September 12, 2013

Nova Scotia band brings bluegrass south

Plattsburgh Festival rocks Clinton County Fairgrounds

MORRISONVILLE — The Spinney Brothers are the fourth and last act to take the stage today, the first day of the 2nd Annual Plattsburgh Bluegrass Festival at the Clinton County Fairgrounds.

The band features Allan Spinney (guitars and vocals), Rick Spinney, (banjo and vocals), Gary Dalrymple (mandolin) and Adam Pye (upright bass).

The Nova Scotians had a 15.28-hour trek down to Morrisonville where they will meet up with friends and fellow musicians including the Washington County Line Band, Dave Nichols & Spare Change and Remington Ryde. 

This year marks Dalrymple’s 21st year with the Spinney Brothers, whom he met at bluegrass festival in Black Rock.

“It’s in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, the region the Spinney Brothers are from,” Dalrymple said. “Bluegrass music is alive and well in Nova Scotia. Often common at big festivals music on the weekends, people camp and take RVs to stay on-site. After the stage shows, people get their instruments out at the campsites at jam sessions that last until two o’clock in the morning.”

It was at one such jam session Dalrymple found himself in the zone with the Spinneys.

“We found we liked a lot of the same music and had a very social evening of playing music together until daylight. In short order, if there was a chance to pursue it in a band format we hoped it would take place. That was the summer of 1991. A few months later, I was in the band.”

The band was semi-professional before pursuing it as a full-time livelihood in 2010 after 17 years of performing across North America.

“Since that time it has meant a lot more travel coast to coast in both Canada and the United States,” Dalrymple said. “We’ve done a bluegrass cruise and have been in Mexico, Key West and Bahamas. When music becomes your livelihood, it means you have to do a lot more traveling. It’s been a blessing for us to pursue so many more opportunities and examine various new points and get before new crowds and new regions and being well received.”

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