Maine Bluegrass Tradition
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The following is from Blistered Fingers recent email blast:
Wow, where has the summer gone. It’s hard to believe but it’s almost time for the August Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival. We are looking forward to making many more memories; meet new friends and seeing everyone. A Big Thank you to everyone who came to the June festival, although we had some wet weather the grounds remained hard even with all the rain we had and a lot of fun was had by all. See you all soon and don’t forget to tell your friends!! Remember, 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 lineup for 2019:
RHONDA VINCENT & the RAGE • The GIBSON BROTHERSBÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN • The STEELDRIVERSThe SPECIAL CONSENSUS • BALSAM RANGE • SISTER SADIEDANNY PAISLEY & the SOUTHERN GRASS • The LARRY STEPHENSON BANDLEROY TROY & The TENNESSEE MAFIA JUG BANDDELLA MAE • The LONELY HEARTSTRING BANDThe GRASCALS • VOLUME FIVE • NEW ENGLAND BLUEGRASS BANDSOUTHERN RAIL • BEG, STEAL, or BORROW • The SETH SAWYER BAND
WEDNESDAY BONUS NIGHT
Featuring Maine Bands
Sandy River Ramblers • Flight 317 • Old Eleven • Back Woods Road
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.