Blue­grass Revue Fea­tures Plow­boys Re­union

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Derby Line, VT / Stanstead, QC

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.

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