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Merlefest 2006 information
Merlefest was named in memory of Doc Watson's son, Merle, and the 19th annual event will take place April 27-30 2006 in Wilkesboro, N.C.
 and will feature Nickel Creek, Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark and Béla Fleck & the Flecktones.
MerleFest Report – Day ONE, April 28, 2005
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Hi Helen! Greetings from Wilkesboro in the misty hills of North Carolina where we arrived today for our first MerleFest.
http://www.MerleFest.org/  Over eighty thousand visitors are expected over the next four days. This is the 18th MerleFest which honors the life of American folk music icon Doc Watson’s son and stage partner Merle whose life ended early due to a tractor accident. This Americana, bluegrass, “roots,” and mountain musical celebration of his life is played across 13 venues spread across the athletic fields and parking lots of Wilkes Community College …. kind of a West Leagues on steroids … all outdoors. The largest venue is the Watson Stage where the headline acts appear. This is where most of the action was focused today...

The program started with a California “acoustic mayhem” band called The Waybacks. They were followed by a collection of beautiful and extremely talented solo musicians who teamed up for the occasion to form a group named Uncle Earl. Mandolin virtuoso and bluegrass spokesman Tim O’Brien followed with a solid performance of his mellow bluegrass style. The audience was then a-buzz waiting for the first lady of country music, the coal miner’s daughter Loretta Lynn. Despite a bout with Spring-time allergies which affected her voice, she dazzled the crowd with her old standards as well as two songs from her recent Grammy Award winning project Van Lear Rose. Our night (long day actually) ended after Doc Watson appeared to sing a special song in tribute to Merle.
Doc Watson
Loretta Lynn
Tim OBrien
Uncle Earl
Bill and Mary
Great Falls, Virginia
Fan Fair June 9th - 12th, 2005
FAN FAIR 2005: The dates for the 2005 CMA Music Festival are June 9 - 12, 2005. For a $100 deposit you can now reserve your tickets, seating priority and hotel choice. It is never too early to make plans to go to Fan Fair 2005
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