Sooke River Bluegrass Festival celebrates 15th year

Slocan Ramblers, Sarah Jane Scouten and Nomad Jones among acts this year

The Sooke River Bluegrass Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary this year with several new and returning acts.

The festival is staged at Sooke River Campground from June 16 to 18.

The Slocan Ramblers, Sarah Jane Scouten and Nomad Jones are among the bands taking part in this year’s festival.

The Slocan Ramblers, fresh off a recent U.S. tour, were Traditional Album of the Year nominees at last year’s Canadian Folk Music Awards and won the 2015 Emerging Artist Award at the Edmonton Folk Festival.

Acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Jane Scouten returns with a new album to be released during the festival weekend.

The B.C.-Alberta bluegrass collaboration Nomad Jones features banjo ace Craig Korth and the father-son duo of Bill and Nico Humby, with Mike Zurawell on dobro.

In addition to three days of music, festival patrons can take part in jam sessions, workshops and the popular Saturday night Big Top Square Dance.

Daily admission to the festival is $10, $20 and $30 with a weekend pass $50.

For more details go online to sookebluegrass.com and follow @sookebluegrass on Twitter.

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