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Empress series opens to sound of bluegrass

Spinney Brothers open the 2011-'12 Empress Theatre Centre Stage Series on Oct. 27-28.

VICKI ARNDT – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
Genuine acoustic bluegrass performed by Nova Scotia’s Spinney Brothers opens the Empress Theatre’s 2011-’12 Centre Stage Series.
The Spinney Brothers play at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 28.
The Spinney Brothers fresh and traditional bluegrass will be performed by brothers and group founders Allan Spinney on guitar and vocals, and Rick Spinney on banjo and vocals, Gary Dalrymple on mandolin, fiddle and vocals and Terry Mumford on bass and vocals.
Nova Scotia has a long history of enjoying and producing traditional bluegrass music dating back to the 1950s when a Kentville radio station popularized the music of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.
The Spinney Brothers have maintained the tradition and popularity of bluegrass music in Nova Scotia and throughout Canada since 1992 when brothers Rick and Allan debuted their band with “a tight brother duet vocal style that was immediately recognized for its energetic and distinctive sound.”
Spinney Brothers are noted for their unique bluegrass sound, with a heavy banjo, mandolin and southern fiddle style that have brought them multiple awards and a huge fan base nation wide.
They have toured from coast to coast and south of the border from Maine to California.
In 2012, hard-core bluegrass and Spinney Brothers fans will cruise the Florida Keys and Mexico with this heavily awarded group.
Spinney Brothers were inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010 and were the 2009 and 2010 Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Music Awards Vocal Group of the Year.
Spinney Brothers toured across Canada in 2010 on the strength of their most recent CD “Side by Side.” With eight other albums under their belt including “Golden Leaves Begin to Fall” and “The Spinney Brothers Going Home” their tight duet singing is considered to represent the best found in bluegrass today.
Spinney Brothers is the first performing group within a series of six Centre Stage Series concerts at the Empress Theatre in 2011-’12.
Other concerts include International Guitar Night on Nov. 26-27, I’m Dreaming of a Wright Christmas with Michelle Wright on Dec. 6-7, African Guitar Summit on Jan. 18-19, A Stan Rogers Tribute by Nathan Rogers on Feb. 22-23 and Caladh Nua on March 15-16.

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