Miners Creek for Sugar Sunday

Mar 11, 2014
Miners Creek Bluegrass Band

Rockport — Miners Creek will perform Sunday, March 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. as part of Camden-Rockport Historical Society's Maple Sugar Sunday celebration at the historic Conway House complex, Route 1 at the Camden-Rockport town line.

One cannot have too many banjos — such is the progressive approach to the bluegrass genre. Guitar player and lead vocalist Resa Randolph has been writing folk songs for years, but recently teamed up with the other band members to collaborate on developing a newer, fresher approach to bluegrass music.

Miners Creek Bluegrass Band gets its name from a hiking trail in Summit County, Colo., where Resa and Whitney Randolph lived for many years before moving to Maine. The band itself came from her telling him to get himself a hobby … and him coming home from banjo camp saying “Honey, you've gotta learn how to play bluegrass music."

Singer/songwriter Resa and banjo plucker Whitney were joined by mandolin player Jesse McWilliams, claw-hammer banjo player Peter Proeller and Emily Randolph, recruited by her mother to play the bass, to form the band. Miners Creek Band combines the traditions of bluegrass, folk and Appalachian, and a bit of Latin music, with a blend of two distinct styles of banjo playing that rarely meet on stage —claw-hammer and Scruggs-style.

The event also includes demonstrations of blacksmithing; sugaring-off in the 1820s sugar house; and Maynard Stanley preparing his famous Chuck Wagon Beans over an open fire.  Maple-flavored donuts and other treats will be available in the Cramer Museum, along with free maple syrup ice cream sundaes.

There is no admission fee, but donations are appreciated. For more information, call 236-2257 or visit conwayhouse.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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