Prince Edward Island

Winter Bluegrass Festival

January 20-22, 2023

The Delta Prince Edward by Marriott –

Charlottetown, PE

Experience the Warmth of Bluegrass Music

in the winter!

 

WEEKEND PASSES AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS:

Purchase your Weekend Pass first to get your Bluegrass Delta Room Discount Code to reserve your room at the Delta Prince Edward by Marriott

 

STARTING NOVEMBER 1st, 2022:

Early Bird Weekend Pass (until December 31st) $80 all inclusive

(Including taxes and fees, $90 all inclusive after December 31st, 2022)

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To purchase an Early Bird Weekend Pass:

1. Passes can be purchased on line at eventbrite by clicking here: WBF Weekend Pass

(Your Bluegrass Delta Room Discount Code will be provided automatically by eventbrite)

2. Passes can be reserved by phone at 1-(902)-569-5600, or by email at PEIwbf@icloud.com

Payment for your reserved pass can be made by etransfer from your on line banking account to: treasurer.peibotms@gmail.com

Payment for your reserved pass can also be made by cheque postmarked by December 31st, 2022 payable to the PEI Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Society Inc. and mailed to:

PEI Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Society Inc., P.O. Box: 2812, Charlottetown, PEI, C1A 8C4

(Your Bluegrass Delta Room Discount Code will be provided by email upon receipt of payment)

The Society shall not assume any liability for stolen, misplaced or fraudulent cheques or e-transfers.  Please follow up with the Society without delay to ensure your cheque or e-transfer was received and properly credited to your account. 

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To book your room at the host Hotel:

Book your room on line with the link provided by eventbrite when purchasing your Early Bird Weekend Pass, or call 1 (888) 236-2427 and provide your Bluegrass Delta Room Discount Code to obtain special Bluegrass Weekend Rates at the Delta Prince Edward by Marriott, 18 Queen Street, Charlottetown, PE.

Delta Prince Edward Room Rates

Starting at $159.00/night With Discount Code

(plus taxes and fees, based on availability)

 

 Hotel call center is for booking rooms only and may not have complete information about Winter Bluegrass Festival itself. 

For more information on the festival contact 902-569-5600 or email: peiwbf@icloud.com

For More Information Contact:

Festival Chair:  Serge Bernard: 902-569-5600 or sergejbernard@icloud.com

Society President:  Shirley Jay: 902-218-8916 or smedleyjay@icloud.com

Publicist & Media Relations:  Peter Richards: peterichardsmusic@gmail.com

Social Media:  Cassandra MacKay, Inspire Social Studios: cassandra@inspiresocialstudios.com

FEATURING

The Seldom Scene

IBMA Hall of Fame Inductees, The Seldom Scene is an American bluegrass band formed in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland. The Scene has been instrumental in starting the progressive bluegrass movement as their shows include bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even pop. What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For The Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun.

Seth Mulder & Midnight Run

Hailing from the Gateway of the Great Smoky Mountains, Seth Mulder & Midnight Run began its journey in February of 2015, at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Made up of four like-minded musicians and graduates of college music programs, this group of friends and musicians created a band tied to the rich traditions of bluegrass music, yet one that offers a fresh approach to that “High Lonesome” sound. With each member drawing from a variety of influences, including bluegrass, country, and rock.

Now, with over 200 shows a year, they find themselves playing to audiences all over the world. Together, Seth Mulder, Colton Powers, Ben Watlington, and Max Etling create a powerhouse of music that you do not want to miss!

Ray Legere & Acoustic Horizon

Ray Legere is a legendary Canadian bluegrass fiddler, mandolinist, guitarist and band leader from Sackville, New Brunswick.

Ray has been named the Bluegrass Artist Of The Year at the East Coast Music Awards for several years and is recorded on the Honour Roll at the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards as the best Fiddle Player, after winning that title from 1996 – 2000. He has been inducted into the New Brunswick Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2019, he was awarded the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in the Arts by the New Brunswick Arts Board.

