Monday, February 11, 2013

Exciting Projects for the Vol State Bluegrass Ensemble

Recording sessions and a trip to Ireland are just a couple of the items on the agenda for the Vol State bluegrass group, "Bluegrass Ablaze." The students have been recording a CD in the Vol State recording studio.

"We're about half-way through the sessions," said instructor Mark Barnett. "We're recording 12 different tunes. The students come out the other side of a recording session much improved. There's something that happens when you record."

The students will then jet-off to Ireland in March.

"We're playing in a place called Thurles," Barnett said. "We're going to combine tours and trips with performances at schools and pubs."

Barnett points out that bluegrass has its roots in Irish folk music.

"The Celtic element is certainly one big part of it. Our trip is sort of a thank-you for your influence in our country as part of the amalgam that makes up bluegrass music."

Bluegrass Ablaze will also be performing at a big conference at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. It's for the 
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) annual meeting, a show that Vol State Math and Science faculty helped to set up.

If all of that sounds exciting to you, check out the Bluegrass program at Vol State: www.volstate.edu/bluegrass. Contact Ben Graves for more info: benjamin.graves@volstate.edu


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