If you want to hear the best bluegrass music, see the best bands and have the best bluegrass festival experience then the place to go isn’t down in North Carolina. Or the hills of Tennessee. Or some backwoods holler in Kentucky.
No, the best bluegrass event of the year took place right here in Nippertown – the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival at the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill (Greene County).
The Grey Fox Fest was honored as the Bluegrass Event of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual awards show in Nashville last week. Among the other nominees were the 33rd annual Tri-State Bluegrass Festival (Kendallville, Ind.) and the Kawaguchi International Cross-Culture Festival (Kawagachi City, Japan).
The award was for Grey Fox’s 2008 festival, which marked the first year of the fest at Walsh Farm after a long tenure at the Rothvoss Farm in Ancramdale. (All other nominees were also for 2008 events.) It was Grey Fox’s third nomination for Bluegrass Event of the Year and the first win. The festival attracted bluegrass fans from all over the globe, including 37 states and 14 countries.
And if you want to find out just how much fun a bluegrass festival can be, mark your calendars for the 2010 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival which rolls into Walsh Farm again on Thursday-Sunday, July 15-18.
If you can’t wait til then, check out the documentary feature film, “Bluegrass Journey” by Ruth Oxenberg and Rob Schumer, which was filmed at the 2000 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival.
Here’s a clip from the film featuring the music of Peter Rowan and Tony Rice (who coincidentally performed at The Egg in Albany just last night):