Banjo Dan’s Blue­grass Re­vue Re­turns To The Haskell

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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.

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