Danny Barnes, Grant Gordy and Joe K. Walsh

Danny Barnes, Grant Gordy and Joe K. Walsh will be performing at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway as the conclusion of the Arts Jubilee summer concert series on Thursday, Aug. 15. (COURTESY PHOTO)

CONWAY — Arts Jubilee will be presenting the final concert of its 2019 season on Thursday, Aug. 15, at Cranmore Mountain Resort.

The final concert will feature folk-bluegrass trio, Danny Barnes, Grant Gordy and Joe K. Walsh. Local musician Jeremy Holden will open the show at 6 p.m., followed by Barnes, Gordy, Walsh at 7 p.m.

In the world of bluegrass and folk, where the collaborative possibilities are endless, what draws some musicians together in formal collaborations is hard to pinpoint. For Danny Barnes, Grant Gordy and Joe K. Walsh — a newly formed bi-coastal trio — curiosity is the rule, and tunes are just a starting point.

For three musicians who have vibrant solo careers, as well as multifaceted musical collaborations under their belts, the trio has sparked a new level of creative inspiration, a venue to push and pull, learning and speaking with one another through improvisation.

The trio is anchored by banjo player and singer/songwriter Barnes, who is best-known as the frontman of the Bad Livers, for his collaborations with Dave Matthews and Bill Frisell and as the 2015 winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.

Barnes is an innovative banjo player and songwriter originally from Texas whose solo album “Pizza Box,” garnered him a sort of cult following, and led Sam Bush to describe him as “The Great American Un-Sung Hero."

Gordy and Walsh come from a more jazz and swing influenced background, having first bonded over their mutual obsession with learning David Grisman solos. Growing up in Illinois and later Minnesota, Walsh first established himself on the East Coast as the co-founder of progressive bluegrass band Joy Kills Sorrow and as a longtime member of The Gibson Brothers. He went on to become a faculty member at The Berklee College of Music, and launch a solo career with his albums Sweet Loam and Borderland.

Gordy, who is originally from Colorado and now lives in Brooklyn, went from being a fan of David Grisman, to playing in his band. Having spent six years in the David Grisman Quintet, Gordy released a self-titled solo album to in 2010 to critical acclaim and has been featured on NPR’s "Morning Edition," "Tiny Desk Concerts" and "All Things Considered," as well as The Fretboard Journal, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.

Darol Anger, with whom Gordy has collaborated frequently, describes his playing as containing “Kaleidoscopic excellence, startling emotion, and personal revelation.”

Concert admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for kids 12 and under. All ticket sales are at the gate (cash or credit).

There’s plenty of free parking, food trucks and beverages will be available on site, and there will be a raffle for a variety of great prizes at each concert.

Seating is not provided at the venue, so concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Animals are not allowed on the property except for leashed service dogs. All concerts are rain or shine.

For more information, go to artsjubilee.org.

Special thanks to The New England Inn, the Aug. 15 concert lodging sponsor.

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