Bluegrass fans come for Lake Barkley’s Blue Moon Celebration on the beach
by Hawkins Teague
Jun 06, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although plans to look at the full moon through a high-powered telescope didn’t work out because of heavy cloud cover last Thursday, Paducah bluegrass band Bawn in the Mash entertained a small crowd of about 50 people at the Lake Barkley Beach.

The Blue Moon Celebration held last Thursday and Friday was meant to mark the second full moon in one month. It won’t happen again for another 33 months and has special significance in the state because of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe’s song, “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” according to a press release from the park.

Banjo player Alex Faught said the band had played at the park before, such as before the fireworks at last year’s Fourth of July celebration. The band is made up of five members. Besides Faught, there is Josh Coffey on fiddle and mandolin, his father, Ed Coffey on the upright bass, Nathan Lynn on guitar and lead vocals and Tommy Oliverio on mandolin. Lately, he said they have also been playing with drummer Bray McCoy, though he wasn’t at last week’s beachside show.

Faught said the band had been playing together regularly for about two years. Although they play a few bluegrass standards and favorites, they mostly play original songs. They occasionally also play covers of non-bluegrass tunes, such as Pink Floyd songs. They have one album out and another due in August, which they recorded recently in Nashville.

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