Music lovers rise up for popular festival

Published 10:25 am Wednesday, June 3, 2009

SCOTTOWN — It’s the time when the hills are alive with the sound of banjos, mandolins, fiddles and the fast-pitched music that can only be known by one name — bluegrass.

It’s the 2009 Appalachian Uprising that bills itself as the “fastest growing bluegrass music festival.” Located at Eden Valley Farm in Scottown, it is a weekend event that attracts music lovers whether they are just listeners or those who want to spend some hours jamming as well.

All show up to listen for the day or ready to camp out and hear bluegrass in its pure and varied forms.

“We started it eight years ago. We thought it would be a good place for people to gather and listen to good music,” said Steve Cielec, local businessman whose farm is the venue for the festival. “It is bluegrass, new grass. It is eclectic. I just think it is a beautiful setting. The farm is in a valley. People can come out there. They can relax.”

A pre-party starts tonight at the The Fuzzy Duck in Ironton where Bawn in the Mash will play before heading on over to Scottown where they will close out Friday night.

The festival gets going Friday morning at 11 a.m. with Sawgrass following by Dehlia Low. Then Melvin Goins and the Windy Mountains gets going at 2 p.m.

The music continues past the midnight hour.

Then on Saturday Goins will be back along with Bawn in the Mash Saturday evening with the night closing with Davisson Brothers

Sunday opens with Paul Smith at noon and Countyline String Band and Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time to follow.

Tickets are available at the gate. A three-day pass is $100 and a one-day pass is $35.

All three-day pass purchasers will get a free aerial photo of the festival.

For more information, visit www.appalachianuprising.net