This Friday August 26: Furnace Mountain live on WAMU Old-time Jam on WAMU's Bluegrass Country at 1 PM
Tune in this Friday to hear Furnace Mountain on Wamu with Katy Dailey as we play some tunes and talk about Watermelon Park Fest and our upcoming date at the Hamilton in DC with the Lonesome River Band.
Watermelon Park Fest Contests... Guitar, Mandolin, Bands and Watermelon growing Contests
That's right...Watermelon Park Fest Contests are FREE to enter with festival ticket! We're giving away $1000 to first place $400 to second place and $200 to third place bands, plus a 15 minute slot, prime time Saturday to the top band and picking contest winners. Also the winning band will recieve a paid slot at the Festival in 2016. This is a very prestigious award. We are also giving away a Spankin' new Eastman Mandolin for the mandolin Contest!
A wonderfull weekend River and Roots Fest is always the last weekend in June.
The weekend had the perfect weather for camping with the family, tubing on the river and hanging out with friends. Pic by Jen Lee.
Thanks to all the great bands! Larry and Gary Keel and friends.
Thanks to all the music makers and shakers. Photo by Jen Lee
Thanks to all the kids in the talent show At River and Roots Festival
Songs were sung, fiddles played, bands were formed and new friendships were made at the 2nd annual kids talent showcase. Congrats to Willie Marschner (pictured 4th from left). Thanks to Stacey Sinclair for putting it all together. See you next year! Photo by Jen Lee
Kids Talent Showcase band contest winners At River and Roots Festival
Congrats to Ava Van Deventer and River Billman for getting first place in the Band Contest. Their band "The Flip Flops' was formed at the Festival just for the contest. Photo by Jen Lee.
Wonderful weather Many enjoyed the fest. from the river.
Fiddle Camp a big hit, see you next year! Thanks to all the fiddle players who came to the first year Fiddle Camp.
Fiddle Music Camp - River and Roots 2016 - This years Fiddle Camp at River and Roots Festival was a lot of fun. Thanks for all who came out to be part of it. See you next year! Teachers included Malia Furtado,Stacey Sinclair and David Van Deventer. More info.
Coming up Next:
Thursday July 28th Shepherds Ford House Concert Presents: The Roochie Toochie Ragtime Shepherd Kings.
We all share a love of antiquated pop tunes, and we recently took on the challenge of recording them in the only medium that does them justice. These old songs give a voice to a bygone era and reflect the attitudes of their time, and no matter how silly they seem they are historical documents of their time.
We aim to mine the zaniest and most obscure songs from the early 20th century and record them for a new audience to underscore both the absurdity and importance of popular music in American history.
$15 suggested donation, Thursday July 28th at 7:30. Doors open at 7pm. email email@example.com for more info..
Upcoming dates for Furnace Mountain The road to Watermelon Park Fest.
July 24: House concert, Baltimore MD. 7 pm
July 29: Bluemont Concert Series: Winchester Va. Courthouse
July 30: Bluemont Concert Series: Fredrickeburg Va.
August 7: Oak Grove Music Festival Stauton Va.
August 13: Lime Kiln Theater Lexington Va. Jordan Tice's group to open
New this year All ages Fiddle Camp at River and Roots Festival
Fiddle Music Camp - River and Roots 2016 - This year at River and Roots Festival we will be featuring a Fiddle Music Camp on Tuesday 6/21/16 thru Thursday from 1 pm thru 4 pm each day, Friday will be 1-2 pm. This camp is for all ages and all levels. Teachers include Malia Furtado,Stacey Sinclair and David Van Deventer. More info.
River and Roots announces more Line-up. The Keel Brothers and Ragtime Annie among the additions.
The Keel Brothers
We are super excited to announce the line-up for our 3rd annual River and Roots Festival June 24-26. Larry Keel returns to the park with his older flat picking mentor brother Gary to present The Keel Brothers. Other artists include Tim O'Brien, Danny Knicely and Jack Dunlop, Pat Donahue, Circa Blue, the Harris Brothers , a 4 day Fiddle Camp, and so much more.......
Watermelon Park Fest announces The Sam Bush Band. The King of Newgrass returns.
It's been two years since the Sam Bush Band has played at Watermelon Park Fest Sept 22-25, 2016. Sam Bush is a Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass. Sam played at Watermelon Park back in the early 1970's as the leader of a pioneering group that he led called the Newgrass Revival. Sam will be playing on the main stage on Friday Night as well as participating in a music/discussion workshop during the afternoon with Jon Lohman fron the Virginia Folklife Program.
Artist Spotlight Ragtime Annie
Banjo player Gina Clowes (Bud's Collective; Chris Jones and the Night Drivers), award-winning fiddle player Malia Furtado (Circa Blue) and bass player Ashley Stewart (Circa Blue) will be making their River and Roots Festival debut this year. Malia will also be teacking in this years new four day Fiddle Camp at the Festival.
