July 20th to 22nd, 2018 · Minden Fairgrounds · Minden, Ontario, Canada

Bands

2018 Performers

 

Headliners:

Roxeen & Dalrymple – Nova Scotia, Canada

Nova Scotia’s Roxeen & Dalrymple may be the province’s newest acoustic act, however, they are far from being new on the music scene. Teamed together originally twenty-five years ago, they are now re-united after a life of separate musical paths. Roxeen & Dalrymple is a classic guitar and mandolin duet, a tour de force of vocals, rhythm and traditional melodies.

Individually the duo consists of Roxeen Roberts and Gary Dalrymple. Collectively they are highly respected, veteran musicians with impressive musical resumes. They are multiple East Coast Music Awards (ECMAs) nominees, Maritime Gospel Music Awards (MGMA) nominees, and have won numerous Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Music Awards (ECBMAs). They have toured coast to coast in Canada and the United States and now, after careers of extensive travel, performing and recording, the duo couldn’t be more excited as to where they have landed musically.

Roxeen & Dalrymple honestly love and cherish the classic sounds of traditional country, bluegrass and gospel music. They honour the music of the past yet embrace the present through their own originality. The duo is a fusion of their passion and understanding of the music that they grew up on and of the lives that they have lived. Their show is delivered with a deep-routed sincerity that only a lifetime of being immersed in authentic, traditional music can bring. Give a listen and you are sure to be entertained.


Larry Efaw & The Bluegrass Mountaineers – Ohio, USA

The sparks the Bluegrass Mountaineers ignite performing traditional bluegrass music is unique. Their burning desire fueled by their experience and the music shared by four generations to continue a family tradition in one of the world’s most loved music styles. The fourth generation of the Bluegrass Mountaineers, Chris Wilcox is learning the traditional bluegrass sound. In a quest to carry on the traditional bluegrass sound, the Bluegrass Mountaineers combine old time claw hammering and twin fiddling to their unique style. Members take turns showcasing their vocal and instrumental abilities. Their love for the genuine traditional bluegrass sound is evident every time they take the stage.

The Bluegrass Mountaineers have achieved a variety of accomplishments. They have had the privilege of performing on the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville’s Country Fan Fair, Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree, Summersville, Ralph Stanley’s Bluegrass Festival, Chicago Folk Festival, The Wheeling Jamboree (WWVA), a variety of television and radio shows and bluegrass festivals throughout the USA and Canada. Tom T Hall and Dixie Hall have signed Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers on their Blue Circle record label.


 

And featuring:

Alicia Robicheau & Lonesome Sound

Alicia Robicheau and Lonesome Sound is a hard driving, modern bluegrass band that exploded onto the Ontario bluegrass scene after their acclaimed debut at the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards in Huntsville, November 2016. Their festival calendar started filling up shortly after their first show and they were soon accepting bookings a year in advance. Their sound is tight, powerful and full of energy.

A wide range of superlatives have been used to describe Alicia Robicheau’s incredible voice but by far the most common are powerful and soulful. Alicia was born into a family of bluegrass music fans and players so she developed an appreciation for it at an early age. She has been singing on stage since she was 10 years old and has been delighting audiences ever since. Backed up by a stellar line-up of players, this band is guaranteed to thrill the most discerning of audiences.


Big John

After moving to Nashville in 1997, Bobby began working as a utility musician and backup singer for several major recording artists. His first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry and at The Ryman Auditorium was while on tour with Patty Loveless. Nicholas played acoustic guitar and mandolin as well as singing harmony with Loveless. They toured across North America playing various venues and famed shows including Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and Live at The Birchmere. He also made appearances on the Opry playing banjo, mandolin, guitar, harmonica and singing back up while on tour with Terri Clark.

Amber-Dawn has made several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and at the Ryman Auditorium and has toured and performed with several major artists including Darius Rucker, Ronnie Milsap, and Hootie &the Blowfish. She has also gained invaluable experience working in the studio with many of the world’s top record producers such as Don Was, Nathan Chapman, Tony Brown, Blake Chancey, Frank Liddell, and Cowboy Jack Clement. Amber-Dawn says the time spent collaborating with other artists and musicians including Tara Nevins of Donna the Buffalo, Sarah Lou Richards, and the late Vassar Clements helped to broaden her musical chops and perspectives as well as performing and writing songs with her husband, Bobby Nicholas.

Carl is a native of Ontario. In the early 1980s, Carl’s work brought him to New Brunswick with his young family, where his love for Bluegrass music sparked.

Moving back to Ontario in 1986 where Carl performed for years on the Canadian Bluegrass circuit. Carl also had the great pleasure to play bluegrass music in the company of talented musicians, with the bands Blueridge, Grassworks, Level Crossing and Grasstic Measures.

In addition to being an accomplished musician, Carl is also a gifted song writer. His songs have been recorded by notables Ralph Stanley and the Country Gentlemen, as well as his own recording projects.

In the fall of 2016, Carl was ready to embark on a fresh new music journey and that’s when BIG JOHN was born, collaborating with lifelong buddy Bobby Nicholas and Amber-Dawn Nicholas.


