Bluegrass is growing in Gower - folk with Gwyn Jones
IT is the Gower Bluegrass Festival from September 6-8 at the Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill, the ninth festival since its inception in 2005. The three day event includes instrumental workshops and bluegrass enthusiasts will have the opportunity to play in open picking sessions. Those who prefer to listen and watch the performances can enjoy afternoon and evening concerts featuring bands from across the UK and beyond.
Dalebilly are amongst those appearing this year, fronted by bluegrass legend Kevin Garrett, together with son Neil (guitar), Richard Collins (mandolin), Clare Collins (bass) and Richard Holland (banjo). They combine the traditional with the contemporary and deliver some inspired bluegrass arrangements. The band has been very popular at festivals across the country, presenting a combination of UK musical talent and featuring class harmonies and a tight bluegrass beat.
Also on the bill are the recently formed - The Grass Snakes who play an exciting mix of bluegrass classics and other material, using traditional bluegrass instrumentation of Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Double Bass and 3/4 part harmony vocals. With vast experience and a wide range of influences, this diversity adds a refreshing zest to their take on traditional bluegrass.
There are plenty of performers featuring during the weekend - some new faces and some returning by popular demand including Western Edge, One Tree Hillbillies and Chris Moreton. Local talent will also be on show including The Whitefern Mountain String band, Garth Mountain Boys and Roots & Galoots.