The Benevolent Irish Hall will be filled with the sounds of bluegrass on the afternoon of Feb. 4, when three bluegrass bands will perform. The concert, which gets underway at 2 p.m. at the hall at 582 North River Rd., Charlottetown.
This is the first of the winter/spring bluegrass concert series to raise money for the 33rd Anniversary Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival set for July 6 to 8 in Rollo Bay.
Friends Vans Bryant and Harold Noye from the band, Dunromin, will perform songs recorded by famous brother artists, such as Jim and Jesse, the Osborne Brothers and the Louvin Brothers. Marnie Noye compliments their sound by playing stand up bass. John Campbell joins in on fiddle and Jim Dickson on banjo, both of whom also sing lead and harmony vocals.
Dunromin’s professional entertaining style includes strong instrumentation, tight-knit vocals, and humour.
Janet McGarry and Wildwood, an award winning P.E.I. band, will be featured as well. The band includes McGarry, her husband Serge Bernard on guitar, banjo, mandolin and harmony vocals, Dylan Ferguson on guitar and vocals, Denise MacLeod on fiddle and vocals, and Gail Mullen on upright bass and vocals.
Just this past October, this group picked up the award for Gospel Performance of the Year at the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Awards.
The Bluegrass Revival band has performed in all Atlantic provinces, playing at festivals, church services, fundraising concerts and house parties. They enjoy pickin’ out the traditional bluegrass and old-time music tunes and put their own unique lead and harmonies into each song.
Bandmates include: Peter LeMoine on banjo and vocals, Joe MacMillan on guitar and vocals, Cherie LeMoine on vocals, David Clarke on dobro and vocals, Shirley Smedley Jay on mandolin and vocals, and Ed Bonjokian on bass and vocals.
Admission to the Sunday afternoon concert is $10 at the door with all proceeds going to the P.E.I. Bluegrass & Old Time Music Society. Doors open at 1 p.m. The hall is equipped with an elevator.
The Society’s three-day family festival, planned for early July, will bring some of the best in Bluegrass music to P.E.I. These will include U.S. bands Feller & Hill, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Ray Legere & Acoustic Horizon, and more.
For more information on the concert and the festival, call 902-566-2641.