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Bluegrass gets bigger

The third Hexham Bluegrass Festival is the biggest yet and will feature a plethora of acts celebrating all that is good about bluegrass and Americana sounds.

Oh, my! Look how it’s grown! The first Hexham Bluegrass Festival filled a very entertaining afternoon, but this year the event will run from 26-28 July. And one of the big draws of this summer’s event is sure to be The Often Herd (pictured), a local outfit whose vibrant transatlantic sound is deeply coloured by their surroundings (i.e. both the natural and industrial landscapes of the north). Rupert Hughes, band member and one of the organising committee of the festival, said: “We want Hexham to be the north-east’s go to place for bluegrass.” He’s certainly well on the way to achieving that with this line-up, which also includes Rob Heron & The Two Man Orchestra (a slimmed down version of Newcastle’s finest swing-honkytonk-rockabilly band) and Martin Stephenson’s Goodwill Trio (the local hero is joined by Rupert Hughes and Niles Kriger). Also on the bill are the likes of Grace Honeywell, Errant Moose, Cloth Eared Mule, Jeri & Ruth, Holly & The Reivers, The Byker Hillbillies and more. Most events – including concerts, talks and workshops – are completely free, although some fringe events may attract a small fee. Details from their website. GM

Hexham Bluegrass Festival, 26-28 July, Sele Park Hexham + other Hexham locations, bluegrassinhexham.uk

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