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Bob Black of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and many others will play.
 

Informal jammin' with musicians from Kalona, Iowa City, North Liberty, Leon, Iowa and Nashville, Tennessee at the English Valleys History Center on April 12, 2008!   The day turned into an evening dinner and bluegrass concert at the North English Lutton Auditorium.

Proceeds benefited the English Valleys Elementary band program and History Center.  Thanks to all who helped make this a successful event. 

 

 

 About 20 musicians jammed throughout the day.

All-Day Bluegrass Jam Fest!

April 12, 2008 - North English, Iowa

English Valleys History Center - 108 N. Main, North English

SCHEDULE:

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Informal jamming at English Valleys History Center

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Barbeque dinner and set-up music at Lutton Auditorium.

6:00PM - 9:30 PM
Evening Bluegrass bands at Lutton Auditorium.  200 West Clark St.
North English, Iowa

  All-Day Bluegrass Jam Fest....Saturday, April 12, 2008 at English Valleys History Center and Elementary School Auditorium...North English, Iowa....Pickin' and Grinnin!!

OPEN JAM SESSIONS THROUGHOUT THE DAY AT ENGLISH VALLEYS HISTORY CENTER, NORTH ENGLISH.....beginners, local talent and professionals welcome to join us.  Evening entertainment at the English Valleys School Lutton Auditorium  in North English.

Featuring:  Nashville's Uncle Hershel Butts - Mandolin, fiddle, flat top!

Bob and Kristie Black, Al Murphy, Paul Roberts, Mark Wilson

.......and many more!

BLUEGRASS, COUNTRY AND GOSPEL MUSIC!

Uncle Hershel Butts has played with the greats and not so greats, the wanna be's and the never will be's, and his love for music shows in his pickin'. He is a self-styled individualist who calls his music "Brown Grass" It's just Uncle Hershel pickin' his mandolin.

Uncle Hershel spent five years in the U.S. Navy where he entertained with special services all over the world.

After moving to Nashville, he worked with George Morgan, Little Roy Wiggins, dobro great Tom Swatzell, world champion fiddle player Dick Crawford and many others.

Butts is an officer of the Joppa Lodge # 411 in Gladeville, Tennessee, and also a 32 degree Scottish rite mason and a member of the Al Menah shrine out of Nashville, Tennessee.

Evening Bluegrass Bands....6:00 - 9:30 PM at English Valleys Lutton Auditorium...North English...Evening Bands!!

  Hinkletown's own banjoist Bob Black is a  is a veteran of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys.  He has written a book about his experiences with Monroe entitled Come Hither to Go Yonder (University of Illinois Press, 2005).  He has performed and recorded with John Hartford, Bill Monroe, The Whites, Rhonda Vincent and many others.  Of his book:  "Motivated by my respect and admiration for the “Father of Bluegrass,” I have written this personal memoir about my days as a member of Bill Monroe’s band, The Blue Grass Boys. Kristie, my wife and musical partner, has given me a great deal of help on this project, and without her encouragement the book would never have been finished."

Bob, his wife Kristie, and members of the Banjoy Band have written several new bluegrass tunes about Hinkletown as it was in the 1860s - 90s, to be featured in the upcoming video documentary about Iowa's Prairie Ghosttown.   They will debut some of these songs at the Bluegrass Jam Fest on April 12, 2008 in North English, Iowa.  Come join us for an informal all day jam fest of pickin' and grinnin' with the best at the English Valleys History Center, topped off by an evening of entertainment with the musicians at the English Valleys Elementary School Auditorium in North English.

Nashville entertainer Hershel Butt's and other musicians will join the Black's in this benefit fundraiser for band instruments for the English Valleys Schools students, and for continued programming at English Valleys History Center.  Butts is an officer of the Joppa Lodge # 411 in Gladeville, Tennessee, and also a 32 degree Scottish rite mason and a member of the Al Menah shrine out of Nashville, Tennessee.

Come join us for a day and evening of entertainment.

EVENT SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS

 

Bob Black of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys....Saturday, April 12, 2008....Bob Black of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys at English Valleys History Center and Elementary School Auditorium...North English, Iowa....Pickin' and Grinnin!!

Bob Black playing with Bill Monroe "Father of Bluegrass" in 1974

 

Bob and Kristie Black at Windmill Ridge, Kalona, Iowa, 2000.

