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Fantastic Fall Yes Thankful!

We had so many amazing opportunities to perform for so many fine people... First we returned to Brunswick for the Train Festival - a wonderful old town PERFECT for bluegrass and train rides! And then we had FOUR chances to play at Butler's for the Pumpkin Festival - one of the few classic family farms left in our County. Yes we love to play and we are thankful for all the opportunities. Check out the fun here: https://www.facebook.com/FlowerHillStringBand/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums

"Living the dream" @ the Berlin Fiddler's Convention

"Living the dream" (quoting Betsy Garris) - she was right! A most amazing, appreciative, fun loving crowd! Two days filled with home grown music the way music started - by regular folks. We had beautiful weather in a historic town… and we opened up for our teacher and hero: Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen Thanks for inviting us to play, Berlin Fiddlers Convention! Check out the pics here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.789247934455029.1073741858.113385535374609&type=1

August Hiatus Ends with a Blast

After time off for summer fun, we picked up with some great opportunities to perform. Best of all – welcoming back my youngest, Heather, singing and fiddling. Back to one of our regular haunts, Shaw’s had their usual music loving crowd. Many of the guests were hearing us for the first time one lover of Josh Turner sang along with “Long Black Train” and lots joined in on our gospel and old time numbers - always a great time. Then we were invited to entertain a “back to class” event at the Virginia Theological Seminary. On a beautiful afternoon – loved making new friends and receiving a warm reception with clapping and dancing along! Then we went back to one of our favorite places: Meadowside Nature Center for the Pawpaw Festival. We were joined by many of our “fan” friends, park hosts and guests. Check out the pics here: https://www.facebook.com/FlowerHillStringBand/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums

Celebrating the Great Outdoors Festival

We were welcomed back to the Great Outdoors Festival at Little Bennett State Park for their (now) annual event. Loved supporting the enjoyment of the outdoors! We were glad to see some may friends drop by to give us a listen, and to hear that may thought the music was one of the best parts of the events. Looking forward to next year!

Blue Skies, Wide Open Spaces,...

Loving Art, and Making Music on the farm - that's what playing at Something Earthy is all about. If you have never visited, make a point of it. And you will meet some of the most hospitable people you can imagine. Hope to be back soon.

Playing in the Home Town

Playing in our hometown: Montgomery Village! We were able to come back to the summer concert series on the Lawn after 2 years, and loved being in our own "backyard"! Check out the pics on FB of fine folk in the audience. Hope to see them again soon.

Something Old… and Something New

We were able to have our 9th performance at MD State Parks Saturday, over the last 5 years. Such great fun to watch the enthusiastic response of the crowd: the dancing, clapping, whooping, even crying (I like to think the kid was sad because the song ended! He did wind up enjoying the next song). We had one of the most enthusiastic calls for an encore that I remember, and we had 15 new fans for our mailing list! And… our first time at the New Deal Café last weekend - and we sure hope it is not the last! This place is a great venue for live music with a rich history of serving the community. Best of all is the crowd - they know how to have a good time! Some of the best “impromptu” dancing I have seen in a while.

We’ve had a wonderful Spring!

We’ve had a wonderful Spring: lots of fun venues, fine weather for all of them and some great audiences. We returned to two of our favorite regular places: 3rd year in a row for MayFest in Frederick and Meadowside for a new event, the Raptor Festival. We enjoyed seeing so many of our friends at these. But the most special was supporting the Face of America Bicycle Ride Honors Injured Veterans. Check out our pics on FB:


Tractors and Bluegrass on the Farm

This was the perfect Spring time event on a most beautiful day! Loved seeing some of our favorite fans, as well as a tractor parade! These guys treat their bands very well (think funnel cake!)

Singing and dancing at Shaw’s

A great crowd Friday night as usual! Lots of singers joining in last night - with a little dancing too. Sure missed having Mikey Ambrosino playing and Helene Cohen Ambrosino cheering, but we did welcome the wonderful singing of Betsy Garris (back on Spring break) and a visit from Greg Somerville! Come out some Friday night for some Bluegrass.