Bluegrass is a kind of traditional American folk music. It comes mostly from the mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. In the 1700s, many people from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales moved to this area of the United States, and they brought their music with them. Over time, traditional music from the UK changed into what we call bluegrass music. In NC, there are many bluegrass music concerts and festivals. A big bluegrass festival is coming to Raleigh soon, and I will tell you about it next week. This week, I want to introduce you to bluegrass music and tell you about an opportunity to learn more.
In this video, you will hear a bluegrass song and see some of the instruments typical of bluegrass. The man on the left is playing a small instrument called a mandolin. The woman in the middle is playing a guitar. The man on the right is playing a banjo. The man in the back is playing an upright bass. These instruments are all very common in bluegrass songs.
If you like this kind of music and want to learn more about it, you can visit the North Carolina Museum of History to see a FREE exhibit! When you visit the exhibit, you can learn more about the history of bluegrass and how it became popular. You can also see instruments that were played by famous bluegrass musicians. And on October 1 and 2, you can attend free concerts!