Pickin’ and strummin’ at the Legion

Bluegrass and old time country music in Sooke this Saturday

Just Us perform at the Legion on Oct. 22

All of those bluegrass and old time country music fans who have been missing the annual bluegrass festival, which used to happen on Father’s Day weekend, now have a chance to get a little homegrown music back into their lives.

Come Oct. 22, bluegrass is back in town.

Performing at the Legion will be Phil MacFarlane, an extraordinary fiddler from Powell River. He spent eight years playing at the Crossroads and Wagon Wheel Taverns in Baline, Washington as well as all across the Lower Mainland with some gig up north.

MacFarlane has been pickin’ almost all of his life, with mom and dad his since 1944 and with his brothers, aunts and uncles. He comes from a long line of old time fiddlers. He performed with the band Saddle Tramp that won the B.C. Country Music Award in 1980.

“He’s one heck of a fine musician,” said promoter Eric Day. “Maybe the finest I’ve played with.”

Joining MacFarlane will be Sooke locals Eric and Mary Day and their band — Just Us. Just Us consists of Eric on guitar, Mary on bass, Jeff Ellis plays banjo and Paul Lange plays mandolin. They all sing.

We’re just promoting bluegrass and old time country music,” said Day.

Tickets for the Oct. 22 event are on sale at the Legion and at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Taking place at the Legion on the first and third Sunday is the regular bluegrass jam from 2:30 to 5 p.m.