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Bluegrass Festival met with sunshine, filled with song

June 21, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

The 36th Annual Tottenham Bluegrass Festival took place over the June 14–16 weekend in the natural amphitheater of the Conservation Area, drawing more than 20 groups from across Canada and the United States on two stages, including local band, Beeton Creek Rising.

The rain held off, despite the gloomy weather forecast, allowing for a full weekend of bluegrass music throughout Father’s Day weekend.

Festival events included the fourth annual Band Scramble, hands on bluegrass workshops, Bluegrass Kidz Talent Competition, 16th annual Children’s Musical Talent Contest, the return of the Back 40 stage featuring bluegrass bands from the GTA, a private showcase for a small group of festival goers at A Taste of Freedom featuring ‘The Special Consensus’, guitar draw for a Martin D28, 50/50 draw (won by Joanne Thornhill), Tuesday night Square Dance, Wednesday Night Extravaganza at the Tottenham Legion, 

Headlining acts in 2019 included: Nothin’ Fancy, Switchback, Ever-Lovin’ Jug and, Bits of Bluegrass, Maple Hill, Beeton Creek Rising, Darin Parise & The Maple Sugar Sweethearts, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, The Special Consensus, Backcountry Bluegrass, Canucky Bluegrass Boys, The Blurry Pickers, The Bluegrass Unit, Smokey Folk, HardRyde, Kristine Schmitt & Jessie Corrigan, Switchback Road, The Lonesome Ace Stringband, The Andrew Collins Trio, Free Rein, The Unseen Strangers, The Layrite Boys, and Houndstooth. 

The Tottenham Bluegrass Festival is a committee of the Tottenham Beeton & District Chamber of Commerce Inc., organized by the Simcoe County Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Association – together with community volunteers, and the support of the Beeton–Tottenham Business Improvement Association with help from the Town of New Tecumseth and generous sponsors.

The event is followed closely on its Facebook page ( with updates posted thorough the year.

The Tottenham Bluegrass Festival is held every June. Children 16 and under are always free.

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