The 2nd Annual Fiddler’s Picnic: A Photo Review

Yesterday, News Editor Kristen Mack-Perry shared her take on The 2nd Annual Fiddlers Picnic in Marion, NY. Today, we share the sights as seen by Staff Photographers Jim Gilbert, Darren Kemp and Kevin Burke. Insights by Darren Kemp and Jim Gilbert.

Friday night was jam-packed with great music from the Capital Region’s own Eastbound Jesus, good ol’ Adirondack boys The Blind Owl Band and Dangermuffin coming all the way from Folly Beach, South Carolina. Despite the mud from earlier rains, the hollow was still great for dancing and a little bit of apple moonshine.  Camping was available anywhere you could stake your claim.

Saturday at Statewide Music’s Fiddlers Picnic was a fiddle-tastic time for all. The site at Miller Hollow in Marion was immaculate and filled with shady areas to escape the burning sun. Escaping the blazing bluegrass was impossible though, yet every band brought their A-game and delivered killer sets. The day featured bands such as Rochester’s Clinton’s Ditch, Maine’s Mallet Brothers Band, Vermont’s Jatoba, Ohio’s  Rumbke Mountain Boys and Buffalo’s Floodwood. (Featuring Vinny and Al from moe.).

Typical to every StateWide festival, this was a family affair, filled with friendly faces and plenty of children tearing around. At one point, HerbyOne’s own daughter blessed us with a beautiful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” from the main stage. Music and fun went late into the night once again despite undesirable weather conditions. Highlights were a fierce newgrass version of Phish’s “Rift” by Jatoba and all of Floodwood’s amazing set.

Friday Photos by Jim Gilbert

Saturday Photos by Darren Kemp

Friday and Saturday Photos by Kevin Burke