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DelFest Announces Additions to 2018 Lineup

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DelFest 2018Nashville, TN -- DelFest, produced by McCoury Music & High Sierra Music, is pleased to announce the following lineup additions to the 11th annual DelFest, which takes place May 24-27 at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland. The thirteen acts announced today, paired with the festival’s initial lineup, solidify DelFest as the premier live music event for fans whose musical tastes span the width of bluegrass, Americana, and improvisation-- fitting considering its namesake, Del McCoury, is the patriarch of the modern day string band.

The new additions annnounced include:

  • Greensky Bluegrass
  • The Dawg Trio with David Grisman, Danny Barnes, Sam Grisman
  • Richard Thompson
  • The Infamous Stringdusters
  • Rhiannon Giddens
  • Mandolin Orange
  • The Gibson Brothers
  • The California Honeydrops
  • Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
  • The New Orleans Suspects
  • The Broomestix
  • The Grass is Dead
  • Justin Moses & Cody Kilby

Previously announced acts include: The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, The Bluegrass Congress (The Del McCoury Band, David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan), Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush, The Jerry Douglas Band, The Wood Brothers, Fruition, Sierra Hull, Rising Appalachia, Bryan Sutton Band, Billy Strings, The Kruger Brothers, Joe Craven & The Sometimers, The Lil Smokies, Cris Jacobs, Dustbowl Revival, The Brothers Comatose, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Birds of Chicago, Jon Stickley Trio, Twisted Pine, and Dré & The Gospel Collective-- emceed by Joe Craven.

Unique to this year’s festival, Del McCoury created The Bluegrass Congress, for which he sent hand rolled parchment paper invites to Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, and Stuart Duncan. Representing the best at what they do in the field of Bluegrass, these musicians will convene on Saturday evening (May 26th), joining the Del McCoury Band for a picking party like none other in festival history.

DelFest 2018 will take place from May 24-27, 2018, and once again be held at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland. The festival originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury Music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations and to showcase fresh new talent with a down-home feeling. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 11th Annual DelFest will offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch.

Personally chosen by Del, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD (2.5 hours from Baltimore and D.C.) serves as the perfect location for DelFest, nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains. The fairgrounds are conveniently located near four major airports and can be easily reached by rail or road. The city of Cumberland, MD, is a welcoming host offering multiple hotel options, a charming downtown, and great amenities that include biking, a steam train engine and museum, and top-notch dining.

In addition to traditional stage sets by these world-class artists, attendees can once again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, intimate appearances, and late night indoor performances and picking sessions. DelFest will be immediately preceded by a 3-day music academy hosted by The Travelin’ McCourys and friends. DelFest Academy, which takes place May 21-23, provides all levels of musicians an opportunity to learn from some of the best pickers in the world.

Four-day advance passes, Academy passes, and a variety of parking options are currently on sale at

Please visit the DelFest website and for updates and more information.

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