Aug 31, 2010
This Labor Day Weekend the 39th Annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Salem County Fairgrounds in Salem, New Jersey. This is the 20th year the festival will be held on the rolling farmland of Southern New Jersey along US Route 40, seven miles east of the Delaware Memorial Bridge and just down the road from Cowtown Rodeo.
The Festival is presented by The Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music (BFOTM) which was founded in 1972 with the goal of helping preserve traditional American music by presenting live performances of bluegrass and old time music in Northern Delaware and the surrounding areas of Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. From the outset this all volunteer non-profit organization has been encouraging local traditional musicians.
People have always enjoyed music, for several different reasons: to relax, have fun, communicate. The reason isn’t that important as long as the music is good and attracts listeners. The ones that listen to music as well as the ones that create music always look for something new and better to bring people together. A much appreciated genre that satisfies the demands of the public is bluegrass music. The melodies and the shows of the bands which sing bluegrass songs have always lived up to their fame as this music is a medicine for the soul.
Bluegrass songs know their beginnings around the 1940s and this music is considered to be a form of American root music, even though the English, Irish and Scottish traditional music can be considered as roots as well. The name, of the bluegrass songs comes from the founder of the genre, Bill Monroe. The name of his band was the Blue Grass Boys and that’s how their music came to be known as bluegrass music. Being mostly instrumental music, the predominant sounds are produces by traditionally accepted bluegrass instruments. Unlike mainstream country music, bluegrass songs rely mostly on acoustic string instruments (fiddle, banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and sometimes the resonator guitar). On of the trademarks of bluegrass songs is the difference from old time music or classical music. While in classic music the instruments are in perfect harmony with each other or one of the instruments leads and the others just follow, in bluegrass songs all the instruments have a part of their own and almost a mind of their own. This type of music is known for its solos and the bluegrass songs’ improvisation is famous. One can hear the sound of each instrument and the talent of the man behind it in raw form, without any written notes and rehearsed shows. The soul of the player is the soul of the bluegrass songs.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Lyons Community Park
Lyons, PA (August 20, 2010) – The Lyons Park & Recreational Department presents the 27th Annual Lyons Fiddle Festival on Sunday, September 19, 2010 from 9am to 5pm at Lyons Community Park. A highly anticipated family event, highlights of the festival include musical entertainment, an open competition fiddle contest, quilt raffle, bluegrass gospel service, craft vendors, pig roast, and Pennsylvania Dutch home cooking featuring their famous iron kettle soups. Visitors can expect to hear many types of fiddle music including bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, country, old-timey and gospel music. The 2010 festival’s attendance is expected to exceed last year’s estimated turnout of 5,500 people. Admission: $2.00 donation requested; children under 12 are free. Festival seating (bring lawn chairs). www.lyonsfiddlefest.com
This year’s main stage performers will include: Steve Walker, The Hannah Violet Trio, Mike Hertzog & The Blue Mountain Gang, The Cypress Trio, Carroll County Ramblers, Jack Murray and the Midnight Creeps, and Lehigh Valley Folk Music Society.
The Fiddle Contest is an open competition (any style, three age groups) with awards and cash prizes. In the past, all age groups have performed bluegrass, folk and gospel classics, including children as young as 5 and seniors in their 90s.
Much of the musical fun takes place off the main stage, where dozens of jammers perform at impromptu jam sessions throughout the park with their guitars, basses, fiddles, washboards, spoons and dulcimers.
Over the past 26 years, more than 125,000 spectators have set up their folding chairs and blankets in the park, and over 480 fiddle contestants (and untold numbers of jammers) have entertained them. A number of the fiddlers have gone on to have successful careers within the music industry.
About Lyons Park & Recreational Department:
Proceeds of the Fiddle Festival go back to the community, with much of the money going to the Lyons Community Park and parking fees going to the Lyons Fire Company. The revenues generated from the festival have enabled the reconstruction of the Veteran’s Memorial Monument, dredged the stream that courses through the park, built a stone bridge across it, enabled the addition of permanent restroom facilities, built a memorial to the town’s tornado victims, enlarged the park pavilion, converted the sandbox into a pavilion, painting of the pavilion roof, and for the general maintenance of the park. www.lyonsfiddlefest.com
Event Information At A Glance
What: 27th Annual Lyons Fiddle Festival
Where: Lyons Community Park, 15 Park Avenue, Lyons, PA
When: Sunday, September 19 at 9am
Tickets: Tickets for the event are $2 dollars for adults, free for children under 12
551 404 5341
According to Goldstein, bluegrass music, which was brought to the country when British, Scottish and Irish settlers moved to the mountainous regions of the south, uses instruments such as the guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass and occasionally a Dobro (resonator guitar) to create this unique form of music.
