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Bill Knowlton's 39TH Bluegrass Ramble Picnic Aug. 7th

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Bill KnowltonBill Knowlton's 39th Bluegrass Ramble picnic takes place Sunday, August 7th in Little York, NY. This bluegrass music event takes place, as usual, at Dwyer Memorial Park, the home of the Cortland Repertory Theater.

Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble is Central New York's first and now only all-bluegrass and oldtime acoustic country music radio show. Knowlton, bubbed by some as "Mr. Bluegrass of Central New York", hosted the first all-bluegrass radio show in New York City in 1960. Coming to Syracuse as a US Air Force Public Affairs Officer, Bill started the "Bluegrass Ramble" on WCNY-FM in January 1973.

In 1997, Bill was named "Broadcast Personality of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association. He emcees at least 13 bluegrass festivals every year and writes liner notes for bluegrass and old-time country music artists. Bill is a resident of Liverpool, NY. To celebrate: a recreation of a oldtime radio barn dance complete with a studio audience and three Central NY bluegrass bands participating.

The Picnic is free, and all of the bands donate their musical services. It runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is held in a huge tent so weather is not a problem. WCNY-FM records the entire show for a broadcast on Classic FM the following spring.

Food and beverages will be available and the Picnic hosts arts & crafts vendors and band tables with CDs and bluegrass souvenirs. In addition Custom Pearl Inlay, Malone NY has donated a Bristol By Blue Ridge Guitar to be raffled to help pay annual expenses.

Appearing for the first time:

  • Larry Hoyt & The Good Acoustics: Larry is a songwriter, balladier and host of WAER-FM'S "Common Threads."
  • The Pond Creek Trio: a new oldtime acoustic country band from the Syracuse area.
  • Chad Darou & Stealing Time: Chad's from New York's north country and can play every bluegrass instrument.
  • The Kithcart Family: This veteran Southern Tier bluegrass group are longtime favorites at the Penny and Wrench Wranch Bluegrass Festivals in Chenango County.>

Returning bands include:

  • Gene Clayton & Friends: Gene is a respected bluegrass song writer, singer and musician and active with the PENNY Bluegrass Association
  • The Atkinson Family: North Country bluegrassers and hosts of the annual Tug Hill Bluegrass Festival in Lowville.
  • Lake Effect: veteran CNY bluegrass performers with Neal Shortsleff of Andy Pawlenko's Smokey Hollow Boys
  • The Gospel Way from Cortland and vicinity
  • Boots 'n' Shorts: a young band from Syracuse
  • Northwater with Dana Klipp & Cliff Chandler (2009 winner of the DeFord Bailey Harmonica Contest at Uncle Dave Macon Days, Murfreesboro, TN)
  • Diamond Someday (Syracuse area) regular broadcasters on the "Bluegrass Ramble"
  • Joe Lamay & Sherri Reese (KY) who both host a monthly fifteen minute segment on the "Bluegrass Ramble" radio show.
  • The Lost Boys with Sammy Award winner, songwriter John Cadley
  • Cathy Wenthen: Central NY balladier, accompanied by the Lost Boys
  • Sean Martin: teenage Central NY fiddler
  • The Salmon River Boys who have appeared at all 38 Bluegrass Ramble Picnics
  • The Delaney Brothers: as always, the Picnic's host band
  • Off The Wall: Central New Yorkers returning to redeliver their great 2009 Picnic performance!
  • Pete Lavine: our official harmonica player, from Potsdam NY

(band listing is subject to change without notice)

The Picnic is free, and all of the bands donate their musical services. It runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is held in a huge tent so weather is not a problem. WCNY-FM records the entire show for a broadcast on Classic FM the following spring.

Food and beverages will be available and the Picnic hosts arts & crafts vendors and band tables with CDs and bluegrass souvenirs. In addition Custom Pearl Inlay, Malone NY has donated a Bristol By Blue Ridge Guitar to be raffled to help pay annual expenses.

Attendees should bring lawn chairs, and Picnic goers should check out the many spontaneous bluegrass and oldtime music jam sessions going on throughout Dwyer Park.

Dwyer Memorial Park is south of Exit 13 (Preble) off I-81; drive south on Rt. 281 to Little York.

Further information is available at [log in to unmask], 315-457-6100, or by listening Sunday night to Bill Knowlton's "Bluegrass Ramble," 9 pm to midnight EDST on WCNY-FM (91.3) Syracuse; WUNY-FM, Utica (89.5) or WJNY-FM (90.9) Watertown NY and Southern Ontario. Also online at www.wcny.org.

Bill Knowlton, "Bluegrass Ramble," Sundays: 9 pm to midnight (EST) over WCNY-FM (91.3) Syracuse, WUNY (89.5) Utica, WJNY (90.9) Watertown NY, also: www.wcny.org Since 1973! PO Box 2400, Syracuse NY 13220-2400. 315-457-6100

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