Youthful bluegrass band One Fret Over takes the bluegrass stage

A meeting at summer camp has led to success for a pair of siblings from Salisbury and Kernersville. Their band, One Fret Over, will perform at the N.C. State Fair in Heritage Circle on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Based out of central North Carolina, One Fret Over is comprised of two sets of siblings; Gabe Bemus (guitar and vocals), Grace Bemus (fiddle and vocals), Elijah Moore (mandolin) and Lincoln Moore (bass).

The band members met at youth bluegrass camp in 2016. They formed One Fret Over in early 2017 and have filled their schedule performing at local venues and festivals ever since.

Elijah became interested in music through a school program where he learned to play the mandolin. Lincoln discovered music when his dad bought ukuleles when he was younger and got him interested.

Gabe and Grace learned about music through their dad.

“I grew up listening to bluegrass and when my brother and dad started playing, I thought I would, too,” Grace said.

The band mates agree that their favorite part about performing is having fun and making others happy with their music.

One Fret Over has won ribbons at several fiddle conventions, including a first place in Adult Band at the 2018 Granite Quarry Civitan Fiddler’s Convention. The band has played all over the state of North Carolina, as well as Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky and Virginia.

This year they were the Got to Be NC Festival Bluegrass Battle Band Champions, as well as the 2019 Telluride Band Contest finalist in Colorado.

“We are very excited to perform at the fair this year, it is a new experience,” Elijah said.

For more information about One Fret Over, visit their website at .

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