Bluegrass Returns To The Haskell
The clarion sounds of bluegrass music will once again ring through the Haskell Opera House this summer. The grand old theatre sitting astraddle of the US-Canada border at Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec, will host the third annual Banjo Dan’s Bluegrass Revue on Saturday, August 8, with show time set for 7:30 PM.
Bluegrass found a special North Country home in the year 2000, when Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys first presented “folk music in overdrive” at the Haskell Opera House. The now-legendary Plowboys returned a dozen more times to thrill lovers of bluegrass and country music prior to their retirement in September 2012. “But there was no way I was going to let this thing die out,” says Dan Lindner, namesake of the band, and since 2013 he has presented a twin bill featuring not one but two sterling acoustic groups.
Since the Plowboys’ retirement Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing have more than earned the billing as Vermont’s top bluegrass band. With a repertoire featuring Bob’s award-winning original songs, the group has been featured at top bluegrass festivals all around the Northeast and beyond. Driven by Bob’s dynamic banjo picking, Catamount Crossing features stirring vocals along with outstanding instrumental work on fiddle, mandolin, guitar and string bass. And summer is the best time to catch Bob and his band, as daughter Sarah Amos joins the group as a topnotch featured vocalist.
Carrying on in the tradition of Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys, The Sky Blue Boys – Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner – will anchor the show with their exciting recreation of the early “brothers duos” whose music in the early and middle parts of the last century gave rise directly to what we now know as bluegrass. Dan and Willy, with that authentic sibling harmony, switch off between guitars, banjo, mandolin, dobro and autoharp to deliver a virtuoso performance of early bluegrass, old-time country and folk songs along with plenty of originals.
For fans of acoustic music it doesn’t get any better than this.
All tickets are $18, US or Canadian. They may be ordered online or by phone from www.haskellopera.com (802-8733022x205 or 819-876-2471x205) or www. catamountarts.org (802-748-2600 or 888757-5559), or purchased at Derby’s fine crafts shop, Country Thyme Vermont, located at 60 Route 111 (802-766-2852). Advance purchase is definitely encouraged, though tickets will be available at the door.
Get ready for another incredible evening of great bluegrass at the third annual Banjo Dan’s Bluegrass Revue.