Shady Grove Bluegrass Music Festival

  • Shady Grove Bluegrass Music Festival
    August 18th - 20th 2017
    Broadview Farms 18 Kilometers east of Nanton
  • John Reischman & The Jaybirds
  • Shady Grove full lineup will be announced in March


Shady Grove Bluegrass Music Festival 2017

August 18-20th


Come join the fun and hear some great Bluegrass music at the Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival.


Instrument workshops, slow jam, band scrmble, and camfire jamming.  Main acts will perform indoors at the pavilion.

Food and merchandise vendors on site, camping available.  Located at the incredibly beautiful Broadway Farm 18 km east of Nanton.


Early bird ticket sales start on May 1 2017
Stay tuned.


2017 Lineup


John Reichmen and Jaybirds

Years of European and North American tours,
five critically acclaimed albums, two Juno nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award  nominations...little wonder, the buzz around John Reischman and The Jaybirds continues to grow. Like the mandolinist at its helm,  the group fashions a stylish, elegant take on bluegrass that is at once innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down,  happily old-fashioned, yet unselfconsciously new. To see their live show is to believe it. A genial blend of story-telling and  side-show humor provides the backdrop to their studied performance of original songs, instrumentals, and newly arranged  traditional material.

Breaking Grass

With their fresh sound, original material, strong vocals and innovative musicianship, Breaking Grass is doing exactly what their name implies. Although not quite traditional, the music they present is without a doubt steeped in the timeless genre they grew up listening to. Comprised of Cody Farrar on guitar; Tyler White on fiddle; Jody Elmore on banjo; Zach Wooten on mandolin; and Britt Sheffield on bass; this innovative band formed with one goal in mind - to make music that all ages could enjoy.


The Lonesome Town Painters

The Lonesome Town Painters are Vancouver’s traditional bluegrass standard-bearers. Having gravitated toward each other in late-night local jam sessions, and by way of their mutual adoration for the Stanley Brothers, these fellas harken back to the raw and ragged edge of the genre. Their high-lonesome harmony singing and melodic instrumentation pay homage to bluegrass pioneers, while their spirited performances kick the dust off of golden-era favourites, and bristle with emotional honesty. Playing an eclectic mix of songs about love and loss, the odd original, and gospel, The Lonesome Town Painters would be equally at home in the barroom on Saturday night and the next morning’s church service, comfortable treading that fine line between perdition and salvation

Patrick Bartel, banjo, lead and backing vocals.

Jeremy Freeman, mandolin, lead and backing vocals.

Fred Beach, bass and backing vocals.

Angelo Eidse, guitar, lead and backing vocals



Murfitt and Main

Murfitt & Main plumb the depths of country, bluegrass, and western swing, playing home-made songs steeped in the living tradition of roots music. Their original songs possess a clarity rooted in the musical traditions of rural North America, in a contemporary voice. Heartbreak, honky-tonks, whiskey, unions, religion, the Canadian terrain, and the Berlin wall are all fair game in their songwriting. Sweet vocal harmonies draw listeners in adding that high lonesome country sound to the mix.

Comprising the core of the band are the two song-smiths Warren Murfitt (guitar and vocals), and Kate Main (upright bass and vocals). Other musicians who add their considerable musical talents on frequent occasion: Chris Dawson-Murphy (banjo, guitar and vocals), Matt Kennedy (mandolin and vocals). Murfitt & Main make their home on the West Coast of Canada in Vancouver.



Back Porch Swing

We are Jim and Penny Malmberg, a husband and wife team who have been fronting the band, Back Porch Swing since 2003. We play old-time swing, folk, bluegrass, and jazz influenced music.  Our duo focuses on our original compositions, showcasing harmony voices, guitar, and mandolin. Performances showcase our songwriting with an intimate presentation. Back Porch Swing provides a full band experience, adding the talents of Cam Neufeld on fiddle and Kevin Jacobson on bass. Hot licks, tight harmonies, and humorous lyrics make for an audience pleasing show covering everything from square dance to western swing, bluegrass to folk.


Big Mix Boys

The Bix Mix Boys are one of Canada's most talented bluegrass bands. They focus on the highest quality of music, both vocally and instrumentally. While keeping the tradition of bluegrass alive, they want to bring their unique, Canadian interpretation to the genre, whether singing original songs about Canada and Alberta or performing songs from well-known Canadian artists. 

They've entrenched themselves into the Edmonton and Calgary bluegrass scene and consider themselves ambassadors of bluegrass music to Alberta and Canada.

Logan Sarchfield - Guitar

Darcy Whiteside - Banjo

Terry Nadasdi - Mandolin

Jim Storey - upright bass

Tony Michael - Fiddle


Go Ask Earl

GoaskEarl is a very versatile band that is no stranger to many genres of music, the members have played in various bands over the years, covering blues, country, rock, pop, and of course bluegrass.

All of this combined is GoAskEarl!  We are an energetic group with five vocalists, some of which play more than one instrument, and all members deliver harmonies intertwined into original and cover material.

Our members include Brad Lindberg on banjo and guitar, Jack Loree on dobro and guitar, Bruce Leinan on fiddle and mandolin, Keith Uyeno on stand up bass, and Carolin McBrien on guitar.


Cabin Fever

Welcome to the Cabin Fever Band located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada… If you like acoustic bluegrass music , excellent instrumentals, and tight three part harmonies, then you’ll love Cabin Fever Band.  We specialize in Bluegrass, Country and popular music genre’s.

PATRICK GUIDERA- (Founding Member, Lead/harmony vocals and guitar) Ranger Pat, while living in Hinton, Alberta began playing bluegrass in the early 1990’s in the all forestry band named “Stumped”, later re-named “Loggerhythm”.

FRANK OMOE – (Mandolin) – While Frank is the newest member of Cabin Fever his love for playing music began many years ago.

TOBY TELLIER – (Bass/vocals) – From the beautiful shores of Lake Huron, our good friend Toby adds a level of class and focus to our Cabin Fever Band sound.

KYELER TYMAFICHUK (Banjo/fiddle/vocals) – This young man provides limitless entertainment for the band and audiences!

DODIE BAKER – (Guitar/vocals) – Absolutely loves Bluegrass!!  From a young child of four, Dodie fell in love with the RCA album  “The Original and Great Carter Family’, which she danced and sang to for many years.


Purple Gas

The Foothills bluegrass society was so impressed by this band at the February Open Mic night, that they immediately put them on the roster for the 2017 Shady Grove festival.


Fire in the Hole



Hardly Handsome

Over the past six years, Hardly Handsome has played at bluegrass festivals throughout select parts of North America, wowing fans with their wide ranging song selection, vibrant harmonies, dance moves, and bass solos. The core members, Bill Humby on guitar and vocals, Gord Higby on mando and vocals, and Nico Humby on bass, vocals, and dance moves are pleased as punch to have fiddler fantastico Ivonne Hernandez joining them for this performance.


Allan and Arnell

Alberta musicians Jane Allan & Lance Arnell can play a song that will bring back a memory, inspire an adventure and warm your spirits.

Acoustic instruments compliment their tasteful vocals in a variety of musical styles: country, bluegrass-lite, folk, roots and a growing collection of their original tunes.

They`ve performed at a variety of venues:  community events, gallery openings, corporate functions, Stampede breakfasts, train rides, cowboy poetry festivals, and a multitude of house concerts and campfires while on the trail.