Norwich Family Bluegrass Festival kicks off today

NORWICH – Music is as important off-stage as it is on at the Norwich Family Bluegrass Festival.

For some, the chance to pick into the wee hours of the morning at a new-found friend’s campsite is the whole reason they come, says festival promoter and bluegrass musician Mike Tirella.

“This is a jamming festival,” Tirella said. “It’s a chance for people to jam with friends or connect with people they’ve never met before. That’s the whole reason some people come; just to play in those informal picking circles.”

The festival also added a fourth day so it could offer more open-stage time to budding bluegrass musicians who want to play in front of an audience.

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