2017 Festival Entertainment
The Krüger Brothers
The band, based in Wilkesboro, N.C., makes its promised return after being rained out a few years back. Brothers Uwe (guitar) and Jens Kruger (banjo) and Joel Landsberg (bass) have moved more toward composing from their rich background in traditional music. In 2013, Jens won the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music, and he has been inducted to the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.
Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley
Rob Ickes has been playing bluegrass with Blue Highway for over twenty years, during which time he has been adjudged Bluegrass Dobro Player Of the Year fifteen times. Trey Hensley’s baritone is rich and expressive, at ease with classic bluegrass, traditional country and original compositions.
The Looping Brothers
The trio, from Germany, has been playing for more than 20 years in the old brother duet style as well as bluegrass. They are Ulrich Sieker (fiddle, mandolin, guitar), Matthias Malcher (guitar, banjo) and Ralf Strotmann (bass).
Betty and the Bullets
From Delaware: Betty plays upright bass, Michael plays guitar, and Davy P. plays fiddle.
Cecil Gurganus has been fiddle instructor and mentor for the young members of Strictly Strings for more than five years: Kathleen Burnett (fiddle), Anissa Burnett (bass, fiddle), Willow Dillon (banjo, fiddle, cello) and Caleb Coatney (mandolin, banjo, guitar) — all JAM students.