Nolan Branch proudly displays the Martin guitar he won at the recent Sooke River Bluegrass Festival. (Contributed)

Young boy wins guitar at bluegrass fest

Nolan, who already plays three instruments, is taking guitar lessons

Eleven-year-old Sooke resident Nolan Branch proudly displays the Martin guitar he won at the recent Sooke River Bluegrass Festival in a raffle sponsored by Long & McQuade Musical instruments. Nolan, who already plays three instruments, is taking guitar lessons and was thrilled about winning. His father, Scott Branch, says Nolan played the guitar at the raffle table and never stopped talking about the prospect of owning it. The family has been in Sooke for 10 years and decided to take in the festival for the first time. The festival, held every year on the Father’s Day Weekend at the Sooke River Campground, marked its 15th year on June 16-18 with an all-Canadian lineup in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.