9th Annual Festival
Friday August 15 to
Sunday August 17, 2014

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We are a non-profit society of members who do a whole heck of a lot to promote bluegrass and old time music all over Saskatchewan and beyond. We host a big Festival and Music Camp every August and during the year we keep ourselves busy with Old Time Dances, Concerts, Jams, Potlucks and generally too much fun. 

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Welcome to the Northern Lights
Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Society

We are a non-profit society of members who do a whole heck of a lot to promote bluegrass and old time music all over Saskatchewan and beyond. We host a big Festival and Music Camp every August and during the year we keep ourselves busy with Old Time Dances, Concerts, Jams, Potlucks and generally too much fun.

Monday
Jul212014

2014 Festival - PA Herald

The Prince Albert Herald recently did a story on the Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival - Check it out below!

Bluegrass and old-time music for young and old: Northern Lights Bluegrass Festival has something for everyone

"As more bands are adding bluegrass and old-time influence to their songs, the young and old can finally agree on a music festival to attend together." Indeed!

Y'all come!

 

Monday
Jul212014

2014 Festival Mainstage Acts (Aug 15-17) 

Northern Lights has always had the music lover in mind when we book our instructors and entertainers.  People may not always recognize the names on our poster, but they've let us know that year after year they've come to know that they'll love the music we present.  Our upcoming lineup certainly does not disappoint!  This year though, folks may well recognize a few of the names on our poster. 

Here are some brief descriptions of our mainstage acts:

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado - People who saw them at Bluegrass Week in May will no doubt follow the jaw dropping sounds of the banjo and mandolin all the way to Ness Creek. 

Los Texmaniacs -  Like a great salsa, the Grammy award-winning Texmaniacs mix the simplest yet finest ingredients of Texas music to create a sound solidly rooted in tradition, exploding with contemporary vitality.  

The Slocan Ramblers - Hailing from Ontario, this fearless four piece is sure to keep garnering attention beyond the traditional bluegrass fan-base. 

Le Vent Du Nord - This Juno award winning band from La Belle Province delivers upbeat and catchy songs, both from Québec traditional folk repertoire along with original compositions.

Calvin Vollrath - Canada's world-class Fiddling Sensation and a musical prodigy, Calvin is a pleasure to watch on stage - his love for music is contagious and he can bring an audience to their feet.

The Cumberland Brothers - Archie Pateman and Jack Roland specialize in brother harmony style country music and present it with simple arrangements of guitar, banjo and fiddle. 

Ryan Boldt - Making a return visit to our festival stage, Deep Dark Woods' front man Ryan will captivate you with his set list of murder ballads, lovesick hymnals and slow-dance waltzes.

Freddie and Sheila Pelletier - Freddie and Sheila Pelletier deliver upbeat concerts featuring world class guitar picking accompanied by clogging and fantastic singing. 

The Gridpickers - The Grid Pickers are a traditionally untraditional husband and wife folk duo. From the deep backwoods of rural Saskatchewan, they sow seeds of ragtime and country music that grows a lush crop of untamed bluegrass, Celtic and old-time.

Irvin Amundson - Born, raised and still residing in Park Valley, SK, Irvin is well known for his easy, relaxed way of delivering great old gospel, bluegrass and cowboy songs. 

Check out the links at the top of the webpage for a whole lot more information on the FESTIVAL (including a mainstage sampler playlist) and our MUSIC CAMP (August 11-15). You can also buy tickets here and register for camp hereThe earlybird deadline for camp registration is June 30 so register ASAP and save $30! And if you know a kid that could use some financial help to come experience learning and music in the boreal forest, don't forget our Send a Kid to Camp Music Program (deadline to apply is June 30)!

Y'all come! 

Friday
Jun202014

Register for Music Camp before our Early Bird Deadline!

Join us for our 9th Annual Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Camp Music Camp (August 11-15)! Register before June 30 to get $30 off your camp package.

Do you want to learn to play an instrument or improve your playing? Join us at the beautiful Ness Creek site for Camp (August 11-15) and followed by our Festival (August 15-17). For beginner to virtuoso skill levels and for the young to the young at heart, our music camp provides a friendly, non-competitive environment for musicians to grow and learn in the boreal forest. Head on over to our website's camp page to learn more and to register!

And if you know a kid that could use some financial help to come experience learning and music at the camp, don't forget our Send a Kid to Camp Music Program (deadline to apply is June 30)

Also, along with many other popular favourites (banjo, bass, dobro guitar, fiddle, kid's music, mandolin, old time banjo, old time piano, vocal harmony), we're excited to offer two NEW classes this year:

Sing Out Strong! (Jack Roland) - Want to build confidence and improve your singing sills? Jack, of The Cumberland Brothers, will explore vocal techniques while introducing you to standard bluegrass & oldtime songs.

Dance Band (Dale & Laura Budd) - Taught by our very own Dale & Laura Budd, this class is open to all instruments taught in camp and will focus on Saskatchewan's Dance Hall music traditions.

Questions? Don't hesitate to e-mail us at camp@northernlightsbluegrass.ca.

Y'all come!

Friday
May232014

2014 FESTIVAL is AUG 15-17, 2014

Mark your calendar for the 9th Annual!

2014 Postcard

2014 Poster

Monday
May122014

2014 Music Camp is Aug 11-15

Our 9th annual Music Camp is August 11-15! For more information, check out our newly posted 2014 Camp Brochure and 2014 Camp Registration Form, as well as our Music Camp page. You can register online here.

Take advantage of our early bird offer by registering before June 30th! Deadline to register is July 27th.

Questions? INFO@NORTHERNLIGHTSBLUEGRASS.CA