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Band returns to NY July 19 for Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

The Gibson Brothers bluegrass band plays a set June 29 at the Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival in Tunbridge, Vt. From left are Clayton Campbell, Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson, Mike Barber and Jesse Brock.

The Gibson Brothers bluegrass band plays a set June 29 at the Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival in Tunbridge, Vt. From left are Clayton Campbell, Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson, Mike Barber and Jesse Brock. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The Gibson Brothers will give their main performance at 4 p.m. on the Highmeadow Stage and will be picking and singing with legendary James King, of Virginia, at 7 p.m. at the Creekside Stage with a program called “Our Favorite Songs.”

The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival dubs itself “A Who’s Who of Bluegrass in the Beautiful Catskill Mountains.” Running from July 18 to 21, the lineup includes New York bands such as Plattsburgh’s own Beartracks with Junior Barber, father of Gibson Brothers’ bass player Mike Barber and former band member on the dobro. Beartracks plays at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at the Creekside Stage.

The Who’s Who lineup includes: The Del McCoury Band, Jerry Douglas Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Keller Williams with the Travelin’ McCourys, The SteelDrivers, Della Mae, Lonesome River Band, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Milk Drive, The Kickin Grass Band, Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Band, The Duhks, Joe Walsh, Matt Glaser, and John Kirk & Trish Miller.

The Gibson Brothers grew up in Ellenburg Depot in Clinton County; however, the band members all live in different places today. The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is just south of where Leigh Gibson currently lives in Schenectady. Eric lives in Brainardsville south of Chateaugay. Mike lives in Jericho, in the Clinton County town of Altona. Clayton lives in Nashville. And Jesse lives in Bowling Green, Ky.

For more information about the Gibson Brothers, visit online at www.gibsonbrothers.com. For more information about the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, visit online at www.greyfoxbluegrass.com.

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