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Aug. 8-11, 2013

El Rancho Ma単ana

Richmond, MN


34th Annual Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival

The Gibson Brothers The International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2012 “Entertainers of the Year,” The Gibson Brothers, will be the weekend headliners at the 2013 Minnesota Bluegrss & Old-Time Music Festival. They will appear at the festival on Saturday for the weekend highlight mainstage show, as well as other activities during the day. In a recent Washington Post interview, Del McCoury said, “...when I hear someone like The Gibson Brothers, I know it’s them from the first note. They have that little thing in their voices no one else has...” And from Bluegrass Unlimited: “The brothers and the band have it all -lead vocals, brother-duet harmony, instrumental virtuosity, ensemble sensibilities and great original material.” Steve Leftridge of PopMatters described them this way: “Eric and Leigh Gibson might have, pound-for-pound, the most impeccably fine-sounding traditional bluegrass band on the contemporary scene. ...the reason these guys can’t lose is that, quite simply, they sound so great. Eric and Leigh sing bluegrass’ tightest harmony blend, and, instrumentally the group plays with unmatched alacrity and taste. “ That’s the buzz. Here are the facts: 2012 IBMA Entertainers of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance for “Singing As We Rise;” 2012 SPBGMA Awards for Album (Help My Brother), Song (Help My Brother), and Songwriters Of The Year; 2011 IBMA Vocal Group of the Year and Album of the Year (Help My Brother), 2011 Bluegrass Album of the Year by PopMatters (Help My Brother); and, 2010 IBMA Awards for Song of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (Ring the Bell). And their current recording, “They Called It Music” has a “Hot Shot Debut” in the #4 position on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart (week of April 13, 2013). “They called it music, in the church house

and the fields. It was honest, it was simple, and it helped the hard times heal.” Last year, Eric and Leigh Gibson found that lyric, from the title track of their new record “They Called It Music,” to be truer than they could have realized. 2012 was a year of triumph for the Gibsons, who took home the Entertainer of the Year trophy, bluegrass music’s highest honor, at the International Bluegrass Music Awards. But it was also a time of tragedy due to the death of their father, the duo’s biggest supporter, who passed away before he saw his boys recognized on bluegrass music’s biggest stage. Kelley Gibson, the last in a line of family farmers who had tended soil and raised

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dairy cattle since the Civil War, was adamant his two sons not follow in his footsteps; he knew all too well the backbreaking labor and financial instability such a career entailed, especially in a town like Ellenburg Depot in upstate New York, where the climate is temperamental and the land ill-suited for growing much beyond hay for the herds. When it comes to sustainability and stability, a career in music isn’t the first that comes to mind. But Eric and Leigh, despite being geographically removed from the genre’s Appalachian roots, have made a name for themselves in bluegrass during the past two decades, playing more than 80 shows and festivals a year and gradually building a deeply dedicated, nationwide fan base with their spellbinding harmony singing, which can reach the high lonesome notes of Bill and Charlie Monroe and capture the tenderness of pop/country crooners the Everly Brothers. You can find out more about them at

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Fiddlin’ around at the 2013 MBOTMA Festival

Welcome to the Minnesota Bluegrss & OldTime Music Festival at El Rancho Mañana. This event is produced by the non-profit Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association, and has been nominated three times

as Event of the Year (2005, 2007, 2010) by the International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville. We hope you enjoy the more than 30 hours of main-stage concerts, daytime instrument collaborations and nightly dances in the Showcase Tent; music, contests, crafts and games in the Family Area; the 20 hands-on workshops

in the Workshop Area; the new groups on the Young Talent Stage; the dozens of food and merchant booths in the Marketplace; and the late-night fun at Ranch House Live. In addition to the professional bands, a large portion of the 4,000-plus people who attend are amateur musicians. They will bring their instruments and join in the many impromptu jam sessions that go on day and night in the campgrounds. So please join

Junior Sisk & the Ramblers Choice

us for the 34th year of “Fiddling’ Around” at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival. These activities are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. Also of assistance was a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. We

also owe our thanks to our sponsors and our more than 400 volunteers (over 400!). Thank you all for keeping us going.

Festival rules and policies

Under the terms of admission, you enter the grounds on your own responsibility and assume all related risks. All federal, state and local laws will apply. Wristbands must be worn on wrists at all times.

Admission to the festival grounds will be permitted Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 8-11 between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. only. Pre-festival admission to the grounds will be permitted Sunday, Aug. 4 between 2 and 10 p.m.; and

Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 5-7 between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. The gate will be closed to admission at all other times. All vehicles shall be parked in one of three places: 1.) day parking (if you are attending for the day); 2.) your campsite (if you are staying overnight), or 3.) in handicapped parking (by request only). All vehicles in day parking lots must be removed by midnight each day. Vehicles left overnight may be towed. continued on page 4

Coffee drinks ~ Italian Soda ~ Wine & Beer ~ Appetizers Lunches ~ Ice Cream and Malts ~ Bakery ~ Desserts

LIVE music at 8 p.m. every weekend!

From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia comes one of bluegrass music’s most honest voices in the genre’s history, Junior Sisk. Throughout the years, his haunting, almost lonesome vocals have earned him the devotion of countless traditional bluegrass fans from all over the world. His songwriting talents helped the Lonesome River Band make their ascent into bluegrass stardom in the early 1990s. He then became a member of Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz, and ultimately Blueridge, reaching new audiences

that would eventually follow him on his own musical path. In 1998, Sisk formed Ramblers Choice and together they recorded and released their first solo project titled Sounds Of The Mountains, and also contributed to the awardwinning Stanley Gospel Tradition. Sisk has been nominated numerous times for Male Vocalist of the Year by the IBMA and SPBGMA. He is at the top of his game and has surrounded himself with a top-notch band of musicians including Jason Tomlin on bass

and vocals; Chris Davis on mandolin and vocals; Billy Hawks on fiddle and vocals; and Jason Davis on banjo and vocals. Together they are enjoying great success with their latest Rebel Records CD, “The Heart Of A Song,” for which they received SPBGMA’s Album of the Year Award. Junior also received the Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year Honor for 2013. And “A Far Cry from Lester and Earl“ was named SPBGMA’s 2013 Song of the Year. They have a website at

Aug. 30 - Flora Cash (Welcome Back Celebration CSB/SJU) Sept. 6 - Paul Spring Sept. 20 - Bill and Kate Isles Sept. 28 - Harper’s Chord Oct. 5 - Jenn Rawling and Basho Parks Oct. 10 - Ian Thomas Alexy

Open Mic every Tuesday from 7-10 p.m. For booking inquiries, visit our website. Open every day ~ Wi-fi always on 19 W. Minnesota St. • St. Joseph 320-363-1011


