LINKLETTER, P.E.I. – The Prince County bluegrass band, Dunromin, has a new event they are trying to get off the ground and continue on a monthly basis.
This “Saturday Night Jamboree,” hosted by Dunromin, will kick off on Oct. 21 at the Linkletter Community Centre, 1670 Rte. 11.
The format for these monthly jamborees involve Dunromin providing entertainment for the first 40 minutes. Lunch will follow and then a one-hour open-mic segment providing a variety for the audience. This will also give a number of performers an opportunity to be on stage with a back-up band.
Future shows are scheduled for the fourth Thursday of each month and will be billed as "Thursday Night Jamborees" at the same location and time.
Dunromin began in 2002 with friends Vans Bryant and Harold Noye singing songs recorded by Jim and Jesse, the Osborne Brothers and the Louvin Brothers. In their duets, Noye sings the lead vocals and plays the mandolin and Bryant plays guitar and sings harmony vocals.
Marnie Noye compliments the sound by playing a solid stand-up bass. This trio performed regularly at concerts, community events and Bluegrass Festivals on and off P.E.I. until the end of 2009 – the beginning of the band’s six-year break.
In 2002, Dunromin recorded their first CD entitled “Making Plans”. Reuniting in 2015, they resumed a busy performing schedule and returned to the studio to record a second project “Memories”. This recording earned Dunromin a nomination for a 2016 P.E.I. Music Award in the Roots/Traditional category.
In the summer of 2015, Dunromin welcomed John Campbell to the group. He plays the fiddle and sings both lead and harmony vocals. The band welcomed another new member in the spring of 2017, with Jim Dickson joining them on banjo and vocals. These additions have allowed Dunromin to expand their repertoire.
Currently, their performances include the “brother” songs and traditional bluegrass numbers and feature the fiddle, banjo, guitars, mandolin, dobro and stand-up bass. Dunromin’s professional entertaining style includes strong instrumentation, tight-knit vocals, humour and audience rapport.
Tickets for this Saturday’s jamboree are $8. A lunch will be served. Net proceeds are for the Linkletter Community Centre.