Grey Fox Bluegrass Fest

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival New YorkGrey Fox Bluegrass Fest takes place at Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, New York

Grey Fox Bluegrass Fest 2011 dates – 14th to 17th July

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Host Band: Dry Branch Fire Squad (all 4 days), Sam Bush Band, J.D. Crowe and the New South, O’Brien Party of Seven, Del McCoury Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, The SteelDrivers, The Gibson Brothers, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Claire Lynch Band, Crooked Still, The Boxcars, Tony Trischka Territory, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Greensky Bluegrass, Donna the Buffalo, Spinney Brothers, Rockin’ Acoustic Circus, The Hillbenders, Della Mae, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Monroeville, The Dixie Bee-Liners, Red Stick Ramblers, John Kirk and Trish Miller , Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Fiddlestyx , Katy Wilson & Two Time String Band, Citigrass, Berklee College of Music Student Bands (tba)

The History of the Grey Fox Bluegrass Fest

About 20,000 bluegrass and acoustic music fans from over 30 states and a dozen countries experienced the 2010 edition of Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival on the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, New York. They came to see their favorite traditional, contemporary, old time, new grass, jamgrass and dance bands for four music-filled days in July. The festival’s lineup, as always, read like a Who’s Who of Bluegrass. The main stage featured outstanding performances by Sam Bush, Kathy Mattea, Tim O’Brien, Del McCoury, Railroad Earth, David Grisman, The Greencards, Crooked Still, Doyle Lawson, Sarah Jarosz and many others. At the Dance Pavilion, fans danced their bluegrass socks off to Donna the Buffalo, Rockin’ Acoustic Circus, Planet Zydeco, The Wilders, Blue Sky Mission Club, The Lustre KIngs, Sweetback Sisters and learned to square dance and clog with John Kirk and Trish Miller.

Stellar workshops by top artists (Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, Josh Williams, etc) and showcases by the region’s emerging artists (Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Joe Singleton, Tony Watt & SE Expressway,  were presented at the intimate tented Master Stage each day. And at the Grass Roots tent, bluegrass greats such as Bill Keith, Kimber Ludiker and Ron Thomason taught hands-on workshops to fans who brought their instruments with them. Day and night, spontaneous jam sessions cropped up at hundreds of campsites around the grounds.

True to form, Grey Fox once again proved to be a very family friendly event, with non-stop activities for kids, such as crafts, tie-dying, yoga, games and performances by clowns, ventriloquists, puppeteers and musicians at the Family Tent each day. And the festival’s signature Bluegrass Academy for Kids, led by fiddler extraordinaire, Brian Wicklund, taught more than 100 young students (age 8-17) to play and sing bluegrass music.

Major sponsors of the IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year (2009) include Stelling Banjo Works, CF Martin Guitar Company, Collings Guitars, Sugar Hill Records, The Event Company of Kentucky, D’Addario Strings, Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, SteelBridge Arts with generous support from many others.

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