Bluegrass from the Forest 2013!
Another successful BftF is in the memory
books for those who attended. Kristmas Town
Kiwanis continues to perfect its execution and
staging of the event. After 9 yrs. most of the
kinks have been worked out. This year things
worked as smooth as butter on a banjo!
The regional bands showed excellently
compared against the headliners (Special
Consensus, Laurie Lewis and the right hands).
Runaway Train bade a tearful goodbye with a
standing O and long applause for their last set.
Thanks to Greg Linder for his attention to
giving young talent a chance to perform. Two
bands of young players were well received and
appreciated (Top String from east of the mtns.
and the Crichton Family Band from Shelton).
These kids are way past amateur and well on
their way to master player status!
We always make sure to attend the 'Chicks
Kids' portion of the show on Sunday morning.
This year again, we were there in the front row
to help cheer them on, only missing the first two
kid sets. All the kids were well schooled and
each played their part with flare and confidence!
Some are repeat offenders at Chicks School of
Bluegrass and I recognized faces and increased
proficiency in those kids. The smallest kid
in the entire group (on mandolin) was just a
HOOT! It wasn't right away that it clicked
in my mind that this was Jack ! He was
just precious. Everything he did seemed to
have that certain something; occasional foot
tappin,' playin' his turn at a little mando break,
strummin' away on his instrument, singin'
on the verses, lookin' around at his fellow
musicians and finally he was feelin' it, as his
shoulders bounced up and down a bit to the
beat! I swear this all seemed SO familiar!! Then
it dawned on me! That is JACK, Jack Elwell!
Nolan Elwell's youngest boy! (mando for RT)
Nolan has been cloned! There is another great
innate mando player comin' through the ranks
with that special father/son lineage! Jack is only
just a sprout and will turn 6 at the end of August
but already his potential is evident. I think this
was his first Chicks Kids.
Mom says Nolan
hasn't ever worked with him but for sure will be
helping Jack along the bluegrass trail from now
on. Remember that name and watch for him in
the coming years. Thanks once again to K T
Kiwanis for a good festival and for my 'ALL
TIME' favorite bluegrass memory, Master Jack
Hey! It's Festival Time again!
Spring is here, Wheew! That means, it's festival time
2013! Hope your plans are taking shape. Your calendar
is marked! Your gear is swept out and ready to go on the
bluegrass circuit this season! It's coming up fast!
First off 2013, is the 9th annual Bluegrass from the Forest in
Shelton at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center
and grounds, May 17-19. If you have never been out here
to Shelton, it's a fun little festival. The 2013 lineup is
again stellar. It can be viewed at the BftF website, linked
on the calendar/festival pages here.
The best, but bittersweet reason to attend this year is to bid
a fond 'FAREWELL' to the south sound band Runaway
Yep, that's right! After June 30 of 2013, (a 14 year run)
RT will be calling it quits. Seems all good things must end
and RT has come to the end of its tracks. The reasons we
are saying so long to RT are several. Mando player Nolan
Elwell said goodbye to the b'grass road in January 2013,
with Pete Goodall ably taking that spot in instrumentation
and vocal range. And members knew that some day, banjo
player extraordinaire Luke Dewhirst would 'grow up'
and seek his fortune somewhere in the larger world. That
day has come for Luke. He was accepted as a cadet at
the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London,
Connecticut. He will 'ship out' to begin his stint of study
and service in the U.S. Coast Guard at the end of June
2013. Upon completion of academic requirements and
training, Luke will be commissioned as an Ensign in the
So, if you are a fan/follower or supporter of RT come out
for their performances at BftF 'cause this will be the last
chance to wave goodbye and give a salute to future Ensign
Dewhirst! Nolan has agreed to come to BftF and help the
band play 'so long.' Greg Linder on guitar, has said, 'He'd
like to take a break from herdin' b'grass cats, but there may
be RT reunion gigs in the future.' It's a hard job, that cat
herdin.' Greg is always in demand for those infamous pick
up band gigs. He is playing some of those already, creating
on the spot bands or filling in for absent guitar players.
Kent Powell will be at his spot on bass for the last RT gig
and is in a new band on the road already doing gigs.
