EAST FAIRFIELD — A quarter-century in, the Jig in the Valley — once just a local band playing out the back of a flatbed truck — drew its largest-ever crowd.
Nance Shaw, one of the festival’s organizers, said the 25th annual Jig in the Valley drew around 450-475 people. That’s a record. Prior Jigs have drawn 300-400 attendees.
But Sunday’s Jig had a lot going for it. The sunny weather was warm but not hot; a soft breeze occasionally shook the trees on the East Fairfield village green, beneath which the less tanning-inclined attendees took shelter.
And the performances were diverse. Brian Curry’s gentle, passionate mostly acoustic set segued into the swaying bluegrass of West Virginia’s Rush Run Philharmonic just before the Nobby Reed Project performed pounding, funky rhythm and blues.
Those are just three of the dozen-or-so performers who brought the stage to life for nearly eight hours. Not all seasoned vets, either — like young Patience Getty, who won the Peoples Trust Rick Manahan Scholarship Award during this year’s Vermont Maple Festival, and applied recent vocal lessons to a performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at Sunday’s Jig.
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