The doors open Wednesday for campers, and the music begins on Thursday, July 14, as the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival returns for its yearly gathering in Oak Hill, off Route 145 in Greene County. The Festival, which runs through Sunday, July 17, features more than 40 bands, five stages, workshops, an Emerging Artist Showcase, a Kids’ Bluegrass Academy, food, crafts, musical instruments, children’s performers and more.
Top names in the field of bluegrass and Americana will be there: The Dry Branch Fire Squad, as usual, is the host; Béla Fleck and Chris Thile will team up; Del and Dawg – that is, Del McCoury and David Grisman – will perform together and with their separate ensembles; as well as Jerry Douglas’ Earls of Leicester, the Wood Brothers, the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Steel Drivers, the Gibson Brothers, Della Mae, Sara Watkins, Compton and Newberry and many more acts.
Area musicians are well-represented. The Mike + Ruthy Band will perform on the main stage Friday afternoon and as a duo on Sunday. They’ll also conduct a late-night Hoot and Square Dance on the Catskill Stage on Saturday night. Steve Charney and his dummy Harry will perform on the Family Stage on Friday and Saturday, as will longtime family favorites Astrograss, from Brooklyn, featuring Woodstock banjoist Jonah Bruno.
Full Festival passes, with different camping scenarios, cost $220. Day passes to the festival cost $80. See https://greyfoxbluegrass.com/festival/tickets for more information or to order. Grey Fox is held on the Walsh Farm, located at 1 Poultney Road (off County Route 22) in Oak Hill: about 45 minutes from Woodstock.