First-ever Cowichan Bluegrass Festival a hit at Lake Cowichan

Claire Lynch, who Dolly Parton calls one of the best in the business, sings for the crowd at Laketown Ranch at the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival on Friday, June 14. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Bringing that authentic Appalachian sound to the stage at Laketown Ranch, Claire Lynch and her band are a hit with the crowd. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Bringing that authentic Appalachian sound to the stage at Laketown Ranch, Claire Lynch and her band are a hit with the crowd. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette) Bringing that authentic Appalachian sound to the stage at Laketown Ranch, Claire Lynch and her band are a hit with the crowd. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Claire Lynch, a three time Grammy nominee, sings for the crowd at Laketown Ranch at the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival on Friday, June 14. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
The Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival opens, above, with the Clover Point Drifters, a popular Vancouver Island group, and, left, Claire Lynch, who Dolly Parton calls one of the best in the business, sings for the crowd at Laketown Ranch at the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival on Friday, June 14. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
The crowd set up their chairs comfortably on the grass under the awning, as well as further back under the big top to enjoy the great bluegrass music. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
It was a great night out for everyone: the bands got a good crowd, the audience got to enjoy beautiful surroundings and even a gentle breeze to keep everything cool as Laketown Ranch welcomed the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Nomad Jones, offered plenty of lively tunes for the audience at the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Nomad Jones, above, offers plenty of lively tunes for the audience at the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival while the Old Paint Duo, right, puts in a special appearance on Friday night just before Claire Lynch takes the stage at Laketown Ranch. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
It was a great night June 14 to enjoy the opening of the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
The duo, Old Paint, plays for the crowd just before Claire Lynch makes her appearance. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Old Paint is a talented guitar and fiddle duo that performed at Laketown Ranch on Friday, June 14. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

The sweet sounds of bluegrass and old-time music echoed around Laketown Ranch last weekend as the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival made its first appearance in its new Lake Cowichan home.

From June 14-16, those attending enjoyed a wide variety of bands, workshops in the Old Town Strings Tent and Galaxy RV Tent, and even a square dance on Saturday night.

Because the weather was so great, early birds settled in comfortably, placing their lawn chairs on the grass in front of the stage, ready for a great time.

It was toe-tappin’ all the way, with super tunes from such local bands as the Clover Point Drifters and the High Quadra Ramblers all the way to three-time Grammy nominee Claire Lynch and her band.

Among those lucky enough to attend, hopes are high that this new location will fill the bill and the festival will be back next year.

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