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The Claire Lynch Band Rules

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. The current Claire Lynch Band is a powerful juggernaut, a quartet that has the innate ability to perfectly interpret the beauty, subtlety and genre-defying sophistication of Claire’s music. Claire’s career is fittingly bookended by two IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards: in 2010, in recognition of her current

work with the Claire Lynch Band, and in 1997, for her influential work with the Front Porch String Band and as a solo artist. Lynch grew up in Kingston, N.Y. until the age of 12, when the family moved to Huntsville in northern Alabama. There she began her education in country music and got caught up in the bluegrass revival of the 1970s, joining a band called Hickory Wind. Later, the band changed its name to the Front Porch String Band with Lynch’s vocals as its centerpiece. Blazing her own trail in the mid 70s when there were few role models for a young woman in the genre, Lynch made history when she led the Front Porch String Band, which evolved in the 80s

and 90s into “one of the sharpest and most exciting post-modern bluegrass bands on the circuit.” She formed her own Claire Lynch Band in 2005 and has consistently been a top pick of prestigious publications, critics and audiences across the nation ever since. She was named the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 1997 and enjoyed many chart successes. More recently, Lynch received three IBMA nominations in 2010, including “Song of the Year” and “Recorded Event of the Year,” and won the trophy for Female Vocalist of the Year once again. The current Claire Lynch Band, in particular, has Lynch animated and energized. Her career has come full circle: once again, she’s a creative powerhouse at the top of her game, performing with one of the sharpest and most exciting post-modern bluegrass bands of the current decade. Visit Lynch at www.

from page 4 Campfires are allowed only in campground-provided fire rings or suitable off-the-ground fire containers. Where fire rings are not installed, you must provide your own suitable offthe-ground fire container. Fires must not be left unattended. No firewood will be allowed to be brought into the campground. Campfire wood will be available for purchase on the grounds. No roping of sites is allowed in the rough camping area. Tents or vehicles must occupy space. Generator hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. daily. No generator running is allowed at other times except in 24-hour generator area. Generators must be spark-arrested and meet guidelines for use within Minnesota state parks. Excessive noise, use of foul language or other rowdy behavior will not be tolerated and will be grounds for ejection. The Family Area should be considered a family affair. Please attend events with your children. No gas- or electric-powered cycles, dune buggies, go-carts, ATVs or other personal vehicles are allowed on the grounds. If you have special accessibility needs, please contact the festival administration at 1-800-635-3037 prior to the festival so we can best accommodate your needs. Use of private motorized handicapped vehicles is allowed under certain conditions. Use of bicycles is limited to daylight hours only. The swimming beach is for campers’ use only. No lifeguard is on duty so please supervise your children. The beach closes at dusk. No glass, vehicles or pets are allowed on the beach. The main concert area (including the Food Court, the Family Area, all public tents and buildings and the trolleys) are non-smoking areas.

Absolutely no fireworks of any kind are allowed on the festival grounds or in the campgrounds. No alcohol is allowed in the main concert/vending area. You may be asked to open containers for inspection upon entry. Pets are not allowed in the main concert/vending area. Pets must be leashed or enclosed in campers or cages in all other areas. Pets are not allowed on the beach. All debris from your pet must be picked up. The MBOTMA Festival reserves the right to ask any pet be removed from the premises if there are any problems or disturbances, especially barking. The MBOTMA Festival is not responsible for chairs, blankets or other items left unattended in the concert area. Chairs left overnight may be removed from the seating area. Chairs can be brought into the concert area after 8 a.m. each day. Please, no sun umbrellas in the concert area. All individuals entering camp on Thursday are required to have a Thursday-Sunday ticket package. Individuals entering camp on Friday are required to have at least a FridaySunday ticket package. Individuals entering camp on Saturday are required to have a Saturday-Sunday ticket package. No camping will be allowed with single-day tickets. The rough camping area will not be open until 2 p.m. on the Sunday prior to the opening of the festival. Prior to Thursday night, rough campers are subject to a per-night fee of $15/person (with a maximum of $30, payable to El Rancho Mañana. All campers under 18 years of age must camp with, and be supervised by, a responsible adult. Monte’s Meadow, and other portions of rough camping adjacent to the day parking area, is designated as a quiet camping area. Noise, including instrument playing, will not be allowed after 10 p.m. in these areas. Campers, please bag your garbage in yellow bags, aluminum in white bags and leave them along the road to be picked up nightly between 6 and 8 p.m.

Win a banjo, quilt or fiddle camp lessons Don’t forget to test your luck by purchasing a ticket for the MBOTMA raffle. You choose your prize by placing your ticket in the appropriate bucket for each prize. The winner for each prize will be drawn and announced from the main stage at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon. You do not need to be present to win. In addition to the main prizes, we’ll be drawing throughout the weekend for additional prizes that will be on display

at the raffle booth in the main concert area. Tickets are $5 so stop by and try your luck while supporting the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association. The major prizes include a Nechville Zeus banjo, a hand-made Sharon Starks’ commemorative quilt and one registration for Brian Wicklund’s sixth annul Fiddle Pal Camp Minnesota or Fiddle Pal Camp Wisconsin.

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Darin & Brooke Aldridge Darin & Brooke Aldridge, are from Cherryville, N.C. and are one of the best duos in acoustic music these days. In 2011 the IBMA voted them an Emerging Artist of the Year nominee two years in a row and the SPBGMA voted them as gospel group, album and song of the year nominees. Their self-titled album a year ago propelled Darin & Brooke Aldridge into the top five on bluegrass, Americana Roots and Gospel music charts. One of the songs from the album was still number two on the bluegrass chart a full year after the album was released. And last summer they were the most played bluegrass artists on Sirius/ XM radio. Their 2012 Tour had them traveling in almost half of the states in the United States thanks to support from their friends at Sun Drop citrus cola. Fans around the country have fallen in love with the “Sweethearts.” “Married in December of 2008, Darin & Brooke make their love and faith in each other and in the Lord a cornerstone of their music. Their sincerity and talent combine to create an entertainment experience that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Their rich har-

New Five Cents monies, supported by a first-rate band, showcase two fine individual voices with a superb blend.” Bluegrass Unlimited described their Gospel recording I’ll Go With You by saying they “set a new standard of excellence in bluegrass gospel.” Find out more about them at Joining Darin & Brooke is St James, Minn. native Becky Buller, now a multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer who has traipsed the world over performing bluegrass and Americana/ roots music to fund her insatiable habit of songwriting. Her compositions can be heard on records by Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, to name just a few. She co-wrote the title cut of Special Consensus’ latest release, Scratch

Gravel Road, which is nominated for the 2013 Bluegrass Album Of The Year Grammy. Buller was featured on the Spring 2012 cover of Fiddler magazine, is winner of the 2006 IBMA Album of the Year award for her work with the Daughters of Bluegrass, and was the 2001 winner of MerleFest’s Chris Austin Songwriting contest. After graduating from East Tennessee State University in 2001, Buller spent 10 years on the road with Valerie Smith & Liberty. She now performs with Darin & Brooke Aldridge as well as with the Daughters of Bluegrass and has two solo albums to date: Little Bird (Bell Buckle Records, 2004) and Rest My Weary Feet (SRS 2000). She can also be heard on Pickin’ Like A Girl (Blue Circle, 2013), the latest album by the Daughters of Bluegrass.

