Evangeline Bluegrass

Country singers to join the fun at this year’s festival in July

Country musician Marcella Richard

Maritime bluegrass favourites, including Ray Légère & Acoustic Horizon and Eddy Poirier & Grassline, will perform during the 22nd edition of the Evangeline Bluegrass Festival, July 12–14 in Abram-Village.

This year, organizers have added a twist by including a couple traditional country music shows. Classic country singer Jamie Matthews and friends will give a pre-festival show on July 11 at 7:30 pm, while Marcella Richard and Sandra Jones, known for their traditional country style, will perform at the Country Music Cabaret on July 12 at 9 pm. All three singers occasionally add bluegrass tinges to their music. Local Acadian favourite Marcella Richard, performing for the first time at the festival, has recorded a few bluegrass albums, including one with Bluestreak, who will perform twice over the weekend.

Other featured bluegrass bands this year include the Bluegrass Diamonds, Shane Douthwright & The Virtuosos, and High River, all from New Brunswick. Nova Scotia’s Bluegrass Tradition will also perform, while PEI’s homegrown bluegrass talent will be showcased by Janet McGarry & Serge Bernard, Heartfelt Bluegrass, Blue Zone, The Treble Makers, SK Bluegrass, and The Stiff Family. With quite a few Acadians among this year’s performers, audiences can expect some songs to be sung in French.

The program begins July 12 with an open mic at 1 pm, followed by eight 40 to 45-minute sets until the Country Music Cabaret at 9 pm. The schedule resumes at 9:45 am on July 13 with another open mic and runs through 14 sets until 10:30 pm. Sunday’s program features eight sets from 10 am until the closing circle at 4 pm.

Camping is available on-site. To reserve, contact Leona Gallant at 902-439-7411.

Visit evangelinebluegrassfestival.ca for the full schedule and more information.