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by Charlie Hansen

Not a lot happening in Florida these days but we’re managing to keep warm and that’s not hard because the weather has been great with only a couple of days that were below normal.

We’ve just been taking in some local jams and music in the “Park.” The festival season hasn’t begun yet but when it does we’ll be taking in a number of them.

By this time the PEI Music awards are over and the winners have gone home with their hardware. Congratulations to all the winners and here’s a hope that those who were nominated and didn’t win will continue to make great music.

Music PEI has done a lot, since it’s birth as The PEI Music Awards Association several years ago, to foster and promote the music industry on PEI and they have taken a disorganized group of musicians with no real focus and turned them into a force for the good of music in the province and have nurtured them into fine representatives for music across the country. Many groups and individuals have made an impact on the Canadian music scene and they should be proud of their achievements and thankful to have a association like Music PEI behind them.

The 27th annual PEI Bluegrass and Old The Music Festival is well into the organization stages and has all the off island bands booked. The festival will be held, as usual, at The Festival Grounds in Rollo Bay July 6, 7, & 8 featuring some of the top bands in bluegrass music in North America. This year’s festival features Grasstowne from South Carolina, The Darrell Webb Band from Kentucky, Nu Blu from North Carolina. Maritime groups this year are, for the sixteenth time, The Bluegrass Diamonds, Blue Tie Affair, Windy Creek, and Eight Wheel Drive. The Island bands will be put in place soon and the festival will be ready to go.

I had some good news the other day. The Twin Shores Camping Area Bluegrass Festival, which was such a success last year, will be back this year and planning has begun to make this year’s festival even better than last year’s. There will be at least one high profile US band as well as two or three Maritime bands and the local bands. We’ll have lots of information for you in the months to come.

As the months go by we’ll be taking in lots of bluegrass and country festivals and we’ll be reporting our findings. The first festival that we'll be taking in will be a festival that is held in honour of Florida’s smallest fruit, the kumquat. The Kumquat festival in Dade City is always packed with folks and there’s lots of music and food so I guess I’ll be right at home.

Until next month when we’ll have more southern news don’t forget to support live country and bluegrass music and listen to Bluegrass Island every Sunday evening at 9 pm on CFCY FM 95.1 in Charlottetown and online at www.cfcy.fm.

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