Concession 23

From the beginning Concession 23 was a band made up of four very different but equal contributors. In the intervening 12 years they have matured into one of Ontario’s most sought-after Bluegrass bands with a voice uniquely their own. They embody the ideal that the sum is greater than the parts and their success is founded on the collaboration underlying their music. Known for their considered arrangements, well-crafted stories, and tight integration, this band works as one.

During their long commitment to the genre they have mastered its stylistic range. From lilting waltzes to dig-deep drive, from contemporary “picture” songs to roots inspired back-woods tales, they draw on their broad repertoire to transport audiences away from the day-to-day and into places of the heart.

Concession 23 has been a fixture at the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards. Since their inception, the band has garnered nominations in every available instrument category, and also for Composer, Male Vocalist, Overall Group, Vocal Group of the Year, and Best Recording . Their first original recording, “On the Mountainside,” which appears on North to Ontario (2006), won Best Recording that year. Sherry Philp was named Female Vocalist of the Year for five straight years (2007 to 2011) and Banjo Player of the Year (2012). Sherry’s unique voice is deeply rooted in the bluegrass tradition and the band is very proud of her accomplishments. In 2006 they were named Most Promising Band of the Year and now, years later, these same founding members have honed the Concession 23 sound to become one of the most respected bluegrass bands in Ontario.


Ducharme Family Bluegrass

Ducharme Family Bluegrass started off in 2007 in a little town called River Valley just south/east of Sudbury, ON. A father and his two sons getting together around campfires, jamming from dusk til dawn at local music festivals.

Sharing their passion with friends and family, this group evolved very rapidly becoming one of the most wanted bands in Ontario and Québec. Their passion then evolved into a much greater goal which was to bring their life experiences and tradition to the stage.

Singing covers and original songs about history and heartaches of life in both primary Canadian languages makes their product a high demand at most Country/Folk/Bluegrass festivals.
Creating their own sound by combining a variety of genres to their playing draws any music lovers towards their shows.

Many say that seeing these talented musicians “live” is an experience on its own. Their high energy lifts up spirits, their impeccable vocal harmonies will give you goose bumps and the happiness they display is truly what family is all about.


The Tebworth Brothers

At the ripe old age of 14 and 12 years of age these boys are seasoned veterans of the Bluegrass
World.

Wyatt, 14, plays mandolin, guitar, fiddle, upright bass and sings lead and harmony vocals. Marshal, 12, plays fiddle, upright bass, mandolin and sings lead and harmony vocals.

The Tebworth Brothers have two CD’s out, the first is “The Tebworth Brothers” with their own original song “Living on the Mountain” and “Cajun Coyote” on their second CD “Tebworth Brothers – Back In Time”.

Based in Stirling, Ontario, they have performed in Churches, Bluegrass Festivals, Concerts, Fairs and many other venues throughout Ontario, East Coast of Canada and the U.S.A since 2009.

The “Tebworth Brothers” may look young, but with the true love for the music and strong drive to succeed they have earned a place on the Bluegrass scene. They bring along their Dad (Rob) on upright bass and their Poppa (Doug) on guitar to complete their show. That’s three (3) generations on stage! Their high energy show appeals to audiences of all ages!

The “Tebworth Brothers” are five time nominees for “Most Promising Group” and “Entertainers of the Year” by the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards.


2017 Performers

• Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

• Davis and Grant

• The BenTTree Bluegrass Band

• The Tebworth Brothers

• Maple Hill

• Rhyme n Reason

• The Pie Plates

• Sweetgrass Band


2016 Performers

• BenTTree Blugrass

• CR5 Bluegrass

• Davis & Grant

• Georgian Blue

• Grasstic Measures

• The Nelson Family

• The Tebworth Brothers

• Traditionally Wound

• Winterline


2015 Performers

• A New Shade of Blue

• Barn Katz

• Ray Legere & Grasstic Measures

• The Schotts

• Ducharme Family Bluegrass

• Emory Lester & Jill Jones

• Hard Ryde

• Rescue Junction

• Tebworth Brothers


2014 Performers

• Back Roads

• Rhyme ‘n’ Reason

• Traditionally Wound

• The Tebworth Brothers

• Bill White & Whitepine

• The Schotts

• Randy Morrison & Flatt River

• Acoustical Strings

• The Sweetgrass Band


2013 Performers

• Shadow River

• Ducharme Family Bluegrass

• Barn Katz

• The Tebworth Brothers

• Dusty Drifters

• Jan Purcell & Pine Road

• Canucky Bluegrass Boys

• Unseen Strangers

• Georgian Blue


2012 Performers

• A New Shade of Blue

• The Tebworth Brothers

• Bill White & Whitepine

• Rhyme’n’Reason

• Traditionally Wound

• Hard Ryde

• Concession 23

• Winterline

• Bluegrass Revelation


2011 Performers

• The Spinney Brothers

• The Tebworth Brothers

• General Store

• Bill White & Whitepine

• Simcoe County Ramblers

• Hometown Bluegrass

• Acoustical Strings

Haliburton Highlands and Minden Hills…
…in the middle of everywhere!