SHEPHERDS FORD PRODUCTIONS LLC & Watermelon Park Campground Present:
Thu, Sep 26
Sat, Sep 28
10th ANNUAL WATERMELON PARK FEST, The MASTERS OF BLUEGRASS-Del McCoury, Bobby Osborne, J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks and Jerry McCoury, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson
The Quebe Sisters Band, The Stray Birds, Adam Hurt and Beth Williams Hartness, Furnace Mountain, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Danny Barnes, The Woodshedders, Taarka, The South Carolina Broadcasters, David Via, Old Man Leudecke, The Green Boys, The Earlybird Stringband, The Locust Honey String Band, The Bumper Jacksons
3322 Locke's Mill Rd.
Berryville, VA, 22611
Doors 9:00 AM / Show 9:00 AM
10th ANNUAL WATERMELON PARK FEST
Watermelon Park Fest is a family-friendly music festival created by Shepherds Ford Productions that is located on the Shenandoah River just outside of Berryville, VA. This year's fest begins on Thursday, September 26, 2013 and concludes on the morning of Sunday, September 29. Festivities include Concerts, Dances, Workshops, Band & Pickin' Contests, Kid's Activities, Open Jams, Food & Craft Vendors, and more!
The MASTERS OF BLUEGRASS-Del McCoury, Bobby Osborne, J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks and Jerry McCoury
Masters of Bluegrass - featuring Del McCoury on guitar and vocals, Bobby Osborne on mandolin and vocals, J.D. Crowe on banjo, Bobby Hicks on Fiddle and Jerry McCoury on bass and vocals. Born out of picking parties on Del McCoury's back porch, the Masters of Bluegrass have come together to give the fan an experience of days gone by! Bobby Osborne co-leader of the Osborne Brothers is a contemporary of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. He and his brother recorded the Tennessee State Song “Rocky Top “in 1982. JD Crowe is most known for forming the New South, which was the most revolutionary bluegrass outfit of its time. Originally, the band consisted of guitarist Tony Rice, mandolinist Ricky Skaggs, dobroist Jerry Douglas, and fiddler/bassist Bobby Sloan, and they played a wildly eclectic brand of bluegrass on electric instruments. When they released their debut, J.D. Crowe & the New South in 1975 on Rounder Records, it caused an instant sensation -- it marked a genuine turning point in the sound of the genre. Bobby Hicks played fiddle with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in the 1950'/s in 1981 he joined Ricky Skaggs band and played fiddle in it for 23 years. Jerry McCoury is Del McCoury's brother, was in the Dixie Pals in the 1960's. This will be for 2013 only.
Larry Keel and Natural Bridge
Larry Keel is described by some reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flatpicking the guitar and composing original music. He's also got a knack for choosing interesting and appealing material from all realms of music with guts, whether it's a tune written by a fellow song-writer/musician friend, or a tasty cover from any number of genres all over the map. The combination is pretty irresistible, and has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic musicians alive, and some now gone: Tony Rice, Chris Thile,Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, John Hartford, Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, and Darol Anger to name a few. And his fierce, high-spirited energy also appeals to young rockers, jammers and alt country pickers and fans who are equally drawn to Keel’s deep rumbling voice, his earthy and imaginative song-writing, and his down-home-gritty-good-time charm. Keel regularly collaborates with JamBand and Rock giants Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, Little Feat, Rebirth Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass, Railroad Earth, members of String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon, amongst others.
Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson
Two great Louisiana talents – Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson – join forces to explore the crosscurrents of 3 great Americana musical tributaries: that of Cajun, Creole and old-time Appalachian traditions. Dirk Powell has expanded on the deeply rooted sounds of his Appalachian heritage to become one of the preeminent traditional American musicians of his generation. "Dirk's got great subtlety, tremendous feel, and he's very loose and very modern, in the best sense of the word." — T-Bone Burnett Spearheading the emerging generation of Creole musicians, Cedric Watson is a fiddler, vocalist, accordionist and songwriter of enormous talent and potential. "To propel our Louisiana culture into the future seems to be quite a task, but if one lives for the music as Cedric does, the path seems effortless. These songs may well be early brushstrokes of a life's worth of possibilities, not only for himself, but also for the identity survival of a culture." — Michael Doucet Injecting a healthy dose of his own personality and ingenuity, Cedric has been exciting an ever-broadening audience with his unique take on traditional Creole music, and with his new compositions that expand the genre while still respecting its roots. In the few years since he assumed the role of bandleader, all three of his albums have been nominated for Grammy® Awards..
