Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Preview
Oak Hill, NY
Words By Tabitha Clancy
Photos By J-man & Jon Irvin
Steeped in the tradition of bluegrass, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival provides an atmosphere for musicians, students, and patrons to enjoy their favorite old-time songs as well as absorb fresh sounds of up and coming artists. Located in Oak Hill, NY on the Walsh Farm, Grey Fox continues its annual fest, from July 14-17, with pride in its artists, vendors, and minimal footprint recommendations. The festival won the International Bluegrass Musician’s Association award for Event of the Year in 2009.
In addition to providing a temporary home for Bluegrass music aficionados, Grey Fox offers a yearly scholarship to students of the genre. Also included are workshops throughout the weekend and a free academy for kids. Berklee College of Music faculty will be presenting educational workshops focusing on American Roots Music.
Grey Fox takes their Bluegrass serious and it shows in the line up. With approximately 40 bands on the bill, everyone will surely have a moment where the music moves them. Some will enjoy gentle ballads, while others will dance to their favorite fiddle tunes and others will enjoy the personality of everyone’s friend, the banjo. The choices are as endless as the individual’s perception. There is something for everyone. The variety of bluegrass artists extend from old favorites, Sam Bush and Del McCoury to newer bands, Infamous Stringdusters and Greensky Bluegrass – and everything else in between.
One strikingly neat concept of the festival is their chair rule (and they really don’t have many rules). Chairs are encouraged to be placed and left in one spot the entire weekend. Any unattended chair is to be shared with another until its rightful owner returns. Fairly priced, the festival is geared for families and kids of all ages.
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL LINE UP:
Host Band: Dry Branch Fire Squad, Sam Bush Band, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, O'Brien Party of Seven: Tim O, Mollie O, Rich Moore & their families, Del McCoury Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, The SteelDrivers, The Gibson Brothers, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Claire Lynch Band, Crooked Still, The Boxcars, Tony Trischka Territory, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Greensky Bluegrass, Donna the Buffalo, Spinney Brothers, Rockin' Acoustic Circus, The Hillbenders, Della Mae, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Monroeville, The Dixie Bee-Liners, Red Stick Ramblers, Sweetback Sisters, Cornerstone, John Kirk and Trish Miller, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Fiddlestyx, Jubal's Kin, Katy Wilson & Two Time String Band, Citigrass, Chasing Blue, Blue Moose and Unbuttoned Zippers
For ticket prices & more information visit, www.greyfoxbluegrass.com