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Sep 27, 2020 - 10:15:07 AM

heavy5

USA

1339 posts since 11/3/2016

I'm sure many of you think back to enjoyable times of festivals , performers , pickin sessions , associated to festivals you've attended .
Here are a few of our's ; ------------ pls feel free to add yours !
Berryville Va. , early 70's , met Monroe , the early Country Gents , Mac Wiseman , & many early BG performers . I think we trekked down there 3 times .
Corinth NY at the head waters of the Hudson river, One of the best of a series of family fests (our 3 kids were little tykes) & the talent was always top notch ; the original New South , Joe Val , Ralph Stanley , etc. , 1970's .
Nancy Talbots Hillsdale Fest , Another fine early NY fest which I think may have roots in todays Grey Fox fest .  The BG Cardinals , 1970's
Peaceful Valley in Shinhopple NY ;  Johnson MTN Boys , Always great talent at this family fest in a beautiful area . (today it is a small airport but I think the boarded up stage still exists . )
The Gettysburg Pa fests , both of them , as there was an earlier one closer to town than the present one --- good talent , well run
Pickin in The Pasture in Lodi NY , this would have been their 23rd fest , always great talent , (Dailey &Vincent) & a family fest high on a hill between 2 of NY's Great Lakes .   Congrats to the Alexanders for all of their fests !
Busy Bird Fest in Berkshire NY , 30 min away ! , A well run fest w/ good talent , food & camp site .
There were many others w/ mostly great memories . A few we accidentally experienced were NOT family fests !

Edited by - heavy5 on 09/28/2020 05:59:49

Sep 27, 2020 - 12:00:42 PM
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chuckv97

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Went to a good one in Ontario a few times - “Bluegrass Canada” at Carlisle, ON. Al the big names played there over a period of I’d say 5 years.
This is the only one I played in - with the Orton Yahoos and also with Hog Jowl & the Growlers (not listed, part of “other bands”). Strange they didn’t list the headliner act The Good Brothers. Must have been a late addition for some reason.


 

Edited by - chuckv97 on 09/27/2020 12:01:27

Sep 28, 2020 - 7:40:42 AM
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I used to attend a bluegrass festival in Charlotte Mi.. Lots of headliners. Sometimes a regional band would put on the best performance. People from other states attended, as well as quite a few Canadians. I think the quality of enjoyment diminished when the promotor raised vendor prices and the best vendors stopped coming. But the music was still the same. The number of RVs kept increasing. Originally campers could come in on Friday, but when I left Michigan you had to register earlier than that. Lots and lots of jamming into the early morning.

Sep 28, 2020 - 7:52:59 AM
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chuckv97

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Jamming into the wee hours last January at the Blythe Bluegrass Festival.


 

Sep 28, 2020 - 9:03:49 AM

heavy5

USA

1339 posts since 11/3/2016

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Originally posted by chuckv97

Jamming into the wee hours last January at the Blythe Bluegrass Festival.


You guys had a "rug" down in your tent ?  nice !   :o) 

Sep 28, 2020 - 9:09:07 AM
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chuckv97

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Originally posted by heavy5
quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

Jamming into the wee hours last January at the Blythe Bluegrass Festival.


You guys had a "rug" down in your tent ?  nice !   :o) 


You bet,, and a nice fire going.  It gets down in the 30's in the desert in January. (one side of the tent was open)

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Sep 29, 2020 - 1:54:32 PM
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Paul R

Canada

13173 posts since 1/28/2010

The Mariposa Folk Festival, 1970-1982, on the Toronto Islands and at Harbourfront, Toronto.

I worked on it from '71 to '82, worked in the office in '71, was a stage manager in '82. Met various performers (Murray McLauchlan, Bruce Cockburn, lots of others), up really close to performers like Joni Mitchell, had dinner (fried chicken) with John Prine, jammed, made contacts to bring performers into my school, and even brought my class to the festival.

Sep 30, 2020 - 8:20:54 AM
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Jim Yates

Canada

6673 posts since 2/21/2007

Mariposa 1964 was my favourite festival. One of many great acts were the Greenbriar Boys: John Herald-guitar, Winnie Winston-banjo, Frank Wakefield-mandolin, Jim Buchannon-fiddle and I think Eric Weisburg (sp?) on bass.

Owen Sound Folk Festival was a good one too. Too many great acts to recall them all. That's Cathy Fink, Danny Weiss(sp?) and Tony Trischka in the photo.

Kingston Jim & Jesse Festival - Don Reno, Buck White & The Downhome Folks with Jerry Douglas and Ricky Skaggs, McLean Family Band. . .

And, as Chas VW said, the Carlisle Bluegrass Festival with Mac Wiseman, Bill Monroe, Dan Crary. . .

My favourite recent one was the Shelter Valley Folk Festival near Grafton, Ontario.


 

Sep 30, 2020 - 9:56:16 AM
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Rooney Mountain Festival, Deposit NY, 1980s

Sep 30, 2020 - 1:42:09 PM

heavy5

USA

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Rooney Mountain Festival, Deposit NY, 1980s


Ah The Rooney fest ---- WHOOPEE !!

