Dandelion FiddleFest coming to the EastSide
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
To enter the FiddleFest contact Phil White by e-mail or use the Omnibus Registration form at http://kingdomgames. co/omnibus-registration/