The 2015 Fiddle Fest will take over the Big Yellow Merville Hall March 20-21, starting with a Friday night concert by The Foggy Hogtown Boys.
Since 2001, The Foggy Hogtown Boys have been delivering the goods to bluegrass fans across North America and around the world. What started as a weekly Toronto bar gig among friends has grown into one of Canada’s most popular roots music acts.
The FHB are noted for having the ability to slide between being a bluegrass band or an old-time band with remarkable ease and authority. Even a casual listener can tell that the FHB owe as much to the country music that happened pre-1945 as to the golden age of bluegrass.
Fiddle Fest is an annual event in the Comox Valley.
In addition to Friday’s concert, there are workshops all day Saturday (with the band and other instructors) and a $10 “kick your heels up” contra dance with the FHB and Fiddlejam on Saturday evening. The Saturday Fiddle Fest workshops start at 10:30 a.m. and continue to 1 p.m. at the Merville Hall. There will be $5 workshops in fiddle, guitar, keyboard, mandolin, banjo and bass with some jamming thrown in for fun. All are welcome, beginners included. Doors open at 10 a.m.
The Big Yellow Merville Hall is right on the Old Island Highway, between Campbell River
and Courtenay. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the Friday concert will start at 7. Tickets at the door are $20 adult and $10 youth. In advance at Long & McQuade, Courtenay and at the Blue Heron Bookstore in Comox.