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Issue: 2019-05-22, PHOTO: Harry Kern

The Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival (KMBF) has an unfair advantage. It has never had to work to attract world-class performing acts and is known widely on the festival circuit as “the one to play.” The performers, awestruck by the St. Elias... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2018-07-04, PHOTO: Becauseeditor via wikimedia commons

Sammy Shelor, 55, of Meadows of Dan, Virginia, in the central Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina and southwestern Virginia, was literally born to play banjo on October 10, 1962. Both of his grandfathers were banjo pickers; and one... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: courtesy of The Boxcars

The roots of bluegrass music go back to the old-time string bands popular in the 1920s and ’30s. Nowhere was the string band more popular or prolific than in the Appalachian mountains of the southeastern United States. Back in those hills and... Read more

Haines Junction

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Issue: 2016-06-16, PHOTO: Jen Edwards

Scott Wilson doesn't credit either '50s TV host Arthur Godfrey or campy falsetto Tiny Tim with the current popularity of the humble ukulele. Instead, the Whitehorse musician thinks it likely stems from a few years back, when Hawaiian singer Israel... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-06-09, PHOTO: Douglas MacRae

When Chris Quinn exchanges his banjo for a guitar, and Chris Coole makes the opposite switch, that's the signal the Foggy Hogtown Boys are about to move from bluegrass to oldtime Appalachian music. Apart from that, and some "subtle nuances" in how... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-06-09, PHOTO: Ray Marnoch

In the pines, in the pines, the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Music Festival will take place June 10, 11, and 12. It is held annually at the St. Elias Convention Centre and St. Christopher’s Log Church in beautiful Haines Junction, Yukon. The mostly... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-12-24, PHOTO: Douglas MacRae

“I’m counting down the days,” says Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival president, Robbyn Chiles. With tickets on sale now, it’s a reasonable time to start counting. And rumour has it this year’s lineup could be the festival’s best yet. Read more

Haines Junction

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Issue: 2015-07-23 PHOTO: Slocan Ramblers publicity photo

The Slocan Ramblers often get asked how it happens that four lads who live in Toronto came to be interested in bluegrass music. Bass player Alastair Whitehead says there’s a fairly vibrant bluegrass scene in Toronto and even a lot of interest in... Read more

Dawson City

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Bruce and Deb Bergman at the 2010 Kluane Mountain Bluegrass festival Photo Courtesy of Lenore Morris

The summer of 2015 will see the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival, which went on temporary hiatus last year, returning to its old stomping grounds in Haines Junction. Read more

Haines Junction

It was bluegrass, as much as anything, that lured Radim Zenkl to slip through the Iron Curtain and become a political refugee in the United States. "At the beginning I played folk music ... Read more

Yukon Music