A BIG THANK YOU to our 2017 Sponsors:
Destination Cape Breton Association
Municipality of the County of Richmond
Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage
St Joseph’s Credit Union
B &N Distributors
Babin’s Service Centre
Isle Madame ATV Riders
Joseph Martell, C.A.
La Co-opérative Charles Forest Ltée
The 3rd Annual Isle Madame Bluegrass & Old Time Country Music Festival is pleased to announce the line-up for 2017…
Bluegrass Diamonds is a bilingual band that comes to us via some Acadian roots in New Brunswick… From left to right: Vincent Cormier sings and plays stand-up bass; Ray Cormier sings and plays guitar; Roger Gauvin plays banjo; Dave Williams plays mandolin and Louis Cormier plays guitar. A well-known group on the bluegrass circuit they have a brand new CD entitled “The Tool Box” that they will be sharing songs from with the audience... along with their familiar, popular favourites! Nous vous souhaitons la bienvenue!!!
Check out their Facebook page: The Bluegrass Diamonds
Free Wheelin is comprised of, from left to right: Gordon Hubley who plays banjo; Bob Jobe who plays mandolin; Richard Hubley on stand-up bass; and John Peeples who plays guitar. Athough considered a new group these musicians have many years experience playing and singing the bluegrass sound. We are happy to welcome them to our festival!
Check out their Facebook Page: Free Wheelin'
Next Generation is a glimpse of the bright future of bluegrass music… From left to right: Thomas O’Leary who plays dobro and mandolin and currently attends Acadia University; 14-yr old Ayden Clarke who plays guitar; Kristina McCulley who plays mandolin and guitar, sings and yodels; her older brother Andrew McCulley who plays banjo; and Ryan Harvey who plays stand-up bass and also attends Acadia University. The group has just completed recording a self-titled CD. They were part of the inaugural festival in 2015 and we are very pleased they chose to return this year to entertain festival-goers!
Check out their Facebook page: Next Generation
Ryan Dillman and Shadow River is a multi-award winning band hailing from the Valley region of Nova Scotia. From left to right: David Doyle, lead singer and guitar player; Lukas Munroe, fiddler; Ryan Dillman, band leader and banjo player; Waylon Robicheau, mandolin player; and Brian Hazlett, stand-up bass player. We are thrilled they chose to return and have graciously agreed to lead our WORKSHOPS on Saturday morning! Welcome back!!!
Find out more at: www.shadowriverbluegrass.com
Second Wind who came to the festival last year as musical entertainers for the Gospel Hour. After graciously accepting our offer to play, the committee was pleased with the positive feedback we received after their performance. This year we asked them to return with a full repertoire of their music. Looking forward to hearing more from Chrissy Mattie, Dwayne Mattie, Derek LeBlanc and Jackie Mattie-Benoit!
Kenny Petitpas is a local Isle Madame son who has a life-long love of music and enjoys composing and singing his own songs. He was the 2013 winner of the 103.5 Eagle Summer Talent Contest which allowed him the opportunity to record four songs at the Sound Park Studio in Sydney. In 2014 he released a full length CD of his original work. We are pleased to be able to bring his music to a larger audience. Welcome Kenny!