Bluegrass ‘bug’ biting fairgrounds this weekend

NORWICH – People don’t know when it’s going to happen, but they never forget the first time they get bitten by “the bluegrass bug,” Tim Doerfel says.

Doerfel, a classically trained musician, claims to have been “bitten” about 10 years ago. Before that day in Buffalo, he’d figured Bluegrass was pretty lame.

“I was raised in the Rock and Roll generation,” he said. “But I was in awe the first time I heard bluegrass. The music was so intricate. It had so much style and dynamics to it. My wife and I left that concert walking on air.

“You never know who’s going to turn into a bluegrasser,” Doerfel said.

His wife and ten children, ages 1 to 18, make-up “The Doerfel Family Bluegrass,” a traveling bunch from Western New York that’s on the road nearly two-thirds of the year playing gigs from Canada to Florida. They say their musical/semi-theatrical shows are one part Bluegrass, one part “Simpsons,” and one part community.

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