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What is Bluegrass?

Bluegrass

/ˈbluːɡrɑːs

noun: bluegrass; noun: Kentucky bluegrass

  1. a bluish-green grass which was introduced into North America from northern Europe, widely grown (especially in Kentucky and Virginia) for fodder.
  2. a kind of country music characterized by virtuoso playing of banjos and guitars and high-pitched, close-harmony vocals.

Wikipedia

Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music. It is named after the Blue Grass Boys, the 1939–1996 band of Kentucky mandolin player and songwriter Bill Monroe, who is considered “the father of bluegrass”. It was further developed by musicians who played with him, including 5-string banjo player Earl Scruggs and guitarist Lester Flatt. It was then evolved by other musicians who admired the high-energy instrumental and vocal music Monroe’s group created, and who carried it on into new bands, some of which created subgenres of bluegrass.
Bluegrass is influenced by the music of Appalachia and other styles, including gospel and jazz read more…

Staying at Narrows Park

We’ve been getting reports from people who have had difficulty getting in touch with Narrows Park to book camping. We are very sorry to hear that. We’ve also heard some people believe camping is “sold out.” This is absolutely not true. There are still bunks and powered camping sites available, and plenty of unpowered camping.

If you e-mail them (lovetostay@narrowspark.co.nz) and do not receive a reply within a day (NB: e-mails don’t usually get checked on the weekends) please try sending a message via their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/NarrowsParkChristianCamp/ or by calling +647 842 6862

Lonely Heart String Band official album launch at Kiwigrass!


“Smoke and Ashes” to be Released Feb 1

From the Lonely Heart String Band website:

After much back and forth, we’ve finally locked in February 1st, 2019 as the release date for our second record, Smoke & Ashes on Rounder Records.  We’re so excited to get this music out into the world as we feel it captures the fresh sound we’ve been working into our performances for the past couple years.  Keep an eye out for more news about singles release as well as pre-ordering the album!

Expect a party atmosphere on Friday evening at the opening of Kiwigrass as Lonely Heart String Band officially release their new album, “Smoke and Ashes.” If you saw them play last year, you might be like me, still having their mind-blowing debut album “Deep Water” on infinite repeat. I cannot wait for a new collection of songs from them, and I’m even more excited to see them perform the new songs live!