Pre-Festival Events





DATE: Saturday, October 13
TIME: 3-5 pm FREE
LOCATION:  Rancho La Patera & Stow House

Join us for a FREE concert featuring Old-Time Fiddle and Banjo Music of America!   Bring chairs, blankets and picnic and enjoy a preview of the wonderful music celebrated at the festival.

Echo Mountain 

A five piece old-time string band based out of Los Angeles, featuring fiddlers Kyle McNally and Jonathan Shifflett, Peter Linden on banjo, and multi-instrumentalists Kelly Marie Martin and Ben Kramer. Together they play square dances in the LA area and have been featured performers at the Watkins Family Hour and the Fathers Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley. The collective vision of Echo Mountain is to build a repertoire that reflects the full spectrum of the old-time tradition, tackling complex fiddle tunes and rich harmony singing with new energy while remaining true to traditional style and form.

David Bragger & Susan Platz 

“There’s twin fiddling, and then there’s David Bragger and Susan Platz. Their music really reaches into that space where two instruments become one and draws you right in with it. Their debut CD, King’s Lament, is one of the most sonorous and rhythmically locked-in sets of tunes you’ll hear, and spans across familiar and unfamiliar old-time terrain. Another really great recording from David’s unique Tiki Parlour collection." --Bruce Molsky

Clinton Davis

An old-time multi-instrumentalist and educator currently based in San Diego. A fifth-generation Kentuckian, Davis grew up with faint residues of old time music lingering in the air and in his family’s past. However, his love for traditionally Southern and Appalachian musics blossomed after he moved to the west coast in 2009. He currently performs on guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, and piano as a soloist or as leader of the G Burns Jug Band. In 2015, No Depression called the Jug Band’s sophomore album, The Southern Pacific & The Santa Fe “a joyous and soulful restoration of one of the lost treasures of American musical tradition.” That same year, their album was also awarded “Best Local Recording” at the San Diego Music Awards.