Banjo Dan: Forty And Farewell

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Stanstead, QC Derby Line, VT

Ban­joDan and the Mid-nite Plow­boys will play their last-ever concert at The Haskell Opera House on Fri­day, Septem­ber 21. The show, Banjo Dan’s twelfth an­nual pro­gram at the Hakell, comes at the end of the band’s For­ti­eth An­niver­sary Tour. The Plow­boys are re­tir­ing at the end of the month, cap­ping off four solid decades as one of the top acous­tic bands in the North­east.

Show­time is 7:30 PM. The Haskell Opera House, sit­ing di­rectly on the bor­der be­tween Derby Line, Ver­mont and Stanstead, Quebec, has long hosted top­notch Cana­dian and Amer­i­can tal­ent, in­clud­ing dra­matic and mu­si­cal pro­duc­tions of all kinds. It’s known far and wide as one of the finest concert halls in the re­gion, with ter­rific acous­tics and a charm­ing am­bi­ence.

“This show is go­ing to be re­ally spe­cial,” says band­leader Dan Lind­ner. “Over the past dozen years the Haskell has be­come our ab­so­lute fa­vorite venue. We’ve made loads of friends from both sides of the bor­der and are look­ing for­ward to giv­ing them one more great show be­fore we hang it up.”

Over their forty-year ca­reer – which makes them New Eng­land’s long­est-run­ning bluegrass band and prob­a­bly the most en­dur­ing band of any kind in Ver­mont’s mu­si­cal his­tory – Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plow­boys have es­tab­lished an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion not only for bril­liant mu­si­cian­ship, but for great en­ter­tain­ment. With a reper­toire built around com­pelling orig­i­nal songs, along with solid tra­di­tional bluegrass and coun­try, they never fail to keep the toes tap­ping and the smiles beam- ing. Their re­sume in­cludes sev­eral over­seas tours, top fes­ti­val billings, count­less concert-hall ap­pear­ances and, be­tween band and “solo” ef­forts, seven­teen full-length al­bums.

“We urge all our north coun­try friends and neigh­bors to join us for this fi­nal Haskell concert,” says gui­tarist, song­writer, em­cee and hu­morist Big Al Davis. “We’ll be re­viv­ing some Banjo Dan fa­vorites we haven’t done for decades, along with some hot new num­bers we’ve added this year. We’re there to share some good times with one and all – the same kind of en­ergy, ex­cite­ment and mu­si­cal fun we’ve been de­liv­er­ing for all these in­cred­i­ble years.”

All tick­ets, for gen­eral seat­ing, are just $17, Amer­i­can or Cana­dian. They may be or­dered on­line from www.haskel­lopera.com (802-8733022x205 or 819-8762471x205) or www. cata­moun­tarts.org (802748-2600 or 888-7575559) or pur­chased at the Wood­knot Book­shop, 137 Main Street in New­port, VT ( 802- 334- 6720). Ad­vance pur­chase is def­i­nitely en­cour­aged, though tick­ets will be avail­able at the door.

Plan now to catch Banjo Dan and the Mid­nite Plow­boys for one last great bluegrass show at the Haskell Opera House on Septem­ber 21.

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