9th Annual Festival
Friday August 15 to
Sunday August 17, 2014

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We are a non-profit society of members who do a whole heck of a lot to promote bluegrass and old time music all over Saskatchewan and beyond. We host a big Festival and Music Camp every August and during the year we keep ourselves busy with Old Time Dances, Concerts, Jams, Potlucks and generally too much fun. 

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Welcome to the Northern Lights
Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Society

We are a non-profit society of members who do a whole heck of a lot to promote bluegrass and old time music all over Saskatchewan and beyond. We host a big Festival and Music Camp every August and during the year we keep ourselves busy with Old Time Dances, Concerts, Jams, Potlucks and generally too much fun.

Thursday
Jul242014

Festival Feature: Mainstage Acts Coming Up from the South

The talent runs deep with these mainstage acts coming up from the South...

JEFF SCROGGINS & COLORADO

This high energy bluegrass band joined us for Bluegrass Week in Saskatoon in May. The band features the amazing banjo playing of Jeff Scroggins and the award winning mandolin playing of Jeff's son Tristan Scroggins. There will be incredible bluegrass vocals, led by the powerful voices of frontman Greg Blake (twice nominated for SPGMA's "Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year" award) and KC Groves, founder of the all-girl band Uncle Earl. New to the mix is fiddler Lydia Demi-Smith, classically trained with a passion for bluegrass. 

Get a taste of one of their live performances here:

 

LOS TEXMANIACS

Fancy dancing to a little Tex Mex?  Really wanting to get out and polka? How about a Grammy award winning band from San Antonio to do the trick! The Texmaniacs' musical genre is conjunto, which is what happened when the German immigrants and their accordions arrived in Texas. For an intro to conjunto, check out PBS' Accordion Dreams feature, or if you have time to spare and would love to hear more, check out a feature on Traditional Conjunto with Los Texmaniacs by the Library of Congress.

Texmanics versatility has led them to prestigious performances such as The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, International Accordion Festival, Kennedy Center, Governor of Texas Ball and many major festivals overseas, but they deliver music that everyone can relate to. Accordion- yes!  Guitar - yes! Spanish and English vocals - yes!  Sombreros - ...maybe?

Check out this video of Los Texmaniacs performing Amor de mi Vida live: 

You won't want to miss this fantastic band coming up from the south to play on our Northern Lights Festival stage.

 

You can purchase festival tickets or find one of our ticket vendors located across Saskatchewan right here on our website.


Y'all come! 

Monday
Jul212014

2014 Festival - PA Herald

The Prince Albert Herald recently did a story on the Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival - Check it out below!

Bluegrass and old-time music for young and old: Northern Lights Bluegrass Festival has something for everyone

"As more bands are adding bluegrass and old-time influence to their songs, the young and old can finally agree on a music festival to attend together." Indeed!

Y'all come!

 

Monday
Jul212014

2014 Festival Mainstage Acts (Aug 15-17) 

Northern Lights has always had the music lover in mind when we book our instructors and entertainers.  People may not always recognize the names on our poster, but they've let us know that year after year they've come to know that they'll love the music we present.  Our upcoming lineup certainly does not disappoint!  This year though, folks may well recognize a few of the names on our poster. 

Here are some brief descriptions of our mainstage acts:

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado - People who saw them at Bluegrass Week in May will no doubt follow the jaw dropping sounds of the banjo and mandolin all the way to Ness Creek. 

Los Texmaniacs -  Like a great salsa, the Grammy award-winning Texmaniacs mix the simplest yet finest ingredients of Texas music to create a sound solidly rooted in tradition, exploding with contemporary vitality.  

The Slocan Ramblers - Hailing from Ontario, this fearless four piece is sure to keep garnering attention beyond the traditional bluegrass fan-base. 

Le Vent Du Nord - This Juno award winning band from La Belle Province delivers upbeat and catchy songs, both from Québec traditional folk repertoire along with original compositions.

Calvin Vollrath - Canada's world-class Fiddling Sensation and a musical prodigy, Calvin is a pleasure to watch on stage - his love for music is contagious and he can bring an audience to their feet.

The Cumberland Brothers - Archie Pateman and Jack Roland specialize in brother harmony style country music and present it with simple arrangements of guitar, banjo and fiddle. 

Ryan Boldt - Making a return visit to our festival stage, Deep Dark Woods' front man Ryan will captivate you with his set list of murder ballads, lovesick hymnals and slow-dance waltzes.

Freddie and Sheila Pelletier - Freddie and Sheila Pelletier deliver upbeat concerts featuring world class guitar picking accompanied by clogging and fantastic singing. 

The Gridpickers - The Grid Pickers are a traditionally untraditional husband and wife folk duo. From the deep backwoods of rural Saskatchewan, they sow seeds of ragtime and country music that grows a lush crop of untamed bluegrass, Celtic and old-time.

Irvin Amundson - Born, raised and still residing in Park Valley, SK, Irvin is well known for his easy, relaxed way of delivering great old gospel, bluegrass and cowboy songs. 

Check out the links at the top of the webpage for a whole lot more information on the FESTIVAL (including a mainstage sampler playlist) and our MUSIC CAMP (August 11-15). You can also buy tickets here and register for camp hereThe earlybird deadline for camp registration is June 30 so register ASAP and save $30! And if you know a kid that could use some financial help to come experience learning and music in the boreal forest, don't forget our Send a Kid to Camp Music Program (deadline to apply is June 30)!

Y'all come! 

Friday
May232014

2014 FESTIVAL is AUG 15-17, 2014

Mark your calendar for the 9th Annual!

2014 Postcard

2014 Poster