Read about the headline act for the MountainGrass bluegrass and old-time music festival in Harrietville 2017
Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
Feature at MountainGrass 2017
By Rob Dickens
Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen are a class act.
I’ve seen them perform at the IBMA*’s Wide Open Bluegrass event in Raleigh North Carolina and at AmericanaFest in Nashville Tennessee. I’ve been there when they performed at the IBMA annual awards show and won a hotly-contested award (Instrumental Group of the Year) in a champion field of the best in the genre.
Solivan is originally from Alaska and decided to move to Washington, D.C. where his love of bluegrass music flourished as did his development as a wonderful mandolinist and gifted songwriter who can transcend the boundaries of bluegrass with great lyrics and melodies. Together with his band, Dirty Kitchen, they have become a major festival attraction and it’s a real coup for MountainGrass organisers (ABOTMA**) to have them in the pretty alpine village of Harrietville for Mountain Grass 2017.
Dirty Kitchen features banjoist Mike Munford (2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year), award winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton. As a collective they have been named IBMA’s Instrumental Group of the Year twice, in 2014 and 2016.
Read my review of the band’s album Cold Spell HERE.
Read our review of MountainGrass 2016.
Read my interview with ABOTMA President Kimberley Wheeler.
*International Bluegrass Music Association
**Australasian Bluegrass and Old Time Association