Local Bluegrass & Stuff

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Non-VBA Concerts, etc.

Monday June 24, 2019:   The Lonely Heartstring Band at Mary Winspear Centre
CD release show with George Clements (guitar, vocals) Patrick M'Gonigle (fiddle, vocals) Charles Clements (bass, vocals) Maddie Witler (mandolin) and Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo)
Show at 8:00pm Tickets $28.35 at Mary Winspear Centre

Saturday June 29, 2019:   The Unfaithful Servants at Northern Quarter
CD release party with Dylan Stone, Jesse Cobb, Miriam Sonstenes and Alex Rempel
Show at 9:00pm Tickets at Eventbrite


Regular Jams in the Victoria Area

3rd Sunday of the month 1:30 - 5 pm:   Langford Legion Bluegrass & Acoustic Jam
at Langford Legion, 761 Station Ave; Admission: free, but buy a drink or food;More info: Al Planiden 250-642-3395

Mondays 7 - 9:30 pm:   Spiral Groove
at the Spiral Cafe, 418 Craigflower Rd, Victoria; Admission: free, but buy a drink or food;

Mondays 7 - 9 pm:   Irish Session
at Spinnaker's Brew Pub; Not for beginners, strictly Irish in nature. Interested musicians must contact one of the hosts for information before playing in this session. Admission: free, but buy a drink or food; More info: Tasia or Nancy

Tuesdays 7:45 - 10 pm:   Victoria Bluegrass Association Weekly Gathering

Tuesdays 7:45 - 10 pm:     Appalachian Old-Time Jam
Victoria Bluegrass Association has a back-room available for a weekly old-time jam (except the last Tuesday of each month during Open Stage/Feature Act); at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1205 Pandora Ave, Victoria (Right-side entrance at back of parking lot); Admission: $2/VBAmembers $3/non-VBAmembers; More info: Wendy's Old-Time Tunes List

Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00 pm:   Victoria Mandolin Orchestra Practice
The Orchestra always welcomes new members on various instruments, guitar and bass. Intermediate level playing and music reading ability recommended; September to May; More info: Kate Cino

Wednesdays 7 - 9 pm:     Bluegrass Circle Jam
at James Bay Books; Admission: $3

Wednesdays 6:45 - 9:45 pm:     Sidney Wednesday Night Acoustic Jam
at Beacon Community Services SHOAL Activity Centre 10030 Resthaven Dr Auditorium A; Acoustic Instruments only please - all levels of players welcome; Admission: $3, SHOAL members free; More info: Frank Watson 250-656-7982

Thursdays 7 - 10 pm:     Crown and Anchor Pub (Qualicum Bay)
Admission: free, but buy a drink or food; More info: Sharon Klassen 250-951-2055

1st Friday of the month 7 - 9:30 pm:   Victoria Fiddle Society Monthly Jam
(except July & August); at New (Old) Location: Wheeley Hall located in the Esquimalt United Church Building (500 Admirals Road) Victoria, BC; All musicians, all ages and skill levels are welcome; Break-out space for advanced fiddlers; Admission: VFS members Free, $5 for drop-ins.

3rd Friday of the month 7 - 10pm:     Coombs Country Opera (Coombs)
at the Rodeo Grounds (site of the bluegrass festival) Coombs, BC; More info: 250-248-1009

1st Saturday of the month 10am - noon:   Shape Note Singing in Mill Bay
meeting in a home in Mill Bay; Shape Note is a tradition going back to the 1700's, and has continued unbroken since that time. Many songs such as Lone Pilgrim and Wondrous Love have entered the folk/old-time repertoire. Ability to sight-read music is desirable, but not essential. Car-pooling is available. Admission: free; More info: Aziza


Regular Gigs

1st Friday of every month - 7:00pm:   OzMoses at The Oaks
Folkie stylings from Patty Castle, Burke Rosen, Vivian Sinclair, and Paul Winfield Admission: Free, but buy something to drink-eat;

1st Friday of every month - 7:30pm:   The Shady Grove Dance Band at Cobble Hill Community Hall
3550 Watson Ave. Cobble Hill, BC; Traditional Square Dance with Peter Sussman calling; Admission: $10 or by donation; Everyone 12 and over is invited to bring a partner or meet one at the hall. Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended, and no experience is needed. More info: Peter Sussman 250-929-8226 or Kim Firth 250-597-4393

