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by Charlie Hansen

Della MaeThere’s a new duo on the PEI music scene called Partners in Time made up of a real veteran of the music business in Neil Matthews and a relative new comer in Sue Pitre. The two combine their talents to make for a great evenings entertainment. Their set list includes Celtic, Maritime, and Newfoundland songs as well as Country and Bluegrass and when you wrap all this around Neil and Sue and add a bit of comedy you're sure to enjoy your visit to one of their shows. They will be playing several dates throughout the summer at Kate’s Cafe in the Downeast Mall in Montague, the first of which will be July 20. Partners In Time can also be seen at Carr’s Oyster Bar in Stanley Bridge Beginning on July 14.

The PEI Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival takes place July 6, 7, and 8 at The Festival Grounds in Rollo Bay. This year’s festival features the best lineup in the maritimes this summer with Grasstowne, The Darrell Webb Band, Nu Blu as well as Blue Tie Affair, The Bluegrass Diamonds, Eight Wheel Drive, Windy Creek as wells as many local bands to round out the show. The festival also features The Buzz workshops as well as a children’s program and lots of concessions so see you in Rollo Bay. The PEI Bluegrass and Old Time Music Society has a new website so if you need more information on the festival or other events sponsored by the society go to peibluegrass.tripod.com.

The Evangeline Bluegrass and Traditional Music Festival is being held on July 13, 14, and 15 in Abram Village. The festival this year features all girl band, Della Mae, Hard Ryde, Rhyme N' Reason plus Windy Creek, The Bluegrass Diamonds and many local bands. Evangeline is one of the finest festivals on the Island so get up there and hear lots of good music. For information contact Raymond Bernard at (902) 854-2324

The Red Clay Bluegrass Festival takes place August 17, 18 and 19 at the Heritage Site in Tignish. This is always a great festival so plan to take it in. This year’s event features lots of great bluegrass and old time groups both local and from across Canada. For information and an updated lineup call Aggie Gaudet at 902-882-2385.

Labour Day weekend brings us the 2nd Annual Twin Shores Camping Area Bluegrass Festival which features The Mountain Connection from Kentucky as well as The Douthwrights and Simply Blue from New Brunswick. Island favourites Two Plus Three, Country Grass, Blue Persuasion, Simply Acoustic and Bluegrass Revival will also make an appearance. This lineup will assure us a great weekend of music. Twin Shores has all the facilities necessary to make your stay very enjoyable so call early to reserve your site at 902-836-4142.

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