Bluegrass fest delights

Greenwood held their annual bluegrass festival last weekend in the ball park - Friday night was rained out but the next two days went well.

Sunday morning the bluegrass musicians brought out their instruments for a few hours of gospel.

Music was on the program for Greenwood over the weekend. “Johnny Cash Equivalent” Gary Kehoe played to a full house at Greenwood Inn on Saturday night and the ball diamond was filled with RV units as the West Kootenay Bluegrass Group hosted a Country Bluegrass Weekend.

Bluegrass organizers said the weather caused the cancellation of the Friday night schedule but the rest of the show went on without a hitch. Organizers Roland and Randy Berg and Don Hugget expressed thanks to the City of Greenwood for their support.

Roland said there were around 44 rigs camping in the park this year. “That’s down a fair bit, but the weather had something to do with that. When you have a $1,500 banjo you aren’t too keen on getting it wet.”

Roland admits his favourite part of the event happens as the early birds arrive in town over the days before the festival starts. “They bring out their instruments, make a circle and jam. That’s lots more fun for me – because once the weekend starts I am on the gate dealing with the bureaucracy of it all.”

After the bluegrass festival ended and all of the acoustic instruments had left the stage Roland set up his electronic one-man-band show and entertained on Sunday afternoon.


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