Jeff Scroggins and Colorado will perform at Sorrento Centre’s 26th annual NimbleFingers Festival

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado will perform at Sorrento Centre’s 26th annual NimbleFingers Festival

NimbleFingers strums along

Bluegrass: Registration open for attendees, vendors.

  • Jan. 30, 2015 4:00 p.m.

Registration for the always-popular NimbleFingers is now open.

The first workshop week runs from Aug. 16 to 21 and the second workshop week is Aug. 23 to 28 at Sorrento Centre.

Spend an inspiring, challenging, and thrilling week with others who share your passion for bluegrass and oldtime music.

Now in our 26th year, NimbleFingers provides a fun, friendly and non-competitive 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 oldtime dances.

Organizers hear from many regulars that the summer music workshop is what they look forward to the most each year.

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

Once again NimbleFingers is presenting a world-class selection of instructors and performers.

This year, instructors include:  Alisa Rose, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Anne Louise Genest, Ben Winship, Billy Cardine, Cahalen Morrison, Carol Elizabeth Jones, Chris Coole, Craig Korth, Eli West, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Greg Blake, Greg Canote, Isaac Callender, Jeff Scroggins, Jere Canote, Kalia Yeagle, KC Groves, Max Heineman, Roy Andrade, Steve Roy, Thomas Sneed, Tristan Scroggins.

The workshops culminate with a one-day festival on Saturday, Aug. 22 with performances by Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys, Old Man Luedecke, New Reeltime Travelers, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, Anni Lou, The Cumberland Brothers, The Lonesome Ace Stringband, Anna and Elizabeth, The Tallboys Trio and Kayla and Matt Hotte.

Workshops are offered in both bluegrass and oldtime styles of banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass, lead and harmony singing, and ballad singing. And this year, organizers will offer a flatfoot dancing class.

At NimbleFingers, you’ll register in advance for one workshop, which you’ll attend the entire week – it’s important to select a workshop that’s likely to suit your overall goals most of the time. Most days your group will meet twice per day, and the rest of each day will be filled with elective workshops, jams, concerts, band scrambles, meeting new friends, connecting with old ones and generally having a very good time.

For more information or to register as a participant or food vendor or artisan, visit www.nimblefingers.ca.