Joe and all -
Sorry, I crashed at 6pm and didn't come to until this morning.
The Goose Creek Opry saw temps in the mid-90's with some nice breezes and a
few gusts on Friday and Sunday.
We mixed up the program with some blues, folk, roots, Latin and, of course,
We were graced with the skills of the Blue Mountain Troublemakers, The
Engell Family, and Camaradarie.
These three groups have a great bunch of talented kids among them. Watch
for them to grow.
The Troublemakers play standard bluegrass with a little old time fiddle
music thrown in. The showed up for Saturday morning's kids workshop and
taught beginners how to chord on the guitar and pluck their bucket basses at
the correct time.
Camaradarie has an eclectic mix with some jazz and strong Celtic undertones.
They have a very professional stage presence. Nick, their mandolin burner,
has the presence of a well-seasoned pro.
The Engell Family always plays well. Little Adam sang his heart out on
"Pistol-Packin' Mama" in a duet with his sister.
Don't Fret It did two sets and thrilled our crowd. They've tightened up
their sound from last year. Gene, the fiddler, is still going strong in his
A new band - Short Street - a group of adult learners made their debut on
Friday night. Considering they have only been playing their instruments for
less than two years, they did a marvelous set. Hats off to them for their
We had 300 people in the park on Friday night and close to 200 on Saturday
afternoon during the fiddle competition which drew about 180.
The funshop drew 25 kids from 3- to 13-years-old. They had a great time and
we gave away a guitar to a very happy young man of 8.
We had folks here from as far away as Texas, Louisiana and Hawaii. The jam
circles, though few, were lively and lasted well into the night.
The food vendors were great to work with and put out delicious foods. We
had an etched glass vendor and a music vendor who did well, also. The
silent auction was a moderate success, and the person who got the complete
set-up donated by Jim Kytonen of Violin Works got a terrific deal at $45.00.
Except for a major glitch with the town regarding RV parking which we will
work out, the overall festival was great.
We met our goals of introducing kids to hands-on music, helping new and
young groups get more exposure, offering a fun fiddle contest, and bringing
music back to the town of Wilbur. I think we broke even, too. (Yay!)
I look forward to any other comments from listers who were there.
Goose Creek Opry Association
P.O. Box 581
"Won'tcha come out and play?"
July 29-31, 2005