Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival celebrates 20 years in 2020

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Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival celebrates 20 years. Photo provided

TUNBRIDGE, Vt. – The year 2020 will mark the 20th anniversary of the first Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival, an event which has become among the most popular festivals of its kind in the Northeast. Running from June 24 to 28 at the Tunbridge World’s Fairgrounds, the 2020 lineup features 20 roots music favorites, headlined by the Grammy-winning Del McCoury Band, the Gibson Brothers, and Seldom Scene.

The years have seen a gradual expansion in Jenny Brook’s programming, with long-running traditions like the pre-festival Barn Dance and potluck and after-hours jams at the Sugar House Stage joined by more recent additions like the Bluegrass University musical education program and nightly film screenings for kids. Attendees are invited to camp out on site at the fairgrounds with a variety of rough and deluxe camping options available to ticketholders.

“We’re fortunate to have cultivated a loyal audience that returns to us year after year,” says organizer Candi Sawyer. “Twenty years is long enough to see people who attended with their parents as children returning with their own kids, and we still feel like we’re getting better every time.”

The 2020 lineup ranks among Jenny Brook’s most star-studded. Del McCoury’s love affair with bluegrass dates back to the early 1960s, when he began as a featured sideman with the genre’s originator Bill Monroe. Since then he has collected 31 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, as well as a pair of Grammy Awards with his Del McCoury Band. Backed by a quartet of ace sidemen, including sons Ronnie and Robbie, the Del McCoury Band has recorded a string of acclaimed LPs over the past quarter-century. Their collaborations with Steve Earle and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band have also helped the band reach a broad crossover audience.

Other highlights this year include the aforementioned Gibson Brothers and progressive bluegrass pioneers Seldom Scene, as well as the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Malpass Brothers, Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys, and Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys, with 13 other acclaimed performers spread across multiple stages throughout the festival.

Advance passes and day tickets to the 2020 Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival are available now at a discounted Early Bird rate at www.jennybrookbluegrass.com/tickets.

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