Well alright then...2015 here we come!
We're SO excited to share with you what we think is a stellar Workshop and Festival Lineup for this year. We've still a few spots to fill, so check back here in the coming weeks to see some new names added. We. Just. Couldn't. Wait!
Early January we'll be updating our Workshop pages (see the 2014 drop down) with all the bios and class descriptions. Registration opens January 21st 10am PST. Sign up for our e-newsletter for a heads-up the week before.
Week 1 - Aug 16th-21st
BANDS: Annie Lou, Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys, The Cumberland Brothers, Kayla and Matt Hotte, The Lonesome Ace Stringband, Squirrel Butter
INSTRUCTORS: Andrew Collins, Anne-Louise Genest, Archie Pateman, Billy Cardine, Bradford Lee Folk, Charlie Beck, Charmaine Slaven, Chris Coole, Jack Roland, John Reischman, John Showman, Kayla Hotte, Matt Hotte, Max Heineman, Mike Bub, Nathan Swartz, Paul Pigat, Robert Trapp, Sarah Hamilton, Steve Roy, more TBA
Week 2 - Aug 23rd-28th
BANDS: Anna and Elizabeth, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, The Canotes, The New Reeltime Travellers, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
INSTRUCTORS: Alisa Rose, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Anne Louise Genest, Ben Winship, Billy Cardine, Cahalen Morrison, Carol Elizabeth Jones, Chris Coole, Eli West, Elizabeth Laprelle, Greg Blake, Greg Canote, Jeff Scroggins, Jere Canote, KC Groves, Max Heineman, Roy Andrade, Thomas Sneed, Tristan Scroggins, more TBA
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Spend an inspiring, challenging, and thrilling week with others who share your passion for bluegrass and old-time music! Each August we’re proud to host NimbleFingers Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Workshop in Sorrento, BC—about 5 hours from Vancouver and 7 hours by car from Calgary. Now in our 26th year, we provide a fun, friendly and non-competitive environment for everyone from beginners to advanced players, with ample opportunity for group learning, electives, organized jam sessions, and tons of other spontaneous activities.
There are student concerts, band scrambles, instructor concerts, campground picking sessions, hosted jams and old-time dances. We hear from many of our regulars that the summer music workshop is what they look forward to the most each year. We offer two separate weeks of workshops, and many of our attendees stay for both. It's a chance to connect with your musical community, learn something new and have a great time!
Our home for the workshops, Sorrento Centre, is a beautiful retreat by the shores of Shuswap Lake, owned and operated by the Anglican Church of Canada. The site contains two lodges and lots of cabins and campsites. Other facilities include a covered amphitheatre, a private beach, and beautiful trails. The kitchen specializes in delicious and healthy meals, using fresh ingredients from their own organic farm. Luckily, the harvest comes pouring in during the last two weeks in August. Farm tours are popular for students during the workshop.
NimbleFingers is a new name for an old friend—the BCBW, or British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop. Directors Julie Kerr and Craig Korth are keeping up the tradition that participants from across Canada and the US have enjoyed for years at the BCBW—great instructors, engaging workshops, fantastic food and accommodations, and lots of amazing music. It’s a great new ‘season’ for the Western Canadian bluegrass and old-time scene.
See you this summer!