The 33rd annual PEI Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival takes place July 6, 7 and 8 at The Big Field in Rollo Bay and presents a lineup of the best bluegrass bands from the USA, the Maritimes and PEI.
The feature groups at this year’s festival span the spectrum of bluegrass music from the high lonesome mountain sound of Tommy Brown and County Line Grass, to the contemporary, folk tinged sound, of Jeff Scroggins and Colorado,to a mixture of straight ahead bluegrass and acoustic country of Feller and Hill.
All these groups are favourites at festivals across the US and Canada and have been in this business for many years.
For regional flavour the Bluegrass Diamonds are back for their twenty-ninth appearance at the festival. Acoustic Horizon, one of the foremost bluegrass bands in Canada, whose members have graced stages all over North America as well as Europe are back for their second straight year. Free Wheelin', a relatively new group made up of four seasoned musicians is here for the first time.
Eight local bluegrass bands make up the rest of the program. They come from all parts of the Island and have honed their craft over many years.
The festival gets under way on Wednesday evening with an open mic setting. Thursday is the day to look up old friends, renew acquaintances and end up the day with another open mic. This is one of the most popular aspects of the festival as well as the Songwriter’s Circle on Saturday at noon and the acoustic instrument workshops on Saturday morning sponsored by The Buzz.
This is a family centric festival so bring the kids because there is a children’s program and the kids also have a chance to shine on the main stage at supper time on Saturday.
Gates open for camping Wednesday July 4 at 1 pm, main stage show starts on Friday morning.