The third annual Galop-Canal Bluegrass Festival is breaking out the guitars, banjos, mandolins, fiddles and voices starting this Friday, 5 p.m., up at the Iroquois Point. Whether you’re a long time fan, new to the rich sound of bluegrass, or a front porch performer yourself, Iroquois is the place to be June 14-16.
Visitors are welcome to rough camp right on site as well.
“Folks don’t need to book a camping spot in advance,” said Gerri Fitzsimmons, representing the Galop Canal Revitalization Project, which is sponsoring the Festival. “People love camping at the Point. And this year, with the tall ships heading for Brockville the same weekend, there might be some incredible sailing ships through the Locks too. I have it on the highest authority (fingers crossed) that the weather this weekend is going to be perfect.
The performers will be playing and singing on our fantastic stage until 11 p.m every night. Come enjoy one day, two days, or book the full weekend package.”
The Foggy Hogtown Boys, an enormously popular Toronto bluegrass band, will be headlining at the celebration. Joining the Boys over the weekend will be the Ducharme Family, the Dusty Drifters, Hard Ryde, Jan Purcell and Pine Road, the Unseen Strangers, Randy Morrison and the Flatt River Band, HoneyGrass and Darwin Thom and Gilles Leclerc.
Popular Upper Canada Playhouse artistic director, Donnie Bowes, will act as honorary MC for the Festival opening ceremonies, which take place Friday evening at 5:45 p.m. at the Lions band shell.
“Mike Anderson, a well known local musician is assuming MC duties for the rest of the weekend,” said Fitzsimmons. “He’ll be terrific.” There will be plenty of other things to see and do at the Point during the celebration.
In collaboration with the Love South Dundas campaign, there will be a delicious free breakfast served up from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. with Sunday admission.
There’s also going to be a grand old gospel service Sunday morning as well, with Rev. Geoff Howard and his family leading the hymns. “I am very happy about this partnership developing with Love South Dundas,” Fitzsimmons said.
There will be vendors on site, food pavilions, Barkley’s Berries, a psychic and displays of the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Lost Villages with Lyle Van Allen and Jim Brownell. Free workshops on Saturday, led by experts, will be offered in guitar, banjo and mandolin.
On Sunday, the Golden Gears will be rolling onto the site around 11 a.m. with a parade of classic autos. Ontario Power Generation has provided back packs stuffed with information about South Dundas attractions for all visitors.
“Our sponsors have been fantastic. They made this Festival possible through their fund raisers and donations and by allowing us to use this beautiful park.”
The committee bringing the 2013 Bluegrass Festival to South Dundas includes Mike and Loretta Anderson, Barb and Gerry Gurnhill, Sharon and Dick Piché, Paul and Ruth Robertson and Nathalie Sirois.
For information, contact 613-652-1753 or go on line at www.galopcanalbluegrassfestival.com.
Bring a lawn chair, a toe to tap and a love of good music, and don’t miss the Galop-Canal Bluegrass Festival, June 14-16.