29th July. Ron Block & Sierra Hull In concert.

Venue opens 18:00. Concert starts 19:45

 

For those wishing to stay overnight , please park up with the other campervans in the smaller overflow carpark, which is midway down the main carpark, on the right.

Throughout his life and certainly throughout his extraordinary career, multi instrumentalist Ron Block has been something of a musical Huck Finn, a tireless

adventurer exploring various styles, yet rooted firmly in the bluegrass country tradition.

In October 1991, he joined Alison Krauss and Union Station, with members Barry Bales, Tim Stafford, and Adam Steffey. The following year, the group recorded the album Every Time You Say Goodbye. Now considered a modern bluegrass classic, the album earned a 1993 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, the first of an astounding 14 Grammys Block would take home thus far. Other early highlights of his tenure with AKUS include touring with megastar Garth Brooks, and, of course, the O Brother, Where Art Thou

phenomenon, which would put the banjo player on the big screen and also on concert stages with the Down from the Mountain Tour, featuring performers from the O Brother soundtrack. In 2009, the group performed for the President of the United States at the White House. With more than 20 years of touring as part of Union Station, Block most recently went "on the road again" with the legendary Willie Nelson for a 2014 -15 tour that continued to expand the group's diverse and enthusiastic audience.

 

 

Here he teams up with Sierra Hull, a young mandolinist, who he has had many years of musical association with, including producing her 2008 CD "Secrets".

Alison Krauss, who has won more Grammy awards than any female artist in history, says of Hull, “I think she’s endless. I don’t see any boundaries. Talent like hers is so rare, and I don’t think it stops. It’s round.”

Hull came to us as a bluegrass thrush, a teen prodigy. Krauss called her to the Grand Ole Opry stage when Hull was 11-years-old. Two years later, she signed with Rounder Records, and

soon became known as a remarkable mandolin player, a tone-true vocalist, and a recording artist of high order. She made two acclaimed albums. She played the White House, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Centre and she became the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music. “She plays the mandolin with a degree of refined elegance and freedom that few have achieved,” says Bela Fleck, the genre-leaping banjo master

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