This is another great hard driving California based bluegrass band. Belle Monroe and her Brewglass Boys play classic bluegrass featuring some great vocal trios.Instrumentally the band has the full sound with all of the bluegrass instruments. Belle has been singing her style of bluegrass and swing music in the Bay area for over 15 years and has been fronting the Brewglass Boys since 2001. Currently you can see the band if you are in the Bay area every Monday night at Amnesia. In 2006 they took third place at the Rockygrass Bluegrass Festival Band contest. The band does have one CD, “Belle Monroe and her Brewglass Boys” available showcasing the live energy and fun of their performances.This is the first time for them to appear at Wintergrass
Belle Monroe-guitar, Tom Drohan- bass, Ted Silverman-mandolin, Rick Hendricks- resophonic guitar, Jordan Klein- banjo, Diana Greenberg-fiddle
The Wintergrass website has a new section for people to get email updates from the Wintergrass organization. Wintergrass would like to send has much info as possible through their emails. This way it will be faster and more efficient than having to print and mail information to the entire Wintergrass fan base. Please take the time to enlist at this section of the site. http://www.patronmail.com/pmailweb/PatronSetup?oid=2007
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the website at http://www.acousticsound.org
Academy – Yes! There is an Academy. There are big changes afoot,
but the 2009 two day intensive workshop will feature instructors
Ronnie & Robbie McCoury from the Del McCoury Band (mandolin, banjo), Jason Carter (fiddle) Rob
Ickes (dobro) and Tim Stafford (guitar) from Blue Highway. Here is the link for the more information and the registration form on the Wintergrass 2009 website. http://www.acousticsound.org/!wg_adult_academy.htm
Patrice O’Neill and Maria Camillo have collaborated on a collection
of poetry and photos. All of the work has remained unpublished until
now. Maria has worked as one of our official festival photographers
for several years and her work has been featured on countless CDs.
Explore more of her work at http://www.mariacamillo.com. Both women have been
invited to contribute their work to the international Other Voices
Poetry project. This invitation only site invites poets from all over
the globe to contribute their work. You’ll find short bios and photos
about each of the artists along with several examples of their work.
It’s an interesting site perfect for perusing on a Sunday afternoon
after you’ve listened to Garrison Keillor. http://www.othervoicespoetry.org/vol37/oneill/index.html
Earla is at home recuperating quickly. She truly appreciates all of
the emails messages she got while in the hospital. We are sure the
cheery notes helped her recover more quickly than she would have
Thanks to everyone who wished her well.
Tristan Clarridge, who is appearing at Wintergrass 2009 with The Bee Eaters, has won Grand Master Fiddler at the Grand Masters in Nashville. Competing against challengers from all across the U.S., Canada, the Czech Republic, Netherlands and Australia, Clarridge won $2,000 in cash, a $3,200 TAGG violin as well as the bronze Grand Master Fiddler statuette. This was his second championship win, having also won two years ago. You may have seen Tristan at Wintergrass with Crooked Still where Tristan plays the cello.
Wintergrass had the opportunity to have a small fundraiser at the home of John & Dee Eisenhauer on Bainbridge Island,WA. The evening debuted one of Mike Marshall’s newest project-Big Trio. Mike (mandolin and mandocello) and Big Trio consist of Alex Hargreaves (fiddle) and Paul Kowert (bass). The music was composed by Mike specifically for this group who will be performing at Wintergrass 2009. The music is what you would expect from them, jazzy, bluegrassy, classical with a dose of Latin rhythms.
The evening featured great appetizer style foods prepared by Greg Atkinson and his staff. Greg has been the chef at some of the Puget Sounds finest restaurants including Canlis and the Friday Harbor House. Greg has written some great cookbooks including West Coast Cooking. You can also read Greg’s column weekly in the Seattle Times newspaper. If you happen to be on Bainbridge Island you can always pickup a copy of Greg’s books at Eagle Harbor Books or you can order it from their website.
The beautiful home of John & Dee’s was the perfect location for this outstanding evening. John and Dee are huge supporters of Wintergrass and music and arts in the Puget Sound community. John runs a unique travel company-Great Catch Management
Hopefully Wintergrass will be holding similar events in the future so more of you can participate.
Wintergrass thanks all who attended and the hard work of all involved with this event.