FEST: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Announces First Round of Bands


Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It’s without a doubt one of the northeast’s most prestigious bluegrass fests, and the annual Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has announced another stellar line-up of great music for 2017.

The four-day fest runs from Thursday-Sunday, July 13-16 at Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, just about 30 miles southwest of Albany. The fest features more than 40 bands on five stages, as well as workshops, an Emerging Artist Showcase, dancing, children’s performers, the Bluegrass Academy for Kids, camping, jamming, food, crafts and a guaranteed all-around good time.

Among the featured performers at this summer’s fest are Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band the SteelDrivers, dobro master Jerry Douglas and his band, the Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, fab fiddler Mark O’Connor leading the O’Connor Band, Greater Nippertown’s own award-winning Gibson Brothers and a whole lot more.

Four-day, full-festival tickets (including camping) are currently available for $205; and single day tickets for Thursday-Saturday are currently priced at $75 per day. Kids 12 and under are free.

Here’s the daily line-up of bands for the 2017 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival that have been announced so far. More to come:

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Dry Branch Fire Squad
Del McCoury Band
The Infamous Stringdusters
Balsam Range
The O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor
The SteelDrivers
Mike + Ruthy
Mike Compton & Joe Newberry

Dry Branch Fire Squad
The Travelin McCourys
The Jeff Austin Band
Sarah Jarosz
The Steep Canyon Rangers
Billy Strings
Trout Steak Revival
Molly Tuttle
Mike + Ruthy
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition
Jordan Tice & Horse County
Grateful Ball featuring the Travelin McCourys & the Jeff Austin Band

Dry Branch Fire Squad
Jerry Douglas Band
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
The Gibson Brothers
Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
Michael Daves & Friends featuring Tony Trischka
The Lil’ Smokies
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Mike + Ruthy
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
Bill & the Bellies
Jordan Tice & Horse County

Dry Branch Fire Squad

Upstate Concert Hall to Host Benefit Concert

THE FLURRY @ various locations, Saratoga Springs, February 17-19
THE BRIDGE JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy & the Massry Center for the Arts, Albany, February 24 & 25
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 9-11
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 16-18
CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL @ Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, June 17 & 18
SOLID SOUND @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, June 23-25
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, June 24 & 25
COUNTRYFEST 2017 @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, July 8

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