WHAT:   Enchanted Mountain Music Festival
April 11-13, 2014
WHERE:  Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, New York
CONTACT:  Rick Manning, Festival Director.  rick@wintervillagebluegrass.org; 607-592-4647
Jane Eshbaugh, Marketing Director. 716.699.3904;  jeshbaugh@holidayvalley.com
WEBSITE:   www.holidayvalley.com/bluegrass
FACEBOOK:   https://www.facebook.com/enchantedmountainmusicfestival


Holiday Valley Resort and Winter Village Music present the 1st annual Enchanted Mountain Music Festival, a 3-day bluegrass and roots music festival featuring concerts, singing and instrument workshops, jamming, and relaxing at the beautiful Holiday Valley Resort in the Enchanted Mountains of western New York.  The festival will bring together performers, amateur and professional players, and acoustic music lovers in an intimate and beautiful setting to enjoy some of the finest bluegrass and Americana music in the United States today.

Festival performers include Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, Creek Bend, and Paris Texas w/ Dee Specker.   These bands feature great original songs, excellent harmony singing, instrumental virtuosity, and performers that enjoy connecting with their audience.


Lodging packages including tickets start at $93.50 per person per night for a 2 night package and are available at the Tamarack Club and the Inn at Holiday ValleyClick here for reservations. One night packages are also available. The Tamarack Club is a beautiful condominium/hotel with great views of the slopes and golf course. John Harvard’s Brew House is located on site and guests have use of the indoor/outdoor heated pool and hot tubs. The Inn at Holiday Valley features cozy rooms, a continental breakfast and a heated pool and hot tub.  Please contact Holiday Valley if you want to be located in a quiet area of the lodge or inn.

The concerts will take place next door to the Tamarack Club and a short walk from the Inn at the Holiday Valley Lodge. The Tamarack Club is a condo/hotel with units ranging from one room suites to 3 bedroom condos. John Harvard’s Brew House and Restaurant and the Falling Waters Spa are on site, as well as a heated indoor/outdoor pool, hot tubs, sauna and fitness room. The Tamarack Club has a grand view of the ski slopes and golf course at Holiday Valley. The Inn features cozy hotel rooms with balconies or patios, a complimentary continental breakfast and an indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub.


A weekend pass for all workshops and concerts costs $75  Concert tickets for individual Friday or Saturday night shows cost $25 each. An all-day Saturday pass including morning workshops and afternoon and evening concerts costs $50. Kids 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets here.


Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan and banjoist Mike Munford (2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year), guitarist Chris Luquette (IBMA Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award winner) and doghouse bassist Dan Booth simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they also earned 2012 and 2013 Best Bluegrass Band honors from the Washington Area Music Association. It flavors every note of their new album, On the Edge, which Engine 145 dubbed, “a fine sophomore release from one of the most exciting bands in bluegrass today.”

“If Tim O’Brien and Alison Brown ever had a love child, it might just be Frank Solivan. This newgrass/bluegrass foursome spirals through skin-tight banjo picking, razor-sharp mandolin and jazz-tinged concentric circles – all with a degree of control that balances technical precision and improvisational virtuosity.” - Siobhan Long, Irish Times

“They are the definition of a show-stealing band. With their melodies, harmonies, and incredible fiddle playing, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen came to Beartrap, saw Beartrap, and truly conquered Beartrap.” - Nick Perkins, Beartrap Music Festival

Check out this video to see what they’re all about.  Here’s their website.   And you can listen to some of their music here.

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line are a traveling Carnival of acoustic Americana.  The high energy, Nashville-based quintet perform Struthers’ original story-songs with tight, three-part harmonies, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums.  Struthers was catapulted into the spotlight when she lead her band to a blue ribbon at the prestigious 2010 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition (previous winners include Nickel Creek and The Dixie Chicks) and now her group is touring heavily in support of their April 16 release, Carnival.  Struthers’ songs are as steeped in American history, and as well crafted, as the beautiful vintage dresses she wears on stage. Watch and listen to Nora Jane here.

