News from the Duck

Hi Gang,
This Saturday, April 3, at 4:55 PM, my bluegrass band, Cedar Hill, and I will debut our brand new show at WRFG’s 89.3 FM Peachblossom Bluegrass Festival at the Clarkston Community Center.  Come out and catch some wacky, quacky bluegrass.

Marietta SEBA Chapter Start Up

Hi everyone,

Jim Starkey (fiddle) is trying to get a Marietta SEBA Chapter started.  I think we’ve got a critical mass of local interest and talent, so please come out to the picking’ session.  And please give this widest distribution.  View and download the Flyer here.

Direct questions to

Bluegrass Forever,
Greg & Wendy Beyer

“The MARS HILL PORCH PICKERS” will be playing this coming Sat OCT 3rd


Our Band “The MARS HILL PORCH PICKERS” will be playing this coming Sat OCT 3rd from 10 Until 2:30 at the CRABAPPLE TOWN ANTIQUES, ARTS AND BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL.

We will be moving around the square with other bands on each corner or somewhere. Not sure of the music details.

“A tradition since 1969, this one day only, rain or shine, outdoor festival features 50 local juried artists and 50 American Country Antique Dealers from six states. Thousands of antiques, accessories, and unique pieces of art in all mediums will be available, so come enjoy this old-fashion festival. Included in the festival are roaming musicians, food for sale benefiting the Boy and Girl Scouts, children activities from 2 ’til 4 p.m., a home tour, and trolley rides. An event not to miss. Parking and admission are free.
• For more information for this event, please call 770.448.3860.

Come out and join in on the fun, buy some antiques or art and listen to the music.

Thank you For all you Do!

P . Dickson Lester

The Mars Hill Porch Pickers

GO TO : Southeast Bluegrass Associations Website:

If you want to change the life of an ORPHANED CHILD got to:

– you can sponsor a lovely child for $35/Month through Mars HILL

Acworth, Georgia



Aussie Jam is featured in the AJC!

The Australian Bakery and the Aussie Jam were featured in the Lifestyle Section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Tuesday, September 22, 2009. Click on the link below to enjoy the article.


The SouthEastern Bluegrass Association is celebrating its 25th Anniversary during 2009.  The culmination of the events marking SEBA’s silver anniversary is a concert featuring the legendary all-male supergroup Longview and the widely acclaimed all-female supergroup, the Daughters of Bluegrass.

The show is October 24th at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Duluth, Georgia. Details and tickets are available online at

SEBA’s mission is to preserve and promote the performance and enjoyment of bluegrass music. The organization hopes to generate enough revenue from the October concert and other activities and events during this year to fund scholarships for aspiring bluegrass music students. Students from the Georgia Pick & Bow program, which provides after-school opportunity for fourth through twelfth grade students to learn to play bluegrass instruments, will also perform at the concert.

Longview’s current lineup includes J.D. Crowe, James King, Don Rigsby, Ron Stewart, Lou Reid and Marshall Wilborn. The Daughters of Bluegrass includes more than sixty female artists. The eight representing the Daughters at the October show are Dale Ann Bradley, Lorraine Jordan, Jeanette Williams, Frances Mooney, Mindy Rakestraw, Gena Britt, Tina Adair and Lisa Ray.

A small group of fans and pickers had the idea for a bluegrass organization in 1984 at a festival in Ellijay, Georgia. A few months later, SEBA was born. Today, the all-volunteer, non-profit association boasts nearly 700 members with nine chapters, located in Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Contact Information:
Julie Sanders, Event Committee Chair
SouthEastern Bluegrass Association, Inc.

Allatooner’s Dulcimer Group – meeting Sunday, 9/13/09

I am a member of the Allatooner’s Dulcimer Group, which is part of the North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association. We meet once a month, and beginners are more than welcome! The regular monthly gathering will be this Sunday, September 13, 2009 from 1:30 – 4:00 pm at the Town View Baptist Church – Modular Building C.

The location is: 1115 Shiloh Road Northwest Kennesaw, GA 30144

Note that this is not really a jam, per se, and we don’t play bluegrass. It is mostly old-time; it is for people who want to enrich their lap (mountain) dulcimer skills primarily. There are a lot of beginners, so don’t be shy. Autoharps are known to show also.


Follow the Duck!

Hi Gang,
This is a reminder that I will be leading a bluegrass jam at the Ragamuffin in Roswell this Friday, August 28.  They bill it as a bluegrass gospel jam, but we do bluegrass standards and instrumentals as well.  The jam starts at 7 pm.  I hope to see you there.