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Time for Annual Evangeline Bluegrass & Traditional Music Festival

The Baker Family, from Missouri, U.S.A., will be performing at the Evangeline Bluegrass Festival on July 13 and 14. Making up the band are 17-year-old Trustin Baker, playing the fiddle and lead vocals; 15-year-old Carina Baker, playing the mandolin and lead vocals; 13-year-old Elijah Baker playing the upright bass; the mother of the family, Carrie Baker, on guitar and vocals; and Hunter Motts, a friend of the family, playing banjo.
The Baker Family, from Missouri, U.S.A., will be performing at the Evangeline Bluegrass Festival on July 13 and 14. Making up the band are 17-year-old Trustin Baker, playing the fiddle and lead vocals; 15-year-old Carina Baker, playing the mandolin and lead vocals; 13-year-old Elijah Baker playing the upright bass; the mother of the family, Carrie Baker, on guitar and vocals; and Hunter Motts, a friend of the family, playing banjo. - Contributed

ABRAM-VILLAGE, P.E.I. – The Evangeline Bluegrass Festival opened its gates in 2001 to foster interest in traditional bluegrass music while providing a boost to the local tourism industry and bringing the community together through music. The festival, which has blossomed into a popular event, drawing new and returning attendees, officially opens on Friday, July 13, and runs through Sunday, July 15, at the Acadian Musical Village grounds in Abram-Village.

Our attendees become a part of our family, experiencing a friendly and joie de vivre atmosphere that the festival creates, says festival committee president, Raymond Bernard.

The festival activities actually begin on Thursday, July 12, with a pre-festival stage show, from 7 to 9:30, p.m., featuring two crowd-pleasing P.E.I. bands, Dunromin and Two + Three, followed by an open-mic session.

On Friday, scheduled bands will play from 2 to 10:30 p.m. with the official opening taking place at 7:15 p.m. On Saturday, bands play from 10:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and on Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Attendees are also invited to take part in jam sessions scattered around the campground where amateur and professional singers and pickers make music together, creating a unique community atmosphere.

The 2018 lineup features many award-winning performers. The headliner band this year is The Baker Family from Missouri, U.S.A. This high energy bluegrass band has performed throughout the United States and have won many awards as a group and as individuals. This will be the first time The Baker Family will perform in P.E.I. and they will be on stage on Friday and Saturday.

Several Maritime bands will also perform during the three-day event, including the energetic band from the Memramcook, N.B., area, the Bluegrass Diamonds. Also from New Brunswick, will be two bands relatively new on the bluegrass circuit: Highway Train and High Lonesome Drive. Performing groups from Nova Scotia are ECMA-award winners Bluegrass Tradition and the popular group Free Wheelin’. Several P.E.I. bands will also be performing, including multi-bluegrass-award winner Janet McGarry & Wildwood, SK Bluegrass, Heartfelt Bluegrass and The Treble Makers.

Wildwood Band members, from left, are Gail Mullen, Dylan Ferguson, Serge Bernard, Janet McGarry, and Denise MacLeod. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Wildwood Band members, from left, are Gail Mullen, Dylan Ferguson, Serge Bernard, Janet McGarry, and Denise MacLeod. SUBMITTED PHOTO

 

Bernard invites all to try the bluegrass festival this summer.

If you like music and friendly people, the 18th Annual Evangeline Bluegrass Festival is the place to be. Bluegrass festivals are excellent occasions to meet friends and make new friends.

The festival also includes a Saturday morning workshop with the Bluegrass Tradition band at 9:30 a.m. and The Baker Family band at 10:15 a.m. A children’s program on Saturday afternoon and a Sunday morning gospel music rendition are also included in the program. 

Bluegrass Tradition will be one of the featured bands at the Evangeline Bluegrass and Traditional Music Festival. Band members, from back left, are Trevor Boutilier, Karen DeCoste, Fraser Martin and Darren Richard (seated). This band is known for performing the traditional bluegrass style of music dating back to 1946. Submitted photo
Bluegrass Tradition will be one of the featured bands at the Evangeline Bluegrass and Traditional Music Festival. Band members, from back left, are Trevor Boutilier, Karen DeCoste, Fraser Martin and Darren Richard (seated). This band is known for performing the traditional bluegrass style of music dating back to 1946. Submitted photo

 

Tickets on a draw for a Seagull guitar and a basket of surprises as well as 50/50 draws will be available for sale on each day of the festival. A canteen and ice cream vendor will be on site. Breakfast will be served at the La Trappe Resto-Bar on site on both Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 to 10 a.m. and the restaurant will be open all day.

The Evangeline Bluegrass Festival can accommodate up to 150 trailers and RV’s with serviced lots and has ample space for rough camping. Information about camping can be obtained from Leona Gallant at (902) 854-3429. For information about the program, contact Bernard at (902) 854-2324 or visit the festival’s website at www.evangelinebluegrassfestival.ca

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