Fiddler Sarah Hamilton

Getting nimble for annual festival

Registration is ongoing at, where would-be vendors may also apply for a spot at the one-day festival

  • Jun. 12, 2015 1:00 p.m.

The NimbleFingers Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Workshops and festival won’t take place until the middle of August but organizers are already well into preparations for the workshops that run from Aug. 16 to 21 and 23 to 28 at Sorrento Centre.

Registration is ongoing at, where would-be vendors may also apply for a spot at the one-day festival, which takes place Saturday Aug. 22.

Now in our 26th year, NimbleFingers provides a fun, friendly and noncompetitive environment for everyone from beginners to advanced players, with ample opportunity for group learning, electives, organized jam sessions, and tons of other creative activities.

There are student concerts, band scrambles, instructor concerts, campground picking sessions, hosted jams and old-time dances.

Many regulars maintain that the summer music workshop is what they look forward to the most each year.

Organizers offer two separate weeks of workshops and many attendees stay for both. It’s a chance to connect with the musical community, learn something new and have a great time!

This year’s world-class instructors and performers include: Old Man Luedecke, John Reischman, Chris Coole, Anne Louise Genest, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, as well as the members of the bands Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, The Canotes, New Reeltime Travellers,The Lonesome Ace Stringband, and many more.

Workshops are offered in both bluegrass and old-time styles of banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass, lead and harmony singing, and ballad singing.

And for those who need to burn off some more energy, organizers will be offering a flatfoot dancing class this year.

For more information, to register or to apply for a vendors permit, visit



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