STAGES & PROGRAMS

MAIN STAGE

A lot of amazing entertainers have walked across this stage!!!

The stage started out being built on a small hay wagon. When we relocated to Tunbridge we wanted to bring the history of the stage with us so it was transported in pieces and reassembled. As the crowds grew, the wings were added to make a wider viewing area. The weight of the stage was too much for the little old hay wagon so it had to be moved onto a stronger trailer which was a lot higher. We’ll go into more details of the Stage History at a later date.

SUGAR HOUSE STAGE

Official Late Night Stage!!!

The Jenny Brook Sugar House Stage is a place to gather as soon as the Main Stage Show shuts down.

Artists from the Main Stage join in and jam with the audience. You never know who will show up at the Sugar House!

Have you ever dreamed of playing music with some of your favorite performers? If so, then Jenny Brook is the place to be!

Great place to make memories!!!

BARN DANCE

It wouldn’t be Jenny Brook without a Barn Dance.  It’s a great way to renew old acquaintances and to make a few new friends on the dance floor to Classic Country Music provided by the Malpass Brothers.  The Barn Dance is located in the spacious Pavilion Building and this year Rosewood  Sound will be taking care of the lights and sound.

Due to Covid-19 we feel it’s safer to not have the Potluck. There will be food available for sale.

WORKSHOPS

In 2022 the Artists’ Stage will be gathering performers to talk about their instrument, singing techniques, etc., or to perform for you.

MEMORY LANE WITH GIBSON BROTHERS
BOYS FROM INDIANA HISTORY
TENNESSEE SLICKER LEROY TROY

Make sure to check out at least one of the showcases during the festival. You’ll enjoy a unique performance that’s available nowhere else but at the Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival!

PROGRAMS

KIDS ZONE

The Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival is very family-focused, with a great Kids Zone. All activities are free! The schedule has not been confirmed for 2022 but as usual, there will be numerous activities to keep our younger Jenny Brookers busy.  After a long day, they can make plans to enjoy the movie theater!

THE ACTIVITIES & SCHEDULES WILL BE POSTED MAY 1, 2022

KIDS' ACTIVITIES

Let your kids show their creative side at the KidZone, located at the Dodge Gilman Building. Kids of all ages enjoy using their imagination with the many arts and crafts activities along with games etc. Be sure to check back later in the year for the activities list and schedule.

KIDS' ACADEMY

The Jenny Brook Kids’ Academy Program is FREE for festival attendees and includes two days of rehearsals followed by a performance on the Main Stage on Sunday. All school-age children are invited to participate, regardless of their ability to play an instrument or sing.

There will still be room to sign up in person for the 2022 Jenny Brook Kid’s Academy!

MOVIE THEATER

This nighttime gathering takes place in the Dodge Gilman Building Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:00 pm. It’s a great family-friendly event! If you’d like to suggest a movie, send us an email and we’ll choose the movies with the most requests! jennybrookbluegrass@gmail.com

Let your kids show their creative side at the KidZone, located at the Dodge Gilman Building. Kids of all ages enjoy using their imagination with the many arts and crafts activities along with games etc. Be sure to check back later in the year for the activities list and schedule.

The Jenny Brook Kids’ Academy Program is FREE for festival attendees and includes two days of rehearsals followed by a performance on the Main Stage on Sunday. All school-age children are invited to participate, regardless of their ability to play an instrument or sing.

There will still be room to sign up in person for the 2022 Jenny Brook Kid’s Academy!

This nighttime gathering takes place in the Dodge Gilman Building Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:00 pm. It’s a great family-friendly event! If you’d like to suggest a movie, send us an email and we’ll choose the movies with the most requests!

jennybrookbluegrass@gmail.com

BLUEGRASS UNIVERSITY

The Bluegrass University at Jenny Brook includes seven beginner classes for adults.  The classes are two and a half hours of hands-on instruction.
UNIVERSITY PREVIEW:  Friday at 6:30 pm.  Learn about the Classes & Teachers at the Bluegrass University found on the map in your program book!

MEET & GREET:  Saturday at 1:00 pm.  Meet and get to know your potential teachers.
Students Per Class:  Minimum = 3, Maximum = 9.

MEET THE 2022 BLUEGRASS UNIVERSITY INSTRUCTORS

Banjo – Bruce Stockwell

Bruce Stockwell has been playing bluegrass banjo since 1968 and teaching since the ’70s. By age 16 he had won banjo contests, recorded his first album, and opened for Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, John Hartford, and many others. In the late ’70s he worked with Phil Rosenthal and Mike Auldridge as Old Dog producing two albums on Flying Fish. Since the 1980s, Bruce has performed with his two brothers (and now wife Kelly) in various acoustic/electric formats, currently as the Stockwell Brothers Band. In 2005 he won the Merlefest Banjo Contest, and in 2008 a NH Arts Grant led to the formation of Hot Mustard, a double-banjo bluegrass band.

Mandolin – Flynn Cohen

Acoustic Guitar and mandolin player Flynn Cohen has performed all over the world with many notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music. He can be seen in concert with the American folk band LOW LILY (formerly known as Annalivia), and legendary Irish Accordion player John Whelan, as well as duo shows playing music from his four solo albums. He has performed at the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Flynn has degrees in Music from Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England and at Mills College in Oakland, California. He taught for many years in the Music Departments at Keene State College in New Hampshire and Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts and is currently an online instructor with Peghead Nation.

