Bluegrass festival delights audience in Bible Hill

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Country Side of Bluegrass entertained a crowd of about 250 Friday at the 42nd annual Nova Scotia Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Festival, Canada’s Canada’s oldest continuing bluegrass gathering at the Agridome in Bible HIll. From left are Fred Hubley, Tanya Acorn, Ken Rozee and Wayne Redmond. The group is based out of Glen Margaret, N.S. Matthew Veno – Truro Daily News

UPDATE: 6:40 p.m.

BY RANDI BEERS

SPECIAL TO THE TRURO DAILY NEWS

BIBLE HILL – The sweet sound of twang is wafting from the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition once again this weekend.

The 42nd annual Nova Scotia Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Festival, Canada’s Canada’s oldest continuing bluegrass festival, kicked off Thursday, picked up steam with the Spinney Brothers performing last night and continues today and tomorrow.

“Things have gone off to a good start,” said festival director Art Redden. “Weather has slowed us down somewhat but it won’t be a washout because we’ve got cover. Our festival is different than anybody else because we’re the only bluegrass fest in the province that is completely covered.”

The concerts over the weekend take place inside the Agridome.

The Larry Stephenson Band out of Nashville, Tenn. headline the festival. Other performers will include regional bands Shadow River, Bluegrass Tradition, Next of Kin, Simply Blue, The Douthwrights and Joe Casey and the Westwind.

This morning, teens will be invited on stage to put on a youth concert and in the afternoon children will be invited to join a bluegrass instrument workshop, where they will learn how to build their own cardboard guitars and tin can percussion instruments.

Admission is $50 for the weekend, $20 Friday, $25 Saturday and $10 Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.downeastgrass.com.

The Downeast Bluegrass Society, a not-for-profit organization with six chapters located throughout the province, hosts the festival.

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Country Side of Bluegrass entertained a crowd of about 250 Friday at the 42nd annual Nova Scotia Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Festival, Canada’s Canada’s oldest continuing bluegrass gathering at the Agridome in Bible HIll. From left are Fred Hubley, Tanya Acorn, Ken Rozee and Wayne Redmond. The group is based out of Glen Margaret, N.S. Matthew Veno – Truro Daily News

Organizations: Agridome, Daily News

Geographic location: Canada, Country Side, Nova Scotia Bible HIll

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