Blue­grass Re­turns To The Haskell

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

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.

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