Dutch Mason inspired blues fans from near and far

Blues festival described as ‘a high-class event’

Published on August 10, 2014

BIBLE HILL – It took a few years, but Kim Myers finally fulfilled a Dutch Mason festival dream.

The Hants County resident was thrilled to be at the Dutch Mason Blues Festival in Bible Hill on the weekend. It’s been something she’s wanted to attend for a number of years.

“I listen to (Dutch’s) music and I thought, ‘I have to go’ and finally here I am,” said Myers as she danced to tunes by Highway 125 from Cape Breton mid-Sunday afternoon.

“This is a high-class event. The sound system is out of the world and it’s very well put together. And you stop and talk to strangers as if you know them. The atmosphere … everything … it’s great,” Myers said, adding other highlights of the festival, for her, were seeing Gregg Rolie and David Wilcox as well as touring Victoria Park while in town.

With Myers was Dana Gilby, also from Hants County. It was his first time at the blues festival as well. Gilby was introduced to the blues while in British Columbia in the 1980s.

“It was in B.C. that I heard Dutch Mason’s music and that got me into it,” Gilby said.

That enthusiasm for the genre was evident throughout the weekend. While some rested in their chairs, swaying to the music, others stood up and danced. Rowdy hollers and hand-clapping were offered to musicians as they took the stage, including Highway 125, Head of the Herd and MonkeyJunk. Vendors with a variety of items sold their wares, while a bike tent offered a close-up look at some vintage, custom-made motorcycles.

Although an official attendance number wasn’t available on the weekend, many people on site estimated there were several thousand people during the three-day event, most of whom came from throughout Canada and the United States as well.

On Sunday afternoon, the crowd was smaller – a few hundred – but many more were anticipated to arrive as it got closer to Dave Wilcox’s finale after supper.

For Bible Hill’s Amy MacMeekin, the blues festival is a tradition. She has been coming for five years and hopes to return again.

“My mother and step-father got us going. It’s a fun-filled party. I love it,” said MacMeekin as she looked at dozens of motorcycles that were on display as part of the festival.

MacKeekin said bikes and the blues go hand-in-hand, especially for a major gathering like the Dutch Mason Blues Festival.

“I love bikes … they are unique and I love the vintage and custom made ones.”

As far as her favourite musicians at the event, past years were highlights when she saw James Cotton and Lucas Nelson.

“This festival is great. It’s very relaxing and soulful,” said MacKeekin.



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