HemlockFest (Nov 1-3, 2013) is an unparalleled musical experience in a peaceful and beautiful setting. This all-ages, eco-friendly event features three days of live music, primitive camping, educational exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, a kid's nature village, rustic living demonstrations, great food, and free canoeing. Both day and weekend passes will be available, and admission is free for kids (ages 15 and under with a supervising adult ticketholder).
Stretching the boundaries of string band music, The Kenney-Blackmon String Band branches across time with a blend of old-time fiddle tunes & rare old folk songs and original compositions. David Blackmon is well-known fiddle and mandolin player whose roots are firmly planted in traditional and bluegrass music. Originally from Dahlonega, Jason Kenney toured throughout the country playing lead guitar with Corey Smith from 2004 to 2006. Noel Blackmon's multi-instrumentalist work is well known in the Athens music scene. Chris Enghauser has a Master of Music in music performance from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Music in music performance from George Mason University.
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Bio: Athens-based acoustic group The Kenney Blackmon String Band updates a traditional genre with fresh rhythms. The mix of multigenerational perspectives and modern lyricism excites long-time Americana listeners and invites new audiences per the band’s infusion of hard-driving fiddle, syrupy balladry...See Full Bio
“It's difficult to get too excited about new acoustic bands these days, as the market has been flooded for a while with mediocre music. Imagine my surprise upon hearing somethine new and interesting, fresh out of Athens. The Kenney-Blackmon String Band's debut is an intriguing collection that mines some deep caves, both domestic and foreign. Exploring both American roots and British folk styles, the band manages to freshen the genre with talent and commitment to excellence. Whether updating the long lost “Sandstone Girl” or bringing a new perspective to Jonathan Byrd's “Jesus Was a Bootlegger,” the Kenney-Blackmon String Band makes it work on all levels. There's a bit of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys in there and, at times, a quite convincing Fairport Convention vibe. Playing this type of music takes a lot os skill and mistakes are pretty obvious, but you'll be hard-pressed to find anything wrong with this gem.”