Let the mu­sic play

P.E.I. Blue­grass and Old Time Mu­sic So­ci­ety celebrate 30th an­niver­sary fes­ti­val at Rollo Bay

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FEATURES/ENTERTAINMENT -

Blue­grass fever rolled out of the hills and hol­lows of Ap­palachia and into Prince Ed­ward Is­land 30 years ago.

This Amer­i­can mu­sic found a home on the east coast of Canada and the P.E.I. Blue­grass and Old Time Mu­sic So­ci­ety and fes­ti­val was born.

2015 brings the 30th an­niver­sary fes­ti­val to be cel­e­brated July 3 - 5 in the quaint com­mu­nity of Rollo Bay in Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

The field fes­ti­val play­ers will go on the open mic stage Thurs­day at 7 p.m.

The main stage show starts at noon on Fri­day, July 3 and will con­tinue through un­til Sun­day af­ter­noon with off-stage jamming hap­pen­ing around the clock.

The fam­ily fes­ti­val in­cludes a chil­dren’s pro­gram on Fri­day and Satur­day 3-5 p.m., a song writer’s cir­cle and in­stru­ment work­shops for banjo, guitar, man­dolin and bass on Satur­day.

From it’s hum­ble begin­nings the fes­ti­val has grown to be one of the eastern Canada’s muchloved events, bring­ing in the finest US bands and com­bin­ing them with the best from the is­land and Mar­itime re­gion, a news re­lease states.

“Who would have thought that 30 years later this mu­sic would have such roots here in P.E.I.? This fes­ti­val draws peo­ple from the US, Canada and around the world with some vis­it­ing from as far away as New Zealand.”

Lone­some River Band, Clay Hess Band and Ned Crisp and Bot­tom­line are the U.S. head­line acts this year, along with blue­grass friends from New Brunswick, Blue­grass Di­a­monds, Spin­ney Broth­ers and Blue­grass Tra­di­tion from Nova Sco­tia.

There are also nine P.E.I. favourites in­clud­ing Janet McGarry, Dy­lan Fer­gu­son and East Bound, Blue­grass Re­vival, Blue Zone, Two + Three, SK Blue­grass, Just Grass, Wheat­ley River Band and Dun­romin.

“Join us and camp on-site for the week­end or come for the day on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day.”

For more de­tails check the web­site at: http://peiblue­grass. tri­pod.com or phone 902-5694501 or 902-566-2641.

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