4th Sunday of every month:   Bluegrass Mass
4pm Worship (Gospel / Bluegrass / Americana / Canadiana / Folk / Roots music); 5pm Homecooked meal (come to both or either); at St. Philip Anglican Church, 2928 Eastdowne Rd, Victoria (map); All welcome, including children; More info: rob@stphilipvictoria.ca

Sundays 4 pm:   Sunday Afternoon Hootennany at Loganís Tavern
Hosted by Carolyn Mark; Admission: Free; buy something to drink-eat More info:250-360-1832


Bluegrass, Old-Time & Folk Festivals
In British Columbia, Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest

Jan 16-2020th Portland Old Time Music GatheringPortland, OR
Feb 14-1711th Oly Old Time FestivalOlympia, WA
Feb 15-16Victoria Trad WeekendVictoria, BC
Feb 15-18Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Winter RetreatPort Orchard, WA
Feb 21-24WintergrassBellevue, WA
Feb 24-Mar 02Roche Harbor Irish Music RetreatRoche Harbor, WA
Mar 01-0317th Bluegrass On The BeachLake Havasu, AZ
Apr 19-21Parksville JamFestParksville, BC
Apr 24-28Mountain Fever Bluegrass Camp70 Mile House, BC
Apr 25-2822nd Country Bluegrass JamboreeQuesnel, BC
Apr 26-273rd East Van Oldtime SocialVancouver, BC
May 02-05Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Spring RetreatPort Orchard, WA
May 02-05Willamette Valley Old-Time SocialEugene, OR
May 10-12Vancouver Island Music Workshop - Spring RetreatNanoose, BC
May 15-19Red Hot Strings WorkshopPort Townsend, WA
May 16-196th Weiser Banjo CampWeiser, ID
May 17-1915th Bluegrass From The Forest FestivalShelton, WA
May 17-19Hixon Bluegrass and Country JamboreeHixon, BC
May 24-2748th NorthWest Folklife FestivalSeattle, WA
May 24-2635th Islands Celtic FestivalErrington, BC
May 31-Jun 01Folk 'n Fiddle FestivalSidney, BC
Jun 07-0917th Kluane Mountain Bluegrass FestivalHaines Junction, YK
Jun 07-0916th Sacajawea Bluegrass FestivalPasco, WA
Jun 07-0924th Summerland Bluegrass FestivalSummerland, BC
Jun 09-1219th California Bluegrass Music CampGrass Valley, CA
Jun 14-16Cowichan Valley Bluegrass FestivalCowichan Lake, BC
Jun 14-1617th Wenatchee River Bluegrass FestivalCashmere, WA
Jun 14-16Keremeos Elks Bluegrass Country JamboreeKeremeos, BC
Jun 17-2267th National Oldtime Fiddle Contest and FestivalWeiser, ID
Jun 21-2311th Campbell Bay Music FestivalMayne Island, BC
Jun 21-239th Susanville Bluegrass FestivalSusanville, CA
Jun 23-29Lady Of The Lake - Music and Dance WeekCouer d'Alene, ID
Jun 24-29Voiceworks - A Workshop for SingersPort Townsend, WA
Jun 2916th Siskiyou Folk and Bluegrass FestivalLake Selmac, OR
Jun 30-Jul 0743rd Festival Of American Fiddle Tunes
also check out the alternative Mule Barn Campsite
Port Townsend, WA
Jul 05-07Wheeler County Bluegrass FestivalFossil, OR
Jul 05-078th Steamboat Mountain Music FestivalEdgewater, BC
Jul 07-13California Coast Music Camp - Week 1Placer County, CA
Jul 07-13Blaine Harbor Music FestivalBlaine, WA
Jul 12-13Music On The FlyHorsefly, BC
Jul 12-1425th Vancouver Island MusicfestCourtenay, BC
Jul 12-2141st Harrison Festival Of The ArtsHarrison Hot Springs, BC
Jul 13Chemainus Bluegrass FestivalChemainus, BC
Jul 14-20California Coast Music Camp - Week 2Placer County, CA
