August 22, 2013

Bluegrass music fills two weekends

The Blistered Fingers and Thomas Point Beach festivals bring to Maine a wide range of veteran and up-and-coming acts.

By Ray Routhier
Staff Writer

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The Spinney Brothers will perform at both the Blistered Fingers and the Thomas Point Beach bluegrass festivals.

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WHEN: 5 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, noon to 9:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Litchfield Fairgrounds, 30 Plains Road, Litchfield

HOW MUCH: $10 to $80


BANDS: Performers include Gibson Brothers, Spinney Brothers, The Grascals, Nothin' Fancy, Goldwing Express, the Larry Gillis Band, Bluegrass Diamonds, Mark Phillips & IIIrd Generation, Blue Around the Edges, 8 Wheel Drive, Monadnock, Robinson Gospel Sing Along, Blistered Fingers.

WHAT ELSE: Saturday is probably the festival's biggest day, with performances by the Gibson Brothers, the Spinney Brothers, the Grascals, Blistered Fingers, and others.


WHEN: Aug. 29 through Sept. 1; 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. most days

WHERE: Thomas Point Beach, 29 Meadow Road, Brunswick

HOW MUCH: $30 to $150, depending on day and camping options

INFO: Thomaspoint

BANDS: Performers include Spinney Brothers, Gibson Brothers, Dailey & Vincent, the Travelin' McCourys, The Rambling Rooks, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press, Steeldrivers, The Whites, Boxcars, Balsam Range, Steep Canyon Rangers (famous for sometimes playing with Steve Martin), Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Jerks of Grass, The Sawyer Family Band, and Leroy Troy & The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band.

Blistered Fingers has been run for 22 years by the Cormier family, husband and wife Greg and Sandy, and son Chad. The couple started going to bluegrass festivals when they were first married, more than 30 years ago, and decided around the time they started a family that they should also start a family-oriented bluegrass festival.

Not only do they run the festival, they also play in the Blistered Fingers band. And Sandy will do some soundboard work and emcee during the festival as well. Like most bluegrass festivals, campers arrive at Blistered Fingers to camp days before the festival begins, and many bring their own instruments to jam with fellow campers.

The Thomas Point festival began in 1979, and has hosted such legendary bluegrass musicians as Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs and Marty Stuart.

Crooker, who owns Thomas Point Beach and Campground, decided to retire from the festival business around 2008, to spend time with her family. But after her mother died in 2010, she realized how much she missed the festival and the impact it had on her life, not to mention the bluegrass community.

"Even in the years we didn't have the festival, people would show up with their campers and their instruments and just play," said Crooker.


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Gibson Brothers will perform at both the Blistered Fingers and the Thomas Point Beach festivals.

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The Grascals will play at Blistered Fingers.

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Steep Canyon will perform at the Thomas Point festival.

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Dailey & Vincent will play at the Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival.

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Larry Gillis will play at the Blistered Fingers festival.


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