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

2018 Performers

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 for his original song Magic #9. He has also recorded on a Grammy-winning project, and has won three International Bluegrass Music Awards.

Along with Jesse, Border Ride also includes Virginia-born Jeff Ellis, a world-champion bassist. Over the years Jeff has played with several notable bands, including David Parmley and Continental Divide, and Marty Raybon and Full Circle. But the talent does not stop there, the band also features Miriam Sostenes on the fiddle. Miriam discovered fiddle music while finishing up a classical music degree. She has spent the last ten years performing and teaching the instrument. With her band The Sweet Lowdown, Miriam has toured extensivlely in North America and Europe. Also included in this wonderful group is Mike Kraft, who 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's parents introduced him to an array of music styles, but it was bluegrass music that ultimately made the biggest impact on him. He provides true lead bluegrass vocals, along with strong rythym guitar playing.

Clover Point Drifters bluegrass band
Clover Point Drifters
The Clover Point Drifters are a bluegrass band from Victoria, BC. Their repertoire consists primarily of traditional bluegrass songs, with a sprinkling of country, folk, blues and pop melodies served up in the bluegrass style. Their songs feature close heartfelt duet and trio harmonies, backed by strong banjo, dobro and mandolin accompaniment.

The band has been active since January 2000, but the members each have a decades-long love affair with bluegrass music. For more info, please visit

The band takes its name from a magnificent point of land that overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca near "Mile Zero" in Beacon Hill Park, the first marker on a trek from Canada's west coast to the east.

Photo of Genevieve andthe Wild Sundays
Genevieve and the Wild Sundays
Genevieve and the Wild Sudays is a lively all-female group that brings catchy original songs to life, with guitar, fiddle, upright bass, percussion, mandolin, and soaring harmonies.

The band consists of: Genevieve Charbonneau (vocals and guitar), Kelly Sherwin (bass and vocals), Laura Carleton (percussion and vocals), Chandra Crowe (mandolin and vocals) and Ivonne Hernandez (fiddle).

The group's awards include: 2014 Vancouver Island Music Awards (Producer of the Year- Marc Atkison for Genevieve's Updraft album), 2014 Nomination for Country Recording of the Year (Updraft), and 2016 Finalist for the International Acoustic Music Awards.

Riverside bluegrass band
Riverside Bluegrass Band
The Riverside Bluegrass Band consists of Eric Adams, Steve Harperson, Angus MacKenzie and Tad Ruszel.

The band is an extraordinary group of talented, energetic and exciting musicians. We are certain everyone will enjoy this fresh new sound!

Tad Ruszel’s inspirational lyrics and heart-warming guitar melodies have been catching the ear and enthusiasm of thousands across the northwest coast. Jeff Dill (guitarist, harmony and lead vocalist) joined Riverside in May 2016, adding his rhythmic groove and lead stylings to the group.

Backing up these talented musicians with hard-driving bass, Eric Adams has been on the bluegrass scene for over thirty years.

Photo of Bluegrass Fever
The 2018 festival's host band will once again be Bluegrass Fever, a band that is always highly appreciated by the crowd.

Blugrass Fever is based on Vancouver Island and plays traditional, modern and original bluegrass music. The band has developed a solid reputation as one of the most crowd-pleasing bluegrass bands.

Over the past few years, the group has become the host band for this festival.

For more info about the band, please visit

Thank you very much to our 2016 sponsors - please consider joining them in 2017...
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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