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    Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    It's that time of year again so here's some shots of the Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival held in Etna, CA. It seems I've become the official unofficial photographer for the event, I make my images available to the event promoters and bands and this year they gave me a nice two-column puff piece in the program and gave me a copy of the event poster (which I created for them) signed by all the bands. I apologize for the number of images but I want to give a feel for the entire event. The first shots are of the street jam on the evening before the festival...people come from everywhere with their instruments, kids, dogs and cameras and jam on Main Street in Etna. It's fun and a target rich environment for a photographer...you will have to go to my website to see all the images.

    After the "Jammin' on Main" on Friday night, the festival takes place on Saturday and sunday following and I have posted a few shots of some of the bands...these are the shots I use to introduce the band images on my website but it gives you a feel for the event. I am always amazed at the quality of bands they get at this out of the way location.

    Shooting the event was made a bit difficult by a thunder storm with a frog-strangling rain, stage lights went out then all but the red lights went out so I had to work around all this. Of course my lens fogged up in the rain but it was all great fun. I hope you enjoy:

    First a shot of one of the bands that I use to introduce the festival on my website:
    Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    Here's a dobro/banjo couple during the jam before the festival:
    Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    Here's some fiddle and guitar jammers:
    Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    A bunch of pickers in front of the drugstore:
    Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    These youngsters appear pretty serious about their music:
    Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    Some pros from one of the bands join in the Jammin' on Main:
    Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    Small town America at play:
    Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    Now a look at some of the bands on stage - this is a great California band:
    Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    Some of the audience couldn't resist dancing in the wings:
    Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    I believe this band was from the Seattle, WA area...excellent:
    Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    Another excellent California band:
    Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    A very traditional and very good band:
    Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    The last band I photographed...all bands were great and I've not shown you all:
    Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    Chuck

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    Re: Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    I can see you have had a great time Chuck. A great way to enjoy your photography and retain the memories.

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    Thank you Peter....it is hard work and much fun.

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    Re: Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    Wonderful yet again, Chuck. And, I think, an even better set than in previous years. You've really got in and around the bands on stage and have got some really good ones there. Thanks for putting them up.

    Each year is sounds more and a more like a wonderful weekend. In many ways it's the same thing (although slightly different musical genre, but not much) to the Glenfarg Folk Festival that takes place here in our village over a weekend in April. So, I can imagine what a wonderful atmosphere must be in the place.

    EDIT
    Sorry, I should've added that whilst I like them all, that one of the fiddler and guitarist jamming is absolutely brilliant. Beautifully composed in that you've got yourself in the perfect position in relation to how the two of them are positioned. Expertly exposed. And something that so wonderfully captures what a good jamming session is all about.

    That is my real pick and one, I'd suggest, that needs to be widely seen and used amongst the festival-going community. A beauty.
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    Re: Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival

    Thank you Donald for the very kind words. The roots of bluegrass are in Ireland and songs like Sailor's Hornpipe have carried over into bluegrass and the rhythm and some tunes show their Irish roots. Bluegrass is continuing to evolve here and while the traditional music is still prevelant, new innovations are entering and expanding the genre. It would be fun to see your festival and compare. Perhaps you can "shoot it up next time" and share here. I like classical and some folk music but bluegrass is just earthy fun. I used to play guitar in a band but decided I'm better at taking pictures.

    Chuck

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