by Charlie Hansen
This month I want to talk about a couple of Bluegrass festivals happening on the Island in July.
First of all the PEI Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival is happening on July 4, 5 and 6 at the festival grounds in Rollo Bay. This year’s festival features Audie Blaylock and Redline from Indiana, Shannon Slaughter and County Clare from Alabama, and Art Stevenson and High Water from Wisconsin.
As well as these great US bands we have , representing the Maritimes: The Bluegrass Diamonds, Blue Tie Affair, A New Shade Of Blue and Simply Blue. PEI is also well represented with Janet McGarry and Wildwood,
Two Plus Three, SK Bluegrass, Blue Persuasion, Blue Zone, Just Grass, Bluegrass Revival and Joe Casey and Westwind. You can listen to or participate in the open mic on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
On August 11, 12 and 13 the Evangeline Bluegrass and Traditional Music festival is happening in Abram Village featuring “the bluegrass story teller,” James King from Virginia.
James has been a stalwart in the field of bluegrass music for many years and is much in demand on the US circuit. James released his first CD in 1988 and from there was picked up by Rounder Records, for which he still records. James performes country and traditional bluegrass and puts his heart into everything that he sings. James also serve a stint with the super group Longview.
The Tebworth Brothers from Ontario are making their second appearance at Abram Village and although young in age they are long in talent and have a wonderful family friendly stage show. The brothers are Wyatt, 11 and Marshall 9. Wyatt has been playing mandolin for about 6 years and Marshall has been playing fiddle since 2010. They are much in demand on the Ontario circuit and have made a couple of trips to the east coast as well.
As well as the James King and the Tebworth Brothers Evangeline also features Eight Wheel Drive from Nova Scotia, Back Roads and Monroe and The Bluegrass Diamonds from New Brunswick as well as all the local favourites.
The PEI festivals take a bit of a break for a few weeks and later in August we'll be back with more info on The Red Clay Festival in Tignish August 15, 16 and 17. Make sure to mark your calendars.
Until next time don’t forget to support live country and bluegrass music and listen to Bluegrass Island every Sunday evening at 9:00PM on CFCY 95.1 FM in Charlottetown and on the web at cfcy.fm.