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Bluegrass Trio Plays at U.S/Canada Border Amid Closure

Published: Oct. 12, 2020 at 7:06 PM EDT
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ORIENT, Maine (WAGM) - The border between the U.S. and Canada has been closed to non-essential travel since March. However, one group of bluegrass singers are keeping their relationship with each other going and their music alive. News Source 8′s Cam Smith has the story.

The border closure between the U.S. and Canada has been tough on many people through COVID-19 pandemic.

Some separated by the border closure have found ways to meet up at the border and spend time together. Renee Child, Ed Betts and Becky Betts meet at the border connecting Orient, Maine to Fosterville, New Brunswick, Canada to bridge the gap between them and share their love for music.

“It’s been hard for all the musicians I’m sure this year not to be able to play together very much… especially us because we live in two different countries, so this is really special.”

Ed and Becky live in New Brunswick and Renee travels from Bangor. The international separation has made it difficult for the trio to meet.

“We kept watching every thirty days that maybe the border was going to open, or it might be open for someone who has property over here… Anyway, that didn’t happen so we’re just making the most of it coming out here on the bridge.”

The three met at a Bluegrass Festival in 2014 and their relationship is unbreakable, despite the distance and border closure.

“It’s all a big bluegrass family, everyone calls it that, and Renee has become our family through that. It’s just like, every other family they haven’t been able to see, and it’s been very difficult.”

“We kind of play the same kind of music, we’re both die hard blue grassers. When we’re together we share meals and we’re just the best of friends.”

As the pandemic lingers and the border remains closed one thing is certain. Ed, Renee, and Becky’s relationship only grows stronger. In Orient, Cam Smith, News Source 8.

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