Angelia Powers

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ANGELIA POWERS will open the festival singing the National Anthem. This has become a special tradition over the last several years and she really does a fantastic job. In addition to opening the festival with the anthem each day, Angelia will perform during supper break on Friday and Saturday at 5pm. Consider having your supper by the stage or, better yet, grab a bite to eat at the Cookshack and let Angelia serenade you!

Click here to enjoy “I’d Rather Have the Moon”, a song written & performed by this talented young lady!!

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JUST PASSIN’ THRU

TODAY’S FEATURED 2018 DANBY FESTIVAL BAND:
JUST PASSIN’ THRU

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JUST PASSIN’ THRU is the host band for the Danby festival. This band was formed in 2012 and comes to us from NY and VT. Just Passin’ Thru chose its name in tribute to the bass player’s father, Bob “Goat” Brill, who lived by that saying and all it stood for.

Brenda Brill Vitek plays bass and sings harmony vocals. After a long hiatus spent raising her children, she returned to her music roots and got serious about playing bass in early 2012. She takes care of the band’s “behind the scenes” work, maintains their website and social media, and makes sure the guys look sharp on stage. Brenda also handles Social Media for the Danby festival.

Tary Jesmonth plays rhythm guitar and sings lead vocals for the group. He played and sang in bars and honkytonks, in his early twenties, doing the old country music he loved. Tary does the band’s emcee work with his “energizer bunny” enthusiasm and good humor. Fondly known as “The Danby Guy”, Tary is the promoter of the Danby festival and Vice-president of the festival sponsor, Green Mountain Climbers.

Jim Bevins is the band’s “mandolinist extraordinaire” and sings vocal leads. He’s been playing mandolin for over 40 years; he also plays guitar. Jim’s father, Clarence “Dusty” Bevins, taught him to play chords on the mandolin when he was about 8 years old. Jim got serious about playing during his teens, when he started going to festivals with his family. He joined the family band, The Chilson Hill Gang at that time. Jim plays and proudly endorses RAG Mandolins, built by Roy A. Gordon, Sr.

Rocky Richardson and Mac Petrequin joined the group in early 2018; both are talented multi-instrumentalists and vocalists. Rocky plays a Tut Taylor dobro, in the Tut Taylor picking style. The combination of his unique style, affection and dedication of dobro playing, Rocky brings a great sound to the band. Mac began playing banjo in 1976, learning the Scruggs and Keith styles from records, Earl’s book, and anything in print. Mac is an accomplished veteran of the stage, having played with several bands over the years. He plays his Nechville Nuvo banjo with skill and poise.

Click here to watch the band perform “Back to the Barrooms”!

Check out Just Passin’ Thru’s website at http://justpassinthruband.com/ and find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/justpassinthruband/.

SMOKEY GREENE

TODAY’S FEATURED 2018 DANBY FESTIVAL BAND:
SMOKEY GREENE

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SMOKEY GREENE makes his home in New York and Florida. He has entertained audiences for over 50 years and is a legend in the Northeast.

Smokey has appeared with hundreds of performers over the years, including: Yodeling Slim Clark, Earnest Tubb, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson. Although officially retired, Smokey has come out of retirement to do local shows for his loyal fans.

Smokey grew up in a musical family and learned to play his first instrument, the tenor banjo, around age 13. By age 16 he had added guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. After 9 years in the US Air Force, he spent 20 years working radio, clubs, town and Grange halls, and appeared on various TV shows. He opened his own club and started his own bluegrass festival that enjoyed a 16-year run.

Smokey is a true pioneer in country music, favored for his smooth singing voice and the way he delivers the message of a song. When Smokey sings, he will have you crying one minute and laughing the next. We’re so pleased to welcome Smokey back to the Danby stage!

Click here to watch Smokey perform “Five Dollar Fine”!

Find Smokey on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SmokeyWalterGreene/.

