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Special Notice:
We are looking for bands for the 2019 Mt St Helens Festival.

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Toledo Wa. 98591

Midwinter Bluegrass Celebration
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Northport Washington Bluegrass Jam
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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.

Washington Bluegrass Association Alaska Cruise 2019
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The Bluegrass Quilters

The Bluegrass Quilters
Will Be Visiting!

Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival
Aug 9- 10 -11 2019

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 2019 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
Sammy Adkins
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.

Central Valley Boys
Blue Js

“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)

The Baker Family Bluegrass, Gospel, and Classic Country
Rusty Hinges

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 guitarists around.

Great Northern Planes
Fern Hill

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.

The Roustabouts
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, banjo,
mandolin, accordion and voice.

Great Northern Planes
String Theory

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.

Great Northern Planes
Farm Strong

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 .

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