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The Rainforest Hostel in downtown Squamish is a big supporter of bluegrass and theyll be giving festival-goers rooms for $30 a night. Call 604-815-4125 for reservations. Otherwise, the Dryden Creek Campground is very close by to the gallery on Depot Road off Highway 99. The Brackendale Art Gallery is at 41950 Government Road.
Heres a bit more on the bands and Bluegrass:
What Is Bluegrass?
Originating in the south-eastern USA, it is white blues music. It is tragic music that sounds ridiculously happy. Thanks to the popularity of the Grammy-winning O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, bluegrass has never been so popular. In addition to the classic style born in the 1940s by the likes of Bill Monroe and his band, bluegrass is now influenced by a variety of sources including jazz, contemporary country, Celtic music, rock & roll (also known as newgrass or progressive bluegrass), old-time music and Southern gospel music.
Shannon Saunders and The Splinters
At the heart of this acoustic group is the song-writing talents of the fiddler and multi-instrumentalist Shannon Saunders and the rare musical kinship she shares with sister Julie on rhythm guitar and banjo player Cam Salay. Pushing the boundaries of traditional music, including bluegrass, Celtic and gospel, Shannon Saunders and The Splinters is a band on the rise in the alt-country scene, redefining the boundaries of acoustic music and introducing it to a whole new generation of listeners.
Five On A String
One of Vancouvers longest lasting bands, these guys are a traditional bluegrass outfit with members coming from all over North America. Mandolins, banjos, fiddles, plenty of vocal ranges mixed in with witty life philosophies make Five On A String one of the premier acts in North America. They take much of their repertoire from Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Flatt and Scruggs. The musical pace is varied with originals from most of the band members, as well as a wide variety of sources from Fats Domino to Merle Haggard.
From Whistler and Pemberton, these guys are also known as Oongakka Chang, a country blues dance band. In the Hick format, they are a stripped-down acoustic and bluegrass band playing homage to the old and new bluegrass greats through their covers and originals. You can also expect swing music, sweet country songs and popular songs from the Grateful Dead and Lyle Lovett.
Four girls singing beautiful harmonies in their unique modern style. They are very excited to be a part of the show and cant wait to show bluegrass fans old and new what this music is all about.
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