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31ST /]tNNUAL MINNESOTA BLUEGRASS & OLD-TIME Music FESTIVAL What: Old-time dance music, square dances, and occasional songs. Who: Sarah King on banjo, Shawn Glidden on fiddle, and Lisa Richardson on guitar. Lulu Gals was born at the Monday Night Square Dance, a Twin Cities institution, in April of 2006. Collectively, the trio has been playing old-time music for over 70 years. There are many years of hoofing in their history too, Shawn and Sarah are both cloggers, and Lisa has been square dancing since the 1970's. They are delighted to be part of the old-time community, both in Minnesota and beyond. Dick Kimmel & Co is a five piece blue- grass band based in southern Minnesota. Since the 1970's, Dick Kimmel's fine bands have performed throughout North America and Europe. In 2008, this band received the National Traditional Country Music Association's coveted "Rising Legend Award". Dick Kimmel & Co's tra- ditional style of bluegrass is laced with old-time string band music, original songs that seem like classics, bluegrass gospel, and traditional country duets. Dick Kimmel, who resides in New UIm, Minnesota, has been performing blue- grass music since the 1950's. With his band, Dick handles lead and harmony vocals in addition to playing guitar. (Occasionally, he will also pick up a man- dolin or his clawhammer banjo.) Dick has recorded more than two dozen albums; including seven CD's for Copper Creek Records, a Virginia-based bluegrass music record label. In a November 1994 feature article, Bluegrass Unlimited referred to Dick as the "ambassador of bluegrass". On stage, Dick's emcee work paints a picture of bluegrass music and its colorful history from information he gained as a writer for international bluegrass music magazines. Dick Kimmel is a 2008 inductee -into America's Old- Time Country Music Hall of Fame. Vocalist Jerilyn Kjellberg has been a regular in the Dick Kimmel & Co lineup since 2002. She shared a major lead vocal role for the band's latest recordings, and her singing received rave reviews when the CD earned recognition as a candidate for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for 2005 by the International Bluegrass Music Association. For a 2003 article for Inside Bluegrass, Len Kalakian wrote: "Here is a voice that deserves to be heard...her voice and vocal styling has a quality about it that makes it memorable." Jerilyn is a master at expressing the essence of a song, ranging in style from her soft and sensitive treatment of "Tramp on the Street" to a hard-driving bluegrass stan- dard like "Midnight Train". A January 2010 concert review regarding Jerilyn's vocals noted, "...a powerful smooth voice and an energy that was electric." (Applewood Pointe of View, January 2010). Tim O'Connor has been playing 5- string banjo and guitar for more than 40 years. Tim has been performing and recording with Dick Kimmel & Co since 2001 and is featured on banjo, guitar, and lead and harmony vocals on the band's 2005 recording, "Dick Kimmel & Co - My Lord Keeps A Record". This Renville, Minnesota musician discovered 5-string banjo during the 1960's. Bluegrass music became his music of choice when he first heard a recording of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. His banjo playing has been described as solidly Scruggs style, but with an appropriate melodic touch. Bruce Bernhart, from Owatonna, MN, has played bluegrass mandolin for two decades with various artists including String Fever and Loraine Clark. Bruce's mandolin work with Dick Kimmel & Co is both energetic and thoughtful, and gives the listener a taste of true bluegrass mandolin artistry. In addition, Bruce adds the bass vocals to Dick Kimmel & Co's gospel quartets and his unique sense of humor to the band's show. Inside Bluegrass (December 2009) noted, "Bruce drives a band with his strong chop and exciting mandolin breaks." Lee Folta was a long-time member of the Texas-based The Bluegrass Solution prior to his 2007 move to Minnesota, when he joined Dick Kimmel & Co. Having been born in Kentucky, Lee was strongly influenced by the abundance of bluegrass found in bluegrass music's heartland. He began playing guitar inthe 1960's. His solid bass playing with Dick Kimmel & Co is strongly influenced by his rare and powerful original 1 938 Kay 5-string bass. Inside Bluegrass (December 2009) noted that Lee's "playing is taste- fully basic, a very important aspect of tra- ditional music that many bass players, who wish they were playing a lead instru- ment, often forget." PAGE 21