This year will be a melancholy start for the 2013 festival
season but still a great kick off. See you in the forest in
'down the road' in 2013
Our Wintergrass 2013!
By Sally B
Wintergrass 2013 was a big smile for music. There were
lots of kids everywhere. What a treat for all these kids!! We
attended the Wintergrass Youth Orchestra performance on
Sunday morning. It was inspiring to see 128 kids playing
together with some legends in music and bluegrass.
You may know that we stay close to the heart of bluegrass
and hardly ever stray from that at Wintergrass.
No chambergrass, or cellograss, or dawggrass for us! This
year again we were true b’grassers. We saw those great
Spinney Brothers, again! There was a big crowd and lots
of clapping for these great guys from Nova Scotia!
Continued on Sally B's Page...
Be part of THE STREET TEAM
The International Bluegrass Music Association is looking for dedicated music fans to help spread the word about Wide Open Bluegrass to be held in Raleigh, NC September 27 - 28, 2013! Join the Street Team a fun and exciting grassroots program that allows you the opportunity to earn a FREE ticket to Wide Open Bluegrass!
Street Team members will be part of a large group of like-minded music enthusiasts who will promote the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival taking place this September in Raleigh, N.C.
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Mt. St Helens Bluegrass Festival Photos
You are invited to view Nancy Bay's photo album: August 9-12, 2012 Mt St Helens Bluegrass Festival Photos by Nancy Bay
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Gazette Schedule Change
The WBA Board of Directors voted to move the scheduled printing and mailing of the Bluegrass Gazette Newsletter up by one month. The new schedule is for the summer Gazette to be delivered in July rather than June. The fall issue will be delivered in October, the winter issue in January, and the spring 2014 issue will be mailed in April. The deadline for articles and advertisers in the summer issue of the Gazette is now June 15th. Thanks, Jim C
Here's a bit of WBA NEWS!
If you have happened to look at the WBA festival page recently, you may
have noticed a change in the lineup. WBA had planned on welcoming and
enjoying the smooth bluegrass voice and great playing of Charlie Sizemore.
Charlie contacted WBA recently to say that, for health reasons, he would
have to withdraw from the festival. Festival Director General Cothern made
a heroic scramble to find and sign a different headliner for us to enjoy. So
folks you read it correctly, the great Don Rigsby will be joining WBA at the
Mt. St. Helens festival this August! If you follow bluegrass at all you may
know that Don has a new Cd recently released that is getting a bit of airplay.
It's titled Doctor's Orders, a tribute to Dr. Ralph Stanley, I'm sure, though
I haven't read the liner notes. Dr. Ralph is Don's b'grass hero. I've heard
3 or 4 cuts from this new Cd and it is KILLER. Was thinking this might be
one to purchase, now I can have it autographed by Mr. Rigsby himself! So
come on out to the 29th annual Mt. St. Helens WBA festival...Doctor's
Rainier Picker's Festival!
There will be a Rainier Picker's Festival on the weekend of August 23-25, 2013. (This was mistakenly reported as having been shut down in the Spring Gazette on page 23.) David Wuller has taken the reins and is planning for the festival to run at the same time, same place. Here is his contact info:
360-832-8320. New Website: https://sites.google.com/site/rainierbgfest/
Special Membership Discount
The WBA is offering a special $30 off savings coupon for new or renewing members. Hurry! This offer expires June 1st, 2013.
Northwest Folklife Festival
Special Bluegrass Showcase Concert on Saturday May 25 at the Mural Amphitheatre Outdoor stage, the largest stage at NW Folklife.
SPECIAL BLUEGRASS SHOWCASE CONCERT
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Saturday May 25
1:05 pm Pearly Blue
1:50 pm The Weavils
2:35 pm Pickled Okra
3:20 pm Badger Pocket
Volunteers Make it Happen!
Volunteers are an essential part of the Northwest Folklife Festival! Every year, over 800 volunteers staff our entrances, information booths, registration and more to make sure we have the most welcoming community arts Festival in the city. Be a part of it!
Fill out a Volunteer Application TODAY!
Volunteers receive discounted merchandise and other perks. Most importantly, volunteering gives you a great opportunity to give back to your community and meet some amazing people in the process!
Please visit the volunteer page of our Festival website for more information!
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