FESTIVAL: AUGUST 16-18, 2019 MUSIC CAMP: AUGUST 12-16, 2019
Dean Bernier and Lucas Welsh
Dean Bernier has been playing the violin since he was twelve years old. He specialized in old tyme fiddle, but holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan where he played classical violin and viola. He officially started Bernier Music in 1990 in Prince Albert and has taught students of various ages, from every western Canadian province including the USA. Dean is a multi-award winning musician, former Saskatchewan Fiddle Champion, and SCMA 2003 Humanitarian of the Year recipient. After writing the orchestra curriculum in 2003, Dean continues to teach school at Rivier Academy. He is also the founder and director/conductor of the Prince Albert String Orchestra (PASO), which has played for a variety of events in Prince Albert and the surrounding area. PASO welcomes string players of all ages, practicing once a week at the Rivier Academy auditorium. Working in several weekend bands, Dean is always willing to do studio work or freelance, whenever called upon.
Lucas has not only made a name for himself across the province, but across Canada as a multi-instrumentalist. Whether singing, playing fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, or dobro his talents have inspired many and continue to inspire through the many students he has taught at various camps, workshops, and in private lessons. Much in demand as a studio musician and engineer Lucas has all the tools at his disposal to help you create your vision of what music means to you
Born and raised on a small farm close to Blaine Lake, SK, Lucas began his musical journey as a classical violin student with a local teacher. As his talent grew so did his desire to learn different styles of music as well as different instruments. With help from many sources and friends he began exploring traditional fiddle and bluegrass styles of music, all the while carrying on his classical training. It was at this time that Lucas began attending fiddle contests throughout the province as well as the various fiddle camps that were available. At a young age he began performing at local shows and dances, but it wasn’t until he turned 14 that Lucas got his first chance to perform with a full band at the Prince Albert Exhibition under the tutelage of his then teacher, Dean Bernier. Soon after he started performing regularly with various bands travelling across the province playing dances and events. Upon graduating high school Lucas’s musical career was already taking him across western Canada and Lucas began his career as a professional musician. By this time he was already an accomplished fiddle, mandolin and guitar player and his versatility landed him work as not only a performer, but as an instructor and recording session player. Lucas has enjoyed much success over the years having recorded on more than 25 albums, performing at various events with such artists as The Get Down Boys, Ben Crane, The Rawling Brothers, Calvin Vollrath, Gordan Stobbe, and JJ Guy to name a few. He has been awarded the silver medallion from the royal conservatory of music for violin, has won numerous fiddle contests and represented Saskatchewan at the Canadian Grand Masters fiddle contest, and has been nominated for guitar player and instrumentalist of the year at the Saskatchewan country music awards. Now married with three children, living in Meadow Lake SK, Lucas finds himself in the teachers chair teaching a variety of instruments and performing at select shows.
Ken Olson and Friends
Sunday Morning Gospel
Ken Olson may be best known as a part of the successful bluegrass and gospel group, The Baler Strings. When the group disbanded after 12 years together, Ken formed his own band, Ken Olson & Friends. Ken is Vice-President of the Saskatoon Chapter of CGMA (Country Gospel Music Assoc) as well as the Canadian Representative for the CGMA (based in Branson, Missouri).
Ken has been involved in the Northern Lights Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Festival since its inception, and has also participated in many of the Music Camps as an instructor and one of the Slow-Pitch Jam co-ordinators. Each year, he has assisted his lifelong friend, Irvin Amundson, with the Sunday Morning Gospel portion of the festival. This year, Ken will head up the Sunday Morning Gospel segment, with help from a few friends.