Maine Bluegrass Tradition
Blistered Fingers – Maine Bluegrass Festival
Blistered Fingers just had their 50th festival in June, now for 27 years. Back Woods Road performed Wednesday and Friday. We are looking forward to the August installment. For your convenience, Blistered Fingers now accepts Credit card payments for online ticket purchases.
The following is from Blistered Fingers recent email blast:
“Hello” Dear Friends:
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the 51st Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival!!! Thanks for making our 50th festival in June so special. For those of you who weren’t able to make it. We missed you!! The fireworks at the end was a great way to end the perfect 50th with all of you! Thank you for attending and choosing Blistered Fingers to be one of your choice festivals that you attend. We truly appreciate all the support we’ve had over the 27 years. We Love you all and look forward to seeing you soon at our August 22-26 Blistered Fingers festival!!! Don’t just hear about it, come experience it.
Keep smiling and your toes tapping!
Love, Greg &Sandy
Thomas Point Beach Maine Bluegrass Festival
Maine bluegrass’s premiere festival, Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival, had run its course after 37 years (with a one- or two-year hiatus in there somewhere). It’s back!! Bill Monroe played the festival several times. Most of those that come to listen also pick, or have a spouse that plays an instrument. It’s a beautiful spot, right on the ocean in Brunswick, Maine. The magic is not just in the music, but in the comradery amongst the campers. A Maine bluegrass festival is unique, in that the real show happens out in the field after they close down the stage. Thomas Point has a tradition of bringing one of the headlining bands to the ‘caboose’ late at night for a jam session. It’s a chance to rub elbows with some bluegrass nobility (if I can use that word, bluegrassers are a humble bunch). The nice thing about the Thomas Point Beach festival is that it draws a big enough crowd to afford some of the best performers in the world. In addition to late-night pickin’ around the fire there are small-group workshops throughout the festival. Check out the comments on this post on Thomas Point’s site.
Check out the main stage performers for 2018: The EARLS OF LEICESTER Presented by Jerry Douglas • The GIBSON BROTHERS
LARRY SPARKS • BALSAM RANGE • HOT RIZE • LONESOME RIVER BAND • SIERRA HULL • SISTER SADIE • DAVID DAVIS & The WARRIOR RIVER BOYS • TWISTED PINE • The PO’ RAMBLIN’ BOYS • LEROY TROY & The TENNESSEE MAFIA JUG BAND • MILE TWELVE • The SLOCAN RAMBLERS • The FEINBERG BROTHERS • WILSON BANJO CO. • The BLUEGRASS UNIT
Back Woods Road Band performed on Thursday (8/30) for the band competition and took second place honors. Beg, Steal, or Borrow band took first place accolades.
One Longfellow Square
Check out One Longfellow Square for bluegrass shows.
Blizzard Bob has been a mainstay of Maine bluegrass for many years. I can remember listening to his show on WMPG back in the late 90s, before I hardly played at all. I would tape the program, then just about wear out the tape listening to it for the following week. Occasionally I would get a chance to play the show at work (when I was manning the radio). I’d be willing to bet there are many folks out there that got their start listening to Bob. Thanks, Bob.