Five Great Festivals for Tourists Visiting the Metropolitan Northeast Corridor

EDITOR’S NOTE: This travel guide to festivals in the Middle Atlantic States was written with British bluegrass fans in mind who might want a sidetrip to experience American bluegrass in a festival setting while visiting the cities in the NYC-Philly-D.C. corridor. It is not inclusive. There are a plethora of other fine festivals in the region. We looked for larger festivals with artists with names that a fan from across the pond would recognize. I[…]

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Mile Twelve, Sam Bush, Earls of Leicester, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike Among Bluegrass Acts in Intitial MerleFest Lineup

Editor’s note: Occasionally we receive press release from artists’ representatives that we think would be of interest to our readers. This is such a release.  For Immediate Release: Initial Lineup and Late Night Jam Announced for MerleFest 2019 Ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. EST on Nov. 13th WILKESBORO, N.C. (Nov. 13, 2018) – MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the initial lineup for MerleFest 2019, which will be held April 25-28.[…]

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Despite Venue Change, Philly Bluegrass Revival Was a Great Day of Fine Music

We were not quite sure what to expect when we rolled down the Pennsylvania Turnpike Sunday morning heading to what had once been one of the most highly anticipated events of festival season. When it was announced, the Philly Bluegrass Revival sounded like a very special event. Back then, folks talked about this as the possible start of something big. Comparisons were made to Baltimore and the wonderful Charm City Bluegrass Festival, which grew from[…]

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Special Moments In Abundance at 2018 Celebration of Cornstock

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to correct the account of how Serene Green’s tribute to Anthony Hannigan came about. We have never had this happen before. Matter of fact, we are certain it has not actually happened now. Never have we, in 20+ years of reporting on everything from presidential campaigns to Little League baseball, come home from covering an event and not been able to find our notebook. There have been times[…]

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Music and more on tap this weekend as Northeast Pa. celebrates Cornstock

You would think after six years of holding a festival at the same location, you’d have the preparation part of things would be pretty much routine by now. It’s not. At least not for Anthony Hannigan as he scrambles to get everything in place for this weekend’s Sixth Annual Cornstock Folk Festival at Lazy Brook Park, near Tunkhannock, Pa. “We though that would be the case, but we have learned there is no cookie cutter.[…]

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Travelin’ McCourys DELight the Friday night crowd at the Gettysburg Bluegrass festival

It might have been around 11 p.m. Or it might have been later. Or earlier. Probably later. The Travelin’ McCourys were supposed to take the stage at 10 p.m. Friday at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. But when Russell Moore ran late in an earlier slot, then did an encore, too, things got backed up. So it was definitely later than 10 when they started. But why haggle over silly things like exact times. Let’s just[…]

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Tradition Holds Sway as 77th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival Gets Underway

If you want to see a pretty good illustration of the divide between the Flatt Earth Society bluegrass purists and those with a less parochial view of what bluegrass is, Thursday night in Gettysburg would have been a good place to be. The folks who put on the two Gettysburg Bluegrass Festivals each year are hardly purists. While unlike some festivals, you will not find non-bluegrass “folk” acts spicing the menus at some festivals, Rich[…]

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Travelin’ McCourys coming home to headline next week at Gettysburg 77

It will be a homecoming of sorts when the Travelin’ McCourys take the stage next week at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. Born and raised just one county over, this is sort of old stomping grounds for the McCoury brothers. “As far back as I can remember, we would go to Gettysburg for the festivals,” says Ronnie McCoury, who was born nearby in York and began coming to the Gettysburg festivals long before he was appearing[…]

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Dispatch from Grey Fox: Horsing around on Saturday proved a lot of fun

It is one of Dan Whitener’s prized possessions. It is a musical instrument so special to him that he only breaks it out to play it for special occasions. Yes, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is such an occasion. “I wouldn’t want to take this outside to play, or to a festival, but this is one place where people know what it is,” said Whitener, Man About a Horse’s banjo picker, as he carefully wiped[…]

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Dispatch from Grey Fox: A Friday filled from noon to late night with great music

“That old guy emceeing is known as a no-nonsense keep the show moving kind of guy,” said one of the volunteers working the High Meadow stage Friday afternoon. “He is usually out there with a kickstand, getting them right off the stage. He doesn’t encourage encores, so you know he liked them.” “Them” was the southcentral Pa. band Mountain Ride and they had just finished a set that included not one, but two encores. Two[…]

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