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18th annual Evangeline Bluegrass and Traditional Music Festival goes July 12-15

The Baker Family from Missouri will be performing at the Evangeline Bluegrass Festival on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14.
The Baker Family from Missouri will be performing at the Evangeline Bluegrass Festival on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14. - Contributed

The Evangeline Bluegrass Festival takes place July 13-15 at the Acadian Musical Village grounds in Abram-Village.

The festival begins on Thursday, July 12 with a pre-festival stage show from 7-9:30 p.m. featuring P.E.I. bands Dunromin and Two + Three, followed by an open mic session.

On Friday, July 13, scheduled bands will play from 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The official opening will take place at 7:15 p.m.

On Saturday, July 14 scheduled bands will play from 10:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. while on Sunday, July 15 bands play from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Attendees are also invited to take part in jam sessions scattered around the campground.

The headline band is the Baker Family from Missouri. The band includes 17-year-old Trustin Baker on fiddle and lead vocals, 15-year-old Carina Baker on mandolin and lead vocals, 13-year-old Elijah Baker on upright bass, their mother, Carrie Baker, on guitar and vocals and Hunter Motts, a friend of the family on banjo. This will be the first time the Baker Family has performed in P.E.I. The Bakers will be on stage on Friday and Saturday.

Several Maritime bands will also perform at the event, including the Bluegrass Diamonds from Memramcook, N.B., Highway Train and High Lonesome Drive, also both from New Brunswick.

Coming in from Nova Scotia are Bluegrass Tradition and Free Wheelin’.

P.E.I. acts include Janet McGarry & Wildwood, SK Bluegrass, Two + Three, Dunromin, Heartfelt Bluegrass and The Treble Makers.

The festival also includes a Saturday morning workshop with the Bluegrass Tradition band at 9:30 a.m. and The Baker Family at 10:15 a.m. A children’s program on Saturday afternoon and a Sunday morning gospel music rendition are also included in the program. Patrons can purchase tickets on a Seagull guitar and a basket of surprises and 50/50 draws on each day of the festival.  There will be a canteen and ice cream vendor on site. Breakfast will be served at the La Trappe Resto-Bar on site on Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. and the restaurant will be open all day.

The festival site can accommodate up to 150 trailers and R.V.s with serviced lots and has ample space for rough camping. Information about camping can be obtained from Leona Gallant at 902-854-3429 and for information about the program, contact Raymond Bernard at 902-854-2324.

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