THE LeBLANC FAMILY

TODAY’S FEATURED 2018 DANBY FESTIVAL BAND:
THE LeBLANC FAMILY

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THE LeBLANC FAMILY comes to us from a small town in Maine called Livermore Falls. This group has been playing together for 25 years. Their style of traditional Cajun, country and bluegrass…and a whole lot of fiddle…keeps the crowd hopping!

Don LeBlanc has been playing guitar and fiddle since the age of 14. Linda LeBlanc sings traditional French, Cajun and country songs. Grandson Chris Floyd joined the band at age 12 and plays guitar, bass, harmonica, etc and does his fair share of singing. Patrick Libby Sr joined the band as bass player in 2017. Pat has been playing guitar since the age of 5 and he’s a talented country singer.

Back by popular request, this group is sure to get your toes a tappin’ and will put a smile on your face!

Click here to watch the band perform a medley!

RED BARN HAYLOFT

TODAY’S FEATURED 2018 DANBY FESTIVAL BAND:
RED BARN HAYLOFT

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RED BARN HAYLOFT is a 5-piece bluegrass band that comes to us from Brookfield, VT.

The band formed in the fall of 2015 in the upstairs of an old dairy barn in East Brookfield, VT. After the cows had been sold, the barn was used as a dance hall called The Silverdome.

The band produces a brand of bluegrass that is both traditional and contemporary. Their repertoire is diverse and filled with bluegrass classics, fiddle tunes, ballads, and a few gospel numbers.

They perform throughout Vermont and they’re the house band at Brocklebank Brewery in Tunbridge, VT. We’re very excited to welcome them to the Danby stage!

Click here to watch the band perform a medley!

Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Red-Barn-Hayloft-970282986422861/.

THE LAST WHIPPOORWILL

TODAY’S FEATURED 2018 DANBY FESTIVAL BAND:
THE LAST WHIPPOORWILL

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THE LAST WHIPPOORWILL band hails from New Jersey and chose its name as a spin-off from the title of Bill Monroe’s “The First Whippoorwill”.

Twenty years ago, five guys got together to form a Thursday Night Club for something close to their hearts – to play the old tunes, the classic and traditional bluegrass music of Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers. They’ve discovered that many folks truly appreciate the old tunes, and for many young listeners, the classic sound is a whole new experience.

The Whippoorwills have entertained traditional bluegrass music lovers and others all around the tri-state area. Their tagline is “Traditional bluegrass music…the way God and Monroe intended”!

Click here to see the band perform “Paul and Silas”!

Check out their website at http://www.highlonesomebluegrass.com/

REDWOOD HILL

TODAY’S FEATURED 2018 DANBY FESTIVAL BAND:
REDWOOD HILL

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REDWOOD HILL is a group of veteran pickers playing bluegrass music from the Country Gentlemen songbook. They come to us from NY, CT, MA, and NH. This group of friends have banded together to pay tribute to bluegrass music’s legendary Country Gentlemen, a group highly acclaimed as one of the most important progressive bluegrass bands for their unique blend of folk and bluegrass.

Keith Edwards has an extensive background in bluegrass music, playing in several groups including The Feinberg Brothers, Straight Drive, and Zink & Co. As a big fan of Charlie Waller, lead singer/guitarist for the Country Gentlemen, Keith plays guitar with Redwood Hill.

Called “simply the best bluegrass bass fiddle player in New England” by the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association, Lillian Fraker is well known in New England bluegrass circles. She has played in several bands including The Bear Bridge Band, The Old Time Bluegrass Singers, Girl Howdy, and Tex’s Troubadours.

Dave “Tex” Orlomoski, on mandolin, is a multi-instrumentalist and currently a member of the Seth Sawyer Band. He is the founder of Tex’s Troubadours, and one-half of the Bear Minimum duo. Previous bands include The Bear Bridge Band, Shady Creek & Grass Routes.

Dave Shaw, on banjo, has a lifetime of experience in country and bluegrass music. He’s a founding member of the Bear Bridge Band, and he currently plays in the Seth Sawyer Band, Newfound Grass, and he teams up with Dave “Tex” Orlomoski in Bear Minimum.

Click here to see the band perform “Silence or Tears”!

Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RedwoodHillBand/.