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By Dena Martin
The Times 

Switchgrass Delta bluegrass band to visit Ireland

Homestay music study and an Irish bluegrass festival performance are on the agenda


February 21, 2019

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Waitsburg's popular bluegrass band, Switchgrass Delta, is made up of its original members. (l to r) Emma Philbrook on mandolin, Kaleb Kuykendall on fiddle, Robert Walsh on standup bass and Chris Philbrook on banjo and guitar.

WAITSBURG – Waitsburg's resident bluegrass band, Switchgrass Delta, will head to Ireland this June to study traditional Irish music and to perform at an Irish bluegrass festival. The group is busy raising funds for the long-awaited international trip.

Nearly eight years ago, Chris Philbrook got Kate Hockersmith back in the bluegrass business when he knocked on her door saying he wanted to be a Troublemaker (a member the youth bluegrass band her son had participated in) and travel to Japan like they had.

That parent-led band played throughout the valley for years and traveled to Japan as...

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