Slocan Ramblers – September 22, 2018

The Slocan Ramblers opened the 2018-19 Concert Season at The Mary Webb Centre for the Arts on Saturday, September 22 with their energetic and wonderful toe-stomping bluegrass.  The extremely talented Slocans, playing mandolin, banjo, bass and guitar along with great harmony, played a wide range of bluegrass from well-known numbers to many of their own songs.  They kept the audience totally involved with stories about their own history as a band and the history of bluegrass as it is now.  When they played their last tune, the audience was loath to let them leave the stage and were rewarded with an encore song.  Thanks to Kearney Planters and Dickson Ford for sponsoring this concert.

Also exciting for the Mary Webb Centre is that the long awaited new addition is finely finished and available for all to see and use.  With the new washrooms, the bar was open for the concert, featuring local wine, beer and cider.

As the Slocans were finishing their concert, they expressed their amazement over the quality of the Mary Webb Centre, its very dedicated crew of volunteers and its 2018-19 concert line-up.  

The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of today’s acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans have been winning over audiences from Merlefest to RockyGrass and everywhere in between.

On their much-anticipated new album Queen City Jubilee, The Slocans showcase their unique blend of bluegrass, old-time and folk with deep song-writing, lightning fast instrumentals and sawdust-thick vocals. With their trademark raucous energy, this new album presents The Slocan Ramblers at the top of their game – writing and playing tunes to keep you up all night. This is roots music without pretension, music intended to make you feel something – say hello to your new favourite band.

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