Footstompin' bluegrass, soulful americana/folk and outstanding musicianship. Don't miss the 2nd annual SpringGrass bluegrass festival at The Vault Arts Centre over 19th-21st May 2023.
Friday May 19th – Sunday May 21st 2023
The Vault Arts Centre
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The 2nd annual SpringGrass Bluegrass Festival takes place over 19th-21st May 2023 and will feature concerts, workshops and picking/jam sessions throughout the weekend. After a hugely successful inaugural event last year, Trad Music Trust are delighted to present another weekend of outstanding bluegrass/americana music.
Friday 19th May 2023
Good Guy Hank
From the harmonious Heartlands of Scotland and the musical metropolis of Melbourne, Australia, Good Guy Hank bring all of the heartbreak, joy and everything in-between with blistering bluegrass country guitar, lightning mandolin, virtuoso fiddle playing and three part harmonies galore! Influences range from Hank Williams, Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe to Gram Parsons, Gillian Welsh, Drive by Truckers and many more.
Good Guy Hank are:
Guitar & Vocals: Theo Barnard of Scotland's much lauded hell-raising band of bluegrass desperados Wire & Wool.
Fiddle, Mandolin & Vocals: Pepita Emmerichs of Australian indie-pop sensations Oh Pep!
Guitar & Vocals: Donny McElligott of Scottish Americana outfit The New Madrids
The Fountaineers is the inevitable collaboration of four individuals living in Glasgow, slowly drawn together through its dedicated Old Time music community. Blending vocal harmonies with buoyant musical improvisation, they are an entertaining outfit to discover through live performance.
An admiration for the innovation of bluegrass and acoustic string band music has seen Michael Wright (guitar), Callum Morton-Teng (mandolin), Jeri Foreman (fiddle) and Rob Hart (banjo) bring traditional classics and contemporary explorations of this music to festivals across UK and Europe including Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Arisaig Americana Festival, Omagh Bluegrass Festival (England, Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively) and, notably, made their European debut at La Roche Bluegrass Festival, France.
In 2022 they released their debut EP, a 5-track loveletter to traditional bluegrass classics, recorded and printed in Scotland.
Since their participation in the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Official Showcase 2021, the band has continued to maintain a connection to the global Bluegrass community. Earlier this year the band were covered in Bluegrass Today, and further elevated their status as Scottish-based Bluegrass ambassadors.
"Top-notch instrumental and vocal work."
- H. Gowen, British Bluegrass Music Association, No. 98.
"They are in fact the product of Glasgow's vibrant music scene."
- L. Zimmerman, BluegrassToday
Friday, May 19th 2023
Ends: Sunday, May 21st 2023
Bookings close: May 20th 2023
This event is organized by Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival.
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Telephone 01671 404924 / 07970 359557
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The Vault Arts Centre is located in the former bank building at 40 Victoria Street, Newton Stewart, between Boots Chemists (to the right) and Avocet (to the left).
A regular bus service (X75/500) runs through Newton Stewart, with stops on Victoria Street just a short walking distance from the venue.
Parking is available on Victoria Street, however we recommend parking at Riverside Car Park, on Riverside Road, in order to reduce congestion. Riverside Car Park is within a short walking distance of the venue.
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