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A Celebration of Bill Monroe's Music

By Mandolin Cafe
May 12, 2006 - 7:00 am

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A Celebration of Bill Monroe's Music as performed by Mike Compton, Butch Robins and David Grier will be held in Bloomington, Indiana at Rose Firebay, John Waldron's Art Center, 122 S. Walnut, Bloomington, on Saturday, June 10, 2006.

Although not a part of Bean Blossom, it does kick off the 40th anniversary of the Bean Blossom festival, except the event will be held in Bloomington.

The workshop with Compton, Grier and Robins is scheduled for 4:30 - 6:00 PM, $50 pre-registration required. Evening concert: Doors open at 7:15 PM with show starting at 7:30 PM. Concert is $20 day of show; $18 in advance for ticket, $65 concert/workshop package price. Contact Jim Richter at 812-825-5514 if interested in the workshop, as a minimum of 10 attendees is required for the event to occur.

The workshop will discuss how to interpret/arrange Monroe for their respective instruments and how to arrange for an ensemble. There will be a picking session toward the end of the workshop.

The concert will focus exclusively on Monroe material--both penned by WSM and associated with him (fiddle tunes, old standards).

About the performers:

Mike Compton is a Grammy-winning mandolinist best known for his tenure with the Nashville Bluegrass Band and John Hartford, as well as his work on the Oh Brother soundtrack. Mike is one of the foremost authorities on Bill Monroe style mandolin and history.

David Grier is a Grammy-winning guitarist who is known for his incredible skill and originality. David's father Lamar Grier was a banjoist for Bill Monroe in the 1960's.

Butch Robins is one of the innovators of melodic style progressive banjo and served one of the longest tenures (almost 5 years) in the banjo seat with Bill Monroe in the late 70's/early 80's. He has also performed with Harry James, Leon Russell, Buck White, and the New Grass Revival (with Sam Bush). Butch made several landmark albums with Rounder in the 70's and recently came back into acclaim after writing his IBMA award nominated book "What I Know Bout What I Know."

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