“The instruments make an interesting, striking sound together,” Goldstein said. “It’s very difficult to master these instruments and it’s extremely hard to play bluegrass well.”
The 39th Annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival comes to the Salem County Fairgrounds in Pilesgrove Township from Friday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 5. For ticket prices and to purchase tickets visit www.delawarevalleybluegrass.org.
Pandora has launched a new wrinkle for its personalized online radio service. Listeners can now build a stream based on more than 100 “micro-genres,” including bluegrass.
Pandora users have always been able to create a bluegrass stream, but based on the names of favorite artists. The system would then suggest a series of tracks which you could enjoy in turn, or skip between as you see fit. The newly-revised service allows the listener to select by musical style. Bluegrass is listed in the broader folk category, along with Old Time and Americana. You can also find the bluegrass sub in the Country style.
Pandora Internet Radio is a free service, but registration is required. Check it out online
Listen to non stop bluegrass on your computer
Top bluegrass bands will descend on Lodi this week for the 13th annual Pickin’ in the Pasture extravaganza, which will be held today through Sunday. The event draws top traditional bluegrass talent and plenty of campers, and features activities for youngsters. Bluegrass Unlimited magazine recently chose it as one of the top five family bluegrass festivals among more than 500 held around the nation.
Among the performers at this year’s show: The U.S. Navy Bluegrass Band, Lost and Found, Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long, Coal Town, Straight Drive, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys, Grasstowne, Smokey Greene, The Larry Gillis Band and The James King Band.
Welcome to Music at the Mission
We are proud to present the finest in live music here in the beautiful highlands of West Milford, NJ. We are a non-profit, all volunteer run organization. We’ve presented an impressive list of performing artists.
The current 2009/2010 concert season includes: Lucy Kaplansky, Maia Sharp, Richard Shindell, Antje Duvekot, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Tony Trischka, Johnathan Edwards, Guggenheim Grotto and Janis Ian.
Music at the Mission held its first concert at the Episcopal Mission in the Highlands in 2002. Since then we have presented monthly concerts & Open Mic Nights. Our new home as of 2004, is the West Milford Presbyterian Church.
We present our shows in an intimate coffeehouse atmosphere. We seat 160 people with general admission. Reserved seating is available for our members. We sell refreshments and observe the church’s No Alcohol Policy.
Come on out and join us at Music at the Mission for a wonderful evening of music!
By JIM FUSILLI
Last year, Ricky Skaggs issued “Solo (Songs My Dad Loved),” a bluegrass album on which he played every instrument and sang all the parts. A year before that, he released “Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass.” Now comes “Mosaic” (Skaggs Family), with a Christian theme. Earlier this summer on the Upper West Side here I asked him if the new disc was part of a continuum: musical fathers, blood father, heavenly father. He replied, “All my music is for the glory of God.”
Mr. Skaggs has long included songs of faith in his repertoire, as have many, if not all, bluegrass artists. His recent recordings include the classic bluegrass gospel songs “Remember the Cross,” “Sinners, You Better Get Ready,” “God Holds the Future in His Hands” and “This World is Not My Home.”
“I’m mostly known as a secular artist who plays clubs, casinos and beer joints, fairs. We’re out there among the regular people,” he said from a coffee-shop booth. “But I’m a Christian and I believe the truth of the Bible. I try to live it everyday of my life. It’s not something I put on like a suit of clothes.”
Jesse McReynolds is set to release a Grateful Dead tribute album.
Yes… you read that right. Grand Ole Opry member, one half of the legendary bluegrass power duo Jim & Jesse, and pioneering crosspicking mandolinist Jesse McReynolds’ next album will pay homage to the music of the original jam band.
Jesse McReynolds & Friends Tribute to Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter – Songs of the Grateful Dead is due October 5, and will feature grassy arrangements of 13 Dead classics. But unlike similar projects, Jesse delves a bit deeper into the catalog and presents material other than the most obvious, “greatest hits” selections.
- Black Muddy River
- The Wheel
- Bird Song
- Franklin’s Tower
- Standing On The Moon
Shin Digs— starting again at Kempton Rod & Gun ClubSaturday–Aug–28th and every 4th Saturday of the month. Be sure to come out and enjoy the shows and the good food at this venue. See you there. Don’t forget to check out Bluegrass Nights web site too– great news etc. there.