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2017 Winter Concert Series

Mount St Helens Festival
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Phoenix Rising Band

Guitars for Vets

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

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 company.

Visitors are welcome to stop by and see what's going on as well!

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Special Notice:
We are looking for bands for the 2018 Mt St Helens Festival.

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Toledo Wa. 98591

The Bands Bios below is this years bands:

Larry Gillis and His Hard Driving Swampgrass Band
Larry Gillis
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”.

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Central Valley Boys
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 and style.
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
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
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!

The Roustabouts
The Roustabouts
“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.

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