Bigfoot Nearly two years ago, Bigfoot burst upon the old-time music scene by winning the Appalachian Stringband Festival Traditional Old-Time Band Championships in Clifftop, Va. Individually, these musicians had already shown themselves for years to be talented, accomplished, and fun to accept a free beer from. The band consists of Rhys Jones, Cleek Schrey, John Herrmann, Susie Goehring and Meredith McIntosh. Their combination of two fiddles, guitar, banjo and bass is the best old-

time string band sound, especially for dancing. Also, these folks give an equally wonderful and authentic old-time flavor

to the songs they perform. You can like them at pages/Bigfoot.

The Macrae Sisters are Sophie Vitells and Marian Macrae Herrmann on fiddle, Gabrielle Macrae on banjo, Joanna Macrae on guitar and Jamie Herrmann on bass fiddle. The band began in 2007 when sisters Marian and Gabrielle lived in Asheville, N.C. and began playing as a banjo-fiddle duo. They recorded their first album, Old Sledge, in Marian and Jamie’s living room, with the help of friend and fellow musician Allison Williams. The album focuses on the sisters’ extremely tight banjo and fiddle duets, with appearances by friends Barry Benjamin,

Michelle Orozco, Herrmann and their youngest sister Joanna. In 2009, Gabrielle moved back to Portland, the sisters’ hometown, and Joanna joined the band on guitar and added her strong, sweet harmony singing to the mix. The next year, their sound evolved again with the addition of fiddler Vitells, formerly of The Crooked Jades and The Government Issue Orchestra. With Marian and Sophie’s driving double fiddle sound, the band plays a blend of high-energy dance tunes, heart-wrenching ballads,

5 old-time gospel songs and a few fresh original tunes and songs. Their music is at once deeply traditional and youthful in its energy and drive. “This is serious music, serious in that it’s not superficial, not just skimming the surface and picking up a few old-timish sounds like some old-time and bluegrass bands do. Marian Macrae has become a fiddler who has to be taken seriously. So many new bands play one tune after another, all sounding the same, with maybe a slight variation of their breakneck speed from cut to cut. This CD treats each instrumental tune and each song as a unique work. Each cut can stand alone as a fine work of art. I am especially impressed with the singing. Those women sing in a plain, light, style that either demonstrates wisdom or does a fine job of faking it. Their dignified, restrained, breathtakingly honest performance of “And Am I Born To Die” gives Bubba goosebumps.” ~Bill Martin

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Pert’ Near Sandstone

Volunteers needed The Minnesota Bluegrss & Old-Time Music Festival depends on volunteers to serve your needs and fill more than 500 time slots to keep this festival operating smoothly. Prior to the festival, the volunteer MBOTMA Festival staff does the planning and

preparatory work. During the festival, volunteers take tickets, sell shirts, watch the gates, provide handicap services, set up the grounds and clean up afterward. Can you help us? Please stop by the festival headquarters and check out the volun-

teer schedule for openings. And don’t forget to thank all the volunteers you see. For their efforts they receive a specially designed volunteer shirt, and they make new friends, learn new skills and have fun too.

Armadillo Sound & Design Armadillo Sound & Design provides the highquality sound reinforcement for both the Main Stage and the Showcase Tent at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival. The company was established in 1986 by Doug Lohman to specialize in providing production (sound and lights) for acoustic-music events. Lohman has more than 40 years experience as a musician, having performed many styles of music, such as hootenanny, acoustic rock, country rock, blues, bluegrass, folk, swing and Cajun. Lohman brings to his love of music of all genres the production of sound, and his technicians focus on making the voices and instruments as clear as possible to allow the audience to fully appreciate what the performers are doing. This love for the music and attention to detail are what sets Armadillo apart. You can visit them at

Take old-time music off the back porch, throw out the hillbilly reputation and put it in the hands of a group of guys that likes to work hard and play even harder. Pert’ Near Sandstone rejuvenates American stringband music with raw energy. They play tightly-crafted original material that lends itself to the modern audience, as well as being stewards of the Old-Time and Bluegrass traditions. They are at home playing fully acoustic in the traditional style or plugged in at an indie rock venue. From saloons to theaters, the band carries a reputation for its uncanny ability to whip audiences into frenzies; while playing some of Minnesota’s most legendary venues including First Avenue, the Cedar Cultural Center

and the Historic Orpheum Theater. The band has been maintaining a full touring schedule; taking their show across the country, playing smoke-filled taverns and roadside juke joints, and appearing at many national festivals. They have shared the stage with many legendary musical talents including Del McCoury, WILCO and Yonder Mountain Stringband. In 2008, Pert Near Sandstone appeared on A Prairie Home Companion where Garrison Keillor proclaimed, “The group has become a force on the Minnesota roots music scene and beyond.” Trampled by Turtles band leader Dave Simonett calling Pert Near Sandstone one of his “favorite contemporary bluegrass acts in the United States.” Vis-

it for more information. The group has also been featured on the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Music City Roots and participated in the International Bluegrass Music Conference. With four well-received full-length original records and a 7-inch single (‘Ship of Fools’) to their credit, they are currently working on a new album of original material to be released in the fall of 2013. This forthcoming record promises to showcase the evolution of the band’s sound and will push them further into the spotlight as an international leader for the progressive bluegrass sound. Their website address is


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Art Stevenson & Highwater

The High 48s As traditional bluegrass bands go, The High 48s are about as nontraditional as they come. In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. In a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.” And in a tradition where most musicians pick their first bluegrass tunes before graduating from Saturday morning cartoons, The High 48s are relative latecomers to bluegrass who found a passion for the music after playing rock, alternative country, indie rock, punk and jazz. Find out more about them at Since arriving on the Minnesota bluegrass scene in 2006, The High 48s have achieved national recognition, taking first place in the prestigious RockyGrass Bluegrass Band Competition in Lyons, Colo., (the first band from the Upper Midwest to win the honor), tour-

ing the national bluegrass festival circuit and earning the respect of bluegrass musicians and audiences North and South. Comprised of Rich Casey (bass), Eric Christopher (fiddle and vocals), Chad Johnson (mandolin and vocals), Marty Marrone (guitar and lead vocals) and Anthony Ihrig (banjo), The High 48s formed in Northeast Minneapolis in 2006, taking their name from the railroad slang term for boxcars on the fast-moving Hotshot freight trains. The High 48s’ third CD release, “Up North,”, released in March 2010, is a collection of original and classic bluegrass. This year also saw the release of The High 48s’ first all-gospel CD, simply titled “The Gospel Album.” With its mix of classic bluegrass gospel and contemporary and outside-the-genre cuts, “The Gospel Album” captures some of The High 48s most compelling vocal performances to date, including a stirring a cappella recording of the Stanley Brothers’ classic “Gloryland.”

