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Tuesday October 17th 7:45pm First Church of Christ Scientist (map)
Beginner's Slow Jam hosted by Mike Kraft

Mike Kraft is one of the finest banjo pickers performing today. He lives in Sooke, and is the banjo player for many local bands past and present, including Special Delivery, The Chance Brothers, The Clover Point Drifters, Riverside Bluegrass Band, The Garrett Tompson Band and many others. His beautifully tasteful backup and blistering breaks enhance any band he plays in.

Watching him perform is a wonderful lesson in enhancing the music with "Taste, Tone and Timing". His background as a guitar picker is evident in the variety of licks and fills that he brings to Bluegrass Music. You don't want to miss this special opportunity to learn from and play with one of the best, as he leads the slow pitch jam.

All players, all skill levels welcome.

Tuesday October 31st 9:00pm First Church of Christ Scientist (map)
Feature Act: Miriam Sonstenes and Jeff Dill

Miriam Sonstenes and Jeff Dill have been playing music together for over a decade. With a fiddle, a guitar and two voices in harmony, their music reveals a deep love of bluegrass, old time and old country.

Their musical travels have taken them to North Carolina, Louisiana, Ireland, and across Canada on VIA Rail's Artists on Board Program. As well as studying and performing the music they both love, Miriam is a member of The Unfaithful Servants, and a founding member of the award-winning roots trio The Sweet Lowdown. Jeff is a member of Riverside Bluegrass Band and both are founding members of Victoria bluegrass band Flash In The Pan.

With a tight vocal blend on classic duets of love, heartache and longing, and compelling fiddle tunes from many traditions, this duo brings a warm and inviting sound, infused with the pure joy of making music together.
Doors open: 7:30 pm
The evening starts with an Open Stage from 7:45pm to 8:45pm. You can sign up for a spot on the Open Stage by contacting Jeb Gordon at 778-678-4570 or email openstage@victoriabluegrass.ca

Admission: suggested donation $7 general, $5 for VBA members and open stage performers
Tuesday November 28th 9:00pm First Church of Christ Scientist (map)
Feature Act: The High Quadra Ramblers

The High Quadra Ramblers are a newly formed duo creating their own interpretation of traditional music. From East Coast and West Coast, these ramblers bring both sides of the continent together.

Mack Shields has played fiddle since he was 8, competing in Western Canadian fiddle competitions and developing a wild, syncopated style. Kaitlin Chamberlin picked up the banjo after playing guitar and piano all her life and found a rhythmic, melodic bliss.

With beautiful oldtime vocal harmonies and skilled instrumentation, they weave intricate notes over the droning backdrop of clawhammer banjo. They play a wide range of traditional music, from metis to celtic, appalachian, oldtime, bluegrass, cajun and roots. Expect high-energy hillbilly hoedowns to droney, middle-eastern inspired instrumentals.
Doors open: 7:30 pm
The evening starts with an Open Stage from 7:45pm to 8:45pm. You can sign up for a spot on the Open Stage by contacting Jeb Gordon at 778-678-4570 or email openstage@victoriabluegrass.ca

Admission: suggested donation $7 general, $5 for VBA members and open stage performers