Check out the line up:
Every once in a while a band comes along that stands out amongst the crowded fields of the bluegrass world. The Blue Canyon Boys, a premier bluegrass band of the Rocky Mountain West, are one of those bands. Winners of the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass festival band contest, the Blue Canyon Boys have gone on to perform across the country and were selected to represent the United States and bluegrass music at the 14th annual Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak, Malaysia on the island of Borneo, which has consistently been rated in the top 25 International Festivals by Songlines Magazine. This bluegrass powerhouse consists of Gary Dark on mandolin, Jason Hicks on guitar, Drew Garrett on bass, and award-winning Zach Daniels on banjo. Blending incredible brother-duet-style vocals and hard-driving instrumental proficiency, this energetic band has created an infectious brew of hard-driving Colorado bluegrass. With six well received CDs that have garnered heavy airplay across the country and around the world, the Blue Canyon Boys have quickly become one of Colorado’s most celebrated bluegrass bands.
The Lonesome Ace Stringband brings grit, skill and abandon to old-time, Appalachian folk songs and fiddle/banjo tunes. These are songs and tunes for life and all of it’s occasions: festivals, dances, wars, parties and funerals. The music comes from a tradition that has inspired and brought together generations of people. It’s themes - love, loss, hard work and hardship, faith, and everyday life - speak to everyone. The members are Chris Coole on banjo, John Showman on fiddle and Max Heineman on bass. Together they bring a deep respect for the roots of the music, a keen sense of innovation to the performance and material, and a passion for the sound that transcends both. This is old-time music for today's old soul.
Their debut album, "Old Time", was recorded in 2014, and was met with critical acclaim from the folk, old-time, and bluegrass community. In 2016, the band recorded their sophomore album "Gone For Evermore". Heading into the studio, the group’s goal was to capture the feel, energy and narrative of their live playing. Since 2008, LAS has held a weekend residency at Toronto's legendary Dakota Tavern. Often performing 10 sets of music in a weekend, the band has developed the kind of instinctual rapport, that only comes from seasoned musicians logging many hundreds of playing hours together.
Chris Coole is a cracker-jack banjo picker who has been on the old-time and roots music scene for going on 20 years. He has taught at banjo workshops and camps internationally. Coole has released several albums under his own name and with the Foggy Hogtown Boys as well as numerous collaborations with a variety of great roots musicians including Arnie Naiman, Erynn Marshall, Ivan Rosenberg and David Francey. His vision, musicality and great knowledge of the music are the driving forces of "Old Time".
John Showman is known as one of Canada's finest fiddle players, a strong and versatile musician best-known for his work with the Foggy Hogtown Boys, New Country Rehab and Creaking Tree String Quartet. His love of traditional fiddle music is palpable everywhere on "Old Time" and he brings the music to life with inspired playing.
Max Heineman's powerful and unique voice carries the listener straight to the heart of the music, with a timeless quality entirely his own yet one that hearkens back to the classic folk and country singers that have shaped the style. His bass playing supports and compliments the music expertly, both driving the rhythm and gliding right along with the melody to give the trio it's distinct sound. He is well-known for his playing and singing with the Foggy Hogtown Boys.
Based out of Seattle, Washington, the North Country Bluegrass Band is one of the premier traditional bluegrass bands from the Northwest. North Country was founded in 2012 when the guys were jamming together at a local bluegrass event in Seattle. They quickly found a unique chemistry and demonstrated the same love for music, songwriting, and instrumental dynamics. Within the first year of formation, the band played at prominent music venues, including Wintergrass and the historical Paramount Theatre. Since then, they have continued to build their repertoire and toured throughout the United States and Canada.
In July 2014, the band released their first album titled “Won’t Be Over You,” which was named one of the top ten bluegrass albums of 2014 by KCBS radio. The album demonstrated both the band’s instrumental talent and songwriting ability. Furthermore, it showed the band’s ability to bring classic country and folk music into a traditional bluegrass style.
In late 2014, original band member and fiddle player Stephen Burwell was hired by Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. North Country knew they couldn't hold on to such a great talent for so long. Doyle Lawson is one of the premier bluegrass bands touring the country right now and has had an enormous influence on shaping the history of bluegrass music.
In January 2015, the band placed 6th overall in the prestigious SPBGMA Bluegrass band competition consisting of band throughout North America. Being from Seattle, a place not well recognized for traditional bluegrass music, the band showed that bluegrass music is alive and well in the Northwest. In October of 2015, the band was selected to showcase at the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) in Raleigh, North Carolina.
