Heartbreak Pass is a traditional bluegrass band based out of the Spokane, WA area. The bands features a classic lineup of mandolin,guitar, banjo,fiddle and bass. The pickers have all been playing for years but the band itself just formed last February playing a blend of traditional songs and originals. Check out this clip of an early practice from last March of the band playing the classic Get Up John. The band has recently decided to record their first CD after Wintergrass so they can deliver a top notch performance at the festival and then dedicate themselves totally to the recording. Bonnie has been singing and playing music of a variety of styles since school but for the past 10 years she has focused on bluegrass. Stan has been playing guitar for over 40 years and has been playing in regional bands for 4 years now and contributes some great originals along with his instrumental skills. Austin is the Inland Northwest Bluegrass Association’s “Banjo Player of the Year” for 2008. Kevin has only lived out in the Pacific NW for a few years after living in the southeast and playing bluegrass with many of the great bands on the east coast and has appeared on the Cumberland Highlanders Show on RFD-TV. Barry started out as a classical violinist at the age of 8 and started to play in the bluegrass and contest style of fiddle at 11.Amonng his contest awards at the age of 15 he won the Southern Alberta Fiddle Contest at Waterton National Park.
Bonnie Bliss-Bass Fiddle, Vocals Stan Hall-Guitar, Vocals Kevin Pace-Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals Austin Little-Banjo Barry Ehlert-Fiddle
It is still alittle to early to have all the workshops in place but here is a few of the workshops that have been confirmed. These workshops are all included in the festival ticket price. Workshops will be located in the Bellevue Hyatt Regency in a variety of meeting rooms close by to the performance stages.
Bringing back the favorites:
Martin Guitar Workshop
The Gist of Jamming- “Emerge from your comfort zone, learn a few jamming ideas, bring your instruments and figure out what type of jam works for you!”
Resomania (Friday night 2 hours)
Music Theory (2 sessions)
Beginning Banjo, fiddle, dobro, guitar, harmony
Rehairing Clinic for bows by Hammond Ashley Violins
Upright bass: Choosing, Setup and Playing
Brazilian Choro Mandolin
Ukalaliens Songbook Workshop
This year we are hosting our First ever Wintergrass Dinner Theater across the street at Maggiano’s Little Italy. We have a great Ballroom reserved that will seat close to 300 people for dinner, family style. Wintergrass ticket holders will be able to make Reservations for dinner between the hours of 5pm and 8pm on Friday night. We will be presenting Wintergrass music during the dinner hours and beyond on Friday night only. Bands that will be performing will be Marley’s Ghost and Roundhouse. We are thrilled to have both of these bands returning to Wintergrass. Marley’s Ghost will also play the In the Pines Stage on Thursday evening. So be part of our first ever Wintergrass Dinner Theater. The Reservation system will be operating in early January for our ballroom.
Bellevue is popular on Friday and Saturday night and it is recommended that you make reservations at Restaurants in the area to ensure you can get served during your own personal dinner hour.
The Seldom Scene return to Wintergrass 2010!! Always a highlight at any festival, the Seldom Scene will be performing 2 sets on Saturday and will close down the festival on Sunday. Formed in 1971 from some of the best musicians in the Washington D.C. area,basically as a once a week get together, the band was quickly recognized as special. Though never a full time touring band they have been together ever since and have released 20 albums through the years. A Seldom Scene performance is noted for their arrangements of a variety of songs from other styles of music, featuring their great blend of harmony singing always making the song a Seldom Scene classic.
One constant in the band has been the banjo playing of founding member Ben Eldridge. The band has played all of the major festivals and has played The White House multiple times. Guitarist and singer Dudley Connell’s bluegrass background comes from a more traditional background as the former lead singer of the Johnson Mountain Boys. Lou Reid on mandolin and vocals was an original member of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and a long time member of the Ricky Skaggs Band. Aside from his playing in the Seldom Scene he currently is a member of Longview and leads Lou Reid and Carolina. Fred Travers on Dobro and vocals is a former member of the Gary Ferguson Band and The Paul Adkins Band. Bass player Ronnie Simpkins is a former member of The Tony Rice Unit and the Knoxville Grass.
Band members are: Founding member Ben Eldridge- banjo, Dudley Connell – guitar, Lou Reid -mandolin, Fred Travers-Dobro, Ronnie Simpkins-bass.
Ashland, OR based Americana style band One Horse Shy, will be performing at Wintergrass 2010 for only one set on the Regency Ballroom Stage. The band features 5 multi-instrumentalists and all are songwriters. Vocals are handled by Manda Bryn and Cris Kelly and if you have attended Wintergrass in the past you will have seen dobro and lap steel player Bob Evoniuk play thoughout the years with a variety of bands including Firefox and The Super Lucky Cats. Mandolinist Mysha Caruso also adds to the singing . Bryan Helfrich is the bands percussionist. The band has recently released their first CD and you can hear some clips on their website. Check out this video of their song Honey in My Tea.
D’Addario Strings are sponsoring The Wintergrass Youth Academy in 2010. D’Addario Strings has a great website with so much info for the bluegrass picker. Check out this list to see what strings many of the pros use on their instruments. Wintergrass musicians from this year and previous years are well represented on this list. Their website has training videos, pdf downloads and links to an amazing amount of resources on learning to play, and record with your instruments (bluegrass and other styles of music). Wintergrass thanks D’Addario for their support of Wintergrass,bluegrass and music in general.