Here’s a clip from the Bluegrass Boy Reunion show featuring Mike Compton. The boys put on a fantastic show that had folks on the edge of their seats and screaming for more.
“Best of Show” 2005, 2006 and 2007!
-Wisconsin State Journal
“A good opportunity to catch American sounds in a relaxed, bucolic setting.”
“Sugar Maple fest is musical Americana in our own back yard…ahead of the curve for a traditional music festival and has been building an identity on its own unique qualities.”
– The Capital Times
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“His instrumental technique borders on the astonishing. He switches easily from guitar to banjo to autoharp to fiddle to mouth harp, singing and foot stomping all the while. Just playing with authenticity and style is a trick in itself, but Seeger does it with class and jovial spirit.”
– Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner
Featuring blues, western swing, old-time country, bluegrass, Cajun and gypsy swing music, the 2008 Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival has been called “the summer’s most robust and varied weekend of roots music” by the Onion. The festival, in its fifth year of presenting music by some of the country’s best performers, has earned “Best of Show” kudos from the Wisconsin State Journal for the past three years.
Blues music will come in many varieties, from the roots of the blues with Tani Diakite from Mali, to Charlie Parr’s gritty slide and steel, and the string band blues of the Adam Tanner Duo. The western swing of the North Country Drifters will bring listeners back to when country and jazz merged to create a sound influenced by the big bands of the 30s and 40s and the country and blues singers of the time. The great gypsy swing of Chicago’s Swing Gitan is sure to bring listeners to their feet. And of course, bluegrass fans will be invigorated by the Bluegrass Boys Reunion show, featuring Grammy-award winning mandolin player Mike Compton.
The legendary Mike Seeger will play for what promises to be the best barn dance of the year, with award-winning fiddler, Chirps Smith and bandmate Tim Foss of the New Bad Habits. “We’ve put together one of the most diverse festivals in the country, and people come year after year. They love it!” said entertainment chair Bob Batyko.
Festival-goers will interact with and learn from artists in workshops and jam sessions. A variety of kids’ activities will take place on both days, and kids under 12 are always admitted free. Tent camping is available– musicians can sleep over and play around the campfire.
Unfortunately, Hazel Dickens is facing health problems, and her doctor has advised her not to do any traveling for a while. She will not be able to appear at the festival in 2008. Hazel is in good spirits and regrets that she will not be able to appear at the festival this year. Please keep Hazel in your thoughts. We will be asking participants at this year’s festival to help send their best wishes to Hazel for a speedy recovery.