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Ten Years of Bluegrass Music with a Gaspesian Accent

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Rhonda VincentNew Richmond, Quebec -- The New Richmond (Quebec, Canada) Bluegrass Festival will celebrate it’s tenth anniversary August 26 to September 2. The event, which brings together some of bluegrass music’s top entertainers as well as the Gaspé peninsula’s best country, bluegrass and traditional music performers has earned the reputation of being one of Canada’s top bluegrass music festivals.

Among this year’s featured artists will be the “Queen of bluegrass”, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage (Kirksville, Missouri), the Lonesome River Band (Stuart, Virginia), the Bluegrass Diamonds (Memramcook, New Brunswick), the Roys (Nashville) and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (Nashville). The Clemville Kids, Pamela Rooney & the Exceptions and Cap Renard will be among the Gaspé regions representatives. In total, more than 50 shows will take place on the festival’s three stages beginning in the evening of Monday August 27 and continuing through Sunday September 2.

As usual, rough camping (without services) will be free all week with the purchase of a weekend or VIP pass – last year, a total of 342 tents, trailers and recreational vehicles were on hand and organizers expect that number to increase in 2012.

The event is hosted by the Gaspesian British Heritage Village, an 82-acre historical site, and in addition to all the music, the Village will be open and admission will be free all week. Among activities which visitors will be able to enjoy are guided tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, the Bay of Chaleur Military Museum and much more.

Advance weekend passes are available on the festival’s website until August 15 at a cost of $60 compared to $75 at the gate. Daily passes will also be available at the gate.

The New Richmond Bluegrass Festival, Quebec’s first and only bluegrass music festival, was founded in 2003 and takes place annually during the week leading up to Labour Day. The event draws music fans and camping enthusiasts from across North America and registered a more than 30 per cent increase in attendance in 2011. For more information, visit the New Richmond Bluegrass Festival website.

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