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June 19, 2013

Good River Gathering starts Friday

In third year, festival seeks to promote economic and community growth through heritage and culture

IRONTON — Pulling together musicians from the Tri-State and beyond, organizers of this weekend’s Good River Gathering say they are celebrating three years of continued effort to promote economic and community growth through heritage and culture.

 “We’ll be having 19 bands.This is the first larger attempt to support local music and heritage. It will be a festival with arts and craft vendors, including woodworkers and storytelling-ish craft. We have bands from all over tri-state ... which is the main thing — to bridge gaps over boundaries. We expect a lot of different jams on Saturday,” said organizer Bethany Walters. “This is an attempt by Rolling Hills (Folk Center) to foster community and economic development.”

Walters said the owners of The Fuzzy Duck in Ironton practically insisted the folk center use their spot for the festival, partially due to their desire to host the return of Saturday’s headline band, Bawn in the Mash.

“The Fuzzy Duck (located at 100 Center St., Ironton) approached when they heard Bawn in the Mash was signed. They had played there before and they really wanted them to come back,” she said.

The Paducah-based band, Bawn in the Mash, is known for unique and eclectic performances. According to D. Patrick Rodgers of The Nashville Scene, the band “bridge the rarely traversed gap between bluegrass and rock and roll with the effortlessness of careful students of both.”

The festival begins Friday with performances by Vivian Shooter & The Spitters, Unisongroove, Cat Cirner and the K9s, Coyotes in Boxes, Warren Byrom and The Fabled Canelands and Moonshine Crossing. After a breakfast at 11 a.m., the music and art continues Saturday with Kentucky Memories, Bonnie & Shannon, Steve Free, Ryan Sprinkle, Moduck Rounders, John Sargent, Open Rail, Karis Blanton, Loves It, Knockin’ Spirits, Cat Cirner and Blue Moon Soup, with a headline show by Bawn in the Mash. Zack Kouns, as well as PB&J are also scheduled to perform. Sunday’s festivities include breakfast and an open jam into the afternoon.

Walters said the performers represent local and regional music, with selections including original and traditional tunes.

The Good River Gathering starts at 7 p.m., Friday, continuing from noon til 2 a.m. Saturday, and again at 11 a.m. Sunday. Admission, for people 18 and up, will be $8 for the day or $15 for the entire weekend. Food will be available from Joe Young, “the finest BBQ around,” Walters said.

The festival will also serve as a celebration of Rolling Hills Folk Center efforts, Walters said.

“June 28 will be our third anniversary. We’ve done a lot in three years,” she concluded.

For more information, call (606) 571-0298.


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