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Sep 19, 2021 - 12:03:35 PM
138 posts since 9/9/2008

This year was the 49th annual Walnut Valley Festival held in Winfield, Ks. It is a great mixture of bluegrass, old time, folk and eclectic musical groups on 4 stages along with contests (national flatpicking, banjo and other), workshops and a usual attendance of 10,000 plus, many camp on the grounds. It wasn't held last year due to covid and they had a lower attendance this year. Due to my health I could not attend live but they did stream the main stage for three days at a pay per day cost.

I wasn't expecting that much but did watch the entire day yesterday from my home and was quite impressed. Good video and sound and although not the same as being there at least I didn't have to park and walk a half mile or so and sit on a hard bleacher in the stands. Fun for me and I invited a few friends over to watch. Great bluegrass, and folk singer and instrumentalist John McCutcheon and Tom Chapin (Harry's brother) did excellent sets... Some great banjo pickin both clawhammer and bluegrass, several lady banjoists, quite good...

Sep 19, 2021 - 5:49:06 PM



614 posts since 8/13/2015

I was there in 1978. I saw Norman and Nancy, Red Rector and a bunch of other great pickers.
Mr. Gallagher was there with his guitars. The best breakfast ever was served downtown in an old restaurant where the waitress called me “honey”.

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