Mark your calendars for the 24th Anual Berlin Fiddlers Convention September 23-25 in beautiful, historic, downtown Berlin MD. Stay tuned for event updates as they are released and “like” us on Facebook!
Charm City Junction
Charm City Junction is hands down one of the most exciting bands on the rise in the folk/roots/bluegrass world. From Bluegrass and Old-Time to even Irish and Cajun styles, they create intensely fresh soundscapes of the most traditional forms of American Music.
The band is comprised of four of the most talented and promising acoustic roots musicians in the USA: Patrick McAvinue, one of the most in-demand and highly respected bluegrass fiddlers today, takes charge with his virtuosic, powerful and musical approach to the fiddle. Clawhammer banjo wizard Brad Kolodner adds his playful, driving, melodic and groovy Old-Time touch. Sean McComiskey, an incredibly talented Irish button accordion player, soars through the tunes and fills the gaps with his soulful playing. Their versatile bassist Alex Lacquement drives the train, locking everything together with his commanding and tasteful choices.
Charm City Junction embodies the essence of what acoustic roots music is all about: a shared and burning passion for blazing new trails while closely respecting tradition. They are torchbearers with a clear message that the future of acoustic music is in good hands.
Not only will they be headlining the Berlin Fiddlers Convention Concert Friday September 23rd, they will also judge the competition Saturday September 24th and perform a short set that morning to kick things off!
Audie Blaylock is many things in the bluegrass world. In addition to being one of the best guitar pickers on the scene, he’s a multiple IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) award winner, GRAMMY award nominee, and veteran band member of the legendary Jimmy Martin.
Born in El Paso, TX into a family whose roots go back to the hills of Virginia and Tennessee, Audie learned to play guitar and sing with his parents and siblings. In 1982, at the age of 19, he joined Jimmy Martin and The Sunny Mountain Boys and spent nearly a decade on the road learning the age-old craft of bluegrass from one of the genre’s first-generation legends.
Audie Blaylock is also a Berlin Fiddlers Convention favorite. He’s played this event in years past with his band Redline and we are extremely pleased to include him this year as a special guest! He will be playing Friday night September 23rd!
Ocean City, MD
Winners of the 2015’s Berlin Fiddlers Convention, Blind Wind has been gaining strong momentum over the last year and a half. Fronted by 13 year old, blind harmonica player, Cole Moran and backed by his dad Frankie, they’ve performed everywhere from here to Nashville!
Although Frankie and Cole play music of several genres, for this year’s Berlin Fiddlers Convention, they’ll be performing a set of bluegrass standards and fiddle tunes. Salt Creek, Blackberry Blossom, and Whiskey Before Breakfast all blown note for note through a harmonica?! Truly impressive!
Blind Wind will perform the opening set on Friday September 23rd at the concert area on North Main St. and Saturday morning September 24th at the competition site on Main Street in town center.
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The Country Grass and Friends
The Country Grass, one of the Lower-Shore’s original bluegrass bands, was first formed in 1980 by Maryland mandolin man Bill Vollmer and throughout the years they’ve taken the stage with many different lineups. Whether a quintet, quartet, trio, or duo, they’ve always cranked out great bluegrass, country, and western tunes. As is often the case in bluegrass, they’ve extended their musical family to include many folks. Look for current members Steve Frene, Bill Vollmer, Kenny Good, JD Heinz, AND their bluegrass family to be the perfect cap to the weekend’s events.
The Country Grass and Friends will perform on Sunday September 25th on the steps at the Taylor House Museum.
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