- 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
TWO, April 29, 2005
Today was a non-stop whirlwind of
roots-based acoustic music from 11AM to 10PM. The 13 MerleFest
venues were all in action, and it was more like a 13-ring circus,
in a very positive sense, for both the fans and the performers as
everyone hurried from one stage to the other.
Our day got off to a familiar start when we arrived at the
medium-sized Americana Stage to
- catch the last few songs of The Greencards who received a
standing ovation from what seemed to be a “new” crowd,
- surprisingly pleased by what they had just heard.
The international theme continued in the Dance Pavilion
with The Duhks (“ducks”) –
- a hot punk-looking group of talented musicians offering
their own brand of fusion music blending
- bluegrass, French-Canadian fiddle tunes wrapped in their
own energy-packed interpretations.
- Traditional bluegrass is still going strong especially as
delivered by King Wilkie
- (named after Bill Monroe’s horse) from Virginia on
the Watson Stage.
Then we were off to the Hillside amphitheatre
(second-largest stage) to see
- The Greencards for their second of three performances
It is easy to make friends with strangers if they are
wearing “rare” The Greencards T-shirts.
- So after the show, Bill introduced himself to Adres
Vasquez, Becki Williams and Patti Meredith
- who all posed for this fashion-statement photo. Later,
browsing the gift shop, the staff asked Bill
- where he got his T-shirt as so many fans were looking to
buy them although none were in stock.
Songwriters in the Round offered a glimpse of the fun these
creative individuals have
- sharing their new works with each other. Today the group
was made up by Texas newcomers
- Caroline Herring, Hayes Carll matched with veterans Tim
O’Brien and Jim Lauderdale.
The Duhks were on the main Watson Stage to start the
evening shows and
- were joined by the always innovative Bela Fleck for a
couple of numbers.
A very special set of blues, rock-a-billy and 50’s pop
flat-pickn’ was offered by Doc Watson
- with his grandson Richard (Merle's son) and long-time
bassist T Michael Coleman.
Our evening ended with the master of the dobro, Jerry
- 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
- Print out and have the memories