Foothills Bluegrass


Shady Grove Music Festival

The Shady Grove festival is one of Canada’s best Bluegrass Music Festivals. It has been running annually for about 30 years and has continued to delivers on top notch entertainment and an unrivalled community for Jamming.  The next festival is scheduled for July 15-17th 2022

Upcoming Event:

The Slocan Ramblers

Concert Information

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022

Time: Show starts at 7:30 PM

Location: Calgary Irish Cultural Center, 6452 35 Ave NW, Calgary, Alberta T3B 1S4 (CA).


Upcoming Event:

Foothills Bluegrass Music Society - Open Mic With JA and The Other Guys

​Pub Night and Open Mic

Hi All,

We are very excited to host our annual Open Mic Night.

Anyone is welcome to sign up.  Experience is not a requirement.

However, we would like to keep it “Bluegrassy” so here are some rules:

1. One-three songs depending on how many people show up
2. Besides your voices, only acoustic stringed instruments are allowed
3. We prefer groups over solo performances (JA and the Other Guys are there to back you up if you wish)
4. Feel free to ask anyone else who is there to join you.

Details: Saturday Feb 19 in the Hickey’s Place Pub, downstairs at the Irish Cultural Society, 6452 35 Ave NW, door at 7:00, performance by JA and the Other guys at 7:30 followed by open mic.

Cost $5 at the door. REP covid regulation in force. Please have QR proof of vaccination and ID ready. Sign up in advance at or at the Pub.

Past Event:

Foothills Bluegrass Music Society
Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Foothills Bluegrass Music Society will be held, as previously advised, on Sunday, November 28 at 2PM at the Calgary Irish Culture Centre.

What to Expect - We expect this meeting will take about an hour and a half.  We plan to report on our activity over the past two years, our financial situation, and what are planning for the next year.  Your attendance and participation is greatly appreciated.

Board Positions - There will be an election of officers and board members.  We are especially looking for a Secretary as this position is currently vacant, and a Treasurer as our current Treasurer has advised she would like to step down. We are also open to having new members at large, especially if you have experience in such things as social media promotion.  If you are an organizer and/or a jump and get it done kind of person, and are computer savvy we will find a place for you.

Covid - As per all events at the ICS you must have proof of vaccination and ID with you to attend the meeting. Alberta proof of vaccine records can be obtain here. The QR code greatly simplifies the process for admittance at the door.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Eric Holt President

Doors open at 1:45 pm, AGM starts at 2:00 PM
Calgary Irish Cultural Center, 6452 35 Ave NW, Calgary, Alberta T3B 1S4 (CA).

Past Event:

John Reischman
& The Jaybirds

Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021

Time: Doors Open at 7:00 PM - Show starts at 7:30

Location: Calgary Irish Cultural Center, 6452 35 Ave NW, Calgary, Alberta T3B 1S4 (CA).

Price: $25 Members
$30 Non-Members



Our Jams have now resumed after almost 2 years of suspension due to covid.

Frequency: Weekly. Every Thursday from 7:00-10:00 PM
Location: Calgary Irish Culture Centre 6452 35 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T3B 1S6

Current covid restrictions:

All patrons aged 12 and over to provide valid:

  • proof of vaccination, or
  • proof of a privately-paid negative rapid test result taken within 72 hours of service, or
  • documentation of a medical exemption

See Government of Alberta Restrictions for more detail.

Alberta vaccine records with QR codes (paper or digital) is now the only valid Alberta-issued proof of vaccination accepted by operators participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program.


As we near our third decade of success, the FBMS continues to offer a myriad of concerts, workshops and theme based social gatherings throughout the year.

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