CHESTERTOWN — Two artists scheduled to perform at the Sultana Education Foundation’s Downrigging Weekend Festival have received top awards at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 32nd annual awards show.

According to a news release, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, a member of the band Mile Twelve, received the Fiddle Player of the Year award. Danny Paisley was awarded Male Vocalist of the Year. The awards were held Sept. 30 in Raliegh N.C.

This year’s Downrigging in Chestertown is set for Oct. 29-30. Both Mile Twelve and Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass will play multiple sets on the Chestertown waterfront Saturday, Oct. 30 as part of Sultana’s annual festival.

Keith-Hynes and Paisley are not the only Downrigging artists to win recent acclaim. Solo guitarist, Yasmin Williams, was recently profiled by The New York Times, National Public Radio and the Washington Post, which lauded her as a “new kind of guitar hero.”

“We are grateful to our volunteer music directors, Rousby Quesenbury and Andrew Ferguson, for putting such an outstanding lineup together for this year’s festival,” said Brooke Logan Packard, chair of the Sultana Education Foundation’s Downrigging Committee.

Other nationally acclaimed artists scheduled to perform at Sultana’s Downrigging Festival include Colebrook Road, Country Current, Wicked Sycamore, Jackob’s Ferry Stranglers, and Tom Mindte.

A full schedule and ticket information can be found at

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