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Hot and Energetic Bluegrass Music Bands Converge in Rollo Bay, PEI

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GrasstowneA combination of some of the hottest and most energetic Bluegrass bands are coming to Prince Edward Island (PEI) in Eastern Canada - July 6 – 8, 2012. Grasstowne from South Carolina has two recording projects on the US National Bluegrass Charts. Their latest currently in the top 5 on the singles and CD chart and rising. Four of the finest young musicians in bluegrass today make up this dynamic band, one of the hottest and energetic bands touring today. Alan Bibey has made a name for himself as one of the most creative and technically gifted mandolin players in bluegrass and acoustic music. Guitarist Dustin Pyrtle comes from a musical family and area rich in bluegrass tradition. He started playing bluegrass at the age of 8 and is very accomplished on guitar and bass. Justin Jenkins has been playing music since the age of six. His first professional gig was at the age of twelve when he was asked to become a regular member of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. Kameron Keller is a tremendous young musician playing bass with Grasstowne. Adam Haynes is the resident fiddler and sings baritone and bass.

The Darrel Webb Band performs acoustic music with electrifying energy. The band tours the US and Canada appearing at outdoor music festivals, concerts, and private parties. Darrell Webb is a Grammy nominated session musician as well as an IBMA and SPBGMA award winner. He has recorded with Dolly Parton, Bobby Hicks, Marty Rabon, J.D. Crowe, Lonesome River Band and the queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent. Fans call DWB the most exciting band going.

Nu-Blu, founded by husband and wife team, Carolyn and Daniel Routh, combines their original songs along with traditional material, creating a unique and driving blend of music that keeps audiences coming back for more. Nu-Blu made history as the first bluegrass band to launch a smart phone APP - yet again expanding their audience, but more importantly introducing bluegrass music to the masses. Their smart phone APP provides live feeds from the popular Bluegrass Blog, WorldWideBluegrass.com, BluegrassTV, Napster, Last FM and Nu-Blu News.

The Best in Bluegrass will be in the Field of Dreams in Rollo Bay, PEI for the 27th Annual Bluegrass & Old Time Music Society’s Festival, July 6 – 8, 2012. This year’s lineup is our best in recent years in the Maritime region. You won’t want to miss it. Along with the US bands we have The Bluegrass Diamonds and Windy Creek from New Brunswick. The Blue Tie Affair, and 8 Wheel Drive join us from Nova Scotia. PEI band favourites include Janet McGarry & Wildwood, SK Bluegrass, Bluegrass Revival, Country Grass, Blue Persuasion, Blue Zone, Two + Three, Simply Acoustic, Joe Casey & Westwind, Something Fishy and many more.

The gates open on Wednesday July 4 at 1 p.m. and the fun begins as soon as the RV’s are set up. The guitars come out and the first Jams fill the air with that high lonesome sound. On Thursday night the popular Open Mic allows many musicians to play in the on-site Shelter. The stage show starts on Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. with an Old Timey Act followed by our Opening Ceremonies. The stage show will go right through the evening, begin Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and again on Sunday. A Songwriter’s Circle, Instrument Workshops and Children’s Program fill out the weekend. We will have food, ice cream, CD concessions on site. Purchase 50/50’s or tickets to win a Martin guitar. This is a family weekend event – something for everyone. The PEI Bluegrass & Old Time Music Society’s volunteer organizers are looking forward to a large turn out.

Weekend passes $45 per person (+65 seniors $40), rough camping included. Open Mic $5 (or is included with weekend passes), Saturday/Sunday overnight $35. Friday daypass is $18. Saturday daypass is $22. Sunday day pass $16. Children 14 and under are admitted free with parental supervision. Early bird camping $5 per unit/ day. Serviced site $7 per unit/day (first come/first served only). Dumping station $5 per dump.

For more information contact: http://peibluegrass.tripod.com/annual-festival.html Shirley 566-
2641 / 388-2828, Charlie 566-3011 or Glenda 569-4501.

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