Each summer, the third week in July, thousands of music fans from around the world gather on the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, NY for the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival — a veritable Who’s Who of Bluegrass, Newgrass, and Roots Music. This year is true to form, as forty-some bands, including The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush, Del McCoury Band, Sierra Hull, Keller Williams featuring The HillBenders, Dan Tyminski, Della Mae, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, John Cowan and the Newgrass All-Stars, and Scythian, will perform on the festival’s six stages. The Jerry Douglas Band will perform Friday with their leader: 14x Grammy winner and Dobro master, Jerry Douglas, who also returns as Artist-in-Residence to pop up to sit in with everyone from Sam Bush and Sierra Hull to the Bluegrass Academy for Kids. Saturday’s show will culminate with the Late Night All-Star Super Jam conjured by fiddler/composer/producer, Darol Anger of Mr. Sun.
The festival’s beloved, long-time host band is Dry Branch Fire Squad led by mandolinist and storyteller extraordinaire, Ron Thomason. They’ll kick off the festival on Thursday afternoon with some of the best traditional bluegrass music and tales to be heard anywhere. Award-winning North Carolina-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Joe Newberry will both perform his unique style of old-time and bluegrass plus serve as Guest Master of Ceremonies.
In addition to its eclectic, internationally acclaimed roster of bluegrass, newgrass, and roots music, Grey Fox is particularly proud of introducing hot, new talent to thousands of avid fans. Making their debut at this year’s festival are AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Jake Blount, Henhouse Prowlers, Tray Wellington Band, Chicken Wire Empire, Armchair Boogie, and more. Meanwhile, this year’s official Emerging Artists (selected from dozens of applicants) will include Fog Holler from Oregon, Pictrola from Virginia, and others including graduates of the American Roots Music Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Berklee grads will be accompanied by renowned old-time fiddler and Berklee instructor, Bruce Molsky.
Acoustic music lovers from every corner of the US, Canada, and beyond travel to Grey Fox to see and hear treasured Grammy, AMA, CMA, and IBMA award winners, discover new faves, camp, dance, jam ’til the cows come home, and create a magical weekend with family, old friends, and new acquaintances. Get involved in jams and hands-on workshops; nearly half the audience plays a stringed instrument, so bring yours. Join in morning yoga and meditation. Enjoy festive and ethnic foods and well-chosen crafts and mercantile. Bring the kids for fun times at the Family Stage or sign them up for the 24th Annual Bluegrass Academy for Kids, a four-day music camp for young musicians age 8-17. There truly is something for everyone at Grey Fox. It’s a weekend of music, magic, and memories.
Day and weekend tickets are on sale now.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
When: July 12-16, 2023
Where: 1 Poultney Road, Oak Hill, NY 12460
Price: $90-$300. Kids 12 & under free.
Tickets & Info: https://GreyFoxBluegrass.com
The Infamous Stringdusters
Del McCoury Band
Dan Tyminski Band
The Jerry Douglas Band
John Cowan & The Newgrass All-Stars
Steep Canyon Rangers
The Travelin’ McCourys
KellerGrass featuring The HillBenders
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy
Tray Wellington Band
AJ Lee and Blue Summit
Damn Tall Buildings
Chicken Wire Empire
The Dirty Grass Players
Quickstep Dance Band
Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys
Berklee American Roots Graduates with Bruce Molsky
On the Trail
Plus Family Stage Performers
Wernick Method Jam Mentors
Wednesday, Jul. 12 - Sunday, Jul. 16
Wed. Jul. 12th: 7am - 12am
Thu. Jul. 13th: 8am - 1am
Fri. Jul. 14th: 8am - 1am
Sat. Jul. 15th: 8am - 1am
Sun. Jul. 16th: 10:30am - 3pm
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
1 Poultney Road
Oak Hill, New York, 12460