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MerleFest Reflections 2004


Earl Scruggs and Vince Gill

Before MerleFest 2004 the college built two new parking lots on the north side of Alumni Hall. By moving the festival check-in to the new lots, organizers significantly reduced the amount of traffic and congestion along the shuttle route at the festival entrance, which improved the safety of pedestrians and the efficiency of the shuttle service.

Natalie MacMaster

Occasional rain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday did not stop a record-setting attendance. Saturday’s lineup was particularly outstanding with a special Earl Scruggs birthday set. Earl was joined by Doc and country music star Vince Gill. They played favorites such as “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” and “The Ballad of Jed Clampett.” Rosanne Cash performed Sunday afternoon to a stalwart audience that ignored the rain. Doc joined her on two Johnny Cash classics, and she also sang a song she wrote in memory of her father. The Avett Brothers took their show beyond the stage ... they strolled through the vendor shops singing to the fans. Natalie MacMaster wowed the crowd with her fast-paced Celtic fiddle on the Cabin Stage.