Chemainus Bluegrass Festival
Chemainus bluegrass extravaganza & festival. July 26 & 27, 2014
One of the wonderful events presented each year by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society
Two magical days of bluegrass music on Vancouver Island - in Chemainus, British Columbia. Follow Facebook
Chemainus Bluegrass - near Duncan, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Victoria & the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Jamming and Free RV Camping. The Saltair Pub will again provide free camping for RV'ers attending the festival. If you'd like to take advantage of this offer, please contact the pub manager at We'd like people to enjoy jamming opportunities again this year, so why not enjoy the atmosphere on the grounds of the Saltair Pub for some jamming, whether you're camping there or not?
Another great weekend of bluegrass music in the park, right in the centre of "The Little Town That Did". And here are a few of the bands we've hired so far:
Steep Ravine band
STEEP RAVINE will be visiting from the San Francisco Bay area. Trampin' On, the band's new album of originals, showcases Steep Ravine's musical prowess, blending melodic verse, tight harmonies, and rich instrumentals. The diverse musical backgrounds of the band mates are featured, which encompass classical, jazz, and funk. Guitarist and lead vocalist Simon Linsteadt and violinist Jan Purat began playing music together in high school and later moved on to study music at UC Santa Cruz, where they fortuitously met mandolinist Andy O'Brien and bassist Alex Bice.

Trampin' On was recorded on two-inch tape at an analog recording studio in San Francisco. With the Fall 2013 release of the album, Steep Ravine embarked on a national tour, with shows in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Silver City, New Orleans, St. Louis, Columbia, Denver, Colorado Springs, Missoula, Seattle, Portland, Eugene, and many points in between.

The band's riveting live performances catch audiences by surprise with the sheer acoustic power of their collaborative sound, a mix of soulful tunes and fiery instrumentals.

You can visit the band's website at www.steepravineband.com


5 on a String bluegrass band
5 on a String
The 5 ON A STRING band was founded in September 1989, and our home base is Vancouver, British Columbia. We've always leaned toward traditional bluegrass with some original tunes and the occasional foray into old style country music like Merle Haggard and sometimes even Fats Domino!

Since '89 the band has played many of the Northwest's major bluegrass festivals such as: Granville Island, Mt St. Helen's [Toledo, WA], Chilliwack, Salmon Arm, Prince George, Coombs, Kamloops, Burns Lake, Sorrento, Shady Grove [Nanton, AB], Blueberry [Stony Plain, AB], Canadian Rockies [Nordegg, AB.], Darrington [WA], Wintergrass [Seattle], Folklife [Seattle], The Straight Bluegrass Festival [Port Angeles, WA.], and the Cottonwood Festival [Fort St. James].

The band members have instructed at various bluegrass workshops, particularly the BC Bluegrass Workshop in Sorrento, and the Cabin Fever Bluegrass Workshops in 108 mile House, B.C. For more information, visit www.5onastring.com.

The band's website is at http://5onastring.com


Tishomingo String Band
For the past 10 years, the TISHOMINGO STRING BAND has been treating Vancouver audiences to their own brand of high energy acoustic music. Featuring Jacob Russell on mandolin, Colin Cowan on upright bass, Chris Russell on guitar and Devon Wells on banjo, the group performs original and traditional material that runs the gamut from tender ballads to barn burning instrumentals. Combining the drive of classic bluegrass with a notion to explore, the Tishomingo String Band keeps things lively and unpredictable.

You really are going to have to listen to this band yourselves to appreciate their amazing sound. To hear a little of the band playing some ragtime bluegrass, Click Here, for a sample of their amazing nusical abilities.

The band's website is www.tishomingostringband.com



BLUEGRASS FEVER is based on Vancouver Island and plays traditional, modern and original bluegrass music. Bluegrass Fever has developed a solid reputation as one of the most crowd-pleasing bluegrass bands. Over the past few years, the boys have become the host band for this festival.

Photo of Bluegrass Fever
Banjo wizard Barrie Hemmings (of the band's original 1989 line-up) moved to Victoria, and joined forces with guitarist Bob Johns--known on the Island for his years with the popular Back Forty Boys. Guy Langlois is a highly talented upright bassist from Yellowknife, NWT.

The band's mandolin player is Jeff Ellis, who hails originally from Moneta, Virginia. Starting at the age of 13 Jeff began learning the acoustic bass, followed by mandolin, guitar, banjo and fiddle. He performed as part of his father's band Common Ground, winning band and individual competitions throughout the United States. Jeff won the titles of Virginia State Champion of both acoustic guitar and acoustic bass, as well as over 50 first place awards. Jeff has played with several notable bands including; Appalachian Express (SPBGMA Award band champion), The Bluegrass Cardinals, and has filled-in with several national acts on various instruments. At the age of 23 Jeff won the job of acoustic bass player with David Parmley & Continental Divide, where he traveled extensively with this award-winning group. A sought-after session player, he has recorded with bands and solo artists for a variety of major record labels. In 2007 Jeff toured with CMA and Grammy award-winner Marty Raybon (of country super-group Shenendoah) and his exciting band Full Circle.

For more info, please visit www.bluegrassfever.ca


The Moonriders
This year, we're going to bring a little old-time country music to the festival. THE MOON RIDERS will be here, featuring the amazing voice of Sharon Dudka, with well-known Vancouver Island guitarist Gord Bigham, and Blaine Bartleman on upright bass.

The band played one set on Sunday afternoon at last year's festival, and they proved to be very popular. So this year, they are in for both days of the festival. We think that you'll just love them!







Here are our 2013 sponsors - please consider joining them for 2013...

Ad for Mid Island C0-op
Festival sponsor (click for website)


Utopia Bakery, Chemainus
Festival sponsor - click for website
 

"Castle Cove Inn"
10099 Chemainus Road, Chemainus, BC
Festival sponsor - click for website


Visit Chemainus
Chemainus Business Improvement Association
Festival sponsor - click for website
 

Chemainus Gardens
Chemainus Gardens RV Park, click for discount coupon
Festival sponsor - click for website
 
Festival sponsor (click for website)

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