Victoria Bluegrass Association Logo: Bringing People together for the Preservation, Enjoyment and Advancement of Bluegrass and Related Acoustic Music.
Tuesday November 27th 9:00pm First Church of Christ Scientist (map)
Feature Act: Bella White and Friends

Bella White is a Calgary-based acoustic roots musician. She grew up around bluegrass and old-time music, and it was very clear to her at a young age that she wanted to play. She has cultivated a sound drawing influences from country, bluegrass, old-time music. Her debut album, The Trails That You Made will be released in the coming months. Playing alongside Bella is the highly acclaimed Victoria-based fiddler Miriam Sonstenes who also plays with The Sweet Lowdown, The Unfaithful Servants, and Jesse Cobb Band. Miles Zurawell, who recently relocated to Victoria and has toured internationally with The Greg Blake Band, Nomad Jones, and Blaine Sprouse, plays banjo and dobro. Victoria's own Peter Mynette will be playing bass.

Doors open: 7:30 pm
The evening starts with an Open Stage from 7:45pm to 8:45pm. You can sign up for a spot on the Open Stage by contacting Jeb Gordon at 778-678-4570 or email

Admission: suggested donation $7 general, $5 for VBA members and open stage performers
Saturday December 1st 8:00pm Cordova Bay United Church (map)
Special Concert: A Bluegrass Christmas

Like the powerful mandolinist and composer at its helm, John Reischman and The Jaybirds fashion a stylish take on bluegrass that seamlessly blends original songs and instrumentals with Appalachian old-time music for a truly unique band sound. Now in their 20th year, with seven acclaimed albums and two Juno nominations, the Jaybirds are simultaneously innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned and 21st-century contemporary.

Bluegrass Unlimited calls John Reischman "one of the world's undisputed masters" of the mandolin, famed for outstanding tone and taste. Many of his dozens of original instrumentals have become popular favourites for sessions and covers, such as the jam standard Saltspring.

He has three critically-acclaimed solo instrumental albums and has recorded on many other projects, including the Grammy-winning True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe. John also plays Latin-based jazz and choro music with highly regarded finger-style acoustic guitarist/composer John Miller; the duo has released three superb albums.

John began his career in the San Francisco Bay area in the early 80's with the eclectic Good Ol' Persons bluegrass band. He was an original member of the legendary new acoustic quartet, the jazz-influenced Tony Rice Unit, renowned for highly skilled instrumentals. John moved to Vancouver in the early 90's and in 1999 formed the Jaybirds.

Of their latest album, Folk Radio UK said "On That Other Green Shore showcases an accomplished, experienced band at the peak of their powers, with musicianship of the very highest order." Peghead Nation called it "one of the most beguiling bluegrass-rooted recordings of 2017".

Joining the Jaybirds for their 10th annual Christmas show is fiddle player Annie Staninec, who has performed with Rod Stewart, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis and many more.

$5 of every ticket sold will be donated to Our Place Society, which supports Greater Victoria's most vulnerable communities including the working poor, impoverished elderly, mentally and physically challenged, the addicted and the homeless.

This show is a co-production of Sooke River Bluegrass Festival and Victoria Bluegrass Association.

Doors open 7:30 pm. Advance tickets at Brown Paper Tickets $25 general; $20 for VBA Members (use the Discount Code that was emailed to you). Tickets are also sold at any VBA event. General admission tickets are also available at Ivy's Bookshop and Long & McQuade. Price at the door is $30 for all.
More info: or phone 250.217.7738