Tickets for both events on sale Tuesday, Feburary 23 at 9 am. RV sites and limited tickets typically sell out for both events in 6 hours, so be ready..
Our 3rd annual River and Roots Festival will be June 24-26. Our 13th annual Watermelon Park Fest will be Sept 22-25, 2016. Tickets for both events as well as RV sites, vendor and Voluntees sign ups and more......it all starts at 9 am on Tuesday Feburary 16th. (RV sites typically sell out in the first 6 hours so be ready....)
Tim O'Brien Set to headline River and Roots Festival
We are so excited to have Tim O'Brien headline the 3rd annual River and Roots Festival. Don't be surprised is he is joined by some of the usual Hot Pickers. Stay tuned as we announce the rest of this years exciting line-up for River and Roots.
Sunday March 20 Danny Knicely's 10th annual Winter Concert has been rescheduled to March 20 due to weather.
Thursdays starting Jan. 7, 6-8 pm Weekly Old-Time Jam hosted by Fiddlin' Dave and Morgan at Barns of Rosehill
Weekly Old-Time Jam
Every Thursday starting January 7th. For musicians and music lovers alike. Come and play old-time music, or just hang out and listen 6-8 pm. This is free family event....Also there will be a Old Time music lesson and Jam for kids 7-12 led by David VanDeventer and Morgan Morison from 5-6 pm before the weekley Jam
Friday Jan. 8, 8-10 pm Taarka at Barns of Rosehill
Described by SF Weekly as a "collision of Django Reinhardt and David Grisman," Taarka is the new acoustic "supergroup" (Flagstaff Live) "presenting masterfully deep americana and gypsyjazz string band music!" Led by the husband-and-wife team of David Pelta-Tiller (mandolin, tenor guitar, vocals) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (five-string violin, vocals) Taarka fills out its unique sound with award-winning bassist Troy Robey and prodigious young guitarist Mike Robinson, Taarka is bringing their otherworldly, energetic music to venues across the US, Canada, Europe and Mexico.
The Queen of Country Brought down the house in Berryville
We knew it would be good, but we didn't know it would be that good! Loretta liked being at the park so much she played an extra long set so she could get all her hits in. She also invited Jr. Miller on the bus to catch up with her old friend. We were delighted! Photo by Janet Emma Garbe
A wonderful gathering of folks The weather was perfect
Everyone setteled in nicely to hear the music of Furnace Mountain, Loretta Lynn, and Peter Rowan on Saturday night. Photo by Tara Linhardt
A full house All the way back to the river
Thanks to Chester Simpson for capturing this picture of the the crowd stretching all the way back to the river.
Friday Night Hot Rize
Friday night main stage was alive with the music of Hot Rize and Pokey LaFarge. It's always a treat to have return artists like Tim O'Brian and Pokey along with new band mates. Brian Sutton blew everyone away and Pokey's new larger band got the crowd completly fired up!
Congratulations to Southern Brood 2015 Band Contest Winners
Tara Linhardt presenting the winning band Southern Brood a $1000 check. The band will also revieve a mainstage slot at next years fest so stay tuned. Photo by Pepper Watkins
1. Southern Brood
2. Tim and Miles
3. After Jack
Congratulations Houlton Doucette for winning the 2015 Weber mandolin
Congratulations to Houlton Doucette for winning the Bitterroot F-Style Mandolin valued at $2999. Thank you to Weber Mandolins Photo by Pepper Watkins
The Picking contest Winners are...
Houlton Doucette and Joey Mosley about to play together for the first time after winning the Weber Mandolin and Fairbuilt Guitar Contests. Photo by Pepper Watkins
Fairbuilt Guitar Contest Winners 1. Joey Mosley
2. Tim Thompson
3. Dave Saleeby
Webber Mandolin Contest Winners 1. Houlton Doucette
2. Jacob Mosley
3. Miles Thompson
4 weddings, 2 proposals? At Watermelon Park Fest the family is growing.
This year Watermelon Park Fest had it's fourth wedding to date. We also know of at least three marrage proposals that also have happened during the Festival. One proposal was from the stage. Maybe this is why everyone says we are the best family festival. Photo by Jen Lee
All the way from Japan Thanks to The Nessie Expedition
A special thanks to the Nessie Expedition Bluegrass Band from Japan for sharing their talents with us this year. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Photo by Jen Lee
The Kids Tent. Kids got to try out instruments
Shepherds ford would like to thank Stacey Sinclair from the band Split String Soup for heading up many cool new activities at the kids tent this year, including a instrument petting zoo. Photo by Jen Lee
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