Mary Flower performs for Bluemont series

Posted: July 12, 2013

Star staff report

Mary Flower

Winchester — The Bluemont Concert Series presents Mary Flower at 7:30 p.m. today on the lawn in front of the Old Court House Civil War Museum in Winchester.

Concertgoers are to bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont friends and seniors, $2 for 12 and under.

As at all Bluemont concerts, no pets, alcohol or smoking are allowed.

In case of bad weather, the concerts are held indoors at the Winchester First Presbyterian Church at 116 S. Loudoun St., Winchester.

Hailing from Portland, Ore., guitarist and lap slide player Mary Flower is renowned for her personal vision of roots music that blends ragtime, acoustic blues and folk — technically dazzling yet grounded in the down-to-earth simplicity of early 20th century American music.

With nine albums to her name, this Yellow Dog Records recording artist has earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike for her instrumental skill — a mastery of the Piedmont blues style that takes most players a lifetime to hone — for which Flower is most celebrated.

Her performances around the world include Merlefest, Prairie Home Companion and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. A seasoned teacher, she has been on staff at many guitar workshops, including Fur Peace Ranch, Centrum Blues Festival, Swannanoa, and the Augusta Heritage Center.

Bluemont relies on more than 1,200 volunteers each summer to ensure that performances go smoothly, and on the support of local businesses and community organizations. To volunteer this summer, contact Virginia Winsatt at 540-955-8186 or

Businesses interested in becoming a sponsor are to contact Lily Dunning at 540-955-8186 or

This summer, Bluemont will present more than 40 concerts in eight communities in northwest and central Virginia including: Ashland, Culpeper, King George, Fredericksburg, Leesburg, Middleburg, Warrenton and Winchester. For complete schedules, performer descriptions, directions and more information, contact the Bluemont office at 540-955-8186 or visit