Bluegrass legends to headline Plant & Sing

The Seldom Scene will perform at Plant and Sing. (Credit: Michael Oberman)

The Seldom Scene will perform at Plant and Sing. (Credit: Michael Oberman)

Sylvester Manor’s seventh annual Plant & Sing Festival on Sunday, October 11 will feature bluegrass legends, the Seldom Scene and Grammy award-winning guitarist Bryan Sutton with Mike Daves. 

Originally formed in 1971, the Seldom Scene is one of the most popular and prolific bluegrass bands in history. While cheerfully breaking all the rules about the look and sound of an authentic bluegrass band, the Scene and its music have evolved over the decades. Following the passing of front man and mandolinist John Duffy in 1996, the group nearly disbanded, but the lineup that resulted has endured ever since.

Founding member Ben Eldridge (banjo, vocals), Dudley Connell (guitar, vocals), Lou Reid (mandolin, vocals), Fred Travers (dobro, vocals) and Ronnie Simpkins (bass, vocals) now hold the record for the longest running version of the Scene, nearly 20 years. They first visited the Island in 2001 and are looking forward to their return. Mr. Eldridge, now in his late seventies, has cut back on his touring schedule and trades dates with banjoist Trevor Watson.

Bryan Sutton is one of the most sought-after guitarists. He entered the bluegrass world in 1995 as a member of Ricky Skagg’s Kentucky Thunder band, playing on two Grammy Award-winning records. As one of Nashville’s top session guitarists, Mr. Sutton can be heard alongside Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton and Harry Connick Jr.

He has also released four solo projects, has toured the world with Bela Fleck and Chris Thile and played in the bluegrass band, Hot Rize. He is a six-time IBMA guitarist of the year and received a Grammy in 2007 for his duet recording with Doc Watson.

His frequent touring partner is the Grammy Award-nominated guitarist and vocalist Mike Daves, who has played and recorded with many of contemporary music’s greats, including Chris Thile and Noam Pikelny.

For tickets, call 749-0626 or visit sylvestermanor.org.