Bluegrass band Illinois Rail returns to the Mt. Morris Jamboree

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Illinois Rail will be performing their brand of traditional, new, original and gospel bluegrass music for a free two hour show in the band shell located on South Wesley Avenue in Mt. Morris on Friday starting at 7 p.m.

Illinois Rail is a high energy bluegrass/gospel band that hails from central Illinois with several members that have over 30 years of bluegrass band experience.

The group consists of Dave and Peg Shippert, Cliff Angeln, Doug Knecht and Gary Dickson.

The group came together in 2008 and shares a love of traditional bluegrass music as well as the bluegrass music of today.

Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, the Cox Family and Ronda Vincent inspire just some of the music played by the group.

The band offers award winning banjo picking, spirited mandolin and dobro, rock solid flat picking and bass and exceptional vocals.

Illinois Rail has played a variety of festivals and private functions over the years and recently did a recording session for WTVP Channel 47 out of Peoria for their use in public broadcasting.

The group has released three CDs which include various instrumentals, cover songs and several original tunes.

The members of Illinois Rail have a great friendship and love to play and have fun with the music with the feeling that when the band has fun so does the audience.

The Mt. Morris Public Library will be serving Italian sausages, hot dogs, coleslaw, chips, drinks and bar cookies starting at 6 p.m.

The Mt. Morris Community Farmers Market which is located in the bank parking lot at the corner of Route 64 and Wesley Ave. is open every Friday through October from 4-7 p.m. so those attending the concert can visit before the show.

You can browse around at other craft and food vendors on the campus as well from 6 p.m. until dark.



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