Fingers flexing for annual music fest

Take a lo­w-backed lawn chair and a sun hat and enjoy a family friendly day of bluegrass and old-time music at beautiful Sorrento Centre

  • Jul. 30, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Take a lo­w-backed lawn chair and a sun hat and enjoy a family friendly day of bluegrass and old-time music at beautiful Sorrento Centre from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22.

NimbleFingers is a music lover’s festival where an international lineup of stellar old-time and bluegrass acts take the stage.

Book­ended by a weeklong music workshop, the festival draws upon the incredible talent of their world-class faculty for their lineup of performers on two stages.

This year, NimbleFingers welcomes the smokin’ bluegrass sounds of Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, and Canadian folk star Old Man Luedecke. Also onboard are the New Reeltime Travelers with their high-energy old­-time energy, as well as the simple and beautifully crafted new-­old country and bluegrass duets of Seattle-based Cahalen Morrison and Eli West.

The NimbleFingers Allstars will be doing a classic bluegrass set mid-­afternoon. Vancouver Island-based bands Annie Lou and The Cumberland Brothers will appear onstage, as well as the old-­time sounds of Toronto’s Lonesome  Ace Stringband and the haunting ballads and crankies of southwest Virginia’s Anna and Elizabeth. Last but not least, Seattle-based The Tallboys Trio and Alberta-based Kayla and Matt Hotte and Victoria’s Pennyless duo will also perform.

Besides the fantastic music, organizers made a commitment to focus on sustainability. Both stages will be powered by bike and solar power. There will be bikes to jump on to keep the music rolling!

Delicious food vendors and artisans will be onsite, including vendors offering mandolins, guitars, ukuleles, bows, picks, books and lots of other musical paraphernalia. There will be a vintage record seller as well as instrument makers, original letterpress posters, handmade jewelry and T-shirts. There will be an all-ages craft area and delicious produce available grown by the Sorrento Centre in their own organic farm. Crannog Ales will again host a beer garden.

Africa to the New World is an exhibit that traces the development of the banjo from its African roots to the New World. This collection of mostly reproductions spans a period of more than 300 years and illustrates much of the history of this popular instrument.

Advance tickets are available at Acorn Music in Salmon Arm, the Sorrento Centre office and online at



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