Sep 30, 2020 - 7:16:30 PM
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Harmony Pines Bluegrass Festival, Gilson IL (Oliver Smith)
This was the greatest festival when I was growing up! Man I haven't ever been to a more exciting festival that was this local to where I lived. It was held each Memorial Day weekend, and although it usually rained, it was a great festival.

Sep 30, 2020 - 7:23:45 PM
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chuckv97

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A couple of fond memories from the Carlisle Fstvl : seeing Doc Watson and Bill Monroe doing the song workshop ; and John Duffy and Monroe hosting the mandolin workshop (Duffy was a hoot).

Oct 1, 2020 - 8:14:05 AM
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heavy5

USA

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Originally posted by chuckv97

A couple of fond memories from the Carlisle Fstvl : seeing Doc Watson and Bill Monroe doing the song workshop ; and John Duffy and Monroe hosting the mandolin workshop (Duffy was a hoot).


Yes , Duffy & Adcock w/ the original Country Gentlemen were a double HOOT !  I think some of my best memories of this music !

Oct 1, 2020 - 10:50:43 AM
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heavy5

USA

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Originally posted by heavy5
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Originally posted by chuckv97

A couple of fond memories from the Carlisle Fstvl : seeing Doc Watson and Bill Monroe doing the song workshop ; and John Duffy and Monroe hosting the mandolin workshop (Duffy was a hoot).


Yes , Duffy & Adcock w/ the original Country Gentlemen were a DOUBLE HOOT !  I think some of my best memories of this music !

Here are a couple of quips I can remember ; Gents at Berryville -- my first ever seeing them ---  Adcock playing his Epiphone during thier song about Amelia Earhart & flapping his arms & elbows like a flying chicken w/ his goofy grin .     Duffy at Gettysburg replying to a female iin a front row admiring their last song  " Well bless your heart & all of your other precious organs "                 ( I guess you would have had to have been there )

 

 

 


Oct 1, 2020 - 10:56:38 AM
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I moved to Indiana over 30 years ago from Mississippi. When In Miss I knew a college student (Larry Wallace) and who later played banjo with Jimmy Martin. When I found I was coming up here all we talked about was being closer to Bean Blossom. I have not missed Bean Blossom since 86 and it has been a joy. Saw Mr Monroe and Dr Ralph here tons of times. The tons of great music, lore, jams, and getting to see and talk to the Father Bill Monroe. The beauty and history of the festival grounds and all the great bands over the years. Got to know all the owners since Mr. Monroe and see their passion. What a privilege to me to have this 17 miles form my front porch.
Ken

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Oct 1, 2020 - 6:57:41 PM
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Paul R

Canada

13173 posts since 1/28/2010

(Smacks himself on the head) I forgot - at Mariposa '71 I was introduced to - all at the same time - John Hartford, Norman Blake, Vassar Clements, and Tut Taylor.

Oct 4, 2020 - 7:51:52 AM
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Best of a lot of good memories...
Barnsley folk festival, late 70's. We went because we couldn't get tickets to the Reading Blues festival and it was all that was left. Festival campsite was out of town but we noticed some tents on a piece of waste ground in town by a canal next to a pub. It transpired that the pub had re-opened that weekend after being bought by a recently redundant miner who found that his opening weekend was as the unofficial festival bar. So he didn't bother to close for 48 hours. Permanent session in the pub. Great acts on stage (particularly remember Martin Carthy). Fantastically welcoming locals who were amazed that people had come up from London for their festival.
Marciac Jazz Festival. Friend had moved to a barn in deeply rural SW France. "Come during the festival" she said. "How good can a little local festival be ? " we thought. We went 2 or 3 years running. Saw BB King, Ray Charles, Robert Cray, Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis.... with French food and wine. Fantastic,

Edited by - AndrewD on 10/04/2020 07:57:36

Oct 4, 2020 - 3:11:55 PM
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So many fantastic festivals, from the L.A. basin to Strawberry & Grass Valley. And then there was the time we flew (with instruments) from L.A. to Miami for the Caribbean Bluegrass cruise & they changed the venue to the Western Caribbean, Mexico! Still one of, if not the best cruise I've been on, & that's a lot! Got to sit front row center, feet propped on the monitor speaker right in front of Sonny Osborne, @ every performance they did! Although not really a festival, there was a three day Bluegrass workshop in Cannon Beach, Or, featuring Jerry Douglas, Sally Van Meter, John Reishman, Byron Berlin, Dan Cray, &  John Hickman. Being a dobro player, Paula wanted to attend & since BCH was included, I agreed. Aside from the great workshops, we walked in the local watering hole one evening to find BCH, picking & drinking all by their lonesome. We said " don't go anywhere, we'll be right back" Best kept secret for most of the evening. wink But all said & done, the two that were home base, where we cut our teeth, were Silver Lakes Park-Norco & Follows Camp- San Gabriel Mountains.

Edited by - monstertone on 10/04/2020 15:15:52

Oct 4, 2020 - 4:26:37 PM
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Banjo Lefty

Canada

1989 posts since 6/19/2014

Jamming backstage with the Bad Livers at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in July, 1996.

Oct 10, 2020 - 9:49:48 AM

1184 posts since 4/8/2004

harmony pines in gilson ill. has already been mentioned, great fest.! also, the barnes family fest. in aledo ill. was top notch also!

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