The Janet McGarry Band

For over twenty years Janet McGarry has continued to be a dominant presence in bluegrass music, both at home and abroad.  With thirteen albums to her credit, each have earned her awards, accolades, and much deserved respect from the music industry.  Her brand new release is entitled “Wearin’ the Blues”. Among her most significant career accolades, Janet is a “Daughter of Bluegrass”, which is a leading group of female bluegrass artists. Janet appears as a leading artist on the cd “Bluegrass Bouquet”, the group’s third collaboration on Blue Circle Records. Janet also appears on the Box Set of the “Daughters of Bluegrass” project called “Pickin’ Like a Girl”, and she also appeared on the compilation cd “Bluegrass Bands / Helping Hands © 2009”. Janet is also a five-time “Female Vocalist of the Year” at the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Awards, the industry’s highest accolade in Eastern Canada.

Bluegrass Tradition

Bluegrass Tradition have been performing for over 13 years and are dedicated to the traditional bluegrass music they love. Trevor Boutilier and Karen DeCoste are the founding members and are proud to have Andrew Kent and Ryan Dillman joining them for the PEI Festival.

This band has won many awards including Band of the Year, Gospel Performance of the Year and Vocal Group of the year at the ECBMA. Trevor has his masters on mandolin and has won male vocalist. Karen has her masters in the Female Vocalist category and awards for Bass Player and Composer of the Year. Their cd’s have won Recording of the Year.

Andrew is a versatile fiddler and well- known performer, session musician and teacher. He has performed all over the world including playing for the Royal Family and Prime Ministers. He is also a long- time fiddler at the Calgary Stampede grandstand show.

Ryan has been playing music since he was eight years old. He has won many awards, including having his masters on the banjo. He led the successful band Shadow River for many years. Some of his influences are deeply rooted in traditional bluegrass music making him a perfect addition for this performance.

Sit back and relax as you are transported to a simpler time, being whisked away with memories of the past with familiar music played by Bluegrass Tradition.

Shane Douthwright & the Virtuosos

Shane Douthwright & the Virtuosos is a bluegrass band from the Moncton New Brunswick area.

Shane always surrounds himself with amazing virtuosos, including Ivan Rosenberg on Dobro, Richard Bourque on Mandolin & Banjo, Shelby Gold on Fiddle and Marcel Duplessis on bass.

The band performs bluegrass covers and original songs written by Shane Douthwright and the band gives their own bluegrass twist on a variety of popular country songs. The powerful vocals and hard driving sound of Shane Douthwright and the Virtuosos could be described as traditional bluegrass with a third generation or 1990’s bluegrass influence. The Virtuosos have become veterans of bluegrass music through decades of big stage, small stage, and festival experience throughout Canada.

Although the band itself does not currently have any recordings, the band members can be found on a variety of albums with other artists and bands.

Matt Lunn & Echo Mountain

Matt Lunn & Echo Mountain is a relatively new band to our Maritime Bluegrass Music Scene and they are fast becoming fan favourites. The band consists of Matt Lunn, Brett Decker, Ryan Harvey & Dave Majcan, all being well seasoned artists with great personalities both on and off stage. The band performs a variety of contemporary and traditional bluegrass music and won a number of awards including Most Promising Band, Male Vocalist & Composer of the year.

Bluestreak

After a fifteen-year break, Bluestreak is back doing what it loves. For the last year or so they’ve been working on material and have fifteen new original songs that they are getting prepared for their third CD, which will be called “Rounding Third”.

Their first two CDs “First Impression” and “Second Nature” won PEI music awards bluegrass recording of the year in 2004 and 2005 and ECMA nominations each year.

Band members are David Blue, Roger Wightman, Larry Campbell, Peter Richards and Marcella Richard.

The Stiff Family

The Stiff Family has enjoyed living in PEI for 4 years, keeping busy with their hobby farm and playing Bluegrass music.

The family consists of Dave and Heather along with their children Aaron, Hannah, Elizabeth and Abigail. They play all acoustic instruments including: guitar, bass, banjo, dobro, mandolin and fiddle.

The Stiff family have four albums including the Power of Prayer, In This is Love, When I Wake up to Sleep No More, and their latest release a Christmas album entitled Still the Greatest Story Ever Told.

 

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