Bluegrass concert

PEI Bluegrass and Old Time Music Society fundraiser—Jan 28

The Stiff Family

The Stiff Family and Janet McGarry and Serge Bernard will perform at a fundraising concert this month in Charlottetown.

The Stiff Family has called PEI their home for five years. Their busy farm life brings excitement and challenge, and their music continues to bring them great fulfillment and joy. This family of six plays bluegrass instruments including: banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, dobro and mandolin. Included in their repertoire is bluegrass gospel, traditional bluegrass and Celtic music. 

Husband and wife duo, Janet McGarry and Serge Bernard have performed for years at bluegrass festivals and other events throughout Eastern Canada and beyond. Their unique vocals make them a crowd favourite wherever they appear. 

Janet McGarry is a five-time Female Vocalist of the Year award winner, earning her a “Masters” at the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Music Awards. She is also a proud Daughter of Bluegrass, a group of international leading women in bluegrass. With a voice that is sweet and true, McGarry sings classic country and bluegrass numbers with ease.  

Multi-instrumentalist Serge Bernard plays guitar, mandolin, bass, and his instrument of choice, banjo. He is a powerful harmony singer and joins McGarry in renditions of many songs.   Bernard was recently inducted into the Canadian Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. He is also well known as the co-host of the popular radio program “Bluegrass Island,” which airs each Saturday evening on CFTA Tantramar 107.9FM radio.   

 The PEI Bluegrass and Old Time Music Society presents this concert on January 28 at 2 pm at the Beaconsfield Carriage House, 2 Kent St, Charlottetown. Admission is at the door with all proceeds going to the 37th Annual Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival, a three-day family festival, July 5-7, in Dundas, PEI. This signature festival will bring some of the best in bluegrass music from Canada and the US.