The Quebe Sisters Band
When Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe (pronounced Kway-bee) raise their fiddles and play, audiences marvel. When the girls sing their vintage style three-part harmony, audiences are blown away. Add the extraordinary rhythm guitar of Joey McKenzie and the swinging upright bass of Drew Phelps and the Quebe Sisters Band becomes a force of nature. The QSB's unique brand of music has taken the Americana music scene by storm. They perform a refreshing blend of western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz & swing standards, and Texas style fiddling.
Awarded the Crescendo Award by the Western Music Association and winner of the Western Swing Album of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists, the Quebe Sisters Band is touring behind their latest album, Timeless.
Performance highlights include appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, the Kennedy Center, NYC's Lincoln Center, the Ryman Auditorium, the Marty Stuart Show, the Eddie Stubbs' Show on WSM, The Birchmere, the Ernest Tubb Midnite
Jamboree (as host band), the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the National Folk Festival. In addition, the QSB has appeared in concert with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Merle Haggard, Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Riders in the Sky, and Marty Stuart. They have also
had the pleasure of playing with billionare/ukulele enthusiast Warren Buffett and had the honor of performing for President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
"One thing is for sure, you don't see a group like the Quebe Sisters Band come along everyday," says Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs. "Give them your undivided attention and if you're not already, you too, will become a
The Stray Birds
When the Stray Birds take the stage, the spotlight falls on three voices raised in harmony above the raw resonance of wood and strings. It is a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs. Raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, their flight began with friendship. With miles of music already behind them, Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven first shared a song in January 2010. A snowy Pennsylvania winter welcomed collaboration between the two creative flames— and inspired the collection of seven songs found on the Borderland EP. Grounded in the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench, the trio landed their signature sound.
Adam Hurt and Beth Williams Hartness
Deemed a "banjo virtuoso" by the Washington Post, Adam Hurt has fused several traditional old-time idioms to create his own elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo style, having been introduced to the banjo at age eleven in his native Minnesota. A respected performer and teacher of traditional music, Adam has played at the Kennedy Center and conducted banjo workshops at many venues around the country and abroad. Adam has placed in or won most of the major old-time banjo competitions including Clifftop, Mount Airy, and Galax, and won the state banjo championships of Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio, as well as the state fiddle championships of Virginia and Maryland. Most recently, Adam joined forces with his regular music partner Beth Williams Hartness on "Fine Times at Our House," a CD of old-time duets featuring Adam's clawhammer banjo and fiddle along with Beth's signature fingerstyle guitar. Their aim was to capture some of their favorite music as they play it at home for their own enjoyment; the result is a project that is at once intimate and enveloping.
Furnace Mountain consists of Morgan Morrison on Bouzouki and Vocals, Aimee Curl on Bass and Vocals, Danny Knicely on Mandolin, and David Van Deventer on fiddle. The band has graced stages near and far, from the Yangtzee River in China to the banks of the Shenandoah River, where they host the famous Watermelon Park Festival each year. The music of Furnace Mountain is at times lively and raucous, with spirited fiddle melodies weaving in and around the powerful rhythms of the bass and bouzouki. It is at other times poignant and poetic, with sublime vocal harmonies beautifully interpreting some of the oldest songs ever written. Furnace Mountain also performs a variety of original compositions, such as Scrampwang, The Wheezer's Dream, Turbo Dog, and Millwood Boyce.
Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole
Spearheading the emerging generation of Cajun and Creole musicians, Cedric Watson is a fiddler, vocalist, accordionist and songwriter of enormous talent and potential.
"To propel our Louisiana culture into the future seems to be quite a task, but if one lives for the music as Cedric does, the path seems effortless. These songs may well be early brushstrokes of a life's worth of possibilities, not only for himself, but also for the identity survival of a culture." — Michael Doucet
Injecting a healthy dose of his own personality and ingenuity, Cedric has been exciting an ever-broadening audience with his unique take on traditional Creole music, and with his new compositions that expand the genre while still respecting its roots. In the few years since he assumed the role of bandleader, all three of his albums have been nominated for Grammy Awards.
Moving with ease between fiddle and accordion, and adding his strong blues-inflected vocals, Cedric's creative style and obvious joy in playing make him an engaging and exciting performer.
"Few recordings in the Cajun and Creole fiefdom have ever run the gamut quite like this…" — Dan Willgng, Offbeat Magazine, New Orleans, LA
Larry Keel is a big fan of Barnes' music. "I love a chance to play music with Danny Barnes, I tell ya. He's just the newest, greatest songwriter that I've heard," Keel said. "Danny is one of a kind, entirely. He's an amazing banjo player, and completely different from Bela Fleck or Tony Trischka or any of them. His song writing, I don't know, he's like the new John Hartford, I think."