In December 2015, another North Country member was stolen by a national act. Nick Dumas was hired by the band Special Consensus, who has been around for around 40 years. Like Doyle Lawson, Special Consensus has been a staple in the bluegrass industry and has molded some of the best bluegrass musicians in the music today.
North Country has replaced Nick with Zach Top, who is known around the Northwest as being one of the premier, young guitar players and singers. Zach will be playing mandolin with North Country.
Audiences will remember the powerful singing and guitar playing of Greg Blake with the Jeff Scroggins & Colorado Band. Greg is back with a band that played on his solo album" Songs of Heart and Home". They are some of the most highly regarded Bluegrass musicians in America today.
John Reischman: Mandolin /vocals - a Grammy Award Winner.
Mark Schatz: Bass - a 2 time International Bluegrass Music Association, bass player of the year.
Sally Van Meter: Dobro- Also a Grammy Winner.
Blaine Sprouse: Fiddle - previously a member of Bill Monroes Bluegrass Boys and the Osborne Brothers.
Keith Reid: Banjo/Vocals - an excellent banjo player in the style of Earl Scruggs.
Tragically Hick - a Calgary based band - is back - ready to play acoustic bluegrass music with more energy and love of music than ever before. For a few years, retirement from work schedules took band members to travels and the inability to commit to band bookings. Well – we’re over that and ready to “band together again” for Shady Grove.
Tragically Hick is a fine sounding bluegrass band – primarily playing traditional bluegrass with an occasional smattering of Texas swing and maybe even a 50’s rock and roll tune – always done bluegrass style. The band’s main strengths are obvious when they belt out the tightest harmony blends you’ll hear anywhere accompanied by unmatched instrumental licks.
The band includes the talents of Gord Armstrong (guitar), Bill Figeczki (bass), Jack Loree (dobro) and Lorne Foster (Mandolin) – with all members singing vocals (& harmonies), a set list with lots of variety is a bonus.
Tragically Hick is pumped and looking forward to a great time at the 2018 Shady Grove Festival.
5 on a String has been picking and singing bluegrass music all around the Pacific Northwest for over twenty-five years. We have a family friendly show with plenty of hot picking and fiddle tunes to entertain just about any audience. Seniors love the old time theme and harmony singing, and the kids are attracted to the staccato sounds of the banjo and fiddle. All of our instruments are acoustic which means we are able to play without electricity and can roam over a festival site to draw attention to vendor areas or entertain people waiting in lines. We are equally at home on main stage venues, we play and sing in the old time radio show style, using only one microphone, which is also great for “tweeners” while a stage is being reset for a larger act. Over the years we have collected a large volume of performance material and can play for more than four hours without repeating a song. We’ll get their toes tapping and hands clapping…Guaranteed.
We began playing as 5 on a String back in 1989, when Gordie, Garry, and Dan got together with other musicians to play together informally. One thing lead to another and before long the band was invited to play at some of the regions most prominent Bluegrass Festivals including; Darrington, Wintergrass, and Chilliwack. About 10 years ago founding member Carrol Oldenburg (mandolin) left the band and we were pleased to add multi-instrumentalist and lead singer Tim Eccles in his spot. Another year later Vancouver fiddle player Hugh Ellenwood agreed to enlist after the retirement of our original fiddler, Val Dean. It’s been wonderful to perform all across B.C., Alberta, and Washington state over the years and the friends, fans, and relationships we have shared are priceless to us. We hope that we can bring our brand of mountain music to your venue someday soon.
Hugh Ellenwood - Fiddle, lead and bass vocals
Garry Stevenson - Guitar, lead and baritone vocals
Gordie Sadler - Banjo , lead and tenor vocals
Dan Mornar - Upright Bass, lead and tenor vocals
Tim Eccles -Mandolin, lead and tenor vocals
A veteran performer, Steve has been an integral part of the local bluegrass scene since 1985, from Rocky Road to the Hothouse Bluegrass Band, the Sheep River Rounders and Restless Lester. Steve's most recent project the Steve Fisher Band showcases top local bluegrass players.
Steve has appeared at many folk and bluegrass clubs and festivals and is a popular and well respected teacher of guitar at music camps and workshops across western Canada. He has performed live on CBC, CKUA and other radio stations and has released four full length recordings as a band leader or solo artist.
Steve is known as an acoustic guitarist and singers with strong roots in bluegrass, country blues and ragtime. With his current project he has assembled skilled musicians, creating music that far surpasses the sum of their parts.
