Bluegrass & old time music

Popular Maritime groups join acts from south of the border

Ray Legere & Acoustic Horizon

The 37th Annual PEI Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival runs from July 5 to 7 at the Dundas Fairgrounds. Joining performers from the USA, Nick Chandler & Delivered and Joe Hott & The Short Mountain Boys, will be some of the Maritimes’ most popular groups, including Ray Legere & Acoustic Horizon, The Janet McGarry Band, Bluegrass Tradition, and Bluestreak.

Ray Legere, the most awarded bluegrass musician from the Maritimes, has performed with Tony Rice, Alison Krauss, David Grisman, and others. He has seven solo CDs and over 500 session recordings. Ray runs a recording studio and label in Sackville, NB. His band, Acoustic Horizon, includes top Maritime bluegrass musicians Frank Doody (banjo), Alan Jeffries (guitar), and Marcel Duplessis (bass).

PEI’s Janet McGarry has been a leading figure in bluegrass for over 20 years, releasing twelve albums. She is the only Canadian member of “Daughter of Bluegrass,” recognized by Blue Circle Records in Nashville. Janet has won five Female Vocalist of the Year awards at the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Awards. She performs with her husband Serge Bernard, a multi-instrumentalist, and band members Trevor Boutilier and Karen DeCoste from Bluegrass Tradition.

Bluegrass Tradition, founded by Trevor Boutilier and Karen DeCoste in 2005, is dedicated to traditional bluegrass. They have won multiple East Coast Bluegrass Music Awards, including Band of the Year and Gospel Performance of the Year. Trevor has also won Male Vocalist of the Year, while Karen has won Bass Player and Composer of the Year. Banjo player Ryan Dillman and fiddler Andrew Kent, both accomplished musicians, are also part of the band.

After a fifteen-year hiatus, PEI band Bluestreak released their third CD, Rounding Third, in 2023, featuring fifteen new songs. Their first two albums won PEI Music Awards for Bluegrass Recording of the Year in 2004 and 2005 and East Coast Music Award nominations. Band members include David Blue (bass), Roger Wightman (banjo, vocals), Larry Campbell (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Peter Richards (dobro), and Marcella Richard (vocals, guitar).

This year’s Festival lineup also includes The Hound Dog Ramblers from NB, as well as PEI bands The Stiff Family, Whitecap Drive, Heartfelt Bluegrass, Just Grass, SK Bluegrass and Bluegrass Revival.

Visit peibluegrass.ca/tickets or call 902-566-2641 for tickets and more.