Art Stevenson & High Water is Wisconsin’s bestknown bluegrass show, and has been in demand throughout the Midwest festival circuit since 1993. The band’s bluegrass sound comes from the close duet singing of husband and wife team Art and Stephanie Stevenson, along with the spirited banjo and Dobro playing of Dale Reichert, and the hard-driving mandolin picking of Bruce King. They have released six albums: “Art Stevenson & High Water” (1996), “Dusty Boxcar Wall” (1998), “Lonely Days” (2000), “The Winding Stream” (2001), “Like A River” (2004), and “New Ground” (2006). Highwater’s music is heard on bluegrass radio programs around the USA and has received critical acclaim in the magazines Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Now. Recording artist James King and country music historian Bill Malone agree Art and Stephanie Stevenson rank among the best duet singers active today. Highwater’s repertoire is taken from many sources: the bluegrass classics of Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers, early country music, mountain songs and new material. Their blend of traditional bluegrass numbers, originals, contemporary songs and instrumentals satisfies a wide range of music lovers. Art, Stephanie and Dale have each written songs or instrumentals frequently performed by the band. The band’s mis-

sion is to preserve the hard-driving traditional bluegrass sound, while including material from other musical styles. Art and Stephanie’s singing, Dale’s banjo instrumentals, Bruce’s tasteful mandolin and Art’s harmonica tunes always bring a rousing response from the audience. Be sure to watch for Art Stevenson & Highwater at a festival or venue near you. Check them out at Guitarist, harmonicist and lead singer Art Stevenson has been playing bluegrass music in the Midwest for 25 years, and was with the awardwinning Wisconsin River Bluegrass Boys from 1982 to 1996. He has appeared on WSM’s Midnight Jamboree, Bill Monroe’s Early Bird Bluegrass Show, the IBMA Fan Fest and the Renfro Valley Jamboree. Art organized Highwater in 1993, and has contributed several original songs to the Highwater repertoire. He has appeared on a dozen different bluegrass, country and folk music CDs and cassette albums. In November 2000, Art received the “Favorite Male Bluegrass Vocalist” Award by the MBOTMA. Stephanie Stevenson plays string bass, guitar and sings lead and tenor in close duets with her husband Art, whom she married in 1994. In November 2000, Stephanie was nominated for the “Favorite Female Bluegrass Vocalist” Award by the Minnesota Bluegrass

Shuttle service You may have noticed various shuttles at the festival. There are three main routes. One runs through the reserved camping area, one to the day parking lots and the south half of rough camping and the third covers the north half of rough camping. All routes end at the main venue area drop-off point within easy walking to the Main Stage concert area, Marketplace Stage, Showcase Tent, Family Area, Workshop Area and the Gather-

ing Place. The shuttles are free. But please, children should ride only when accompanied by an adult, no dogs are allowed and no smoking either. There are racks for your coolers, instruments and lawn chairs. Look for the “shuttle stop” signs. Trolley stops are marked with a big “T” on the published festival maps. Shuttles will operate from 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

and Old Time Music Association. Dale Reichert picks the five-string banjo in a hard-driving, lightning fast style. Dale also sings baritone and bass vocals, plays the Dobro and is featured on all of Highwater’s recordings. Dale lives with his wife and daughter near Custer, Wis. In November 2000, Dale was nominated for the “Favorite Banjo Player” Award by the MBOT-

MA. Bruce King, mandolin and vocals, joined Highwater in March 2001. Bruce has lived in Wisconsin for most of his life, and has played with many of the state’s bestknown bluegrass bands, including Alive And Pickin’, The Rounders, Jerry Wicentowski and Blue Eagle. Bruce lives in Wauwatosa, Wis. with his wife and two sons.

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Festival first aid To make the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival the safest possible for you and your family, we have professional medical personnel on duty 24 hours from 6 p.m. Thursday through 6 p.m. Sunday. If you need assistance or advice for minor medical needs, come by the medical-service station located adjacent to the festival headquarters tent and just across from

the main shuttle stop. For more serious problems, we have a First Responder service that will come and assist you. You can contact any of the festival volunteers at the various entertainment venues if you need help. For purposes of making your own 911 call, you should know that you are at El Rancho Mañana, 27302 Ranch Road in Richmond, Minn.

Cousin Dad

When you first hear Cousin Dad play you’ll see what at first appears to be a typical bluegrass band, but when the music begins you’ll be greeted with a very atypical joy and animation in performing. Here are no stiff-jointed, glazed-eyed bluegrass purists, but a loose and limber romp into Latin country blues, jazz, fiddle tunes, bluegrass, Motown and old-time. They play the songs they love and they love to play together: that is the great fun of a Cousin Dad performance. Their new website is

Stay nimble with morning yoga Lucy Weberling is the founder of Inner Smile Yoga located in Tulsa, Okla. She is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor educated at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Mass. and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. Both organizations are dedicated to maintaining the integrity of yoga teaching. Lucy is also a long-time bluegrass musician and festival-goer and is there-

fore well-versed in the rigors of the festival lifestyle – long hours, little sleep and sore fingers. So for you late-night pickers and the rest of you, too, Lucy will lead a morning yoga session at 10 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday at the Showcase Tent. Come stretch your body, relax your mind, calm your spirit and prepare for another grueling festival day of fun.

Switched at Birth Switched at Birth features the singing of KFAI’s Pam Kolapailo, and the broadest repertoire of any bluegrass band in our territory. The group does convincing interpretations of country songs, traditional bluegrass and eastern European traditional music, along with jazz tunes. Band members are all veterans of the local bluegrass scene, including Rick Anderson on banjo, guitar and vocals, Mark Briere on mandolin and Noel Holloway on bass. They have two CDs available: First Born and Live: Now and Then. Switched at Birth is a unique bluegrass experience that is lot of fun for the whole family.

Join the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association This festival is produced by the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association Inc., a non-profit organization with more than 1,000 members. You can find out how you can join and receive the benefits of membership, such as ticket discounts, a subscription to “Inside Bluegrass” magazine and more at the MBOTMA Raffle and Membership booth in the Main Stage Area. Anyone can join,

and it’s a great way to get involved and support the preservation and promotion of bluegrass and oldtime string-band music in Minnesota. MBOTMA produces four other festivals in addition to this festival. MBOTMA’s Winter Bluegrass Weekend is the first weekend in March and held at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth. The Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff is always the week-

end after Memorial Day right here at El Rancho Mañana. The Harvest Jam Acoustic Music Experience is the weekend before Thanksgiving at the Marriott Minneapolis West. And the Cabin Fever Festival happens in the spring in Duluth. MBOTMA also produces the Minnesota Flatpicking Guitar & Duet Championships at the Minnesota State Fair on Labor Day weekend and numerous concerts throughout

the state as part of the Bluegrass Minnesota Community Concert Series and the Lonely Pines Concert Series. Stop by the MBOTMA booth or call us at 800635-3037 and ask to be on our mailing list. Or email us at and ask to receive our monthly email calendar of events. You can also visit our website at

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A Showcase Tent Preview Presented by State Bank of Richmond

With its stage, large dance floor, and room for several hundred people, the Showcase Tent provides an opportunity to hold some unique events as well as nightly dances. The so-called “showcases” are special shows or demonstrations usually revolving around a theme or an instrument. Several performers of the same instrument but different bands, for example, are brought together to share the intricacies of their instrument. This is a forum for musicians to talk about their instruments, influences, techniques and style, as well as to demonstrate their craft in an informal manner. It’s also a forum for festival-goers to ask questions and talk with the performers. At night the Showcase Tent becomes a dance hall, and we have some great dances planned. Below is a tentative showcase tent schedule for the 2013 Minnesota Bluegrass & OldTime Music Festival. In the morning it becomes an exercise yard with the return of Lucy Weberling and Inner Smiles Yoga. On Sunday it becomes a church with a non-denominational service and plenty of gospel singing. Below is a showcase tent schedule for the 2013 Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival. Thursday

