Chemainus Bluegrass Festival
Chemainus bluegrass extravaganza & festival. July 18 & 19, 2015
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

It was a wonderful festival again in 2014, with bigger crowds than ever, and some truly great music. Make a note of the dates for the next Chemainus Blugrass Festival, which will take place on July 18 and 19, 2015
The 2014 Festival
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

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

The band's website is at

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

Photo of Bluegrass Fever
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.

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 latest addition to the band is the mandoin player, Steve Bastian, of Crofton. Originally from Okotoks, Alberta, Steve provides great lead breaks, as well as a solid mandolin chop. The band was happy to recruit Steve for the job.

For more info, please visit

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!

Thank you very much to our 2014 sponsors - please consider joining them...

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Top Hat Antiques & Collectibles
Top Hat Antiques & Collectibles. Festival Sponsor

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