2018 LineupSharday Torgerson

This is only the beginning folks, keep checking back for more names coming soon!

The Osmond Davis Band

In a place as flat as their prairie home, The Osmond Davis Band ensure mountain music thrives by keeping that Appalachian connection with their southern neighbours. This group of five Manitoba pickers have a common passion for bluegrass and honky tonk music. Guitar flatpicker Simon Davis and 5 string banjo/dobro player Tim Osmond sing a repertoire of music from the likes of the Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs and other traditional and contemporary bluegrass standards. Joined with them on fiddle is the extraordinary Jeremy Penner, the driving mandolin of Dan Simpson, and the solid backbone upright bass of Karl Ratchinsky. Fans of bluegrass music and supercharged country will love the blend of harmonies and dynamic picking between these fine musicians.

Spencer Branch

Spencer Branch is a band composed of siblings Martha & Kilby Spencer from Whitetop Mountain along with North Carolina native Kelley Breiding. They play music drawn from their mountain heritage in addition to traditional country, bluegrass & a healthy dose of originals. Their vocal harmonies and exciting fiddle tunes are sure to keep you entertained.

The Barrel Boys

The Barrel Boys are a musical powerhouse featuring soaring vocal harmonies, killer picking, and down-to-earth songwriting. Fed by the deep roots of bluegrass, old-time, country, and Americana, The Boys have crafted their own unmistakeable sound into an exuberant and deeply soulful musical experience.

“There’s a certain “band next door” feel to The Barrel Boys. They may be accomplished musicians with tight harmonies and great arrangements, but their music is also brimming with the kind of personality that makes you want to buy them a beer and hear their life stories.” – Kristin Cavoukian, “Exclaim!”

Ben and Joe Music

Seattle songsters Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons give life to voices that have long been silenced in American culture. Their award-winning performances are highlighted by story-telling that, rather than bringing the past to life, vividly shows how the past still lives in the present.

Jim and Penny Malmberg

With roots down to bedrock and branches up to the prairie sky, Jim and Penny are a husband-and-wife duo from Edmonton, Alberta. They raised a family before they got around to writing music together. Songs about love
of all kinds are delivered with humour and passion on guitars, mandolin, and their intimate harmony voices. Their latest CD “We’re Here For Love” was released in 2018.

Irvin Amundson and Friends 

Born, raised and still residing in Park Valley,SK, Irvin is well known for his easy, relaxed way of delivering great old gospel, bluegrass and cowboy songs. As one of the original members of The Baler Strings, Irvin still receives requests for some of his work with the group to this day. One listen to this unforgettable golden voice and you will be an instant fan.

Northern Lights is thrilled that Irvin will be leading the Sunday Morning Gospel portion of the Festival.

Festival + Music Camp

Our music camp instructors are our festival acts! You heard that correct! Our music instructors are living, breathing, professional touring acts that can offer our students more than a sit down lesson or two. These musicians educate our students past the book and bring enormous enthusiasm to the stage and this resonates with our students. Our festival brings the opportunity for our students to see their teachers in full form before the camp – an experience unlike any other music camp out there!

A Little Canadiana

Canada’s North is awe-inspiring. The trees. The lakes. The freshest of fresh air. And, the festival/music camp is hosted in the literal centre of it all! At the beautiful Ness Creek site you will camp under the stars in a secluded forested getaway. Just a short walk from your site you will find the pristine Ness Creek, and just a few miles away is the world famous Prince Albert National Park (The home of Grey Owl!). Within the region there are hundreds of lakes, trails and other adventures just waiting to be explored! Swim, fish, hike or just relax in the sun and listen to some sweet tunes.

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Musician + Music Lover Paradise

Do you love music? Whether it’s a singing, picking, bowing, plucking or just humming along, we offer a musician’s and music lover’s paradise. There will be hot licks, calming gospel, back beat chopping, furious bowing, deep bass, grooving old time and more. And don’t forget the jamming! Jamming, jamming and more jamming. At every corner of the festival there will be an opportunity to create music with other like minded people. Be prepared to smile for weeks and weeks after the festival. Yeah, it’ll be that much fun.

Saskatchewan Hospitality

You know how Canadians are polite and friendly? Saskatchewanians are like that but multiplied by ten! You simply won’t get a more polite, friendly and gracious set of hosts than the people of Saskatchewan. Our community is filled with some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Warm and welcoming. We guarantee you’ll meet a friend (or three) for life! We have more than our fair share of fun.

Multi-generational Family

Many music festivals are all about the party. We are all about the music – both appreciating and playingAt our festival you will find music lovers, musicians and their families having a family-friendly good time. We are a dry music festival – allowing only for beverages to be consumed on camping ground areas. We believe music belongs to everyone!

For the kids, we have a play area, as well as kids activities and a secure site facility. The only worry you’ll have is how to get them to go to bed after all of the fun they will have!