Chemainus Bluegrass Festival
Chemainus bluegrass extravaganza & festival. July 14, 2018
One of the wonderful events presented each year by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society
Two magical days of bluegrass music on Vancouver Island - in Chemainus, British Columbia. Follow Facebook
Chemainus Bluegrass - near Duncan, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Victoria & the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

The 2018 Chemainus Bluegrass Extravaganza will take place on the afternoon of July 14

Jesse Cobb
Jesse Cobb
For this year's version of the Chemainus Bluegrass Extravaganza, we're very happy to present Jesse Cobb and Border Ride. Wisconsin native Jesse Cobb was a founding member of The Infamous Stringdusters, a Nashville-based powerhouse touring group. With The Dusters, Jesse received a Grammy nomination in 2010 for his original song Magic #9. He has also recorded on a Grammy-winning project with Jim Lauderdale in 2008, and has won three International Bluegrass Music Awards for Song of The Year, Album of The Year and Emerging Artist of The Year. Along with Jesse, Border Ride also includes Virginia-born Jeff Ellis, a talented, world-champion bassist. Over the years Jeff has played with several notable bands, including David Parmley and Continental Divide, as well as Marty Raybon and Full Circle. But the talent does not stop there, the band also features Miriam Sostenes on the fiddle. Formally trained in classical violin and well versed in both Old Time and Bluegrass, Miriam discovered fiddle music while finishing up a classical music degree at the University of Victoria. She has spent the last ten years performing, teaching and composing music steeped in folk traditions. With her band The Sweet Lowdown, Miriam has toured extensivlely in North America and Europe. Also included in this wonderful group is Mike Kraft, a gifted banjo player with a vast knowledge of a variety of styles. Mike has long been a mainstay on the Vancouver Island bluegrass scene. Mike's showmanship, humour and enthusiasm for performing make him a real crowd favourite. Rounding out this amazing band is Garrett Tompson. Garrett grew up in rural B.C. but now makes his home in the Victoria area. His parents introduced him to an array of music styles but it was bluegrass music that ultimately made the biggest impact on him. He provides rich lead bartitone vocals, with endless range. Strong rythym guitar playing is another of his trademarks.
We are also very pleased to present more great bands at the 2018 festival. The Clover Point Drifters, Vancouver Island's perennial favourite bluegrass band will be at Waterwheel Park, as well as the host band for this festival for the past eight years, Bluegrass Fever. Another Island favourite will also on hand, that's the Riverside Bluegrass Band. And we are particularly pleased to present Genevieve and the Wild Sundays. This lively all-female group brings catchy original songs to life, with guitar, fiddle, upright bass, percussion, mandolin, and soaring harmonies.

Thank you very much to our previous sponsors - please consider joining them in 2018...
2016 Spomsors: Long & McQuade, Village Dental, Sawmill Taphouse, Times Colonist, Chemainus BIA, 49th Parallel, Mid-Island Co-op, Leggion Branch 191

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