• 7 p.m. - Bluegrass Jamcamp Student Recitals • 8:30 p.m. - Old-Time

Jam Camp Recital Dance Friday • Noon - Old-Time Banjo Masters Showcase. Corey Mohan (Poor Benny) will host John Herrmann (Bigfoot), Gabrielle MacCrae (New Five Cents), Julie Young (Petticoat Rustlers), and Sarah King (Petticoat Rustlers). • 1 p.m. - Bluegrass Banjo Masters Showcase. Anthony Ihrig (Ruby Magpie) will host Dale Reichert (Art Stevenson & Highwater) and Jason Davis (Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice). • 2 p.m. – Bluegrass Fiddle Masters Showcase. Tom Schaefer (Cousin Dad) will host Catie Jo Pidel (Ruby Magpie), Billy Hawks (Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice), and Bryan McDowell (Claire Lynch Band). • 3 p.m. - Visit East Tennessee State University. Bluegrass Firelight is a young group composed of students from East Tennessee University, one of the few schools in the nation to offer a curriculum in bluegrass music. Here is a chance to not only see them play, but ask and learn about the ETSU bluegrass program. • 4 p.m. – Old-Time vs Bluegrass Guitar, Is There a Difference? Dave Furniss (Poor Benny) will host Art Stevenson (Art Stevenson & Highwater), Adam Kiesling (The Tune Jerks), and

John Soderburg (Cousin Dad). • 5:30 p.m. - Fun On The Bass. Pete Mathison (Cousin Dad) will be joined by Mark Schatz (Claire Lynch Band) for some fun on the bass. • 7 p.m. – Old-Time Dance with music by Poor Benny and caller Terrence Smith • 8:30 p.m. – Old-Time Dance with music by New Five Cents and caller Robin Nelson • 10 p.m. – Highlight Event: Late Night Dance Party. Pert’ Near Sandstone and Boys N The Barrels are two of Minnesota’s most popular and widely traveled groups performing the newly rejuvenated, high energy American stringband music that is at home in an indie rock venue as it is at a fully acoustic festival. Put on your dancing shoes for this one because you won’t be able to stay still.

Saturday • 10 a.m. - Yoga Session. With certified Kripalu yoga instructor Lucy Weberling. • Noon – Clogging Showcase & Workshop. The Petticoat Rustlers will show you how it’s done and teach you how it’s done with some help from Poor Benny. • 1 p.m. – Resophonic Guitar Masters Showcase. Jerry Spanhanks (Blue Wolf) will host Gary Hultman (Bluegrass Firelight), Collin Willis (Darin & Brooke Aldridge), and Dale Reichert (Art Stevenson & Highwater).


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• 2 p.m. – Bluegrass Mandolin Masters Showcase. Chad Johnson (High 48s) will host Jesse Brock (Gibson Brothers), Chris David (Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice), and Darin Aldridge (Darin & Brooke Aldridge). • 3 p.m. – Mixed Fiddle. Eric Christopher (High 48s) will host Tom Schaefer (The Tune Jerks), Clayton Shanilec (Poor Benny), Rhys Jones (Bigfoot), and Becky Buller (Darin & Brooke Aldridge). • 4 p.m. – Something Old-Time. John Herrmann (Bigfoot), Meredith McIntosh (Bigfoot), Susie Goering (Bigfoot), Gabrielle MacCrae (New Five Cents), Joanna MacCrae (New Five Cents), and Barry Southern (New Five Cents) will be doing something old-time. • 5 p.m. – Bluegrass

Guitar Masters Showcase. Marty Marrone (High 48s) will host Jerry Spanhanks (Blue Wolf), and Ryan Kimm (Ruby Magpie). • 6 p.m. - Highlight Event: Duet Singing The Way It Should Be. Duet singing has always been a big part of bluegrass and old-time music. As IBMA Entertainers of the Year, Eric and Leigh Gibson represent the very best in sibling harmonies. And the wonderful duets of Darin and Brooke Aldridge have made them IBMA Emerging Artists nominees two years in a row. This will be a highlight event of the weekend! • 7:30 p.m. – OldTime Dance with music and dances called by The Petticoat Rustlers. • 9 p.m. – Old-Time Dance with music by Big-

foot and caller Sarah York. • 10:30 p.m. – Cajun Dance. We love that Cajun music! Ana & The Beltones will get us dancing. Sunday • 8:45 a.m. - Bluegrass Worship Service with host Richard Dugan and music by Northern Lights Bluegrass. • 11 a.m. – Open Stage. The stage will be open and the PA will be hot for any musicians or groups that are looking for their 15 minutes of fame. We have space for six acts. You can sign up and reserve a time after 1 p.m. Saturday at the Showcase Tent. • 1 p.m. - Bluegrass Gospel Showcase. Darin & Brooke Aldridge will lead us where we all need to go.


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34th Annual Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival

34th Annual Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival


Blue Wolf

Bluegrass Firelight Bluegrass Firelight is a group based out of Johnson City, Tenn., a band in the Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Studies program at East Tennessee State University, where each of the members currently attend and are majors in this particular program. ETSU is the only university in

the world to offer a fouryear bachelor’s degree in Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country music. The members of Bluegrass Firelight include Minnesota’s own Gary Hultman (dobro) and Kiley Ellingson (bass), as well as Ben Watlington (guitar) from Reidsville, N.C., Nathan Morrison (banjo)

from Greensboro, N.C., and Karl Smakula (mandolin) from Elkins, W. Va. While visiting Minnesota for the MBOTMA festival, Bluegrass Firelight will be promoting ETSU and the Bluegrass program there by selling CDs produced by the program as well as other items.

Hands-On Workshops Presented by My Favorite Guitars Workshops at the Minnesota Bluegrass & OldTime Music Festival are meant to be “hands-on” workshops (H.O.W.). In other words, they are for people to bring their instrument, get it out and actually learn something they didn’t know before. That is not going to happen with just one instructor and a large crowd of people, so we limit each of these workshops to seven guests registered in advance. That is why there are only eight chairs at each workshop tent. To sort out who gets to sit in one of those chairs, you must reserve a spot by signing up ahead of time at the workshop tent. Signup sheets for the day will be posted at the workshop tent at 10 a.m. each day. Advanced-level workshops (tent A) are intended for players with several years experience and beginninglevel workshops (tent B) are intended for those just starting out. If you’re not lucky enough to be one of the seven, or you are

interested but don’t have an instrument, you are welcome to “audit” the workshop by standing and observing from the back. Banjo (Bluegrass) Workshops. Level A on Saturday at 2 p.m. with Matt Love (Darin & Brooke Aldridge) and on Saturday at 3 p.m. with Jason Davis (Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice). Level B on Saturday at 2 p.m. with Nathan Morrison (Bluegrass Firelight) and on Saturday at 3 p.m. with Bruce Johnson (Blue Wolf). Banjo (Old-Time) Workshops. Level A on Saturday at 11 a.m. with John Hermann (Bigfoot). Level B on Saturday at 11 a.m. with Barry Southern (New Five Cents). Bass (Bluegrass) Workshops. Level A on Friday at 1 p.m. with Stephanie Stevens (Art Stevenson & Highwater). Level B on Friday at 1 p.m. with Noel Holloway (Switched at Birth). Bass (Old-Time) Workshops. Level A on Friday at 11 a.m. with Adam Kiesling (The Tune Jerks). Level B on Friday at 11 a.m. with Meredith