The Woodshedders explore diverse samplings of American country, rhythm & blues, bluegrass, and gypsy jazz, resulting in an original and dynamic new sound they call "Indie Roots Americana." The group has charmed audiences at many festivals and venues, and are quickly becoming known as one of Virginia's premier roots bands.
A high-energy, virtuosic ensemble of 5-string violin, mandolin/tenor guitar, cello, upright bass, foot percussion + vocals, Taarka features high-energy performance
and innovative, beautiful compositions and songs, weaving the sounds of old and new from world folk, celtic, bluegrass, jazz, and classical.
The South Carolina Broadcasters
The Charleston, South Carolina based old-time trio says "We just sound like we sound like." 'And what they sound like', says Virginia State Folklorist, Jon Lohman, 'is an arresting trio of fine musicians, playing the music they love the only way they know how, resulting in a sound that melds a seasoned artistry with playful exuberance. David, Ivy and Sarah's voices together create a sound that is at once hauntingly ancient yet refreshingly new. There is a sense of immediacy to the Broadcaster's sound, which can bring old chestnuts to new life, while providing new originals with the patina and soul of the well-worn hills that inspire them.'
Via (sounds like sky) is the winner of the 2009 International/American Folk Alliance Songwriters Contest,held at Mountain Stage, and has picked up MerleFest's-"Chris Austin Songwriter" prize three times.
They were chosen by BMI, ASCAP, Sony Records, TNN, & the Nashville Entertainment Association as one of the TOP 20 UNSIGNED BANDS IN AMERICA.
Via's songs are real: they tell the true stories of love gone wrong, living off the land, of hard times and good times.
Old Man Leudecke
Old Man Luedecke isn't afraid to put his neck on the line. His latest album, Tender Is The Night, goes beyond his beloved solo, banjo-driven folk tunes. Driving a Nashville band from beginning to end with his recognizable voice, this is an artist honing his cunning lyrical flair – tenderly pushing the boundaries of his storytelling with his unique mix of folk, bluegrass and pop hooks. Old Man Luedecke has a penchant for language. Based in Chester, Nova Scotia, the award-winning roots singer-songwriter's latest album, Tender Is The Night, gives nod to F.R. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel, a title lifted from John Keats poem, 'Ode To A Nightingale.'
The Green Boys
The Green Boys won the 2012 Band Competition and are back to do us the honor of Kicking off the whole Festival on Thursday at 4 p.m. The Green Boys are a four-piece band based out of Richmond, Virginia. Equally mislabeled as bluegrass, folk, or honky-tonk, the boys sometimes mention the idea of being a part of a "country-revival". It's a half-serious notion that nonetheless approaches the crux of the band's complex sound. The Green Boys are led by brothers Sean and Ryan Green, each a songwriter coming from and delivering very different lyrical and melodic styles. Yet like the Louvin, Delmore, or even today's Avett Brothers, the distinction between the two voices is grounded by a blood harmony, their edges blending towards a commonality.
The Earlybird Stringband
Earlybird Stringband consists of five of Norway’s finest young folk musicians. Their latest album puts an old time and bluegrassy signature to their own traditional Norwegian folk music. The blend of rare and exotic Norwegian tunes, rhythm and harmonies, mixed with the hard driving American sound of the banjo and mandolin creates a unique, but familiar, sound.
They’ve received critical acclaim by journalists and audiences in Europe. Two time Norwegian Grammy award nominees, they’ve placed in every competition they’ve ever entered.
Their third album will be out August 29th 2013, followed by a U.S. east coast tour in September.
The Locust Honey String Band
Chloe, Ariel, and Meredith blend sweet harmonies with raging Old Time fiddle tunes to take "girl band" to a different level. Using various combinations of fiddle, banjo, guitar, and bass, Chloe, Ariel, and Meredith each contribute a different style to create music meant for dancing and listening. It's raw, rugged and just about perfect - just wonderful - I bet you'd have a great night in the kitchen if they were sittin' around!" -Frank Hennessy on BBC Radio Wales program
The Bumper Jacksons
"The Bumper Jacksons are a big, fat party. Hot and sweet, their trad jazz and pre-war country repertoire paint's America's story from New Orleans' brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78's, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style.
The core duo, Jess Eliot Myhre (clarinet, washboard, vocals) and Chris Ousley (guitar, banjo, vocals) will be joined by Melissa Wright of the Acoustic Burgoo on bass and Lap Steel King Matt Levine. As a quartet, the group has a powerful, nuanced and versatile sound, spanning genres from Western Swing to ragtime to their signature saucy blues tunes.
Plan for a participatory performance. The Bumper Jacksons are known for their call-back tunes, through-the-crowd second lines, and Jess's hand-built washboards that she encourages folks to play.