A Little Local Music

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Last night at Passim (about which a bit more below), I shared a table with Richard Brown and Margaret Gerteis of the Reunion Band,  and as I spoke to them about the music they’ve been making over the years, I realized how little I’ve written here about local bands and events. Bluegrass and old-time music have a long history in this area, going back to the days of Joe Val, Bill Keith, Jim Rooney, Peter Rowan, Don Stover and many more, and the tradition continues with groups like the Reunion Band. Even their name embodies this tradition, representing the fact that its members have played together in many configurations, including most of New England’s best, over many years,. Guitarist and lead singer Dave Dillon played with Joe Val in the New England Bluegrass Boys, with Richard in the Hudson Valley Boys and with both Richard and Margaret in Stony Lonesome.

You can see the Reunion Band at Johnny D’s in Somerville on March 17 (don’t worry, I’ll remind you), and they’ll be doing some workshops at the upcoming (February 13-15) Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. So for those of you who live in the area, don’t forget about our local scene, and for the rest of you, we may have more mounds of snow than rocky tops, but don’t write us off!

Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys gave the sellout crowd at Club Passim a good show last night, with Dr. Ralph in fine voice (I’ll Answer the Call was the highlight for me), and three generations of Stanleys (Dr. Ralph, son Ralph II and grandson Nathan) onstage. A good time was had by all, and as always, Dr. Ralph and the band stayed on long after the show ended, selling CDs, signing autographs, and just generally acting as ambassadors for this great American music. Just in case you weren’t there last night, here’s another Stanley video – Ralph and Carter with How Mountain Girls Can Love. Please enjoy.

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One Response to “A Little Local Music”

  1. Judy Uhl Says:

    We need a class reunion at one of these events!

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