Groups like Outlaw Social may be performing in Sooke again at the Bluegrass Festival in 2013.

Bluegrass growing roots again

2013 might see the return of the Sooke Bluegrass Festival

The Sooke River Bluegrass Music Festival Society are back in gear and are holding workshops on old-time music and dance for young people to help re-engage to public.

“We’re letting people know we’re still around,” said Sooke Bluegrass River Music Festival Society president, Phil Shaver.

On May 25, a series of workshops will be held at Edward Milne Community school and Saseenos elementary school during physical education blocks to introduce kids to the rustic fun of old-time music and dance.

But the terms bluegrass and old-time don’t necessarily jive with a younger audience, so the society have solicited help from Yomada, a Victoria-based string band consisting of young old-time musicians.

“They’re going to be relaying the workshop ,to the highschool and elementary students as a younger image, and that’s the concept for that,” Shaver said.     To further engage younger generations, an old-time dance with live music called the Old-time Barn Dance will be held at Edward Milne Community school on May 26 at 7 p.m.

The event will be open to all Sooke students free of charge.

The organization has had 10 successful Sooke River Bluegrass Music Festivals throughout the years, held at the Sooke Flats campground, where people have gathered to enjoy good old-time music and jam.

Shaver would not disclose the details, but due to complications over the past two years, the festival was unable to take place.

But there are plans underway to bring the festival back for June 2013, and Shaver hopes local residents will come out to join in the festivities.

“In the past we’ve had little attendance from the community of Sooke and the youth, and we want to make sure they know they’re welcome,” he said.

The dance is not-for-profit, but Shaver said there are expenses so donations to the cause would be appreciated.

Just Posted

Mudslide closes viewing area at Sooke Potholes

Safety concerns have led to the closure

Second co-housing community planned for Sooke

Community described as a ‘new way of living’

Gas pipeline protest planned for Sooke

Local activists join with other protests across Canada

Almost four of 10 Canadians have unlimited internet data at home

Fifty-four per cent say they telecommute at least sometimes

Esquimalt needs urgent health care facility, mayor says

A severe doctor shortage is leaving Esquimalt residents scrambling for health care

VIDEO: U.S. Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

At issue is a BuzzFeed News report that about negotiations over a Moscow real estate project

No winning ticket in $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

No win in Friday night’s draw means the next Lotto Max draw will be approximately $17 million

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

For two decades, significantly more of the whales have died in even-numbered years than in odd years

Burnaby byelection turmoil sparks debate about identity issues in politics

The Liberals still have not said whether they plan to replace Wang, who stepped aside Wednesday

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered B.C. girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

UPDATE: Injured firefighter in stable condition

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Arrest made after historic B.C. church hit by arson

The fire at the 150-year-old Murray United Church in Merritt was considered a possible hate crime

Most Read