Bluegrass and Old Time Music

36th annual festival returns to Dundas—July 7 to 9

IBMA Award winners High Fidelity, one of this year’s headlining performers

The 36th Annual PEI Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival is being held at the Dundas Fairgrounds, Dundas, PEI on July 7, 8 and 9. Headline performers from the USA are High Fidelity and The Tommy Webb Band. Maritime bands include Bluegrass Tradition and the Oxbow Mountain Boys from Nova Scotia, Third Harmony and Blueroad from New Brunswick, and the Janet McGarry Band, The Stiff Family, and Bluestreak from PEI.

High Fidelity were nominated for International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) New Artist of the Year in 2019. Their sound is influenced by the bluegrass stars of the 1950s and 60s such as The Stanley Brothers, The Louvin Brothers, and Jim & Jesse. The band consists of five musicians and singers. Jeremy Stephens, guitarist and lead vocalist for the group, has worked for the gospel group The Chuck Wagon Gang. Corrina Rose Logston, fiddler and harmony vocalist, has worked with Jesse McReynolds & the Virginia Boys and Jim Lauderdale. Kurt Stephenson is the 2010 National Bluegrass Banjo Champion at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. Vickie Vaughn plays up-right bass and has worked with Patty Loveless and Ricky Skaggs. Multi-instrumentalist and harmony vocalist Daniel Amick is recipient of IBMA’s 2019 Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award.

Tommy Webb is from Langley, Kentucky. He performed with Clyde Bowling and the Southern Bluegrass Boys before starting The Tommy Webb Band in 2005. Tommy sings lead and guitar is his main instrument, but he will always pull out the old time claw hammer banjo. Tommy’s band includes Chris Goble on high tenor and banjo, Kenny O’Quinn on vocals and mandolin and Tadd Huff.

For over 20 years, PEI’s Janet McGarry has been a dominant presence in bluegrass music, releasing twelve albums. Janet is the only Canadian member of “Daughter of Bluegrass,” a leading group of female bluegrass artists recognized in Nashville, TN.

Bluestreak has re-grouped and now has a new album of original songs called Rounding Third ready for release. Their first two albums—First Impression and Second Nature—won multiple Music PEI Awards and ECMA nominations. 

The Stiff Family has enjoyed living in PEI for five years, keeping busy with their hobby farm but still making time to enjoy and play bluegrass music. 

The group also is known for those smooth vocal harmonies which only a family band can provide.

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