After a couple of years’ hiatus, bluegrass and Gospel music will return to Donald Brady’s farm in Coleridge in central NC. The mini-bluegrass festival kicks off with a covered dish meal at 6:00 p.m. Pickers and listeners are welcome to prepare a dish and join in with the dinner-on-the ground. Hot dogs and bologna sandwiches are provided. Live music will follow the meal. Everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit under the trees and enjoy the show.
Since 2005, Donald and Evon Brady have hosted a monthly music event on their property. From April through October (weather permitting), the couple invite the community to gather on the last Saturday of the month for food, fellowship, and bluegrass music. The site of the music festival is where Donald’s grandpa’s house stood.
“I just thought maybe it was something good to do,” Donald shared.
Both Donald and Evon have faced health issues in recent years. The music lover and promoter even spent some time in the hospital and a nursing facility.
Evon stressed, “We are back open with help running it. We would love to see everyone back that has come (in the past). We’ve missed seeing the people.”
This month, Brady’s featured bands will be Hammer-N-Song from Robbins, followed by Steadfast from Ramseur. Both bands play bluegrass Gospel music. Hammer-N-Song consists of Mike Garner, Monica Williams, Doug McKenzie, and Racy Maness, Jr. Band members in Steadfast include: Alan Handy, Benita Macon, Billy Smith, Paul Allred, and Larry Miller.
Donald concluded, “We’re just plain country. There’s no drinking. We’ve never had any trouble. Hopefully, we can continue. I enjoy music.”
Brady’s music is held the last Saturday of the month, April-October. It is located in the Coleridge Community at 4688 Old Coleridge Road, Siler City, NC. There’s no admission, but there is a 50/50 drawing to help cover expenses.