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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen to Headline Hatterasity Bluegrass Festival

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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Photo by Joe ShymanskiThe Hatterasity Bluegrass Festival will be returning to the Hatteras Village Civic Center on October 8th, featuring last year’s crowd favorites, Mama Corn and Chad Darou and Stealin’ Time, and some new national acts that dyed in the wool bluegrass music fans are sure to appreciate. “I’m so excited that Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen will be headlining for us on Saturday. Solivan and his group won the IBMA Instrumental Band Award last year, so that’s pretty cool. Molasses Creek is coming over from Ocracoke to join us on Friday, and Hickory Project will be here for the whole weekend, so there’s going to be a little something different each day for our audience,” said Pete Pappalardo, the event coordinator.

Hickory Project plays everything from old jazz standards songs to scorching bluegrass and traditional Irish music, and have toured nation-wide and internationally. Anthony Hannigan is a National Mandolin champ, and his wife Jillian is an accomplished bass fiddle, penny whistle, flute and uke player with a flair for a torch song. David Cavage has been playing banjo with Hannigan since the 70’s, when they were both ten.

Also joining the Hatterasity line-up is the bluegrass duo Lynda Dawson and Pattie Hopkins, who hail from Raleigh. Dawson is a prolific singer/song-writer whose work has been aired on nationally syndicated PBS’s Song of the Mountains and NPR’s CarTalk. Hopkins, who graduated from East Carolina University, presents fiddle and vocals steeped in bluegrass roots. The pair’s most recent CD, Traditional Duets, won rave reviews from Bluegrass Unlimited and others for its authentic instrumental and vocal styling. Both Dawson and Hopkins are also seasoned instructors and will be teaching the Bluegrass Kid’s Academy workshops, another addition to this year’s festival.

“We’re excited to be playing Hatterasity! We love performing as a duo, and I just came out with a kids CD. Pattie and I both have a passion for working with young people. We also love the Outer Banks and never waste an opportunity to get down there, so it will be a fantastic weekend combining all these great things at one festival,” Dawson said.

The Kid’s Academy registration will begin with at 4 pm Friday, with a Meet and Greet including light refreshments at 7 pm. Participants can bring their instruments for warm-ups with Dawson, Hopkins and instrumentalists from other festival bands. Saturday, Kid’s Academy sessions begin at 9 am, where participants will work until 5pm with Dawson, Hopkins and others on bluegrass band skills as well as a repertoire of songs which will be performed Sunday on the Main Stage.

“We had a blast last year, loved the island and the folks we met down there. It really is the coolest little festival on the Eastern Seaboard, just like the flier says. Doesn’t hurt that it’s only fifty feet from the beach, too!” Mama Corn’s banjo player Jeremy Nelson said.

There is still room for vendors and volunteers. Volunteers receive free admittance and a T-shirt. Commercial vendors can rent space at the festival; rates are $50.00 for the weekend or $25.00 per day for a 10 by 10 space. Larger spaces are available at a pro rata basis. The music will be outside, and will be moved inside in case of inclement weather.

”Last year, with the generosity of our corporate sponsors we helped to raise over $2000.00 for the Cape Hatteras Methodist Men’s outreach and support programs. This year a portion of all proceeds will be donated to The Hatteras Village Medical Center,” Pappalardo said.

Early bird tickets are available for 40.00 for the festival if purchased before July 1st, $45.00 before August 1st and $60.00 thereafter. Thursday and Sunday tickets are $10.00 and tickets for Friday and Saturday are $35.00 Kid’s Academy is available on a limited basis and costs $50.00 for the weekend. See or e-mail Pete Pappalardo at or snail mail to Hatterasity, PO Box 581, Hatteras, NC, 27943.

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