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February 15, 2014

Bluegrass music brings heart and soul to annual festival

Bluegrass music brings heart and soul to annual festival


Before performing at the festival, Larry Waters said he would attend the event to play in the jamming session and that’s where Roy Beck, 51, of Avon could be found.

“I came to listen and have a bowl of beans,” Beck said.

He also plays bluegrass music.

“I’ve been picking since I was 12,” he said with a nod toward his upright bass.

Beck said the jamming sessions, which are held in a room adjacent to the stage, are fun. He said in the world of bluegrass music there are about 20 songs that everyone knows so players can easily jump in and join each other.

“There are different playing levels and everyone enjoys everyone so it’s OK,” he said. “That instrument over there is out of tune and no one is saying anything to him,” he said.

That, Beck said, is what makes bluegrass music so enjoyable.

Back on the dance floor, Erdos and her husband glided with ease across the floor. She said the bluegrass music is what keeps the couple, who will celebrate 50 years of marriage, young.

“That’s the secret to life — just keep moving and don’t sit still,” she said with a laugh.

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