Dan­de­lion Fid­dleFest com­ing to the East­Side

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - New­port, VT

Dan­de­lion Fid­dleFest comes to the East­Side Restau­rant in New­port, Ver­mont on the week­end of May 20, 21, and 22, 2016. Head­lin­ers are con­tem­po­rary blue­grass band, Reck­less Breakfast from Hanover, NH on Fri­day evening and cham­pion master fid­dler, Scott Camp­bell of Barre along with Rick and Donna Commo on Satur­day evening, with a NEK Fid­dlers Con­test on Satur­day af­ter­noon. It is part of a cel­e­bra­tion of High Spring in The King­dom that in­cludes the bois­ter­ous Dan­de­lion Run on Satur­day morn­ing, May 21st, as fields be­come filled with mil­lions and mil­lions of dan­de­lions all over the North­east King­dom of Ver­mont.

Fri­day evening Reck­less Breakfast will be play­ing at the Dandy Din­ner from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Cover is just $5 with a great din­ner se­lec­tion. This very pop­u­lar band has played at the Dandy Din­ner since 2011. They also play on Satur­day dur­ing the run and back at the pic­nic lunch at the Derby Beach House fol­low­ing the run.

Satur­day af­ter­noon, The East­Side hosts a judged, NEK Fid­dle Con­test from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm with cash prizes in three di­vi­sions, Se­nior, Ju­nior and Open and a sin­gle Peo­ple’s Choice prize. First Place cash prize in the Open Divi­sion is $150, and $100 in each of the Ju­nior and Se­nior Di­vi­sions, with smaller cash prizes for sec­ond and third place in each divi­sion. $50 cash prize for the over­all Peo­ples’ Choice. Cover $5

Satur­day evening, fid­dler, Scott Camp­bell of Barre, VT will be play­ing with Rick and Donna Commo on the pi­ano and bass, from 7 pm to 9 pm at The East­Side’s Fid­dler’s Buf­fet Din­ner. Cost of the din­ner is $25.

Sun­day, if in­ter­est war­rants, Scott and other fid­dlers will stick around for work­shops and mas­ter­classes at The East­Side from 10 am to 2 pm.

This year’s Dan­de­lion Run is un­der­writ­ten by the Com­mu­nity Na­tional Bank. For the past eight years it has been held on gravel roads through the dan­de­lion fields of Mor­gan, Hol­land, and Derby with mu­si­cians at each of the re­lay sta­tions.

“We’re thrilled to see this cel­e­bra­tion of High Spring in The King­dom ex­pand to in­clude the Fid­dleFest at The East­Side,” said Phil White, of King­dom Games, one of the hosts. “We’re look­ing to en­joy some fine mu­sic by fid­dlers from near and far. We’re hop­ing that this is just the first of many years of a grow­ing fid­dle fes­ti­val in New­port, Ver­mont.”

About Reck­less Breakfast

Reck­less Breakfast is the prod­uct of years of evo­lu­tion in the Up­per Val­ley Blue­grass scene. Their playful an­tics, cre­ative ar­range­ments of many dif­fer­ent gen­res (hip hop, rock, pop, folk) into blue­grass and stock of clas­sic flat­pick­ing num­bers are sure to de­light any lis­tener. Their sim­ple har­monies and bois­ter­ous in­stru­men­tals ap­peal to many dif­fer­ent au­di­ences, though they are es­pe­cially pop­u­lar among the Dart­mouth Out­ing Club crowd. Nate Hamm, fid­dle, Ford Da­ley, Do­bro and Dave Lloyd, guitar, pro­vide vir­tu­osic in­stru-

men­tal leads, while Rory Gawler's vo­cals, banjo or man­dolin and Duff Cum­mings' bass round out the sound. Fea­tur­ing Laura Jean Bink­ley on vo­cals. With Nate, Laura Jean and Ford singing har­mony, the tunes will ap­peal to the most hard­ened blue­grass fan, and the good-old fash­ioned string band sound is ac­ces­si­ble to all.

About Scott Camp­bell with Rick and Donna Commo

Scott is a na­tive Ver­mon­ter from Barre who started fid­dling with his fa­ther, Ken Camp­bell, when he was 10 years old. He is a master fid­dler who plays Ir­ish, Scot­tish, French, and Amer­i­can old time tunes and has pre­vailed in nu­mer­ous fid­dle com­pe­ti­tions through­out New Eng­land and Canada.

His re­cent al­bum "Freirish" in­cludes 26 songs of Ir­ish and French ori­gins which he recorded with Rick and Donna Commo on the pi­ano and bass. They will be join­ing Scott on Satur­day evening for an ex­cit­ing evening of fid­dle tunes from the broad­est spec­trum of gen­res.

For tick­ets and reser­va­tions con­tact The East­Side Restau­rant at 802-334-2340

For more info con­tact Phil White at 802-249-9100 or phw1948@gmail.com

To en­ter the Fid­dleFest con­tact Phil White by e-mail or use the Om­nibus Reg­is­tra­tion form at http://king­domgames. co/om­nibus-reg­is­tra­tion/

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