Come on over and have fun at this community concert series! Thank you all!
Next UP! The VT BLUEGRASS PIONEERS! April 21st
Banjo Dan and brother Willy team-up with Danny Coane!
Sat. April 21 at 8 pm!
The VT Bluegrass Pioneers is an exciting new band that unites the talents of three of Vermont’s veteran and best-known bluegrass musicians: brothers “Banjo” Dan and
Willy Lindner – co-founders of the prolific and well-traveled Banjo Dan & the Midnite Plowboys, and who, since the band’s retirement, have continued their career
as the multi-faceted Sky Blue Boys – and Danny Coane, guitarist and dynamic lead singer formerly with such bands as the Throbulators and the Radio Rangers, and, since
1998, with Vermont’s nationally award-winning honky tonk heroes, the Starline Rhythm Boys.
The three became acquainted in the 1970s, when they were among the first musicians playing bluegrass – a uniquely powerful, updated version of acoustic string-band
music – in the hills of Vermont. In May 2016, after years of friendship and other musical pursuits, Danny, Willy, and Dan hit on the idea of – finally! – teaming up as
the aptly named VT Bluegrass Pioneers.
Their audiences learned quickly that their ardor had never cooled. The Pioneers give a riveting performance. Still rooted in the hard-driving tradition of
first-generation bluegrass, the three share lead and harmony vocals, and in a unique twist Dan and Danny, both of whom are commanding banjo players, alternate on that
instrument and rhythm guitar, while Willy holds forth on mandolin. They are sometimes augmented by solid contributions on bass and fiddle.
As performers, the VT Bluegrass Pioneers “leave it all on the field” – or in this case, the stage. Decades in the making, this new band is an idea whose time has come.