We’re Willing to Wager You Have Never Seen The Plate Scrapers Quite Like This #Day10

You will hear people talk about traditional music when they talk about bluegrass. But in bluegrass, traditional usually means from the 1940s. The song selected by The Plate Scrapers, our featured artists on Day 10 of the 12 Days of Bluegrass, is much older than that. Almost 100 years older, to be exact. Oh Holy Night was written in France in 1847 by a guy by the name of Adolphe Adam, the same dude who[…]

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Chris Kearney sings about Christmas memories on Day 9 of the 12 Days of Bluegrass

Oh his 2006 album Silent Nightclub, comedy lounge act Richard Cheese starts into a cover of the song featured for Day 9 of the 12 Days of Bluegrass, then abruptly stops, saying, “We were going to do a swinging lounge version of Last Christmas, by Wham, but that song sucks.” Truth be told, we shared that opinion for a long, long time. The song may be the best selling single all time in the UK,[…]

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Dishonest Dave Brown and his Fiddler (honest) Take Us Home For Day 8

Every time we see Dave Brown play, he seems to have a different supporting cast. Bass player Ron Penska seems to be the only constant, but Brown has been known to go the solo singer-songwriter route on occasion, too. Actually, there are two other constants. The show is always entertaining. Whether by himself with a guitar over his shoulder and a harmonica rig around his neck, or fronting his current five-piece outfit, with whom he[…]

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We keep it in the family for Day 7 of the 12 Days of Bluegrass

Family. It’s what the holidays are all about. So it is exciting to have a second generation carrying on the 12 Days of Bluegrass tradition. Shane McGeehan, who holds down the bass in this beautiful instrumental version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Serene Green, is the son of Patrick McGeehan, who, along with his band Coal County Express, were our featured artists on Day 5. The younger McGeehan has been doing this since[…]

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On Day 6, a Jolly Flat Picker Tells Us About a Jolly Fat Man

And on Day 6, the jolly fat man came to town. This song, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, is a true classic. And the first known recording of the song was by banjo picker Harry Reser’s band in 1934. Since then it has been recorded by more than 200 artists, including The Jackson 5, Frank Sinatra, Mariah Carey, Tommy Dorsey, Bruce Springsteeen, and now, The Larry Keel Experience. Our Day 6 artist is a[…]

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On Christmas Eve, we go old school for Day 5 of the 12 Days of Bluegrass

We have buddy who likes to say “there is no school like old school.” And that is how we are rolling on Day 5 of the 12 Days of Bluegrass. It’s kind of cool having this band be a part of the 12 Days with this beautiful rendition of Silent Night. After all, this is the night we celebrate the birth of a very special son, and the banjo picker in this band is the[…]

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Day 4: Keep Calm, and Play Bluegrass

One of our personal highlights of 2017 came back in March, when we traveled across the pond to visit our daughter, who was in grad school in London. It was on that trip that we made the connection that resulted in our Day 4 artists being a part of the 12 Days of Bluegrass. Evan Davies is an amazing mandolin player from Leeds, England, who we met on that trip. Evan was playing with the[…]

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Philly’s River Bones Band rocks Blue Christmas on Day 3 of the 12 Days of Bluegrass

When Man About A Horse’s Matt Thomas told us the River Bones Band was up for taking part in the 12 Days of Bluegrass, our first reaction was not “who?” That was our second reaction, after our joy at filling another of the 12 days. Then we read a Facebook thread about what bands people wanted to see at DelFest. Somebody mentioned River Bones. That they were mentioned in that light told us something. Checking[…]

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Day 2 of the 12 Days of Bluegrass features Colebrook Road

With the twinbill on tap Friday night at The Abbey Bar in Harrisburg, it seemed to make sense for Day 2 of the 12 Days of Bluegrass to belong to Colebrook Road, a band so local some of us know which intersection that street sign they always have on stage came from. They will share that billing with Day 1’s featured artists, Man About a Horse.(TICKETS HERE) Here is their take on the Johnny Marks[…]

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