BLUEGRASS JAM FEST SCHEDULE:  APRIL 12, 2008

    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM: INFORMAL JAMMING AT E.V. HISTORY CENTER 108 N. MAIN, NORTH ENGLISH, IOWA

    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM:  BARBEQUE DINNER AND INFORMAL SET UP MUSIC AT LUTTON AUDITORIUM

    6:00 PM - 9:30 PM EVENING BANDS AND VOCAL GROUP AT LUTTON AUDITORIUM, NORTH ENGLISH, IOWA

$5.00 DONATION SUGGESTED FOR EACH EVENT.  FOOD, TREATS AND BEVERAGES AVAILABLE AT EVENTS

  During the Fall of 2007 and early 2008, Banjoy members Bob Black, Kristie Black, Mark Wilson, and Paul Roberts, along with Al Murphy, got together, wrote and recorded several new songs about the life and times at Hinkletown and Green Valley, to be featured in the upcoming video documentary "Rediscovering Hinkletown: A Prairie Ghost Town."   Built on the foundation of their previous hits, "Blood on the Moon," Hinkletown's theme song, and "Hickory Ridge," they have added several more new tunes, including "The Diamond Trail," "Patrick Monaghan Goes to War," "Hinkletown Train," "The Ballad of Bertha Ballard,"  "Order of the Star," "The Death of Cypert Talley," "Irish Volunteer" and others.   Nineteen newly recorded songs will be featured in a packaged  DVD and CD with complementary promotional book.    

Join us on April 12, 2008 at a special Bluegrass concert, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, when Banjoy members will debut a few of the new tunes!   It will be an evening of jammin' at the English Valleys Lutton Elementary  Auditorium in North English, Iowa.   This special event is a fundraiser for EV School band instruments and continued programming at the EV History Center.  Come enjoy a barbeque dinner beginning at 5:00 PM in the auditorium. 

Informal Jam Sessions at English Valleys History Center, 108 N. Main St., 11:00 AM - 3:00PM featuring Banjoy, Nashville's Hershel Butts on the mandolin and many more!  Bring your instrument and jam with the best.  Beginners, experienced and professionals welcome!

 

EVENT SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS

Hershel Butts, 68, born in Southern Illinois, has been playing music, a style he calls “Browngrass” since he was 12 years old. “My dad and mom and all my uncles played, so I just thought everybody played music,” said Butts. He added, “My dad had a square dance on Saturday nights, and everybody would come from miles around to have a little fun and relax; sometimes they got so relaxed they couldn’t walk back home.” Butts plans to visit North English on April 12, 2008, to join local musicians for some “pickin’ and grinnin’" during the day, and and evening of entertainment. 

Sends Fiddle to North English:

After over a century of traveling around the United States, an old fiddle traveled its final 700 miles journey via Priority U.S. Mail. It was a grand homecoming of sorts; the fiddle was made in North English over 106 years ago, a time when the town was booming with businesses and musical talent.

  “After all these years, she needs to go home and retire,” said Nashville entertainer Hershel Butts, a fiddler and mandolin player in his own right, having worked with the likes of George Morgan, Little Roy Wiggins, Tom Swatzell and many others. “She provided entertainment for so many,” added Butts, “there’s no telling what all stages this violin has played on.”
 
The Nashville entertainer contacted the English Valleys History Center, after visiting the website and  inquired about the violin’s maker. Butts, whose stage name is “Uncle Hershel,” wrote back “I’d be so happy for her to go back home where she belongs after more than a hundred years of roaming around, from Branson, Mo., Nashville, TN., and who knows where!
I know that she will be in good hands now.”

 

ABOVE:  2006 CD Possum Town Records.  Uncle Hershel will be playing his mandolin along with other entertainers at the Hinkletown Bluegrass Jam Fest in North English on April 12, 2008.

 

Hinkletown Bluegrass Jam Fest....Saturday, April 12, 2008 at English Valleys History Center...North English, Iowa....Pickin' and Grinnin!! Evening Bluegrass Entertainment at Elementary School Auditorium, North English

Proceeds go to English Valleys History Center and Farmers Masonic Lodge # 168 Community Benefit Fund for purchase of band instruments for English Valleys students.

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