McIntosh (Bigfoot). Fiddle (Bluegrass) Workshops. Level A on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Clayton Campbell (The Gibson Brothers) and on Saturday at 4 p.m. with Billy Hawks (Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice). Level B on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Catie Jo Pidel (Ruby Magpie) and on Saturday at 4 p.m. with Catie Jo Pidel (Switched at Birth). Fiddle (Old-Time) Workshops. Level A on Friday at 3 p.m. with Gabrielle MacCrae (New Five Cents) and on Saturday at 5 p.m. with Rhys Jones (Bigfoot). Level B on Friday at 3 p.m. with Rina Rossi (Petticoat Rustlers) and on Saturday at 5 p.m. with Cleek Schrey (Bigfoot). Guitar (Bluegrass) Workshops. Level A on Friday at 5 p.m. with Ryan Kimm (Ruby Magpie).

Jerry Spanhanks, Shirley Mauch Spanhanks, Nick Larson, Mark Fischer and Bruce Johnson are Blue Wolf, the 2012 MBOTMA Race For A Place Champions. The love of bluegrass music brings this hard-working “pack” of musicians together. Blue Wolf has three CDs: “Red River Moon,” “Brown Shingle Shack” and the third, all instrumental, dobro CD “Wolf’s Run.” In 2012 they were the winners of the Race For A Place band contest at the Harvest Jam Acoustic Music Experience, held annually at the Marriot Minneapolis West Hotel the weekend before Thanksgiving. Their website address is Jerry, on the guitar, banjo and dobro, was raised in Texarkana, Ark. At 9, he joined his dad and mom in a family country band, where for more than nine years

Level B on Friday at 5 p.m. with Rick Anderson (Switched at Birth). Guitar (Old-Time) Workshops. Level A on Friday at 2 p.m. with Joanna MacCrae (New Five Cents) and on Saturday at noon with Joanna MacCrae (New Five Cents). Level B on Friday at 2 p.m. with Shawn Glidden (Petticoat Rustlers) and on Saturday at noon with Susie Goering (Bigfoot). Mandolin (Bluegrass) Workshops. Level A on Friday at 4 p.m. with Bruce King (Art Stevenson & Highwater). Level B on Friday at 4 p.m. with Mark Briere (Switched at Birth). Mandolin (Old-Time) Workshop. Level A on Friday at noon with Bob Douglas (The Tune Jerks). Harmonica Workshop. Level B on Friday at noon with Art Stevenson (Art Stevenson & Highwater).

he played lead guitar and sang. As a young boy, he also traveled to festivals and occasionally had the chance to jam with the likes of David Grisman, Sam Bush, Don Reno, Tony Rice, J.D. Crowe and Mike Auldridge. Shirley flatpicks the guitar and sings lead and harmony. She grew up on a farm near Mooreton, N.D. Her mom played piano, harmonica and accordion. Shirley has performed with Calamity Jane and the Eclectic Company; played accordion with the Heart of the Beast’s touring production “On the Day You Were Born;” played guitar and accordion with the 80-member musical “Texas” staged in Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo, Texas; and was a member of the all-female bluegrass group the “Outskirts.” Larson, is the mandolin

player and a fantastic lead singer. He has a music degree from North Central College. Some of his original songs can be heard on myspace, and hopefully on a future CD from Blue Wolf. Fischer has been playing string bass since fifth-grade orchestra. He has performed in rock bands, folk groups and a Las Vegas-style variety band; and currently plays and sings with the nontraditional choir at church, and plays bass and guitar for stage productions. He was also a founding member of String Fever Bluegrass Band. Johnson, a very accomplished banjo player, joins in when available. He has more than 20 years of experience in teaching and performing music. As a very sought after banjo player, Blue Wolf is very excited to have Johnson with the group.

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Lots to find in the Marketplace

The Family Area Presented by Gruber Pallets The Family Area has become a festival tradition. In addition to the stage shows (starting at noon each day), that are intended for a wide range of ages, there will be games, contests and craft projects too (starting at 10 a.m. each day). One of the highlights of this area is the “Pick Up & Play An Instrument.” At 10:30 a.m. each morning we provide instruments

for you to learn a tune on. Our friends from Sloughgrass will help you. At 11:30 a.m. you play your tune in the Big Jam with everyone else. Terrence Smith will also be back with his festival Maypole on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and afternoon, and on Sunday morning too. Watch for many additional activities to be posted on the board just outside the Family Area. Some of our favorites will

be back this year, including the medallion hunt, the pie-eating contest and the talent shows at 1 p.m. both Friday and Saturday (one act will be selected each day to do a “tweener” spot on the main stage later in the day). Also featured on this year’s Family Area stage will be Curtis & Loretta, the Froemming Family, clogging by the Petticoat Rustlers and the Long Shots, Sloughgrass, Carver Creek and One Ukulele.

Presented by Deering Banjos Inside the main concert area you will find our marketplace and merchants alley. We’ll have about a dozen food vendors grouped around our marketplace stage, and almost 20 merchants selling wares along merchant alley (in the back of the concert area). And while you’re eating all this great food under the shade of the marketplace tent, you can enjoy a little entertainment before and during the breaks in the main stage music on our Marketplace Stage. An exciting new event will be the Marketplace Family Fair on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. This will be the new opening event of the festival (replacing the pig roast) and will include music, games, prizes and of course food. Many of our food vendors will already be open for business, and you’ll be right there when the main stage show starts immediately after at 6 p.m. So bring the family and enjoy the first day of the festival in the Marketplace.


