Evan­ge­line Blue­grass and Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val un­der­way

The Roys, Larry Efaw and the Blue­grass Moun­taineers among those to per­form

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The 15th an­nual Evan­ge­line Blue­grass and Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is un­der­way un­til July 12 at the fes­ti­val grounds in AbramVil­lage.

Thir­teen groups of mu­si­cians are sched­uled to per­form blue­grass and tra­di­tional mu­sic over a pe­riod of four days, and blue­grass mu­sic fans from across Canada and from many parts of the United States are ex­pected to con­verge on the area to en­joy 30 hours of mu­sic by high-per­form­ing blue­grass bands from Ohio, Nashville and the Mar­itimes.

For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year and by pop­u­lar de­mand, the pro­gram got un­der­way last evening with a spe­cial two-hour show.

One of the high­lights of the week­end will be Larry Efaw and the Blue­grass Moun­taineers from Ohio. This top-notch blue­grass group will per­form to­day and Satur­day.

A duo that will un­doubt­edly re­ceive a lot of at­ten­tion is The Roys, another high­light of the fes­ti­val, from Nashville, Tenn. They will take centrestage on Satur­day and Sun­day.

Other groups who will be per­form­ing will be the Blue­grass Di­a­monds, one of the most pop­u­lar blue­grass bands of the Mar­itimes, as well as Sim­ply Blue from New Brunswick. From Nova Sco­tia will be Close To Home and the Ryan Dill­man Band with P.E.I. per­form­ers in­clud­ing Janet McGarry and Wild­wood, S.K. Blue­grass, Two Plus Three, Blue­grass Re­vival, Heart­felt Blue­grass, Dy­lan Fer­gu­son and East­wind.

Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee co-pres­i­dents Dianne Gallant and Ray­mond Bernard be­lieve that it is the at­mos­phere that makes a blue­grass fes­ti­val such a great event.

“A lot of mu­si­cians at­tend the fes­ti­val, they added, and you are in­vited to take part in the pick­ing and jamming in the camp­ground, where am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians come to­gether to en­ter­tain you into the wee hours of the morn­ing.”

The fes­ti­val will also in­clude work­shops, open mike ses­sions and a chil­dren’s pro­gram. Meals will be avail­able through­out the week­end at the Resto-Bar La Trappe, and there will be can­teen ser­vices on site. Sites with hook-ups are still avail­able with lots of space for rough camp­ing.

For in­for­ma­tion, call Gallant, 902-854-3457, Bernard, 902-8542324, or camp­ground man­ager Eric Richard, 902-315-2593. Peo­ple can also visit the fes­ti­val’s web­site, www.evan­ge­lineblue­grass­fes­ti­val.ca

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The Roys will be part of the fes­ti­val lineup on Satur­day and Sun­day.

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Larry Efaw and the Blue­grass Moun­taineers come to this year’s fes­ti­val from Ohio.

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