Chemainus Bluegrass Festival
Chemainus bluegrass extravaganza & festival. July 15 & 16, 2017
One of the wonderful events presented each year by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society

2017 Performers

The Gold Heart Sisters
Gold Heart! We've started hiring our bands for the 2017 Chemainus Bluegrass Festival on July 15 & 16, and we've made a great start! To headline the show, we've managed to get Gold Heart to come and visit us from Virginia. The band is made up of the Gold sisters (Tori - mandolin & vocals, Jocey - guitar & vocals, Shelby - fiddle & vocals) with their father Trent on double bass, and brother Kai on banjo. Their award-winning instrumental ability and their accomplished, harmony-laden vocals are sweetly unique and rootsy. Here's a video of the band from 2015 - CLICK HERE.

Scount Mountain Bluegrass Band
We'll also be featuring a lot more great bands. Here's one you're going to love, it's Scout Mountain, from Powell River. This five-piece band came together to do traditional bluegrass music, and they do it with with lots of harmony.

The band is greatly inspired by the stylings of Doyle Lawson, but they also have a large range of artists they look up to: Jr Sisk, Tony Rice, Joe Val, Del McCoury, Jim and Jesse, The Louvin Brothers, the Stanley Brothers, and of course Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs...

Well yes the list goes on and on...

Photo of Bluegrass Fever
The 2017 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

5 on a String bluegrass band
5 on a String
The 5 ON A STRING band was founded in September 1989, and our home base is Vancouver, British Columbia. We've always leaned toward traditional bluegrass with some original tunes and the occasional foray into old style country music like Merle Haggard and sometimes even Fats Domino!

Since '89 the band has played many of the Northwest's major bluegrass festivals such as: Granville Island, Mt St. Helen's [Toledo, WA], Chilliwack, Salmon Arm, Prince George, Coombs, Kamloops, Burns Lake, Sorrento, Shady Grove [Nanton, AB], Blueberry [Stony Plain, AB], Canadian Rockies [Nordegg, AB.], Darrington [WA], Wintergrass [Seattle], Folklife [Seattle], The Straight Bluegrass Festival [Port Angeles, WA.], and the Cottonwood Festival [Fort St. James].

The band members have instructed at various bluegrass workshops, particularly the BC Bluegrass Workshop in Sorrento, and the Cabin Fever Bluegrass Workshops in 108 mile House, B.C. For more information, visit

The band's website is at

Photo of back Porch Banjo
Back Porch Banjo is an active bluegrass band hailing from Qualicum Beach. They have been the communitiy's favoutire bluegrass band since 2014. Back Porch Banjo came together from a desire within each of the members to play good bluegrass music

The personnel are: Linda Thorburn (banjo), Ramona Ruf (rhythm guitar & vocals), Luann burton (bass, vocals & harmonies) and Mimi Shell (fiddle & harmonies)

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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