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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 Bullet

Betty and the Bullet call Wilmington, Delaware home, but this trio was born at Felts Park in Galax at the Old Fiddlers’ Convention 30 years ago. Michael “Kid” Davis, David “Fiddle Boy” Poland and Bethany “Betty” Bullington play a mix of swing, pop, standards and originals.

Strictly Strings

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.