Bluegrass Revue Features Plowboys Reunion
Banjo Dan’s Bluegrass Revue returns to the Haskell Opera House in Derby Line, Vermont / Stanstead, Quebec on Friday, August 5 for a 7:30 show. This year’s concert, the fourth annual, promises to be the best ever. Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing has just released a new CD which captures all the energy and passion of classic bluegrass. They’ll be featuring some great, obscure songs from this new release along with several of Bob’s awardwinning originals, once again highlighting the stirring vocals of Sarah Amos. This band has truly become the top bluegrass outfit in New England.
The big surprise this year, however, will be a reunion of the nowlegendary Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys. Fan favorite Jon Henry Drake will be coming up from Nashville to play bass and recreate the great trios he sang with Dan and Willy Lindner, and Phil Bloch will once again ring the rafters with his amazing work on the fiddle. The quartet will reprise some of the Plowboys’ top songs and debut some catchy new material. The Plowboys are thrilled by this opportunity to bring their music back to their all-time favorite venue.
Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys began a run of thirteen consecutive shows at the Haskell in 2000, becoming one of the top draws at this venerable Opera House on the Vermont-Quebec border and attracting fans from all over northern New England and southern Quebec. Following the band’s retirement in 2012 Dan and his brother turned their full musical energies to their long-running duo The Sky Blue Boys, focusing on the early days of rural music and the “brothers duet” sound that led directly to the emergence of bluegrass in the mid-twentieth century. Determined to keep a good thing going at the Haskell they recruited Bob Amos and company to join them for a twin bill in 2013 and the Revue has drawn great crowds ever since. The Sky Blue Boys regularly delight audiences with an engaging mix of traditional and original songs, while Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing delivers the full-bore band sound of today’s bluegrass with sterling instrumental work and stunning vocals. This year’s Bluegrass Revue, with a bona fide Plowboys reunion on tap, figures to be the best-yet edition of Banjo Dan’s Bluegrass Revue.
Tickets are at par US or Canadian, very affortable, available in advance through www.haskellopera.com /(802)873-3022x205 or (819)876-2471x205 and also through Catamount Arts: www.catamountart.org / (802)748-2600 or (888)7575559. Barring a sellout (always a possibility with this popular show) should be available at the door. You may have seen John as an American Border officer, but every July 1st for the last couple of years, he crosses over into Canada to sing the National Anthem at the three border posts that we have. He is also the Commander of the Lamoille County Post 9653, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, in Morrisville, Vermont.