January Newsletter

New Music Venue – Big Supporters of Bluegrass Music

Nod Hill Brewery in Ridgefield Connecticut was co-founded by bluegrass loving David Kaye, who plays mandolin in the local bluegrass band Hitch and the Giddyup. In addition to an awesome outdoor biergarten, this brand new space is perfect for picking.

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TELEFUNKEN Debuts 2021 Podunk Bluegrass Band Competition Videos

Telefunken sponsors a band competition each year. Watch these six performances from the 2021 Podunk Bluegrass Band Competition.

Recorded and filmed earlier this summer in Goshen, Connecticut, the competition featured performances On The Trail, The West King String Band, The Green Sisters and winners The Bad Oats. You can also catch bonus sets by past winners Beg, Steal or Borrow and Grain Thief.

The winner of the competition was awarded the new TF11 large diaphragm condenser microphone – a product the company has beta tested and developed over the past few years with the assistance of the Podunk Bluegrass Festival and their band competition artists.


Annual Songwriter’s Competition

The Annual Podunk Bluegrass Festival’s songwriting contest gets underway annually on November 1.  Songwriters have until April 30 to enter. The top three winners will receive cash prizes and other amenities, including the opportunity to perform their song on stage during the upcoming festival if they wish.

Congratulations again to our songwriting contest winners! You can hear “Tenney Hill” here: https://localfreightband.com/music/

Bluegrass Listening Sessions

The winter is a perfect time to cozy up with some tea by the fire and listen to bluegrass music!

Join us Monday night 8PM (Jan 3) in a communal listening session where we hang out, listen, and chat about great bluegrass Jam Tunes. Future Jam listening sessions will be posted on the calendar

Pete Wernick, Banjo player of Hot Rize, is a fierce advocate for getting people together to jam. He put together a free playlist of OVER 100 tunes that he believes are great for Bluegrass Jamming
It’s an incredible resource that is easy to take for granted.
Things are slowing down again and it’s a great time to lay low, stay home, and invite you all to hang with me and listen over zoom from the warmth of your home! 

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Bluegrass Jam Classes

Saturdays in January are filled to the brim with opportunities to learn how to jam! We even have instruments ready to loan out if you’re interested in trying mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or guitar!


Jan 8 and 29 are near the Hartford Area Jan 22 is near Springfield, MA Feb 12 or 26 Possible date for Killingworth class (Near Old Saybrook) Also Purdys NY Sign Up Here!

Bluegrass, Country, and Roots Youth

Inspired by groups like the Petersons, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, and Junior Appalachian Musicians, The Bluegrass, Country, and Roots Youth Club makes traditional music and its instruments (Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Guitar, Bass, Dobro, and more) accessible to young people. Check out all the amazing kids groups below. Read More here.

Meeting Time: 7:00-8:15 Mondays Jan 17-March 21 (No Class March 7)

Location: Sharps & Flats Music Conservatory,

32 Danbury Road, Ridgefield CT 

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