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Patrick Ross of Hot Flannel

A New Bluegrass Festival and the New World Festival

This weekend, some of Vermont's finest and the world's finest fiddlers and pickers will be gracing stages here in the Upper Valley. I'm planning to hit up Suicide Six to catch their Bluegrass Festival Friday, and if I didn't have a conflict Sunday, you can guarantee that I'd be at New World Festival in Randolph to catch some of my favorite musicians there. 

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Artistree Brings a New Bluegrass Festival to Pomfret.

Friday, August 31st at Suicide Six, Artistree presents The Base Lodge Bluegrass Festival featuring one of my favorite Vermont Fiddlers, Patrick Ross with his All-Star band Hot Flannel, featuring Doug Perkins on guitar, Matt Flinner on mandolin, Papi Biondo on banjo, Pat Melvin on upright. 

Video: Doug Perkins, known for his flat-picking acoustic playing rocks it on electric guitar, and Ross tears it up with Caleb Bronz rockin' it on drums.

Gerry Garcia Tribute band, Deadgrass, will be opening the evening at 6:30 

Get there early for a free ride up the ski lift between 5:30 and 6:15

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Sunday, September 2, New World Festival in Randolph Vermont brings worldwide talent each year.

I try to catch the New World Festival presented by the Chandler whenever I can.  In little Randolph, VT, some of the finest players in the world perform on 4 stages or small rooms each Labor Day Sunday. There's kids performances including the No-Strings Marionettes and children's performer Mister Chris, and a dance tent with contra dances and square dances. If you haven't been yet, this year is the year to do it. The line-up is spectacular! 

Headlined by Le Vent du Nord and Irish singer and guitarist John Doyle marks the 26th anniversary of one of Vermont’s most beloved annual cultural heritage events. Several groups make their festival debut this year, including Le Vent du Nord, Natalie Haas (with her husband Yann Falquet, known to New World Festival fans as a member of the French Canadian power trio Genticorum), The Outside Track, and Musique à bouches. Many popular New World Festival artists make return appearances, including John Doyle, Connla, Night Tree, and Cantrip. Other musicians returning in new combinations to the festival this year include Owen Marshall and his band Copley Street; and Vermont native Eric Wright, cellist of The Fretless fame, joins Cape Breton fiddler Mairi Rankin in an inspired pairing.

Eric Wright is a childhood friend.  Read my interview with him here. 

Night Tree also performs at Feast and Field on Thursday, August 31st. Read about them here. They'll also be over in Ripton on Saturday Night.


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