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Country: Bluegrass Moods: Type: Acoustic Folk: Traditional Folk Folk: Modern Folk Moods: Mood: Christmas

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ShoreGrass is a bluegrass band from the Connecticut shoreline comprised of Frank & Barbara Shaw (banjo & guitar), Paul Pozzi (mandolin) and various musicians on bass, fiddle and Dobro. The full ShoreGrass band is usually a quintet, but they also frequently perform in smaller configurations, during which they sometimes call themselves SHORTGrass! The group has performed locally as well as around the Northeast since 1996.

The very first time they called themselves ShoreGrass was in January, 1996 at a "Soup for All" benefit at the 1st Congregational Church in Branford, CT, with the Shaws, Dave Dietrick and Dick Hall. Through many seasons and many band changes, the music goes on based on family-oriented values, love of making music and the support of people who enjoy their music.

Their music is a lively mix of traditional bluegrass, old-time, early country, gospel and folk songs as well as original pieces reflecting their roots in contemporary music with a local flavor. The group has several singers who alternate leads on 3-part vocal harmonies, and that unique bluegrass blend of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass and Dobro. Their musicianship demonstrates the range and uniqueness of each instrument as well as an unusually rich vocal blend, all delivered with the special sense of humor that marks all ShoreGrass performances.

ShoreGrass has released four albums, including "In Connecticut" (2001), "Songs of the Civil War Era" (2005), "Going Home" (2007) and "Hummingbird" (2014). Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called their "Going Home" album "a pleasant collection of down-home music that should attract considerable attention for the band." Sing Out! magazine called ShoreGrass "a refreshing reminder of what bluegrass music is really all about: a talented, family-based band that seem to truly relish playing and singing together."