Banjo Dan’s Bluegrass Revue Returns To The Haskell
Bluegrass lovers rejoice! Banjo Dan’s Bluegrass Revue returns to the beautiful Haskell Opera House in Derby Line, Vermont / Stanstead, Quebec on Friday, August 8. The 7:30 p.m. show once again features a pair of the Northeast’s top acoustic acts, with Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing joining The Sky Blue Boys – Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner. Bluegrass music has been a top draw at the Haskell ever since the legendary Banjo Dan and the Mid-night Plowboys launched their 13-year run at the Opera House in 2000, and this year’s show should be one of the best ever.
Determined to keep a good thing going Dan and Willy, now performing as The Sky Blue Boys, premiered the Bluegrass Revue last summer to a great Haskell crowd. This year’s concert will feature a couple of terrific additions to both bands. Catamount Crossing, which features Bob Amos’ award-winning original songs, welcomes the addition of Bob’s daughter Sarah, whose exquisite vocals will be a highlight of their set. The band, currently one of the top Northeast bluegrass outfits, will feature songs from their fine new CD, Sunrise Blues. Meanwhile Banjo Dan fans will be thrilled to welcome back Jon Henry Drake, Plowboy bass player and tenor singer par excellence. With the Great Drake along, The Sky Blue Boys will deliver some stirring trios and revive several favorite songs from the repertoire of Banjo Dan and the Mid-night Plowboys.
For bluegrass fans who have never made the pilgrimage, the lovely Haskell Opera House sits squarely on the line between the US and Canada, with the international border dividing the concert hall between Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec. It’s a beautiful performance space, long touted by Banjo Dan as “our all-time favorite venue.”
All tickets are $18, US or Canadian. They may be ordered online from www.haskellopera.com (802873-3022x205 or 819-876-2471x205) or www.catamountarts.org (802-748-2600 or 888-757-5559) or purchased at Country Thyme Vermont, located at 60 Route 111 in Derby (802-766-2852). Advance purchase is definitely encouraged, though tickets will be available at the door. This year’s Bluegrass Revue figures to be the North Country’s bluegrass concert of the year.