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Annual St. Johnsbury Bluegrass Festival
Annual St. Johnsbury Bluegrass Festival

in conjunction with the Colors of the Kingdom Festival

Saturday, September 14th, 1:00 pm

397 Railroad Street
St. Johnsbury, VT

Admission: Free

Enjoy a fantastic afternoon of bluegrass music as part of the Colors of the Kingdom Festival.

  • 1:00 pm - Beg, Steal, or Borrow
  • 2:15 - The Kowal Family
  • 4:00 pm - Jes & Jakob and the Blackberry Bushes

Beg, Steal or Borrow was formed in early 2013 with a mission to resurrect the music of the iconic bluegrass band Old and in the Way and have since grown into a solid repertoire of original material. Winning three prestigious bluegrass band competitions in Maine, Connecticut and New York, they have been dubbed a “Triple Crown Bluegrass Band” by Bluegrass Today. The group is heading out in the 2019 concert season debuting their first full length album of original tunes titled Old Mountain Time.

"The songs that found their way onto the new record are more than mere imitation — they're the genuine article." Dan Bolles Seven Days

Jes & Jakob and the Blackberry Bushes  - Jes Raymond writes and sings songs that connect the day to day with the muses of wonder and myth. "The Blackberry Bushes" is the modern string band collective centered around those songs and her long time collaboration with fiddler Jakob Breitbach. Together, They fall somewhere between Stevie Nicks and The Infamous Stringdusters. The Bushes have that rare magic that allows them to fuse voices from many genres into an acoustic instrumentation that retains distinct threads of sonic color. Affectionatly known as a "rotating cast of talented believers", they take Jes & Jakob's artful arrangments to an all out revival. Elements of jazz, classical, pop, gospel, and bluegrass saturate the sound that is buoyant, bold, and like their thorny namesake, rooted and growing, growing, growing.

The Kowal Family of Groton Vermont, ranging in age from 10-16, are an exciting young bluegrass group that represents the future of great traditional bluegrass in the Green Mountain State.

Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing, is gaining a reputation as one of the hottest bluegrass bands in New England, featuring stellar vocals, rock-solid instrumentation, Bob’s top notch original material as well as unique arrangements of some bluegrass classics. Bob and the band’s most recent albums, Sunrise Blues and Body & Soul,  have both been given “CD of the Year” awards in the bluegrass/traditional country category by the Rutland Times Argus (Tammie Awards). Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing band members include Bob on banjo and vocals, Bob’s daughter Sarah Amos on vocals, Freeman Corey on fiddle, Steve Wright on guitar and vocals, Gary Darling on mandolin and Chris Cruger on bass.