November 15, 2018

Bluegrass for Hospice: 10 Yrs. of Giving

Bluegrass for Hospice

2018 marks the 10th year for Bluegrass for Hospice. The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at the Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, Maryland.

The farm will be taken over by the sounds of bluegrass music. The one-day fundraiser, with all proceeds going to the Hospice of St. Mary’s Hospice House, will begin at noon with the gates opening at 11 am. This family event will include raffles, silent auction, many giveaways, and live bluegrass music by national and local talent.

Bubby Knott’s Flat Iron Farm is on Highway to Heaven Lane off Flat Iron Road.

Since 2009, Jay and Michelle Armsworthy have been presenting Bluegrass for Hospice in memory of Jay’s grandfather who Hospice came to assist. It has turned into a much-expected annual event, not only giving back to Hospice, but preserving the bluegrass tradition in Southern Maryland.

This year will feature the local sounds of the event host, Jay Armsworthy and his Eastern Tradition band, along with David Norris & the Dixie Ramblers, Bubby Abell & Spoon Creek, The California Ramblers, Recycled Bluegrass, and 15 Strings. Headliner for the Bluegrass for Hospice-2018 will be Danny Paisley & Southern Grass. They were the headlining band at the very first Bluegrass for Hospice nine years ago. For the more modern bluegrass fans, the new group, The Highland Travelers, will join the show.

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned, and intense traditional bluegrass. Their instrumentation and vocals convey the energy and emotion of classic bluegrass and country music. Danny’s lead vocals will captivate your senses, so much so that many musicians, including Alison Krauss, have considered Danny as one of their favorite singers. His voice combines powerful range and soulful blues with a sound like no one else in bluegrass today. They continue to be deeply rooted in tradition, but look to the future with enthusiasm and anticipation.

Since Danny’s father Bob Paisley (founder of Southern Grass) passed away in 2004, Danny and his band have made their own niche in the bluegrass world. Their album, “The Room Over Mine,” earned them significant chart action and the song, “Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away” won the 2009 IBMA Award for Song of the Year.

With Danny Paisley on guitar, Southern Grass continues the family tradition adding Danny’s son Ryan on mandolin, the next generation of up-and-coming pickers. The band’s fiddler, TJ Lundy, is a highly respected fiddler bridging the gap between old-time fiddling and bluegrass music. Southern Grass also includes TJ’s brother Bobby Lundy on bass. Mark Delaney rounds out the band on banjo.

Danny Paisley inherited the love and talent of this music and is proud to continue the family tradition. Gathering fans at each event, Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass, look forward with renewed energy as they bring their unique sound to audiences near and far. Only the traditional sound is what you can expect.

The Highland Travelers are a group of musicians and friends that share a common love of the traditional sounds and styles associated with the first and second generation of the legendary bluegrass artists. While there is an immense respect for the pioneers and legends of this music, they strive to advance the genre with original material and arranging ideas.

Keith Garrett is the principal songwriter and guitarist in the band and has performed with many groups, most notably The Boxcars and Blue Moon Rising. He has become very well-respected as one of the best writers in the bluegrass world. Not only is he a strong writer, he’s an excellent lead vocalist and guitarist as well.

Adam Steffey plays mandolin, sings lead and harmony vocals. He has been a part of the bluegrass music scene for over 30 years and has performed, traveled, and recorded with many artists in both the bluegrass and country music scene, including Alison Krauss, Mountain Heart, The Dan Tyminski Band, and The Boxcars.

Gary Hultman is a gifted young resophonic guitar player who started his professional music career as part of The Boxcars. He plays a big role in the harmonies that the band displays in their song arrangements, as well as adding creative, tasteful solos and lyrical lines on his guitar.

Jason Davis is one of the most gifted banjo players of this era. He has a sense of timing and drive that is hard to find. He played most notably with Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice before helping form the Highland Travelers.

Kameron Keller plays bass with the group and sings harmony. He is without doubt one of the best young bass players in this type of music and with understated accuracy can lay the foundation for the band to soar over. He is a rhythm machine and his playing compliments everyone around him.

This is a true band, in every sense of the word. These musicians work together to support each other and make the best music they can. The Highland Travelers are a unit working toward common goals – to make great music that they love to play, and let their fans become a part of it all through their performances and recordings.

The silent auction, this year, will include many unique handmade items. The popular McCormick Spice Basket will again be raffled off. A small handmade John Deere wagon will be filled with bluegrass items and raffled off along with a money raffle of $500. Bluegrass for Hospice-2018 will feature something for everyone.

There will be vendors, 50/50 raffles, and food available for sale by Lynn’s Catering. Please bring your lawn chairs, and BYOB is welcome. The event will be held inside a handicap-accessible, arena-style barn with outdoor bathroom facilities.

Bluegrass for Hospice-2018 will also be holding a food drive to support the Helping Hands Food Pantry of Southern Maryland. Although it’s not required to enter, everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items.

For out-of-town guests, the La Quinta Inns & Suites is offering a special room rate if you mention “Bluegrass for Hospice”. They are at 22769 Three Notch Road in California, Maryland, and can be reached at 301-862-4100.

Tickets: $25 in advance/$30 at the gate. Children younger than 12 admitted free with a paid adult. You can purchase tickets online or by mail. To order by credit card through Brown Paper Tickets click here. For more information, phone 301-737-3004 or visit the Bluegrass for Hospice website.

For more information about Great Mills Trading Post, visit its Leader member page.

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