BLUEGRASS SHOWS, EVENTS,
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We are constantly adding new shows and events.
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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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events, concerts and news pertaining to Bluegrass to General Cothren:
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:
The Sandy Hook Mountain Boys
Sammy Adkins was born and raised in Sandy Hook, Kentucky
just a few miles from the late Keith Whitley. His father bought
him his first guitar at the age of five years. Sammy taught
himself to play and sing by listening to records of Carter
and Ralph Stanley. He knew he wanted to play and sing lust
like his idol, Carter Stanley.
He formed his own band in 1970 and they played a lot of festivals
and indoor shows, but his big break didn’t come until 1986
when he wen to work singing lead for Dr. Ralph Stanley. He
played with Ralph Stanley for four years and soon after formed
Sammy Adkins and the Sandy Hook Mountain Boys.
Sammy and his band continue to play the old mountain style
bluegrass that so many people have grown to love.
“The Blue Js” are a traditional bluegrass band
hailing from the Bay & Central Valley areas of Northern California.
These young men are forging a style all their own, steeped in
the music of pioneering bluegrass acts such as, Bill Monroe, Don
Reno & Smiley/Harrell, Red Allen & Frank Wakefield, and
Del McCoury, as well as country artists such as Buck Owens and
George Jones. Their shows are crowd favorites, wildly engaging,
and full of stunning musicianship with a mature musical sensibility!
Band members include:
• Josh Gooding (Mandolin, Vocals)
• Jesse Personeni (Banjo, Guitar, Vocals)
• Jacob Gooding (Bass, Vocals)
• John Gooding (Guitar, Vocals)
• Jack Kinney (Fiddle, Vocals)
Hailing from across the Evergreen State of Washington,
Rusty Hinges Bluegrass Band plays classic and contemporary bluegrass
music combined with good natured fun and humor.
Each member of Rusty Hinges is a veteran of the Pacific Northwest
bluegrass scene. Their collective experience results in a musical
program that is polished and entertaining. Ron Clark provides
a solid mandolin chop as well as heartfelt solos. The driving
roll of the banjo, along with lead and harmony vocals is provided
by Al Price. Jan Delfel is the glue that holds it all together
with a steady pulse on bass. Rhythm guitar, lead and harmony vocals
are brought by Jim Delfel. On lead guitar (and occasional bass
harmony) is Curt Fields, considered by many one of the finest
Back in the 1940’s a style of music was created that became popular
in the South and is now played and followed world wide. The elements
of this music came together when banjoist Earl Scruggs joined Bill
Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys. What was to become known as Bluegrass
Music, was referred to by Alan Lomax, American music historian,
as “ the heavy metal of folk music” because of it’s drive and energy.
Although the music has evolved over the years, the clearly defined
style from the mid-forties lives on in a band called Fern Hill.
A bit of luck was involved in the formation of the group since
finding five people who like the same style of music, sing the right
parts and play the necessary instruments can be difficult when not
importing anyone. Guitarist and lead singer Paul Smith from Rainier,
Oregon fronts the group.
John Van Brocklin adds the rolling flow of the banjo. Father and
son team Rollie and Brett Champe trade between mandolin and bass
and sing in the “high lonesome” tradition. Rounding out the sound
is Mike Eisler on fiddle. Vocally, the group performs everything
from solos to quartets.
For those who gravitate towards the sound of bluegrass music reminiscent
of the early bluegrass bands, Fern Hill may be just your cup of
tea. As the saying goes, they try to “not get above their raising.”
Fern Hill is currently working on a new album that will contain
a mix of vocals and instrumentals both traditional and original
and hope to have the project completed before long. If you see Fern
Hill at a festival or concert, please feel free to come up and visit.
We’d love to meet you.
John Kael & Annie Staninec
and Whiskey Deaf
Annie Staninec’s musical obsession began at age four. As a young
adult she has since toured nationally and has been an instructor
in highly regarded music camps. Currently Annie performs with numerous
artists across multiple genres; a quick Google search will yield
information regarding her current gigs.
John Kael has been performing, recording and teaching bluegrass
and traditional music for nearly 20 years, and is also an established
songwriter - his award-winning song Handmade Cross can be heard
on the Grammy-nominated album “Hard Game of Love” by Doyle Lawson.
John and Annie perform with various combinations of guitar, fiddle,
mandolin, accordion and voice.
String Theory is one of the Northwest’s newest groups. It is comprised
of some of the areas bluegrass veterans as well as newbies. This
four-piece band enjoys performing classics from bluegrass greats
such as Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and Jimmy Martin, as well
as modern masters David Grisman and Blue Highway.
Eric Davis is the newest transplant to the Northwest. Eric Davis
has been playing mandolin since the age of twelve after seeing Bill
Monroe on television. In 2009, Eric placed 7th in the Galax Old
Fiddler’s Convention Mandolin Competition. Like Jamie, Eric is also
multitalented. He plays both guitar and mandolin with String Theory,
sings lead and tenor vocals, and contributes some original songs
to the band.
Rueben Taylor is a transplant from Alaska. While there, Rueben
cut his musical teeth on piano and fiddle, competing in several
contests. Since that time, Rueben has picked up both mandolin and
guitar, both of which he plays in String Theory.
Kent Powell is a veteran of the Northwest bluegrass scene. He has
played in such notable local groups as Crossfire, Runaway Train,
and North Country, and has performed locally with Jeff Scroggins
& Colorado. Kent plays bass and sings lead and baritone vocals.
FarmStrong lights up the stage with exquisite harmony singing and
seasoned instrumentation. The heart of the band draws on inspiration
from the last century of country, blues and bluegrass music from
the 1920’s through the 50’s , as well as folk, rock, gospel and
soul music of the 50’s , 60’s , 70’s and beyond.
FarmStrong’s talented and experienced musicians take their audience
outside the bluegrass tradition. Their unmistakable sound moves
the soul, while remaining firmly rooted in music from the mountains