The Claire Lynch Band with Lynch (guitar, vocals), Matt Wingate (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Mark Schatz (bass, clawhammer banjo, percussive dance) and Bryan McDowell (mandolin, fiddle, vocals) has the innate ability to perfectly interpret the beauty, subtlety, and genre-defying sophistication of Lynch’s music. By any measure, the quartet is high on the bluegrass world’s A-list, with musicians whose accolades include International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year and two Grammy nominations for Best Bluegrass Album (Lynch), two IBMA Bass Player of the Year awards (Wingate), MerleFest Doc Watson Guitar Champion (Schatz) and an unprecedented first-place win in three instrument categories at the Walnut Valley National Flatpicking Championship (McDowell).
Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival band competition winner Hot Mustard features hard-driving double banjos, close harmonies, and old-time fiddle tunes, all hot and spicy. The Vermont/New Hampshire-based quartet includes Bruce Stockwell (banjo, vocals), April Hobart (guitar, vocals), Bill Jubett (banjo, fiddle, vocals) and Kelly Stockwell (acoustic bass). Bruce Stockwell is a member of newgrass/folk trio The Stockwell Brothers, and the winner of the 2005 Merlefest bluegrass banjo contest.
Tickets for this concert are $20 for general and $18 for students and seniors. JD McCliment’s Pub will provide a beer and wine cash bar.
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