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Big Spike Bluegrass Band comes to Westford

Neil Rossi (mandolin, fiddle), MAtt Schrag (guitar), Mike Santosusso (bass), Bill Gaston (banjo), Freeman Corey (fiddle)

Neil Rossi (mandolin, fiddle), MAtt Schrag (guitar), Mike Santosusso (bass), Bill Gaston (banjo), Freeman Corey (fiddle)

The Westford Music Series welcomes the Big Spike Bluegrass Band on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 16, to the UCW white church on the village green. Members of Big Spike are drawn to the elements of country music as deep and strong and long-lived as those associated with Nashville and the Southeast.   Big Spike band has been living and thriving in rural northern Vermont by recreating the sound that is long gone from contemporary country music.

With two fiddle players in the band they often revert to the full, twin fiddle sound that was an integral part of early country music. Banjo player Bill Gaston grew up on rock and roll while living in New Jersey until he began playing guitar in the sixth-grade and found bluegrass. Bass player Mike Santosusso got his start playing classic rock and jazz playing in the ‘pit’ for musical theater. Moving to Vermont Mike co-founded the popular jam grass band “Smokin’ Grass” and toured the country several times. Guitarist Matt Schrag had been playing guitar since age eleven in Mechanicsville, Va., but discovered bluegrass in college and knew that was what he was meant to do. Fiddler Freeman Corey grew up on a farm in Benson Vermont and learned to play fiddle from his father and old time fiddler. Fiddler and Mandolin player Neil Rossi originally started on Banjo and moved onto mandolin and fiddle settling into the town of Westford in recent years. Rossi notes that Big Spike band “despite much rehearsing they still do, they never think of it as work when they get up on the stage. It’s too much fun”.   Concert will be from 4-5 p.m. Nov. 16. Free will donation. Refreshments available. For more information call 879-4028.