Hancock offers free bluegrass concert this Thursday

HANCOCK — The Hancock Town Pride Committee is producing a free community concert this Thursday, July 22 at the Hancock Town Green. The headlining band will be the Bluegrass Pioneers, who will be playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

All are welcome. The venue will be moved to the Hancock Town Hall in case of rain.

The band members are Danny Coane, Banjo Dan Linder and his brother Willy Linder and Sam Blagden (bass). The Pioneers play Bluegrass tunes with a “vintage” sound from the ’50s and ’60s.

Brothers and band members Willy and Ban Dan Linder have been playing together since 1972 after they moved to Vermont from Baltimore.

But, more recently, the brothers have been playing with Coane and Blagden in the Pioneers.

“We decided to put together a trio called the VT Bluegrass Pioneers because we three were some of the earliest musicians playing bluegrass in our part of the state,” Coane said.

Eventually, bassist Sam Blagden joined the group.

 “Sam was the bass player for the Mid-Night Plowboys for several years in the 1970s, so he already knew them. We’re a traditional bluegrass band and our material is traditionally things from the 1950s and ’60s.”


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