Just Us perform on Oct. 27

Bluegrass roots grow in Sooke

Three different acts perform for bluegrass concert

Bluegrass music is American roots music which grew from the mixed stock of Scottish, Irish and English traditional music. Add in a bit of Appalachia, African-American and jazz elements and you have bluegrass.

In bluegrass music, as in jazz, one or more instruments take turns playing the melody. They musicians improvise and others accompany in tunes typically called breakdowns, Old-time music differs in that the melody is played by all of the instruments.

Call it bluegrass, new-grass or old-timey music, or whatever it’s called, it is beginning to reach new audiences of younger music fans. Victoria is gaining a reputation for its bluegrass bands and Sooke has always had its bluegrass festival.

No stranger to the scene is Eric Day. He’s a fixture on the bluegrass circuit and he now has a new band, Just Us, who will be performing at a concert on Oct. 27 in Sooke.

Just us is Eric Day (guitar), Steve Harrison (banjo), Paul Lange (mandolin) and Jeff Ellis (bass).

Day is excited about his new band mates.

“Jeff is from Duncan, originally from Virginia. He’s the real bluegrass thing,” said Day.

“Paul moved up the Malahat from Manitoba; Steve is from the Vancouver area.”

Day said Harrison has studied banjo for the past six years and he took to it immediately.

“Steve was at our bluegrass club in Victoria, he was learning to play banjo,” said Day. “I heard how good he was getting and asked if he wanted to play a festival in Coombs.”

Day gave him a good banjo to replace the one he had and neither has looked back ever since.

Jeff Ellis plays a number of instruments (guitar, banjo, mandolin) but his favourite is bass and he was recruited. Ellis was at a Jeannette Williams concert and when she spotted him in the front row and asked him get on stage and play.

“I said if I ever put a band together I want Jeff as bass player,” said Day. It happened.

When Day and Lange sang together for the first time it made Day’s hair on the back of his neck stand up.

“It still happens,” said day.

The Oct. 27 concert will also feature three opening acts. The Bylaw Infractions, Group Therapy from East Sooke and duo Janet McTavish and Pete Graves.

Just Us and friends perform at 8 p.m. at the Sooke Baptist Church at 7110 West Coast Road. Intermission catering will be done by the YouthLife group from the church.

Tickets are available at Shoppers Drug Mart, from Eric Day (250-642-3553) or at the door.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sooke stands up against bullying on Pink Shirt Day

This year’s theme, “Lift Each Other Up” reflects the origins of Pink Shirt Day

Fiddler on the Roof brings timely message to Oak Bay stage

Musical starts Friday in Dave Dunnet Theatre

Life complicated when water not secure

Water issues have real-life impacts in Sooke Region

UPDATED: Pat Bay Highway blockade ends three hours later

About 80 people from four major Peninsula First Nations blocking major highway

Work begins on Otter Point Road project in Sooke

The project now has a fall completion date following a long delay

VIDEO: Province promotes ‘lifting each other up’ on 13th annual Pink Shirt Day in Victoria

Students, MLAs, community members gathered at B.C. Parliament Buildings Wednesday

Prepare for new coronavirus like an emergency, health minister advises

About 81,000 people around the world have now become ill with COVID-19

B.C. residents in Wet’suwet’en territory have right to police presence: Public Safety Minister

Nevertheless, Bill Blair said officials remain ‘very anxious’ for the barricades to come down

Winnipeg police investigating graffiti on RCMP and other buildings

Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen denounced the vandalism

B.C. seniors’ watchdog calls for better oversight after recent problems at Retirement Concepts care homes

‘There is no financial incentive right now to be a good operator’ - Isobel Mackenzie

Trucking company fined $175K for Kootenay creek fuel spill

Decision handed down last Friday in Nelson court

B.C. Liberals call for ban on foreign funds to pipeline protesters

Sierra Club, Wilderness Committee back Coastal GasLink blockades

Donations pour in for family who lost father, son in fatal crash on B.C. highway

Mike Cochlin and sons Liam and Quinn were travelling on Highway 5A

Vancouver Island RCMP officer assaulted during traffic stop

On Feb. 21, a member of the Comox Valley RCMP was assaulted… Continue reading

Most Read