Fiddle – Cathy Day

Cathy Day began performing at age 10 with her parents and sister in the Rose City Bluegrass Band which played numerous shows throughout the Northeast US during the 80s. As a teen, she arranged and taught the harmonies to her band, and taught fiddle, bass, and dobro. She was a member of the award-winning all-girl band, SassyGrass, and the New Hampshire-based band Marcy Hill. She has a passion for passing on bluegrass music as an instructor at Bluegrass Kids Academies, hosting music jams, and Wernick classes in her home. She demonstrates bluegrass music to kids in the schools, plus still finds time to teach in her spare time. Cathy is a point person for the newly formed Connecticut Bluegrass Association

Singing – Micah Nicol

Micah Nicol grew up with a mandolin in one hand and a banjo in the other playing bluegrass and classic country music with his father in the most popular (and only) group in the West-Central-Ohio Nursing-Home circuit: Harps n’ Strings. He has now graduated with a degree in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music and spends most of his musical life as a guitarist and singer for The Ruta Beggars, a traditional bluegrass and swing group based in Boston. Micah has a deep love for musical theater and content creation and lives parallel lives as a magician, uni-cyclist, and clown.

Dobro – Dave Bevins

Dave Bevins (dobro wizard) started at home with his family, The Chilson Hill Gang.  As a teenager, he guested many times with the Country Gentlemen and Don Stover.  He became a 4-year member of Green Mountain Bluegrass with Dan & Stan Tyminski and after that joined the Mardi Gras band.   In 2003 he won the National Resonator Dobro guitar competition.  Dave has appeared & recorded with John Cowan, Pat Flynn, Scott Vestal, Victor Krauss, Andrea Zohn, & Andy Leftwich.  He also has a CD recorded in Nashville, produced by Pat Flynn & engineered by Bert Battaglia, who also engineered Belas Fleck’s ‘Perpetual Motion’ CD. For the last 15 years, he’s performed at festivals from Indiana to Georgia and here in the northeast with the Atkinson Family.

Bass – Daniel Klingsberg

Dan is an experienced jazz, roots and bluegrass bass player based in Portland, ME who originally hails from Arlington, MA. He plays and tours with a number of groups including Mudskippers, PRNCX, Ben Krakauer, and The Ladles. He has performed with Darol Anger, Joe Morris, Peter Rowan, Stuart Duncan, and many others. He graduated from New England Conservatory in 2019.

Guitar – Tony Watt

IBMA and SPBGMA award-winning bluegrass musician Tony Watt has performed throughout the United States and Europe, on the Grand Ole Opry, and beyond. He has been featured in Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, and Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and his version of Cherokee Shuffle with Noam Pikelny and Andy Falco has been viewed over 200,000 times on YouTube. Tony has toured with Rounder Recording artist Alecia Nugent, with Leigh Gibson, guitarist for The Gibson Brothers, with Jenni Lyn Gardner, former mandolinist for Della Mae, and currently performs with Alan Bibey & Grasstowne. He is the Vice President and Education Co-Director of the Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU) which puts on the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. Tony has taught bluegrass for over 20 years and is a visiting artist at the Berklee College of Music’s prestigious American Roots Music Program. He is also the director of The Bluegrass University, which presents JamVember, a weekend-long bluegrass jamming “non-festival” held the weekend before Thanksgiving at the Sheraton in Framingham, MA. Tony is also the new host of Bluegrass Tuesdays at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA, which is one of the longest-running and most-successful bluegrass nights in the country.

All classes are $35.00 and paid to your instructor at the time of your class.

FAQ

No, unfortunately, all of the classes are held at the same time on
Saturday from 2 until 4:30 pm. But all of the teachers have additional
availability and we recommend you ask the teacher about other
options, such as a private lesson at another time.

The classes will be held at various locations throughout the festival, usually at the instructor’s own campsite.  Your teacher will instruct you as to where to go for your class at your Meet & Greet.

You need to bring an instrument, a chair, preferably a folding (armless) chair, and $35.

No registration is required. Your instructor will collect the fee at the festival.

All classes require at least 3 students at a minimum and a maximum of 9 students per class. The maximum class size ensures that every student gets a small group learning environment, and the minimum ensures that you will be learning with someone else.

Yes, you are welcome to make an audio recording of your class,
provided you agree not to post it on the internet or share it widely.
Video recording is not allowed without explicit permission from your
teacher. Some teachers may even record the class for you and send you
a copy later.

FAQ

No, unfortunately, all of the classes are held at the same time on
Saturday from 2 until 4:30 pm. But all of the teachers have additional
availability and we recommend you ask the teacher about other
options, such as a private lesson at another time.

The classes will be held at various locations throughout the festival, usually at the instructor’s own campsite.  Your teacher will instruct you as to where to go for your class at your Meet & Greet.

You need to bring an instrument, a chair, preferably a folding (armless) chair, and $35.

No registration is required. Your instructor will collect the fee at the festival.

All classes require at least 3 students at a minimum and a maximum of 9 students per class. The maximum class size ensures that every student gets a small group learning environment, and the minimum ensures that you will be learning with someone else.

Yes, you are welcome to make an audio recording of your class,
provided you agree not to post it on the internet or share it widely.
Video recording is not allowed without explicit permission from your
teacher. Some teachers may even record the class for you and send you
a copy later.

YOGA

Emily Marcus has been a yoga practitioner since 1997 and will be leading the yoga sessions each morning at the Weston Stage with an easily modified, accessible practice that motivates people for their day, and that works out the kinks from sleeping in tents and campers.  She also offers some wrist stretches – for all the pickers.  Modifications for the advanced students will also be available.  She first took her 200-hour teacher training, and has since completed 700 hours of training in Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Restorative Yoga and is also trained in trauma informed yoga.  Emily has attended bluegrass festivals her entire life and understands the challenges of limited sleep due to playing and listening to the late-night jam sessions. Bring your mat and let her help you stretch and relax with the sounds of bluegrass in the background.