Steve Fisher - guitar and vocals
Erik Smistad - bass and tenor vocals
Denis Dufresne - mandolin, fiddle and vocals
Fred Mallette - banjo and vocals
Scott Duncan - fiddle
A combination of youth and beauty, veterans and virtuosos, Nomad Jones banded together to chase the bluegrass bug, bolstered by their diverse backgrounds. Equally comfortable ripping on rollicking classics or serenading on sultry ballads, Nomad Jones draws on an extensive repertoire of traditional ‘grass and beyond to provide a full package of family harmonies and intriguing instrumentals. They have spent the past two years touring Western Canada to rave reviews they are excited to be releasing their first album in the Spring of 2018.
The youngest member of the band, Nico Humby (Edmonton, AB) puts down a solid bottom end on the double bass while providing passionate vocals. Nico’s bluegrass style has evolved through years of singing and playing various genres of music, from funk to folk and R&B to swing. Nico has also contribute some original songs to the band.
Also on the younger end of the spectrum, Miles Zurawell (Edmonton, AB) can and will draw pretty much every emotion out of your soul as he riffs and rolls along on the resonator guitar. Local Edmonton band The Misery Mountain Boys gave him his start from 2011 2013. He counts Earl Scruggs, JD Crowe, Rob Ickes, Jerry Douglas, Billy Cardine and Bryan Sutton among his influences.
Second generation oldtime fiddle champion and bluegrass fiddler, Byron Myhre (Edmonton, AB) adds flash, flare and fine fills to the outfit. A member of the Canadian bluegrass band Jerusalem Ridge (along with fellow Nomad Jones member, Craig Korth), Byron toured western Canada and the Pacific Northwest extensively over a period of nearly 20 years. Byron also operates Myhre's Music in Edmonton Alberta.
Rounding out the band is Bill Humby (Nanaimo, BC) singing his heart out on lead and harmony vocals and providing grooving guitar rhythm. Bill has a vast musical background that includes drumming in a lounge lizard band, performing in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and singing with his kids on “Un Air de Famille”, a Radio Canada reality television show for bilingual Canadian families.
At the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Southern Alberta, is where you may have heard the sweet harmonies of Prairie's Edge.
The Rockies may not be the Blueridge Mountains, but this band is as Bluegrass as it gets.
Prairie's Edge made its debut at the Shady Grove music festival by winning the festival band competition. Since then, they have been playing at festivals, events and pubs around Southern Alberta.
Prairie's Edge is honored to be asked to play at the 2018 Shady Grove festival and promise to deliver fun filled sets of tight harmony and tasteful instrumentals.
Gordon Armstrong - Guitar, Vocals
Bill Jackson - Mandolin, Vocals
Bruce Rohn - Fiddle, Vocals
Brian Fukushima - Banjo, Vocals
Boh Woodward - Bass
Rotary Park is a Calgary based band playing a special brand of harmony driven, alternative bluegrass. The combination of ambient folk music, powerful vocal harmonies and banjo ripping bluegrass is sure to have to listener immersed and captivated in a sonic atmosphere of Progressive Canadiana.
It was in 2011 when Rotary Park was formed by long-time friends and fellow buskers. The band began playing live around the city of Calgary, while working on material for a full length album. October 2012 marked the start of recording as the boys headed into studio to cut their debut album. After over a year of production they released the self-titled record on March 28 2014. With a fresh album and big ambitions Rotary Park hit the road on their first tour across Canada.
After a very successful tour the quintet got right back into the grind writing and recording another album in less than a year. On July 10 2015 Rotary Park's second album 'Be' was released. The band followed it up with another coast to coast tour including notable stops at South Country Fair and the Market Collective Locals Stage at the Calgary Folk Music Festival.
In early April 2016 Rotary Park performed at JUNOfest to a sold out crowd at the Palomino Smokehouse. After a summer of playing festivals, parties, and music venues across Alberta, long time Rotary Park friend and fellow musician Nicki McRae joined the band; bringing a brand new dimension and depth to the sound. The band immediately capitalized on the momentum and embarked on its third tour across Canada in October.
The future has never looked brighter for this group of musicians, entrepreneurs, but first and foremost; friends. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for what Rotary Park has in store.
Rotary Park Alex Ginella - Vocals, Guitar, Fiddle, Harmonica, Mandolin Nicki McRae - Vocals, Mandolin, Percussion Liam Testa - Vocals, Guitar Matt Coldwell - Vocals, Double Bass Tanner Day - Vocals, Banjo