A Little History

 

The festival was founded by John Pearman and started out in Bassingbourn, just up the road from Steeple Morden. John and Phill Morley ran the festival there for a few years and then John decided to move to his home village of Steeple Morden. It has thrived ever since. John sadly died but asked Phil to continue the festival with Richard Buchta.  Richard Lee and Chris Whittington joined a few years later.

 

Over the years we have had the privilege of hosting bands touring from the USA, and we continue to feature American Bluegrass bands whenever possible. We have also enjoyed some truly great British and European Bluegrass bands as well.

 

The festival is a non-profit event and run by volunteers. Much of the money made by the festival has been given either to Cancer Research or to the British Heart Foundation. We also donate some funds to the Steeple Morden village church and village hall redevelopment fund. Giving back tothe community thatsupports us.

 

It is a pleasure to have a festival in such beautiful surroundings.  A few years ago, the festival introduced a Sunday Gospel concert held in the village church organised by Foxchase, one of the bands playing at the festival specialising in bluegrass Gospel. This has been a real treat and success for the festival and whilst it was sadly missed in 2014, it has been a regular feature since.  

 

Due to his illness, Phill played a smaller part in the 2014 Festival and for a time it looked very much as if it would be the last year. There are some who will recall an appeal for volunteers from within the EABG community. From those who came forward, a new organising committee came together. Shortly before Phill was taken from us in September 2014, committee members met with him in hospital to sketch out plans for the continuation of the festival. These met with his warm approval.  We currently have no intention to make the festival physically larger as we prefer to keep it as a family event, where everyone is made welcome. Looking to the future, we do however, plan to build on and expand this 'welcoming' feature, whilst retaining the intimacy of the idyllic village venue

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