Festival Update

Important Announcement

Hello Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival family and friends.

The board of directors of the Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music sadly must inform all that the 49th Annual festival will NOT be held this year and has been rescheduled for Labor Day weekend 2021.

As of this moment we are uncertain what restrictions the state of New Jersey would impose in September and the possible limits on occupants.

We feel it is better to be safe than sorry, and therefore we should close the gate now rather than face possible liabilities and risks later.

ALL ticket sales will be refunded shortly.

All of the 2020 artists have been contacted and ALL have been invited to return next year.

The board regrets this decision but wants all of us to remain safe and healthy with an eye on the 2021 festival.

It's been a good 48 year run. See you next year!!

2020 Spring Concert Schedule

BFOTM Spring Concert Series Postponed
In the interest of public safety and in compliance with the State of Delaware's recently declared a State of Emergency to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, The Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music have decided to postpone our Spring Concert Series. We plan to reschedule the postponed concerts as soon as possible.

Donate to the Brandywine Friends

You can now make your tax-deductible donation to the Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music through PayPal here.

BFOTM Concert Videos

The Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music, in collaboration with the musicians we have featured over the years, are presenting videos from past concerts to help fill the musical void during the COVID-19 quarantine. Our first video concert is posted now and available from YouTube, featuring performances by the Red Squirrel Chasers, Walt Koken and Claire Milliner, and Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass. Enjoy the performances at https://youtu.be/rWoDFt5kLTY.

49th Annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival

The Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival is pleased to announce our line up for our 49th annual festival over Labor Day Weekend 2020. Tickets on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets.

Del McCoury Band
            The most awarded group in the history of bluegrass music

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
            One of the great bluegrass performers of all time

Kathy Mattea
            Country and bluegrass superstar featured prominently in Ken Burns’ PBS film
Sister Sadie
            All star performers and winners of the IBMA 2019 vocal group of the year

Rhonda Vincent & the Rage
            One of the best-loved talents on the bluegrass circuit, with world-class musicians

Appalachian Roadshow
            Powerful presentation of the very soul of traditional Appalachian music

Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass
           One of the best hard-driving bluegrass bands in the world

Kenny and Amanda Smith
            Fine instrumental work with beautiful harmonies

Compton and Newberry
            Two legends of old-time and early bluegrass, together again

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley
            Grammy-nominated instrumental and vocal masters

Alan Bibey and Grasstowne
            Much-acclaimed band, with 2019 IBMA mandolin player of the year

Bill & the Belles
            Innovative interpreters of vintage roots music

Irene Kelly
            Brilliant songwriter and performer of captivating story songs

Pine Leaf Boys
            High energy Cajun music direct from Louisiana

Tatianna Hargreaves & Allison de Groot
            A deep dive into the heart of old-time mountain music

Henhouse Prowlers
            Worldwide ambassadors of bluegrass music

Blue Octane
            Mid-Atlantic regional favorites

Regional Jam List

Brandywine Friends Regional Jam List

This list was compiled prior to the current Covid 19 pandemic.  Due to state and federal guidelines, it is assumed that all of these jams have been canceled.  As we obtain further information, we will update this site and send an email notice to all on the jam email list.

Below is a list of bluegrass or acoustic jams in the Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey region.  If you know of changes in these jams or jams that are not included in this list send an email to bobslinden@yahoo.com.

Go to: Delaware | Southern PA | Philadelphia | Central PA | Northeast PA | Maryland | New Jersey

2016 IBMA Event of the Year Awarded to the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival

The International Bluegrass Music Association has named our 44th Annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival as their 2016 IBMA Event of the Year!

Thanks to all of the great volunteers who work so hard to make the festival a success.

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Festival Photos Available

Memories from Festivals Past

Our official Festival Photographer, Priscilla Warnock, now has a selection of photos she has taken at the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festivals for sale on her web site.  This includes many from the 2009-2011 festivals and a selection of shots from previous festivals, too.  You have probably seen her work on the festival web site, in bluegrass magazines like Bluegrass Unlimited and even on a number of bluegrass CDs.

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