What's it all about?
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 the NimbleFingers Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Workshops and Festival in Sorrento, BC—about 5 hours from Vancouver and 7 hours by car from Calgary. Now in our 29th 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 spur-of-the-moment activities.
In the middle of our two weeks of workshops, we hold a public one day festival: The NimbleFingers Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival. This year it’s on Saturday, August 24th at Sorrento Centre - head over here for more information.
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.
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 had enjoyed for years at the BCBW—great instructors, engaging workshops, fantastic food and accommodations, and lots of amazing music. It’s a great time to be involved in the Western Canadian bluegrass and old-time scene.
See you this summer!
The NimbleFingers Crew