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No Joe Val Festival This February

From the Boston Bluegrass Union: Bluegrass Breakdown September 9th, 2021 Joe Val 2022 Postponed Due to COVID-19 Greeting to all friends of the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. Much has changed since we were all together in February of 2020. The Sheraton … Continue reading

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What Do 1961, 1971, 2011, 2021 Have in Common? Hillbilly History!

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD 1961: The Lilly Brothers, Everett and B, with Don Stover, play a concert in Lowell House at Harvard College. Everett, who usually plays mandolin, picks up the fiddle and wows the audience with a fiery … Continue reading

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It’s 1986, and Delia Bell & Bill Grant Are Live in Studio A

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD I long remembered there was a time when Delia Bell and Bill Grant had played live on Hillbilly at Harvard. I was entranced by Bill’s performance of Merle Haggard’s “I’ll Break Out Again Tonight,” so … Continue reading

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Back to 2005—with Peter Rowan and Larry Stephenson

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD This Saturday (May 15th) travel back with us to April 16, 2005, and a memorable Hillbilly at Harvard. Peter Rowan was back in town, opening for Ralph Stanley at Sanders Theatre at Harvard, with Peter’s … Continue reading

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No Joe Val Festival This Year, but the BBU Has a Substitute

Last Presidents’ Day Weekend (2020) in mid-February, the annual Joe Val Festival went off without a hitch. See HERE for lots of photos I took, along with some (relatively spare) commentary. Now here we are back in February, and no … Continue reading

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Coming Up: The Joe Val Festival for 2020!

Just realized I hadn’t previewed The Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, February 14th, 15th, and 16th, my favorite—and only partly because it’s right in my backyard.  Well, almost; we’re on the river in Saxonville, but only about 10 minutes drive west … Continue reading

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The 2019 Joe Val Festival—Photos!

Once again, another amazing festival produced and hosted by the Boston Bluegrass Union!  Dr Janie and I got to a fair amount of the shows, but of course there was lots more going on that we didn’t see: workshops, jams, … Continue reading

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The Legendary Al Hawkes Dies at 88

I met Al Hawkes at one of the Joe Val Festivals, back in the Green Room.  It was not the one where he received the 2009 Heritage Industry Award from the Boston Bluegrass Union.  It might have been 2016 when … Continue reading

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The 2018 Joe Val Festival

For bluegrass-country fans here in New England, Presidents’ Day weekend means Joe Val Weekend. The substitution is fine with me, as the elevation of the third weekend in February to just another Monday day off meant the nation quickly forgot … Continue reading

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2018 Joe Val Festival: IIIrd Tyme Out, David Davis, and more!

Just a few miles west on Route 9 from our home on the river in Saxonville, at the junction with the Mass Pike, is the hotel our kids used to call ‘The Castle’, the Sheraton in Framingham.  And fortunately for … Continue reading

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