The Fly Birds and The Mosely Brothers took top awards at the Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Competition, held on April 7 in Rockville, MD.
First place went to The Fly Birds, an “alternative old-timey bluegrass trio” from Winchester, VA. Featuring sisters Elizabeth Baker on banjo and Mary Dunlap on bass, and Sarah Twigg on guitar, they’ve been together since 2016 and their first CD “the Band is Causing Problems” is scheduled for release soon. The Fly Birds were third-place finishers in last year’s competition.
The second-place band, The Mosely Brothers, is a Maryland-based quartet featuring Joey Mosely on guitar, Jacob Mosely on mandolin, Johny Calamari on bass and Dean Phillips on banjo. Rooted in classic bluegrass, they thread the lines between traditional and progressive acoustic music.
Ghost Sugar, a five-piece banjo-less band from the Baltimore area, finished in third place. Members are Alani Sugar and Katelynn Casper doubling on fiddle and mandolin, Taka Morishita on guitar, Shio Morishita on bass, and Matthew Zuckerman on Dobro.
The Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Competition is sponsored by the DC Bluegrass Union, a nonprofit organization serving the bluegrass music community in the Washington, DC area.