By Walnut Valley Association
July 30, 2009 - 6:30 pm
Winfield, Kan. — Bluegrass, folk, a band that includes a steel drum and even a stick player will be among the artists new to grace the stages in 2009 at the 38th annual Walnut Valley Festival coming this fall. The Walnut Valley Festival has for some time been an eclectic event and this year will be no different.
Joining the regular performers festival fans have come to expect will be the award winning bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters. The Stringdusters are winners of the International Bluegrass Music Associations 2008 Album of the Year and 2008 Song of the Year. Members of the Stringdusters were also nominees for musician of the year for the various instruments they play.
Singer and songwriter Wil Maring will be making her first visit to Walnut Valley. Her style of folk music has gained her awards from numerous associations and has landed her an opportunity to perform on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry. Joining Wil on stage will be guitarist Robert Bowlin. Robert has toured with Maura O'Connell, Kathy Mattea, Tom T. Hall, Farron Young, Richard Greene, the Osborne Brothers, Bill Monroe, and many others. In 1979 Robert competed at the Walnut Valley Festival in the National Finger Style Guitar Championship and won. In 1978 he competed and finished second in the festival's National Flat Pick Guitar Championship.
David Moran, Joe Morgan and Friends are about as diverse of an acoustic music group as you might find. They feature the hammered dulcimer, guitar and occasionally the steel drum, an instrument more often associated with music from the Caribbean rather than South central Kansas.
Two new groups have been invited to contribute bluegrass music. The band Sawmill Road from California plays a progressive style of bluegrass. Band member and songwriter Steve Spurgin has performed at Walnut Valley in the past as a member of the band California. Sawmill Road is a relatively new band made up of seasoned veterans all from the west coast area. Kati Penn and New Town bring to the festival a style of music that is somewhat more traditional. Kati has been compared to Alison Krauss. A native of Lexington, KY, she is one of bluegrass's premier up-and-coming artists, receiving both popular and critical acclaim for her vocals and fiddle work.
The duo Notorious consists of Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger. They bring together traditional and contemporary acoustic music from around the world, creating a dynamic, swinging sound that is sure to get you on your feet. With Eden on fiddle and vocals and Larry on guitar and banjo, their music is full of rhythmic drive and melodic candor. Their show is always new and exciting, presenting everything from traditional American and Celtic fiddle tunes to jazz, blues, and the group's original compositions.
All of the above mentioned artists will be joining in to make up the list of 29 performers at this year's 38th annual Walnut Valley Festival. The festival will be held at the Winfield Fairgrounds with this year's dates being September 16-20. Advance tickets are on sale and may be purchased at the festival office, 918 Main Street in Winfield, Kansas or by calling (620) 221-3250. For more information you can call the office or access the festival website.
Special thanks to the Mandolin Cafe's primary business partners.