The Monday after a music festival is always a little strange.
After spending an entire weekend surrounded by music (REALLY GOOD music), friends, family, and in this case, beautiful mountains, the acclamation back to an "everyday-life" of sorts can sometimes leave one with the uncanny feelings of sluggishness & apathy.
After a festival, Dad and I talk for hours about our dozens of favorite moments.
Today, we shared our lunch break at Irwin Park and talked about our amazing weekend at Hickory Fest.
Last year & this year, we both found that one of our favorite elements of Hickory Fest is it's incredible sense of COMMUNITY- from the kind folks running the BEAUTIFUL Stoney Fork Creek Campground (Bridget & Randy + all of their wonderful volunteers), to all of the phenomenal musicians sharing the stage throughout the weekend (Peter Rowan, The Travelin' McCourys, Verlon Thompson, the Rowan Brothers, Big Sky, Van Wagner, Dan Shipe, Billy Gilmore, Tom Cunningham & MORE) to all of the attentive & engaged listeners and music connoisseurs, and (of course) all of the spectacular people dedicating so much time and energy to making it all happen in the first place (big thanks to Frank as well as Erik, Jeff, Pam + many, many more)!!!
For those of you who don't know much about this magical festival yet, just know that it's a very special place filled with very special people who are determined to use the time and space we have to honor the legacy of the amazing Sue Cunningham.
And WOW, they sure do one heck of a job.
This year's Hickory Fest had sooooo many highlights. Here are just a few-
Dad & I had a wonderful time performing a couple sets of our own music on Saturday & Sunday. And we both agree that it was especially enjoyable to have Tom Cunningham come up to play some twin fiddle with us!
On Saturday, I taught the fiddle workshop. As fiddlers of many different ages and levels of experience, we were able to conclude the hour class by playing "Spotted Pony" together as a group. I thought that was pretty cool!
On Sunday, I adjudicated the 1st Annual Sue Cunningham Youth Fiddle Contest. It was such a pleasure to hear all of the young fiddlers play their hearts out..but boy, was it a hard call to make. Everyone that participated just did so, so well!
I also had the immense pleasure of joining some other artists (& friends) on stage throughout the weekend, playing some fiddle with the likes of Van Wagner, Dan Shipe & Friends, Sue's Brothers, BIG SKY with the wonderful Verlon Thompson, and Chris & Lorin Rowan with their big-bro, Peter Rowan!!!!
WHAT A WEEKEND.
I would like to extend a big, big thank-you to everyone for the opportunities, smiles, kind words, and general warmth. The past two years of HF have been an absolute pleasure & I can't wait until next year.
And thanks to everyone who made it to the end of this lengthy update.
Your support means the world to me! <3
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Megan McGarry's Debut Album
On Megan McGarry's debut, self-titled album, she demonstrate her notable talents as a vocalist, clawhammer banjoist, fiddler, and guitarist. Not to mention her skillful songwriting. She blends the sounds of tradition American roots music and contemporary folk music through rich melodies and powerful lyrics.
Released: July 2015
Produced By: Eric Morelli
1. Two Roads
2. In Blue
3. Change Is Gonna Come
5. One Night on the Champs Elysees
6. Little Bird
7. Five More Minutes