“Nora Jane Struthers is one of the most mesmerizing, haunting and hard-hitting projects I’ve ever heard. Her lyrics are simply spectacular and have achingly beautiful melodies to boot. This is one of my favorite all-time albums and certainly the most arresting music I’ve heard in a long time.”  — Dave Higgs, Bluegrass Breakdown

“Old time music continues to reinvent itself in the able hands of young artists like Nora Jane Struthers– Tim O’Brien

“Instead of a vocal tour-de-force, her voice – direct and free of artifice – points the listener back to the essense of each song.  She is, first and foremost, a songwriter.  But unlike many songwriters who aren’t performers, Struthers’ singing is as polished as an Opry pro.” – Steven Stone, Vintage Guitar

Creek Bend

Creek Bend is a Bluegrass band based in Buffalo, NY that has been serving up good, hot bluegrass music for over thirty years.  They have been playing and producing local concerts with the greatest names in Bluegrass music including; The Johnson Mountain Boys, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, the Bluegrass Cardinals, Tony Trischka, Lynn Morris, the Country Gentleman and Bill Monroe. Their highly successful concert series not only allowed them the opportunity to present the best that Bluegrass has to offer to the audiences of Western New York and Southern Ontario but it has given Creek Bend the truly unique opportunity to watch and learn from the best. This learning experience proved highly beneficial to the band members when they won first place in the band contest at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. Creek Bend has recorded a total of five projects including two that were released nationally by the Copper Creek label.

 “world class musicians… with exceptional instrumental abilities”.   Bluegrass Unlimited

Paris Texas with Dee Specker

Paris Texas performs a vintage repertoire of bluegrass, western and gypsy swing music.  The music harkens from an era when brother harmonies were at the top of the country music charts, Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys were swinging the plains,  and Django and Stephane were gracing the clubs of Paris.   The band features the jaw-dropping guitar playing of Bobby Henrie who performs Doc Watson and Django Reinhardt with passion and precision. Bobby is known throughout upstate New York for his work with the Henrie Brothers (traditional old time and bluegrass music), Bobby Henrie & the Goners (rockabilly), Cornerstone, and the Djangoners (gypsy swing).   Bobby is joined by his brother Doug Henrie on bass and Rick Manning on fiddle, mandolin and vocals.

For Enchanted Mountain, Paris Texas will be joined by frequent collaborator, Dee Specker, a fine singer and fiddler from Ithaca, NY who was born and raised in Wellsville, the  lead singer in Cornerstone, and who performs regularly at the fine wineries of the Finger Lakes.


Bluegrass festivals offer a great opportunity for fans and musicians to interact with and learn from the festival performers in a relaxed, supportive and fun environment.  At the Enchanted Mountain Music Festival workshops will be offered throughout the weekend to help attendees learn the tricks of the trade from festival performers and some other guest performers in a small workshop setting.  Slow jams designed for beginning and intermediate players will be scheduled during the weekend.  And spontaneous jamming will be occurring throughout the lodge in lounges, hallways and hotel rooms.



4pm:      Unplugged Band Workshop with Nora Jane & the Party Line
5pm:      Welcome Reception, Dinner & Jamming
7 pm:     Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
8 pm:     Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line (2 – 45 minute sets)
10 pm:  Some late night jamming.


9am:      Slow jam for beginning players and singers


10am:    Mandolin with Frank Solivan & Rick Manning (Rick may work with beginners separately – TBD

Guitar with Chris Luquette and Chris Panfil

Dobro with Mark Panfil

11am:    Fiddle with Frank Solivan & Rick Manning (Rick may work with beginners separately – TBD)

Banjo with Mike Munford, Mark Panfil & Paul Fairbanks (Paul may work with beginners separately – TBD)

Bass with Danny Booth & Doug Henrie

12pm:  Lunch

1pm:      Bill Gates Wants You to be a Better Player: From the Woodshed to the Silicone Valley!  Paul Fairbanks
This workshop will explore some of the latest innovative technologies that will allow you to play along with your favorite band/music at your own tempo; Help improve your timing; Better understand tablature; Help decipher challenging breaks; Improve your listening skills.  We will explore some of the most relevant features found in some leading software programs, including Tabledit, Amazing Slow Downer, Riffstation, Finale Print Music, and Audacity.

1pm:      Harmony Singing with Creek Bend

*Additional workshops at a variety of levels are likely to be added depending on the experience level and interests of registrants.


2:30 pm:  Creek Bend

3:30 pm:  Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

5 – 7pm:  Dinner and Jamming

7 pm:  Creek Bend

8 pm:  Paris Texas with Dee Specker

9 pm:  Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen


9am:      Slow jam for beginning players and singers

Unplugged Concerts

10am:    Paris Texas with Mark Panfils

11am:   Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

More About HOLIDAY VALLEY, Ellicottville & the Enchanted Mountains

Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, New York is a four season resort offering golf, swimming, lodging, dining, conference facilities and the Sky High Adventure Park during the summer months.  Holiday Valley is on the web at www.holidayvalley.com.  Ellicottville is located on Route 219, just 50 miles (90 kms) south of Buffalo and less than three hours from Toronto.  For further information, please contact:

Jane Eshbaugh, Marketing Director
Tel: 716.699.3904
E-mail: jeshbaugh@holidayvalley.com

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