by Scott Roos
Bluegrass at the Barn is back! Debuting last year as a more low key alternative to the Northern Lights Bluegrass Camp and Festival, Bluegrass at the Barn will take place in two different locations this time around: Bluegrass At The Barn - Saskatoon will take place June 11th at The Barn Playhouse near Martinsville, Saskatchewan. Bluegrass At The Barn - Regina will take place June 12th at Country Acres near McLean, Saskatchewan.
Both events will be from 1pm-7pm, with gates opening at noon, and a jam afterward. Festival goers are asked to bring their favourite lawn chair, cash for the BBQ, and an instrument to jam afterwards if they are so inclined.
“Bluegrass at the Barn started last year as our answer to hosting a festival during Covid. We wanted to put in an event that was smaller, closer to the city, no overnight camping and mostly local acts. It was so successful that we have decided to do it again in addition to our main camp and festival in August,” remarked Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Time Music Society Promotions and Marketing Chair Jille Shotton in a brief conversation with NSMZ.
The line up will feature mostly local acts with the exception of The Stanley County Cut-ups who will be coming from Manitoba. Other performances will be by Saskatoon’s bluegrass boy band The Local Group, fiddler Mitch Dureault, honky tonk influenced Marshall Burns and Hummingbird Crossing from Regina. Performances by Raven She Hollers will be available at the Saskatoon event only and The Furriers will be at the Regina event only.
The event will also serve as a sampler for the larger Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Camp and Festival that will take place later in the summer in August. “There are a lot of crossover bands between Bluegrass at the Barn and Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Camp and Festival so it is sort of a small taste of what our larger event in August will be like. It is a good opportunity for us to promote the August festival and camp,” explained Shotton.
Children’s Activities will be available at both events and kids under 12 are free so parents are encouraged to bring the whole family along to this awesome event.
Tickets for both the Saskatoon and Regina Bluegrass at the Barn events are moving quickly. You can pick up tickets here for Saskatoon:
Tickets for Regina can be purchased here: