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Bluegrass

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Description

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Musicianship that stupefies and songs that spin stories using banjos, acoustic guitars, mandolins, fiddles and dobros. From its old-timey roots in Appalachia and the front porches of rural Kentucky and Tennessee, to the urban stylings of newgrass, it's a bit of folk, country, jazz and blues all combined together in dazzling pickin' and sweet vocal harmonies. You're guaranteed to hear many of the finest songs of the genre performed by such phenomenal artists like Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Ricky Skaggs, Nickel Creek, Doc Watson and Bill Monroe.

Music Programmer

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Greg Torrington

Greg Torrington has been involved in a wide spectrum of music genres and the music business throughout his life. Former management client, Colin Linden, called Greg a “Music biz lifer”.

Greg managed a full service record store and performed live in Ottawa Valley country bands in the ‘70s. His first foray into broadcasting came at Carleton University radio station, CKCU. That involvement opened the door for his full-time on-air work at Ottawa’s then independent/progressive radio powerhouse, CHEZ-FM when it signed on in 1977. Greg was promoted to the station’s Music Director in 1980 and remained in that position for a decade. He was awarded Music Director of the Year at the first Canadian Music Week industry awards, and is credited for being the first to break many prominent Canadian and international recording artists.

Warner Music Canada hired Greg as A&R Manager in 1990 where he scouted and brought in potential new talent signings to the label, as well as coordinating recordings and videos with the domestic roster. At Warner, Greg worked on projects for many of the country’s top artists (such as Loreena McKennitt, Blue Rodeo, George Fox, Spirit of the West, Trooper, etc.) served on FACTOR juries and the Juno Awards talent committee as well as participating in music evaluation sessions and panels at numerous regional industry conferences across Canada.

Since his departure from Warner, Greg ventured into artist consulting and personal management, and became an on-going contributor and columnist for the national music publication, Muzik Etc. In 2000, he teamed with the late Doug Kirby to work artist management, and served as A&R consultant / marketing and data manager at Kirby’s booking agency, LiveTourArtists.

Artists

Bill Monroe
The Stanley Brothers
Rhonda Vincent
The Gibson Brothers
Kenny and Amanda Smith
Lester Flatt
Earl Scruggs
Adam Steffey
Blue Highway
Darrell Webb Band

Chart

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Coming Home
O'Connor Band
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Going Through Carolina
Curtis Wright
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So Good To Be Gone
Deer Creek Boys
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Everywhere I Go is a Long Way From Home
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
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I'm a Wanderer
Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
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Grandma's Knee
Heidi & Ryan
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Now Forever's Gone
Sister Sadie
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They Call the Wind Maria
Bobby Osborne
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This Old Heart
Michael and Jennifer McLain
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Far Away
Snyder Family Band