Chemainus Bluegrass Festival
Chemainus bluegrass extravaganza & festival. July 20, 2024
One of the wonderful events presented each year by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society

2023 Performers

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Unfaithful Servants
The Unfaithful Servants have gained a reputation in Western Canada as a must-see act. With an original and exciting approach to acoustic music, the group serves up explosive instrumentals, compelling story-telling and high-powered vocals. As Kelly Nakatsuka (Islands Folk Festival, CBC host) describes "The Unfaithful Servants are one of the most exciting bands from Vancouver Island in some time...gorgeous harmonies and fine song writing, beautiful instrumental interplay and some seriously rippin' solos." With critically acclaimed performances under their belt (Vancouver Island MusicFest, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues, The Islands Folk Festival) and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination (New Group of The Year) they continue to build upon that buzz.

5 on a String bluegrass band
5 on a String
The 5 ON A STRING band was founded in September 1989, and the band's 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

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The Clay Pigeons
The Clay Pigeons are a 5 member acoustic band who have been playing sold out concerts for delighted audiences on Vancouver Island since their first show at Hermann’s Jazz club in Victoria on April of 2017. The band was originally formed by Victoria musicians Aaron Watson (guitar and vocal), Rachelle Reath (fiddle, guitar and vocal) and Kelly Fawcett (guitar, dobro and vocal) to pay homage to some of the finest songwriters of the modern Americana genre, and currently have an extensive repertoire of songs by master songwriters such as John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, Guy Clark, Iris Dement, Lyle Lovett, to name a few. Rounding out the sound are Gabriola Island based Brad Shipley on mandolin and vocals and Victoria BC’s master of the stand up bass, Joey Smith.

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.

Clover Point Drifters bluegrass band
Clover Point Drifters

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Hardly Handsome
With decades of bluegrass experience under their fingers, Hardly Handsome covers a wide swath of the bluegrass repertoire with some stellar singing and searing instrumentals. Add some good stories, a few great jokes along with some bluegrass history thrown in and you're in for an entertaining musical experience.

The band consists of:

Mick Baker, Victoria - mandolin and vocals.
Craig Korth, Victoria - bass and vocals.
Bill Humby, Nanaimo - guitar and vocals.
Lee Foote, Victoria - banjo and vocals.

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