrass fiddle players in the west. His soulful
playing is just what the doctor ordered and his breakdowns will
have you tapping your toes. Paul has played and toured with many
bands and is also a fiddle instructor and judge at fiddle contests.