Guest Author - Chris Curtis
Set aside the weekend beginning Thursday, July 15 through Sunday, July 18th to settle in for some of the best bluegrass music to be found. Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, in its 35th year running, was named 2009s IBMA Event of the Year because year after year, it delivers an amazing line up offering wide choices with respect to old, new, tried and true bands and artists.
After its move 3 years ago, the festival has settled into its new home at the beautiful Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, in Greene County, New York. The festival organizers continue to seek patron suggestions so as to fine tune all of the logistics associated with putting on a quality 4 day event that appeals to a broad audience.
Once again, Grey Fox 2010 features a robust schedule of outstanding talents drawn from the upper elements of the Roots music and bluegrass circuit plus a wonderful selection of youthful virtuoso's ready to show us a new generation of tradition. This is just an unbelievable lineup.
The Grey Fox schedule of artists is rich with Bluegrass veterans, woman artists, emerging artists and an expanded selection of top Roots music bands. The veterans in Bluegrass are represented by Dry Branch Fire Squad, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Tim O'Brien, Doyle Lawson, David Grisman, Bill Keith and Special Consensus. Popular woman artists include Kathy Mattea, the celtic tinged Aioffe O'Donovan with Crooked Still including Britney Hass, the rising Della Mae, and the award winning Sarah Jaroz plus the esteemed Sierra Hull will be featured in the Berklee Roots music show. The highly popular Roots jam band Donna the Buffalo returns to the Grey Fox stage this year. Be sure to check out Railroad Earth, The Greencards, and the Rockin' Acoustic Circus in the Roots music class.
For the picker's, Grey Fox is known for its all night jamming but it also has established a slow jam tent, a grass roots tent and offers several classes and workshops for those who want to improve their playing skills. There is some phenomenal music being played at the camps especially into the wee dawn hours. It's worth the stroll through the camp each evening. The festival accommodates 4,000 campers with ample porta-johns, water tanks for portable camp showers, and paid portable showers. Remember this is a working farm and not a campground with water and electrical hookups.
Grey Fox is kid friendly with a family tent and the highly popular Kids Academy. Another favorite is the Master's Stage for an intimate experience with many of the artists. The dance tent schedule is offering a diverse selection of dance music and will be hopping all weekend long.
There truly is something here for everyone with plenty of traditional bluegrass and added to that, so much "on the rise" talent being showcased throughout the schedule. What an awesome treat! Don't miss it.