ABRAM-VILLAGE, P.E.I. —
A new online concert series is kicking off this weekend, featuring performers from around the region.
Following the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic last March, the Evangeline Bluegrass and Traditional Music Festival Association had to cancel the annual Evangeline Bluegrass Festival, which was slated to take place in the Evangeline region in July 2020.
However, fans of the music will still get to enjoy some of their favourite performers as the board of directors has announced it will be hosting an online concert series, comprised of six shows, live on its Facebook page from Feb. 21 to March 28.
Each week, an hour-long show will take place on Sunday at 7 p.m.
At a glance
Following is the programming schedule for this concert series featuring bluegrass and traditional music:
- Feb. 21 – The Spinney Brothers (N.S.)
- Feb. 28 – The Stiff Family (P.E.I.)
- March 7 – JP Cormier (N.S.)
- March 14 – Janet McGarry & Wildwood (P.E.I.)
- March 21 – Moyenne Rig (N.B.)
- March 28 – Veranda (Quebec)
The first Facebook Live concert during the Evangeline Bluegrass Festival will take place is set for Sunday, Feb. 21, on the Evangeline Bluegrass Festival’s Facebook page. It will feature The Spinney Brothers from Nova Scotia. This free live show will be available at Facebook.com/FestivalBluegrassEvangeline.
The Spinney Brothers (Allan Spinney, Rick Spinney, Gary Dalrymple, Terry Mumford) hail from the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. The cornerstone of The Spinney Brothers’ musical identity is the sound of traditional, southern-flavoured bluegrass music. The first-generation bluegrass performers have been an important musical influence, yet the music of these artists is equally shaped by their personal lives and local heritage. By incorporating original material, which draws from various sources, The Spinney Brothers intertwine the past with the present to celebrate the freshness and excitement of traditional bluegrass music.