Maple Blues Awards Features Best Blues Artists from Winnipeg, Orillia, Kitchener, Kingston, Montreal and Toronto- Feb. 3 2020, Toronto

I don’t typically cut ‘n’ paste news releases, but Sarah French does me right so only fair I spread the word. Gala Hosted by Toronto’s Persian HeritageMulti-Instrumentalist Raha Javanfar aka Bad Luck Woman! The Maple Blues Awards will be the blues party of the year as the performers for the gala event are some of… Continue reading Maple Blues Awards Features Best Blues Artists from Winnipeg, Orillia, Kitchener, Kingston, Montreal and Toronto- Feb. 3 2020, Toronto

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Ten Takeaways from Blueberry Bluegrass 2019

The festival has never been so appealingly eclectic. While it was once billed as “& Country Music Festival” and as such included some very questionable lineup choices (look no further than Trick Ryder and Dirt Road Angels), Blueberry is now decidedly and positively heterogeneous in its ‘big tent’ approach to bluegrass and acoustic roots music.… Continue reading Ten Takeaways from Blueberry Bluegrass 2019

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More Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2019- Stony Plain, Alberta reflections- Day Two

The second day of three-day fests are the most difficult, I find. The novelty of day one is over—the renewing of acquaintances, the excitement of once again celebrating great music in a community—and by the end of the day, no matter the quality of music, I am bagged. Proof in point—in bed by 10:30 last… Continue reading More Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2019- Stony Plain, Alberta reflections- Day Two

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Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2019- Stony Plain, Alberta reflections

Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, held annually for now 34 years in the central Alberta community of Stony Plain, is a highlight of my calendar. Where I once attended up to four multi-day music fests annually—and once, in 2003, I believe I hit seven—it is now the only festival I attend. Blueberry Bluegrass just suits me, and… Continue reading Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2019- Stony Plain, Alberta reflections

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Blueberry Bluegrass- The Little Festival That Always Does

My preview of this summer’s Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, August 2-4, 2019 in Stony Plain, Alberta has been published at Country Standard Time as part of the Fervor Coulee Bluegrass blog. Find it here, if interested: http://www.countrystandardtime.com/blog/fervorcouleebluegrass/entry.asp?xid=1140 Appearing at Blueberry this year are a trove of performers from the more traditional- Joe Mullins & the Radio… Continue reading Blueberry Bluegrass- The Little Festival That Always Does

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