DelFest Monday

Good Morning and, sadly, Good bye DelFesters!

Tents are folding, campers are starting to roll and the huge task of trash and recycling sorting has begun. Kudos to Clean Vibes for making our campgrounds here in Cumberland not only clean but eco-friendly.

Last night was just amazing with a Punch Brothers/Del McCoury Band/Yonder Mountain String Band race to the finish. And, because this group was just not ready to stop there, the late night line-up included DC favorites Scythian (a bluegrass/gypsy/klezmer/punk band) and then a conglomeration of weekend favorites including Jason Carter, Ronnie McCoury, Drew Emmitt (celebrating his 50th birthday!) and some of the members of YMSB.

I caught up with Del briefly backstage last night and asked him about this year’s event. “I’m real happy with it!” he responded, beaming.  And he should be. “Just about the whole family gets involved” he told me, after introducing me to even more grandkids. Is it a labor of love?  “It sure is!”

We have pictures galore, but they’ll have to wait until this afternoon so that we can get wrapped up here and back home to work on a computer that doesn’t have to sit on our knees!

What a great time we have had!

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About the Author

Diane Farineau

Diane Farineau, her husband, photographer, Milo and their friend, photographer, Chester Simpson, hatched a brilliant plan last year to write a book about music festivals. Somewhere along the way The Festival Project, as it has now become, turned into a website and a blog and an amazing journey into the world of today’s bluegrass and Americana artists and festival scene. When not listening to or writing about music, Diane has a day job as a hospital administrator, is a mom of two musical teenagers, and writes about life’s never ending stream of ironies.