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New Haven’s own Grammy Award-winning artist Stacy Phillips is an internationally renowned fiddler and Dobro player who in 1995 won a Grammy and an International Bluegrass Music Association Award for his featured work on “The Great Dobro Sessions” album on Sugar Hill Records. Stacy will be playing with his “Bluegrass Characters,” a group that includes Phil Zimmerman on mandolin and banjo, Andy Bromage on guitar, Katy Scharf-Dykes on fiddle and Pete Kelly on bass. Together for more than four years, the band hosts a monthly bluegrass jam at the Outer Space in Hamden and has been performing throughout Connecticut and the Northeast. A longtime musical fixture on New Haven’s music scene, Stacy is a highly respected figure in bluegrass music and the author of more than 25 books and DVDs on resonator guitars and fiddling. Several of his works are considered classic texts in their fields. In addition, he’s recorded three solo CDs and has released an album, “Neo-Urban Traditions” with longtime musical partner Paul Howard that ranges from Brazilian and Hawaiian to klezmer and swing styles. It’s an album indicative of Phillips wide-ranging and inventive musicianship that has earned him accolades around the world and a vital role in a host of bands ranging from the AfroSemitic Experience to Three Finger Poi. In recent years he has appeared at the festival as a member of the Professors of Bluegrass.

— Steve Winters