Fiddler’s Convention

The 23rd Annual Berlin Fiddlers Convention is pleased to welcome Bob Perilla and Big Hillbilly Bluegrass to the concert stage Friday Sept 18th and judges table for the competition Sept 19th, 2015.

Bob Perilla and BHBBGBob Perilla has been a pillar of the Mid-Atlantic bluegrass scene for over 20 years. Currently joined by Kevin Church on banjo, Norman Wright on mandolin, Mary Naden on bass, and Jon Glik on fiddle, collectively the ensemble boasts over 125 years of combined musical experience. An exciting blend of hard-driving, traditional bluegrass along with country, folk and original material will please even the most discriminating listeners and make easy converts of those unfamiliar with bluegrass music, a unique American art form.

Such Fools MAIN Promo PicThey will be joined by last year’s band competition victors, Such Fools. Comprised of Mickey Justice, Todd Smith, and Dick Morris, they’re bound together on a quest for a meaningful musical experience. Amid the vast cultural microcosm known simply as “Delmarva”, they are as diverse as their backgrounds.

Join us September 18th-20th, 2015 in the streets of beautiful, historic Berlin, MD for 3 days of fantastic, free, family bluegrass fun…

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Bob Perilla and Big Hillbilly Bluegrass

Washington, DC

Bob Perilla has been a pillar of the Mid-Atlantic bluegrass scene for over 20 years. Currently joined by Kevin Church on banjo, Norman Wright on mandolin, Mary Naden on bass, and Jon Glik on fiddle, collectively the ensemble boasts over 125 years of combined musical experience. An exciting blend of hard-driving, traditional bluegrass along with country, folk and original material will please even the most discriminating listeners and make easy converts of those unfamiliar with bluegrass music, a unique American art form.

International veterans of stage, screen and television, “Bob Perilla’s Big Hillbilly Bluegrass” performance highlights include a screen appearance in Chris Rock’s film “Head of State,” a live television appearance with Earl Scruggs, multiple Kennedy Center concerts and a residence at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

At the request of the U.S. Department of State, “Big Hillbilly Bluegrass” has toured Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and the Dominican Republic over the past several years. Most recently BHB spent five weeks in Africa bringing Bluegrass to the peoples of Mauritania, Togo, Congo Brazzaville and the Central African Republic, thus assuring BHB’s slot as America’s defacto Bluegrass Ambassadors.

Their recordings have achieved widespread critical acclaim. Look for them again in the Ruth Oxenberg-Rob Schumer bluegrass documentary film “Bluegrass Journey,” which is available nationwide. “Big Hillbilly Bluegrass” has been entertaining music fans for over 15 years on four continents.

Website: BigHillbillyBluegrass.com
Facebook: facebook.com/BigHillbillyBluegrass

Such Fools

Salisbury, MD

Winners of the 2014 Berlin Fiddlers Convention band competition and openers of the 2015 Berlin Fiddlers Convention Concert

Such Fools are Mickey Justice, Todd Smith, and Dick Morris. They’re bound together on a quest for a meaningful musical experience… amid the vast cultural microcosm known simply as “Delmarva”. They are as diverse as their backgrounds.

Such Fools is comprised of several of the area’s most eclectic troubadours. Mickey Justice, a singer of fine songs, a keen player of most everything and a Fool. He is a highly skilled master of the treble clef and was raised in the hinterlands by a family of Dire Wolves from the fabled village of Frontier Town. He is one of the youngest people ever to achieve the rank of Mandolin Jedi.

Todd Smith, a singer of fine songs, master of all in the realm of the low notes and a Fool. He was raised on the mean streets of Detroit, armed with an upright bass in one hand… and in his other hand, was the rest of that upright bass. As everyone knows that an upright bass is nearly impossible to carry with just one hand. When he is not slaying bass, Todd selflessly manages to keep the matrix safe for all of us. We are all in debt to him.

Dick Morris, a singer of fine songs, distracted noodler of guitar and a Fool. He was seduced at a young age by the rich, yet archaic medium known as the vinyl record album. He is currently making his third attempt at a freshman year studying the mysterious branch of applied physics known as “String Band Theory.”

Website: SuchFools.com
Facebook: facebook.com/SuchFools