37th PEI Bluegrass Festival

The traditional continues at Dundas Fairgrounds—July 5 to 7

Bands that will play at this year’s Bluegrass Festival

The 37th annual PEI Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival is being held at the Dundas Fairgrounds, Dundas, PEI on July 5, 6 and 7. Headline performers from the USA are Nick Chandler & Delivered and Joe Hott & The Short Mountain Boys. Bluegrass Tradition from Nova Scotia returns to the Festival and from New Brunswick come Ray Legere & Acoustic Horizon and Ivan Rosenberg & The Hound Dog Ramblers. PEI bands are Janet McGarry Band, The Stiff Family, Bluestreak, Whitecap Drive, Just Grass, SK Bluegrass, Heartfelt Bluegrass and Bluegrass Revival.

Nick Chandler & Delivered is a hard-driving, traditional bluegrass band from western North Carolina. Over the past few years the band has captured the attention of bluegrass fans world wide. In 2022 they were an IBMA 2022 Official Showcase Artist. Chandler is a master on the mandolin.

Joe Hott, originally from West Virginia but now based in Nashville, plays a blend of retro-bluegrass, traditional country, gospel music and Appalachian mountain music. His latest release, The Last Thing On My Mind, features original songs and traditional favourites. Hott now tours with his Short Mountain Band which includes guitar, banjo, bass and mandolin. They have shared the stage with artists such as Rhonda Vincent and Vince Gill.

The most accomplished and awarded bluegrass musician ever to come out of the Maritimes, fiddle and mandolin player Ray Legere has performed with Tony Rice, Alison Krauss, David Grisman, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Brown, Rita McNeil, John McDermott, Bowfire, and Michelle Shocked. He was a guest artist on Great Blue North with Special Consensus which won Collaborative Performance of the Year at the 2023 IBMAs for their rendition of “Alberta Bound.” Acoustic Horizon features the “cream of the crop” of Maritime bluegrass musicians: Frank Doody on banjo, Alan Jeffries on guitar, and Marcel Duplessis on bass.

The Hound Dog Ramblers is a new band based in New Brunswick focused on music by classic bluegrass artists such as Delia Bell, Larry Sparks, Flatt & Scruggs, Jim & Jesse and Hazel Dickens. They perform original songs as well. Dobro master Ivan Rosenberg has released eight solo CDs and appeared on albums with Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, John Reischman, Chris Coole, Raffi, and David Francey, and played on the Jerry Douglas–produced album Southern Filibuster: A Tribute to Tut Taylor. Other band members are: Kristin Cavoukian, guitar, vocals; Kyle Legere, banjo, guitar, vocals; Ron Girouard, mandolin, vocals; Joe Potter, upright bass.

Tickets and festival details are available at peibluegrass.ca/tickets or by calling 902-566-2641.