The Lonesome River Band

Thirty five years and sixteen albums later, The Lonesome River Band continues to set the standard in bluegrass music. Led by Sammy Shelor, five time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award winner (he has been nominated another seven times!) and recipient of the Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, The Lonesome … Read More

The Lonely Heartstring Band

Boston based, the Lonely Heartstring Band is a classic bluegrass quintet that is so much more than the sum of its parts.  They are young, energetic and masterful with a beautiful vocal blend, top notch instrumentation and a astonishing range of styles .  Offering a unique blend of the old and new, this band is … Read More

The Sweet Lowdown

The Sweet Lowdown first appeared at our Festival in 2013 and captivated everyone with harmonies to die for, fabulous playing and great original material. Celtic jigs, Appalachian fiddling, bluegrass, contemporary pop and that particularly Canadian blend of solid tradition and ground-breaking originality combine to produce truly memorable music. Vancouver Island based, the Sweet Lowdown have … Read More

The Bombadils

Classically trained, but brought together musically playing Irish pub songs, The Bombadils’ Luke Fraser and Sarah Frank create beautiful harmonies and enchanting melodies by reconfiguring old-time music, bluegrass, sea shanties and even jazz into a new folk framework. The juxtaposition of landlubber and maritimer fits into their world as well, with Sarah’s Alberta prairie upbringing … Read More