Delfest 2013: Sunday May 26th
Allegany County Fairgrounds
Words, Photos & Video By Jon Irvin
Larry Keel Live at DelFest - Allegany County Fairgrounds on May 26, 2013.
I decided to pass on Keller Williams with the Travelin’ McCourys inside set, I saw them last year, so I stayed put and waited for the start of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. A fairly young group on the scene, the Chocolate Drops mix African roots, jug band, and bluegrass with a touch of Scottish flair. Catchy lyrics, kazoos and scatting make this an enjoyable band for all ages especially on songs like “Cornbread and Butterbeans”. After the conclusion of the set I took a quick trip for some dinner and was back to see the last two bands that would grace the Delfest Grandstand; the weekend host Del McCoury Band and perennial favorites Yonder Mountain String Band.
Being his festival and all, Del McCoury can be seen throughout the weekend not only during his set, but sitting in with numerous bands day and night. With a golden voice that is second to none the man does not seem to age a bit. Joining Del on stage are both his boys Rob and Ronnie, bass player Alan Bartram and one of the best fiddlers around, Jason Carter. Del and the boys always seem to leave the best for last and ended their four night stay in Cumberland by treating the record setting crowd to an amazing set. Honestly for me this was the real ending of Delfest even though Yonder Mountain had yet to take the stage. Don’t get me wrong Yonder is a great band but over the years I fear they have lost an edge that upcoming bands like Greensky Bluegrass and Infamous Stringdusters unquestionably posses. I remember years ago they would play with such excitement and watching them Sunday night I couldn't help feeling that the ability is there, but the passion is gone.
Overall the 2013 Delfest was one for the record books. Besides a few cold nights the weather was perfect, the crowd was perfect, and the music was second to none. Delfest continues to improve year after year. I want to thank Del McCoury yet again for hosting this amazing weekend and hopefully I’ll be back again for the 7th annual Delfest in 2014.
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