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The Northern Lights Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Society have been presenting world class musicians on our stage for over ten years. We've had Grammy/Juno winners, artists who are on the verge of making it big and everything in-between.
2015 MUSIC Festival (Aug 14-16)
The Northern Lights Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music festival offers an opportunity to intimately immerse yourself, as an active participant, within a community of world class musicians. Our performers are some of the top working musicians in their industry. You will get an opportunity to, not only hear them perform on the main stage, but also to bump elbows and possibly even pick a tune with them by the campfire! The true beauty of our festival is the intimate and up-close musical experience.
UNIQUE NORTHERN SETTING
Canada's North is awe-inspiring. The trees. The lakes. The freshest of fresh air. And, the festival/music camp is hosted in the literal centre of it all! At the beautiful Ness Creek site you will camp under the stars in a secluded forested getaway. Just a short walk from your site you will find the pristine Ness Creek, and just a few miles away is the world famous Prince Albert National Park (The home of Grey Owl!). Within the region there are hundreds of lakes, trails and other adventures just waiting to be explored! Swim, fish, hike or just relax in the sun and listen to some sweet tunes.
MUSICIAN AND MUSIC LOVERS PARADISE
Do you love music? Whether it's a singing, picking, bowing, plucking or just humming along, we offer a musician's and music lover's paradise. There will be hot licks, calming gospel, back beat chopping, furious bowing, deep bass, grooving old time and more. And don't forget the jamming! Jamming, jamming and more jamming. At every corner of the festival there will be an opportunity to create music with other like minded people. Be prepared to smile for weeks and weeks after the festival. Yeah, it'll be that much fun.
You know how Canadians are polite and friendly? Saskatchewanians are like that but multiplied by ten! You simply won't get a more polite, friendly and gracious set of hosts than the people of Saskatchewan. Our community is filled with some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Warm and welcoming. We guarantee you'll meet a friend for life.
Many music festivals are all about the party. We are all about the music - both appreciating and playing. At our festival you will find music lovers, musicians and their families having a family-friendly good time. For the kids we have a play area, kids activities and a secure site facility. The only worry you'll have is how to get them to go to bed after all of the fun they will have!
2015 MUSIC CAMP (AUGUST 10-15)
Learn From World Class Instructors
Our instructors are some of the top working musicians in their industry. Our alumni boast an impressive range of accomplishments, including working with the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and The Dixie Chicks. The skill required for them to play at this level takes diligence, patience and practice. Not only are they masters of their instruments, but they are also teachers, skilled at passing their knowledge on to learners both new and experienced. Our participants need not ever be intimidated by this level of musicianship, as the true beauty of this bluegrass and old time culture is how it places fostering and encouragement at the forefront.
Make Music Together
One of the greatest joys for beginners and masters alike is the thrill of gathering together to play. No amps to haul, no electricity required, just a campfire and a willing group of pickers and singers. It’s one thing to learn how to play an instrument, but that skill grows exponentially when you learn to play with others. Over the past 10 years, we have watched students go from playing their first chords to forming bands. Some people are still playing their first chords and that’s ok too! We have a wonderful slow pitch session where we allow beginners to practice their new skills at a leisurely pace in a very supportive environment. Evenings bring the fast fingers to the campfire and the entertainment value is immeasurable.
Fostering friendships through music
More than just an instructional camp, Northern Lights seeks to connect participants in many different ways. We gather together for amazing meals, take a turn or two at dishes and sometimes even break out into spontaneous percussion sessions. We bust out the fiddle and kick up our heels, yes, we’ll teach you to dance! We get the Frisbees and footballs flying to burn off some energy after a long day of learning. We have story telling sessions and a fantastic song writing contest. Lifetime friendships are made at our camp. Our folks wait all year long to return to their camp family for another precious week.
Explore Other Instruments
Maybe you’ve been playing one instrument for some time and feel like it might be time to try something new. Our camp is the perfect opportunity to do so. Guitar players have crossed over into learning the resonator guitar (dobro), bluegrass style banjo players expand their tune repertoire by learning to play claw hammer style, and instrumentalists of all stripes have enjoyed learning to sing harmony. The great thing is, if students should decide to take something new, they have ample opportunity to play their original instruments outside of class time all week long.