Winfield's Walnut Valley Festival

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The History Press,, Charleston, SC, United States, p.175 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst01737000, Bluegrass festivals, Bluegrass festivals., fast, History., Kansas, Musicians, Registers.


"Includes reflections by world-renowed musicians Dan Crary, Beppe Gambetta and John McCutcheon and bluegrass radio personality Orin Friesen.""The Walnut Valley Festival was launched in 1972 when a guitar maker, a farmer and a businessman built their own music festival from the ground up. It has made the small town of Winfield into an annual destination for acoustic musicians and music lovers from around the world, and it has always been participatory, with the informal campsite pickin' as much a part of the event as the stage shows and instrumental contests. The Walnut Valley Festival has always been proud of its deep-rooted traditions, but most of all, it is a community celebration. Local historian Seth Bate tells the Walnut Valley story, with reflections from festival staff, emcees, performers, campers and characters from throughout its history." --Southwestern folk and Winfield bluegrass / Sam Ontjes -- Attending in the early years / Wayne Steadham -- "We wanted to do something for Winflield" / Seth Bate -- The great twentieth-century guitar rush / Dan Crary -- And winner is : the Walnut Valley Association contests / Jeannine Foster, Edward Foster, updates from Karen Deal -- Pickers paradise / Seth Bate -- Stage 5 / Russell Brace and Sherry Brace -- The peculiar adventures of the donut tractors / Poppin' Johnnies -- Winfield memories / Tim Sidebottom -- The Walnut Valley Voice / Larry Junker -- Honored to mix / Greg Smyer -- Don't tell Bob / Leo Ellis -- Coming home / Linda Tilton -- From Genova to Winfield / Beppe Gambetta -- "More a state of mind than a bluegrass festival" / Seth Bate -- Reflections on fifty years / Orin Friesen -- Winfield over time / John McCutcheon -- Conclusion / Bart Redford.