Jul 18-2118th Northwest String SummitVancouver, BC
Jul 19-2142nd Vancouver Folk Music FestivalNorth Plains, OR
Jul 19-2143rd Darrington Bluegrass FestivalDarrington, WA
Jul 22-26Beyond Trad Summer WorkshopParksville, BC
Jul 22-2620th Fiddleworks Salt Spring IslandSalt Spring Island, BC
Jul 25-28GorgegrassStevenson, WA
Jul 26-2835th Islands Folk FestivalDuncan, BC
Jul 26-2811th Hard Times Bluegrass FestivalHamilton, MT
Jul 27-Aug 02BC Fiddle 'TreatGavin Lake, BC
Jul 27-Aug 0245th Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Session 1Port Orchard, WA
Aug 02-0434th Blueberry Bluegrass FestivalStony Plain, AB
Aug 02-04PickathonHappy Valley, OR
Aug 02-0441st Coombs Bluegrass FestivalCoombs, BC
Aug 02-0419th Winlock PickersfestWinlock, WA
Aug 02-0537th Filberg FestivalPort Orchard, WA
Aug 03-0945th Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Session 2Port Orchard, WA
Aug 09-1118th Blue Waters Bluegrass FestivalMedical Lake, WA
Aug 09-1135th Mt St Helens Bluegrass FestivalToledo, WA
Aug 10-1645th Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Session 3Port Orchard, WA
Aug 10-15Smithers Adult Guitar CampTelkwa, BC
Aug 10-1817th Centralia OldTime Music CampoutCentralia, WA
Aug 11-17BC Swing CampSorrento, BC
Aug 11-17Lady Of The Lake - Family WeekCouer d'Alene, ID
Aug 12-1814th Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme CampNess Creek, SK
Aug 16-1830th Shady Grove Bluegrass FestivalNanton, AB
Aug 16-1816th Bannock County Bluegrass FestivalPocatello, ID
Aug 16-1812th Princeton Traditional Music FestivalPrinceton, BC
Aug 18-2330th Nimblefingers Workshop - Week 1Sorrento, BC
Aug 22-2527th Picking PartyRainier, WA
Aug 24Nimblefingers Music FestivalSorrento, BC
Aug 25-3030th Nimblefingers Workshop - Week 2Sorrento, BC
Aug 25-30Summer Acoustic Music In The PinesPort Orchard, WA
Aug 30-Sep 0123rd Tumbleweed Music FestivalRichland, WA
Aug 30-Sep 02Zigzag Old Time Music CampoutRhododendron, OR
Aug 31-Sep 014th North Cascades Bluegrass FestivalFerndale, WA
Sep 05-08American Banjo CampPort Orchard, WA
Sep 06-08Vancouver Island Music Workshop - Fall RetreatNanoose, BC
Sep 06-08Sisters Folk FestivalSisters, OR
Sep 09-1513th George, Washington Bluegrass FestivalGeorge, WA
Sep 13-15Keremeos Elks Bluegrass Country JamboreeKeremeos, BC
Sep 27-29Tygh Valley Bluegrass JamboreeShaniko, OR
Sep 28-29Prospect Hotel Music FestivalProspect, OR
Oct 04-06Lady Of The Lake - Fall CampCouer d'Alene, ID
Nov 01-03Wood Stove FestivalCumberland, BC
Nov 08-10Dare To Be Square - WestFort Flagler, WA

Past Festivals
Some dead, others alive but future dates not yet confirmed

Mar 20187th Annual Victoria Django FestivalVictoria, BC
Jul 2018White Swan Music FestivalFraser Lake, BC
Jul 201818th Bluegrass JamboreeCastlegar, BC
Aug 201811th Annual Oregon Bluegrass Assn Picker's FestRhododendron, OR
Aug 2018Pasture Picking and Music FestivalNorthport, WA
Sep 2018Simcoe Mountain Music & Dance WeekendGoldendale, WA
Sep 20183rd Gillbilly FestivalFernie, BC
Oct 2018The Acoustic Music WorkshopCamp He Ho Ha, AB

Is a bluegrass (or similar) festival missing from the above lists ? If so, let me know the details and I'll add it: web@victoriabluegrass.ca