NEW! Marketplace Family Fair from 4-6 p.m. 4 p.m. Dinner Break with Northern Lights Bluegrass 5 p.m. Dinner Break with Curtis & Loretta


9 a.m. Breakfast Break with Curtis & Loretta 10 a.m. Breakfast Break with The Halvor-

sons 11 a.m. Lunch Break with Kendl Winter 5 p.m. Dinner Break with Back Alley Blossoms


9 a.m. Breakfast Break with Curtis & Loretta 10 a.m. Breakfast Break with Porcupine Creek 11 a.m. Lunch Break with Addison Avenue 5 p.m. Dinner Break Ukulele Jam with The Bartig Brothers


9 a.m. Breakfast Break with One Ukulele The list of food vendors in the marketplace is wide-ranging. B Concessions will be selling kettle corn. Chapman Concessions is your Mexican stop with steak and chicken fajitas, burritos, tacos, nachos and taco salad, plus breakfast burritos and biscuits and gravy in the morning. Kings Royal Chops sells grilled pork chops, Italian sausages and hamburgers. Cool off with a fruit drink, freshsqueezed lemonade, orange or strawberry treat from Orange Treets. They also have cheese curds, corn dogs and footlongs. Rashimah’s has Thai cuisine. The American Dairy Association sells shakes and malts. Sip of Class serves coffee, espresso, lattes, iced drinks and anything coffee, plus gyros, breakfast sandwich-

es and muffins. El Rancho Mañana sells pop, water, chips and candy. Doc E’s BBQ has mouthwatering, slow-roasted barbecue by the sandwich, plate or pound. Tribal Tastes features Indian fry bread and tacos, and buffalo burgers. And the Homepride Lions Club will serve a pancake breakfast and chicken dinner. In addition to the good food, there are a string of exhibitors and crafts people around the back of the mainstage concert area. Honnie Ammann has quillows, throws and hair garlands. Earth Elements has recycled wood and leather goods including journals, bags and jewelry all hand crafted in the booth. Rashimah’s has jewelry, clothing, wood, crafts, maple and honey products. Links of Love has infinity scarves, charms, snuggle blankies and framed photos. Talisman Trading has jewelry. And there is also Carol & Mike’s magnetic jewelry. We also have many musical vendors. Offbeat Violins has violins and accessories for sale. Tone Music has musical instruments and supplies. Earthway Music has many fine musical instruments. Crow River Guitars has handmade acoustic guitars. Fussy Baby Guitars has cigar box guitars. And Christian Eggert Violins has musical instruments.

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Sloughgrass Sloughgrass is from Birchdale, Minn., a small unincorporated town halfway between International Falls and Baudette. They have been performing throughout Minnesota and beyond at a wide variety of events since 2003. The band’s music is a blend of bluegrass, gospel, country, old-time, Scandinavian and folk music. The group is a family affair. Grandma Audrey Nelson sets the rhythm on the upright bass and is joined by her two daughters, two sons-in-law and three of her grandchildren (and sometimes a cousin or some friends). All of the group members take turns on the vocals while playing a variety of acoustic instruments. Sloughgrass has been featured in numerous celebrations, ranging from Thresher Shows, to Bluegrass Festivals and as far away as the Brown’s Ole

Opry in North Carolina, and the Blomster Festival in Roskilde, Denmark (the group’s spokesperson Søren emigrated from Denmark in 1989 and married Audrey’s youngest daughter Judith). They have also performed on the popular AM 1500 radio program Garage Logic and were the featured artist on www. radio in March 2011. Sloughgrass was honored to appear in the PBS series “Prairie Musicians,” which was filmed at the Fargo Prairie Public PBS studio, and aired during the summer of 2012. The show is available online at PrairiePublicBcast. Their website address is www. The band has three CDs to their credit: “Down The Road” (2005); “Are we There Yet?” (2007) ; and “Not Quite There” (2011). Sloughgrass band members

are: Audrey Nelson, upright bass; Judith Nelson, fiddle, vocals, rhythm guitar; Søren Olesen, mandolin, rhythm guitar, vocals; Sofia

Olesen, fiddle, mandolin; Holger Olesen, resonator dobro guitar, saxophone, vocals; Christine Hultman, banjo, vocals; Dave Hult-

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man, rhythm guitar, vocals; and Gary Hultman, resonator guitar, banjo, lead/ rhythm-guitar, mandolin (and occasionally Maria

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Petticoat Rustlers

Poor Benny Poor Benny is an oldtime stringband with Clayton Schanilec on fiddle, Corey Mohan on banjo and Dave Furniss on guitar. In addition to traditional fiddle tunes featuring one of the area’s finest fiddlers, Poor Benny’s repertoire includes vocal numbers

from such performers as Uncle Dave Macon and Charley Poole. Mohan doubles as a caller, and both he and Schanilec are cloggers of high repute. The three talented musicians who comprise Poor Benny have had a longlasting passion for the music and dance of the

southern Appalachians. They’ll play riveting traditional dance music that includes English wooden shoe, hambone, clogging and French-Canadian step dance. The audience is encouraged to join in the foot stomping.

Ruby Magpie

The Petticoat Rustlers are an old-time clogging and stringband ensemble from Minneapolis. Inspired by North American folk traditions, Julie

Young, Shawn Glidden, Rina Rossi and Sarah King spin archaic rhythms into novel clogging choreography to the driving tunes of Anabel Wirt’s hoe-

down fiddling. And the whole darn group sings, adding new sass to old songs. You’ll hear banjos, guitars, fiddles and feet. You’ll definitely hear feet.

Ruby Magpie is an eclectic, acoustic, anything-goes-bluegrass band based in the Minnesota metropolitan area. We’re a high-energy

group of musicians that love playing together, and we’d love to see you at our shows. Anthony Ihrig (banjo, dobro, snare, guitar and vocals) has made a name for himself in the forefront of the Upper Midwest’s “newgrass” revolution. He co-founded the Twin Cities progressive stringband Free Range Pickin’ (1999-2009) and is currently a member of Ruby Magpie, as well as the Mark Kreitzer Band and the awardwinning High 48 Bluegrass Band. Ryan Kimm (guitar, dobro and vocals) has been singing and playing music since age 16. After high school, he moved off to Kansas to go to college at Baker University, which would change his life forever. He soon found himself in the collegiate jazz and symphonic band playing saxophone and bass. After one year, he decided to earn a degree in music performance in guitar, and those skills laid the foundation for his becoming a better musician and

teacher. Pete Mathison (bass, vocals and whale noises) holds down the low end of the music and the high end of the age range for Ruby Magpie. He loves to play bass and sing, and he believes music should be good and fun, and he has been one of the best known bass players in Minnesota for a ridiculously long time. Catie Jo Pidel (fiddle, guitar, ukulele, mandolin and vocals) is no stranger to the bluegrass scene. Despite her young age of 18, she has already played with several of the area’s top bands, taught music camps and private lessons, appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion three times, guested with internationally-acclaimed artists (including Balsam Range, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike and Druhá Tráva of the Czech Republic), and co-founded MBOTMA Underground, a progressive subset of the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association.

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Boys n’ the Barrels The Tune Jerks This group started as a put-together wedding band for a friend’s wedding. Soon there were several appearances at Dulono’s, then brief public fame with an appearance at a benefit for Haiti concert with Garrrison Keillor. They seldom get together as a band unless

someone comes up with a gig. Well, someone did and here they are. Tom Schaefer (fiddle), Adam Kielsing (ghtar) and Bob Douglas (mandolin) play acoustic dalliances in fiddle tunes, old-time ditties and gospel songs with occasional touches of brilliance.

