Pharis and Jason Romero are just some of the talent that will hit the stage at the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival, held this weekend at Laketown Ranch. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival)

Pharis and Jason Romero are just some of the talent that will hit the stage at the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival, held this weekend at Laketown Ranch. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival)

A&E column: Bluegrass Festival this weekend

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The Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival hits the stage at Laketown Ranch this Friday through Sunday, June 17-19.

Festival highlights include Juno winners Pharis and Jason Romero kicking things off on opening night, followed by The Lonesome Ace Stringband, described in a press release as an “international touring powerhouse”, Fiddle Frenzy on Saturday, and Women in Bluegrass: 3 Generations also on Saturday. And there’s plenty more to enjoy both on and off the stage.

Get your tickets at https://cowichanbluegrass.tickit.ca/

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The Cowichan Valley’s longest running folk music festival is primed and ready go with a one-day event at Providence Farm from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 23.

According to the Cowichan Folk Guild, which puts on the festival each year, this is one of Vancouver Island’s most popular family friendly music events.

“It’s going to be a dynamite day,” said festival Artistic Director Bruce Gerrish. “We’ve put together a fantastic line-up of performers including Grammy award winner Alex Cuba, Harry Manx, Jim Byrnes, The Bills, Shari Ulrich and many more exciting acts. The festival has always been focused on music fans, families and fun and I think we have all the ingredients for an incredible day.”

The festival has on-site camping starting Friday, July 22 and will feature a variety of food vendors, a beverage garden and a “Wee Folks” kids zone. There is limited parking and a free shuttle will ferry passengers from Duncan to the festival throughout the day and evening.

For a full lineup of this year’s performers, ticket and camping information, and volunteer opportunities visit the festival website at: www.islandsfolkfestival.ca. Advance tickets for the one-day event are $90 for an adult (youth are half-price and kids under 12 free). They are now on sale through the festival’s website.

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