Saturday, July 14, 2018
Featuring Bluegrass Diamonds | The Baker Family | Janet McGarry & Wildwood | Bluegrass Tradition | Highway Train | High Lonesome Drive | Free Wheelin’ | Dunromin | Two + Three | SK Bluegrass | Heartfelt Bluegrass | The Treble Makers
The Evangeline Bluegrass Festival officially opens on Friday, July 13, and runs through Sunday, July 15, at the Acadian Musical Village grounds in Abram-Village.
The festival activities begin on July 12, with a pre-festival stage show, from 7 to 9:30 pm, featuring PEI bands, Dunromin and Two + Three, followed by an Open Mic session. On July 13, scheduled bands will play from 2 to 10:30 pm. The Official Opening will take place at 7:15 pm. On July 14, scheduled bands will play from 10:45 am to 10:30 pm, and on July 15, from 10 am to 3 pm.
The headlining band at this year's festival is The Baker Family from Missouri (USA). This high energy bluegrass band has won many awards as a group or as individuals over the years. Making up the band are 17-year-old Trustin Baker, on fiddle and lead vocals; 15-years-old Carina Baker, on mandolin and lead vocals; 13-year-old Elijah Baker on upright bass; the mother of the family plays the guitar and does vocals; and Hunter Motts, a friend of the family plays the banjo. The Baker Family will be on stage on Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14.
Several Maritime bands will also perform during the three-day event, including the ever-popular band from the Memramcook NB area, the Bluegrass Diamonds. Also from New Brunswick, two bands fairly new on the bluegrass circuit: Highway Train and High Lonesome Drive. Also, Nova Scotia’s Bluegrass Tradition and Free Wheelin’ will perform.
PEI groups include multi bluegrass award-winner Janet McGarry & Wildwood, SK Bluegrass, Two + Three, Heartfelt Bluegrass, Dunromin and The Treble Makers.
The festival also includes a Saturday morning workshop with the Bluegrass Tradition band at 10 am and The Baker Family band at 10:45 am; Open Mic sessions, children’s program and Sunday morning gospel music renditions. You can purchase tickets on a Yamaha acoustic guitar at the Ways & Means kiosk, 50/50 draws. For food, the restaurant La Trappe will be open Saturday and Sunday. There is canteen services on site.
The Evangeline Bluegrass Festival can accommodate up to 150 trailers and R.V.s with serviced lots and has ample space for rough camping. Information can be obtained by contacting Leona Gallant at 854-3429. For information about the program, call Raymond Bernard at 902-854-2324.