Curtis & Loretta

Rooted in Minneapolis and St. Paul, The Boys n’ the Barrels are a promising, up-and-coming band that explores traditional and contemporary bluegrass and old-time music, while also drawing from influences ranging from jazz to rock. The Boys n’ the Barrels are Travis Palmer on banjo, vocals and harmonica; Nick Rodriguez on guitar and vocals; Chris Forsberg on fiddle; Josh Johnson on upright bass; Mike Wavinak on washboard and light percussion; and Chris Peters on mandolin. Many of the band members have been making music together for years, so the current group was able to hit the ground running, and has been winning over crowds at venues ranging from bars to cafes to music festivals. Their sound is energetic and creative, a result of the members having all studied music for most of their lives. A deep, introspective

Ana & the Beltones

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message underlies the up-tempo, foot-thumping melodies, as the Boys explore subjects such as love, philosophy, environmentalism, booze and death. Their stage presence is strong as members take solos in front of a single-condenser microphone in homage to the roots of their music. Influences include David

Grisman, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Old and in the Way, Tony Rice, Trampled By Turtles, Radiohead, Paul Simon, The Dead and Steely Dan. In an ongoing effort to introduce their unique blend of traditional and contemporary sounds, and build interest in folk music within their own generation, they have extended

their audience to Duluth, Minn., Madison, Wis., and Fargo, N.D.; and as far as Morningview, Ken. Radio airplay includes spots on local stations including Bluegrass Saturday Mornings on Jazz 88.5, KFAI 90.3, and college stations as far away as Eau Claire, Wis. Their website address is www.


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Ranch Hou s e Li ve h o sts ‘ o pen mic ’ seri es Ranch House Live is a laid-back informal openmic series in the newly remodeled ranch house located in El Rancho Mañana. You will find it from 8 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The sets will be divided into 30-minute sets on the hour and 20-minute sets on the half hour with five minutes between for changes between sets. The

idea is for new, different or impromptu acts that would like a little mic time. The setup will be a simple, single-mic setup like at earlier “Live” sessions. This is a great forum to put together a small scramble band or ensemble. It’s also a comfortable venue to listen to music and enjoy a beverage and food from the Ranch House tap. There is a new outdoor deck with

fireplace and speakers. Hey, maybe you’d like to try being emcee? We’d like to develop additional emcee talent for future fests. Mentoring and assistance is provided. Contact Earl for a slot for Ranch House Live. Call him by cell phone (612-868-1313) during the festival or sign up at the Gathering Place during the day or at the Ranch House during “Live” times.

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Young Talent Stage Presented by Harvest Carriers There is the newest stage venue at the Minnesota Bluegrass & OldTime Music Festival. It is the Young Talent Stage, and we hope many young adults who attend the festival will find it a cool place to hang out, meet friends and watch their peers do a little picking. Music and activities are planned for Friday from 5:30-10:30 p.m. and Saturday from 6:30-11:30 p.m. Already scheduled to

perform on Friday at the Young Talent Stage are Addison Avenue, the Back Alley Blossoms, Boys N’ The Barrels, Pert’ Near Sandstone, and Bluegrass Firelight. On Saturday the line-up includes Porcupine Creek, The Long Shots, The Froemming Family, Bluegrass Firelight and the Back Alley Blossoms.

Stop by the Gathering Place The Gathering Place always seems busy, even though there are few things scheduled there. That is because it is a central meeting place for folks to join a jam session or just get together. It is a place for folks interested in bluegrass and old-time music to gather and get to know one another. All are welcome to stop in so please come join us. We will treat you to a cup of coffee, tea or ice water. Our facility is available for you to ask questions, make new acquaintances or meet with old friends. Pickers, bring your instruments. Listeners, come by and visit. No experience or requirements needed

to have a good time. Newcomers are especially welcome. You will find a few scheduled activities at the Gathering Place. The annual quilters’ gathering will be on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. Bring any quilts or crafts you have made or are working on and we’ll have a great time sharing our projects and ideas with one another. The coffee will be on and everyone will be welcome, whether you have a craft to share or just want to see what others have done. Bill Cagley will host several of his slow jams at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday and at 1 and 3

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p.m. Saturday. And the Bartig Brothers will lend you a ukulele and show you how to play it at the Uke Workshop at 1 p.m. Saturday (you’ll want to learn so you can be in the Uke Jam at 5 p.m. at the Marketplace Stage).

At noon on Sunday, the Minnesota Fiddlers Association will also present a jam session for beginner and intermediate fiddlers and others and they assure you tunes will be played at a slow to moderate tempo.


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How about a guitar on a stick? Championship at the state fair Every year at the end of the summer Minnesotans have a habit of heading to the Minnesota State Fair. Among the “deep-fried pickles” and “pork chops on a stick,” you’ll find the Heritage Square Stage, where the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association will host the ninth annual Minnesota Flatpicking Guitar & Duet Championships. This year the Championships will be more exciting than ever with the announcement of even bigger prizes. For the Duet Championship,The Podium (new location in Minneapolis) has provided not one, but a pair of “Baby Taylor” travel guitars. These three-quarter scale travel guitars come in padded gig bags that make them perfect for hitting the road – they even fit in most airline overhead compartments! For the Flatpicking Guitar Championship, David

Vincent of David Vincent Guitars is again donating one of his fine guitars. In fact, he plans to bring several the winner can select from (during the festival you can see these grand prizes on display at the David Vincent Guitars & Mandolins booth in the marketplace). In addition to these grand prizes, there are many cash prizes as well. There are two days of competition. On Friday, Aug. 30, MBOTMA presents the Minnesota Duet Championship. In the preliminary round, up to 20 duets perform two selections in the oldtime, bluegrass, country or western swing style using one or two acoustic instruments and two voices. Three professional judges will listen to the performances in front of the stage, where they can see the contestants. In the championship round, the top five duets perform one song each. The grand

prize is a pair of Baby Taylor travel guitars from The Podium with a retail value of $800, and a cash prize of $200. Plus trophies and cash prizes for the next four duets: 2nd place $200, 3rd $100, 4th $75, 5th $50. The Minnesota Flatpicking Guitar Championship takes place on Saturday, Aug. 31. In this contest, the judges are sequestered backstage and can’t see who is competing. In the preliminary round each contestant plays two instrumental numbers on the six-string guitar in the traditional fiddle tune or bluegrass style. In the championship round, the top five guitarists go on to play two additional tunes. The

grand prize is a handmade dreadnaught guitar by David Vincent Guitars with a retail value of $2,500. There will also be trophies and cash prizes for the other four contestants who make it to the championship round: 2nd $350, 3rd $250, 4th $150, 5th $100. Plus cash prizes ($40 for 1st place, $20 for second place) and trophies (for third place) for the top performers in the preliminary round by category: A) Ages 21 & Under, B) Ages 22 to 55: and C) Ages 56 & Up. Anyone can enter either of the contests (or both!). Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis and is limited to the first 20 who sign up. Happily, in all our years we have enjoyed a wide range of very professional performers who have brought great music to the stage whether or not they were awarded a prize. Although we don’t hold auditions, there is al-

ways enough talent to go around every year. And if you don’t want to be on stage yourself, we hope you’ll come out to the fair to cheer on the contestants! Registration for either Championship is only $40, which includes State Fair Gate Passes for the contestants/accompanists and contest T-Shirts. You’ll also find full entry information at www.Min- or call 800-635-3037 and ask that a contest entry brochure be mailed to you.

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