2017 Bluegrass Music Workshops
Saturday, June 17 @ 2pm
Sunday, June 18 @ 12:30 pm
No cost (FREE!) Sign-up at the festival grounds.
Jesse Cobb (Saturday 2 pm)
Frank Evans (Sunday 12:30 pm)
Twin Bandit (Saturday 2 pm)
Darryl Poulsen (Sunday 12:30 pm)
Ivonne Hernandez (Sunday 12:30 pm)
Alastair Whitehead (Sunday 12:30 pm)
Saturday, June 17 @ 2pm
MANDOLIN – Jesse Cobb
Jesse Cobb is a sought after mandolinist known for his strong rhythmic presence and lyrical leads. Jesse has toured extensively in the US and Europe, taught at major festivals and camps, and as a member of “The Infamous Stringdusters” has won awards and accolades from the Bluegrass and Americana communities including a Grammy nomination for the band in 2011.
SINGING – Twin Bandit
Hannah Walker and Jamie Elliot met a music academy while prepping food in the kitchen. Hannah started singing a Primitive Methodist revival song when, across the room, a total stranger joined in. What were the odds that two strangers would not only know the same obscure song but also click musically? To them, it was as if they had been singing together in a world before they were born. Within two months, the B.C. duo were co-writing a song and Twin Bandit was born.
Sunday, June 18 @ 12:30 pm
Guitar with Daryl Poulsen – Darryl Poulsen is a professional Canadian musician, born and raised in Alliston, Ontario. He was naturally drawn to music and began avidly playing guitar at the age of 12. He went on to study jazz at Humber College under the tutelage of Ted Quinlan and Don Thompson, during which time he was awarded for his outstanding achievements. Since then, Darryl has thoroughly immersed himself within Toronto’s music scene. He has made a name for himself as a remarkable guitarist, both acoustic and electric, who is highly sought after as both a performer and session artist. He’s had the honour to work with an array of highly talented Torontonian songwriters and bands including New Country Rehab, Jadea Kelly, Hylia, Sorry Cousins, Corin Raymond, and the Sudden Valley Boys. Well versed in a large variety of genres, Darryl found his true passion in bluegrass and has found a great deal of success with the international touring band, which he helped found five years ago, the Slocan Ramblers. Their newest album, “Coffee Creek,” is set to hit the market in July, 2015, in tandem with a heavy touring schedule throughout Canada an the United States.
Bass with Alastair Whitehead – Alastair Whitehead is the bass player for the Slocan Ramblers and is responsible for the band’s name. As a youth, he spent his summers at his grandfather’s home of Kaslo, BC where he absorbed the history of the area’s mining b oom of the late 1800’s – including the Slocan Rambler silver mine. “It’s a beautiful area with a very interesting history. The themes seemed to fit well with the music. We stole the name and became the Slocan Ramblers.” He has taught bass at Nimblefingers music camp in Sorrento, B.C. and is happy to share his bass-playing knowledge with workshop participants.
Banjo with Frank Evans – Frank Evans grew up in a family of classical musicians in Toronto, which made his decision to play clawhammer banjo at the age of 10 all the more unlikely. Carving his own path, he developed a passion for Old Time Appalachian music, making regular excursions to festivals and competitions in the United States, eventually placing second in the banjo competition at the Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival (2011). With the guidance of Toronto banjo legend Chris Coole, Evans recorded his first CD, Big Meal Time with his brother Max. The two founded the highly popular Kitgut Stringband in 2008, performed
regularly in Toronto, and recorded the CD Rebel Raid. He joined the bluegrass outfit Slocan Ramblers in 2010, who just released their album Shaking Down the Acorns produced by Juno award winner Andrew Collins. The album gained attention world wide and even got them a slot opening for Steve Martin. Frank broke with convention once again when he began exploring jazz music, becoming the first banjo player to attend the jazz program at the Humber College of Music. Frank currently resides in Toronto and is in high demand as a session player, performing and recording with Oh My Darling, Annie Lou, Hamstrung Stringband, Foggy Hogtown Boys.
Fiddle with Ivonne Hernandez – Juno Award winning fiddler Ivonne Hernandez started playing fiddle at age three. The child prodigy was soon playing guitar, piano, cello, flute, and percussion before joining Daniel Lapp’s BC Fiddle Orchestra. While still in her pre-teens, Ivonne played on the Orchestra’s Fiddleharmonic CD and before 60,000 at a Commonwealth Games performance with the Crash Test Dummies. At 13, Ivonne was the youngest member of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra and
formed Fiddlemania, a dual-violin band with her younger sister, Kalissa. She was the Merritt Old Time
Fiddlers’ Provincial Champion for two years running before becoming a judge at the event as a 15 year old. Ivonne is the reigning five-time Grand North American Fiddle Champion and has performed with Mark O’Connor, Alan Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Jann Arden, U2’s the Edge, Natalie MacMaster, Earth Wind and Fire, Steve Winwood, Burt Bacharach, Juan Louis Guerra, Rosa Pasos, Ben Hepner and legendary film composer Howard Shore. A sought-after performer, music educator and graduate of he prestigious Berkeley School of Music, she is performing at Sooke with Riverside Bluegrass Band