GambleFest: A good weekend

Red Henry

Red Henry

Folks, I'm just back from playing at the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival last weekend in St. Augustine, Florida. Chris and I had a 6-piece band including his fiddle-playing girlfriend Jenny, my banjo-picking uncle John Hedgecoth, and our friends Mike Johnson on guitar and Barbara Johnson (no relation) on bass. We played a couple of really enjoyable 1-hour sets.

On Saturday night, we opened for Dr. Ralph Stanley at the Flagler College Auditorium. It has been several years since I'd played on the same bill with Ralph, so I made sure we had some old Stanley Brothers numbers in our show: 'If I Lose' and 'Rolling on Rubber Wheels' were just right for the occasion, along with some of our favorite Bill Monroe tunes ('Stoney Lonesome' and 'Brown County Breakdown') and plenty of our own original songs and tunes such as Chris's 'Boxcar Door', Jenny's 'Flowers' song, and my own tune 'Helton Creek'. In contrast to Murphy and Casey's experiences back home, the soundpersons' work was excellent. The crowd liked us a lot, and we sold lots of CDs.

Our Sunday set was a bit more laid-back, but also lots of fun playing to a great crowd. THANK YOU to all the folks who put on that festival, and to all the folks who came out and heard us play.

Next appearance for Red and Chris and Their All-Star Band: the Florida Folk Festival, May 28-30, at White Springs!

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About Red Henry

Began playing mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and banjo in 1967-69. I married Murphy in 1974. We led the Red & Murphy bluegrass band, playing professionally, from 1975-87. Since then I've handled the technical side of Murphy Method cassette, videotape, and DVD production. When you call I usually answer the phone, and I'm normally the one who sends out the orders.

2 thoughts on “GambleFest: A good weekend

  1. Patty

    If I Lose is a great tune! Our band played that and had a great time with it! I didn’t know Dr. Ralph did Rolling on Rubber Wheels.

  2. Ben from Back When

    It was great seeing (and hearing!) you all, and I’m glad you enjoyed yourselves, too.

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