Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival - Saturday Night Main Concert - It's All About Bluegrass

Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival - Saturday Night Main Concert - It's All About Bluegrass

Sunday, 11 June 2023, 8.00pm

Saturday is all about bluegrass and the way the music is being interpreted in different parts of the US.

First to the stage are Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman

Best known for their award-winning progressive string band Front Country, Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman have been honing their own blend of Bluegrass and Americana for over a decade.

Starting out in California and Virginia, respectively, Walker and Groopman have taken their talents to their new home of Nashville, TN where they have found fertile creative ground. Since 2021, they have been pursuing new music outside Front Country: Groopman as a sought-after instrumentalist (The War & Treaty, Rachel Baiman) and Walker as a songwriter (Molly Tuttle, Della Mae).

Next on the bill we will have a bluegrass quartet – Fog Holler

Innovation meets tradition in bluegrass band Fog Holler. Based in Portland, Oregon, the band features keening brother duo harmonies, rollicking banjo, sassy guitar, bowed bass, and ripping fiddle. Inspired by a range of influences from The Stanley Brothers to Buck Owens to Primus, Fog Holler breathes fresh life into well worn forms like the murder ballad and the power waltz. With deeply personal, sometimes tongue-in-cheek lyrics, the band pays homage to their classic country and bluegrass forbears by modernizing these familiar frameworks

Topping the bill are the unmistakable The Kody Norris Show

Deeply rooted in North American folk music, Norris has crafted a performance that harkens back and tips a hat to the traditions created by Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin's showmanship, the Stanley Brothers' harmonies, performances of the Grand Ole Opry and a bit of Vaudeville. Top notch picking is center stage, but humor and visual flash are part of the entertaining package. Always clad in colorful, tailored suits adorned with rhinestones, ties, classic hats and ornate boots, the band earns its moniker as a "show." The brand is traditional, clean cut, acoustic and always entertaining.

The foursome is fronted by Norris on guitar and his fiddling "sweetie," Mary Rachel Nalley-Norris, Josiah Tyree on banjo and Cousin Charlie Lowman on the bass!

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Published by WFABF on 6 March 2023

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