Rain doesn’t dampen the mood at Tottenham Bluegrass

June 21, 2017   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek



The 34th Annual Tottenham Bluegrass Festival took place over the June 16-18 weekend in the beautiful natural amphitheater of the Conservation Area.
Despite the rain (and it fell in buckets) the music played on, with bands and individual musicians moving under the covered pavilion, and spectators following with their lawn chairs.
“We didn’t even ask the musicians to move,” said Tottenham Bluegrass representative, Beth Wink. “They just moved on their own accord, and it made for a really cool up-close and personal jam session.”
Leaving their sound equipment behind, Bluegrass musicians – hailing from across North America – completed their sets unplugged, providing a real treat to Festival goers.
“This year’s Festival was another real success,” said Wink. “It takes upwards of 200 volunteers and a year of planning to get the show going, so a little rain won’t slow us down.”
Members of the Tottenham Bluegrass Festival are already starting work on next year’s big event – the 35th annual show.
“We have already secured our main headliner, Ms. Rhonda Vincent,” said Wink. “This is a big deal because she is a big deal, and, as an American, she doesn’t perform in Canada all that often, but she really wanted to perform in Tottenham. We are blown away.”
Although next year promises to be a big one, the 34th annual Tottenham Bluegrass Festival still saw the park filled to almost capacity with campers from all over North America.
Festival events included free midweek activities, including a Bluegrass Band Showcase at the Legion, Country Square Dance at the 4-corners, and Band Scramble, as well as performances at local schools.
Headlining acts in 2017 included: Lost & Found Bluegrass, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Ray Legere with Frank Doody and The Acoustic Horizon, Bill White & White Pine, CR5 (formerly known as Country Road 5), County Road 44, Jim Hayward and Willowridge, Beeton Creek Rising, The Hit Pickers and Switchback Road.
The Tottenham Bluegrass Festival is a committee of the Tottenham Beeton & District Chamber of Commerce Inc., and 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 and the Town of New Tecumseth, and of course, generous sponsors.
The event is followed closely on its budding Facebook page ( with updates posted thorough the year (so check back often!)

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