PEI Bluegrass & Oldtime Music
The PEI Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Society is an incorporated, non-profit, organization founded in 1985. We have our own by-laws and are not affiliated with any other society or organization.
The objectives of the Society are:
- To foster Bluegrass & Oldtime Music in the province of Prince Edward
- To assist and promote greater proficiency in the musicalskills of the membership.
- To ensure that the basic human rights of all
individuals are respected.
- To supervise and carry out a Bluegrass &
Oldtime Music Festival.
- To encourage young members to learn Spanish guitar through new music lessons.
Recommended Guitar Chords Resource
To foster the development of young guitarists here are some guitar websites you can learn to strum acoustic guitar from starting with this basic guitar chords chart. Each diagram is well laid out with fingerings and strings to mute.
An elected Board of Directors is empowered by the membership to look over the affairs of the Society . The Board appoints an Executive Committee (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary) is appointed to take care of the day to day business of the Society.
The Society newsletter "Pick & Licks" is mailed out quarterly to all members and along with the websites and the Communications Committee,they help to keep the membership informed and up to date on Society and other related events and matters.
The Society also has a Library which is a valuable resource available to all members.
Members enjoy the fellowship surrounding the jamming (participating and/or listening), concerts, special events and the Annual PEI Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Festival held at Rollo Bay ...... the first week-end in July
Another special event every year is The Laurie Blue (Memorial) Bluegrass Festival ...... the first week-end in November
The Society has various committees in place, which often call on membersfor assistance. We encourage all members to get involved and help out in various society projects.
Charles Hansen is Awarded
ECMA 2005 Honourary Award
Stompin’ Tom Award
Charles W. (Charlie) Hansen learned to play guitar at nine, played at his first barn dance at twelve and his long and varied musical career has never looked back. Always quick to enjoy a laugh and be front and centre when needed, Charlie has never strived for the spotlight but from then until now, his involvement in the music scene has been all encompassing - from session musician to studio production, recording artist to media personality, from album design to friend of the Industry.
In his early teens he played locally around eastern P.E.I. at church concerts, community halls and every other venue where music was being performed. He founded and played drums in Eastern PEI's first rock n' roll band The Thunderbolts in 1961, but never content with just a night or two a week of music, he played with many other groups whenever the chance prevailed.
He moved to Toronto in 1969 and played drums with commercial rock group Blend and then went on to play drums with Chef Adams and The Adams Boys through 1970 & 1971. Moving on, he played with five-time Gold Leaf Award (precursor to the Juno Awards) winner, Diane Leigh and The Shades Of Blue from 1971 to 1977. During this time, he also played many benefits at such places as Sunnybrook Hospital for the terminally ill, and Toronto Sick Children's Hospital.
Charlie returned to PEI in 1977 where he played locally with a variety of performers until his retirement a few years ago. He became a regular performer at such venues as the Silver Fox, community halls, and legions, and served as host of the popular Friday Night House parties for three summers at the P.E.I. Emporium in Borden-Carleton. He has become a permanent fixture of the Maritime Bluegrass scene, on his own as well as a member of the group Wind River with Janet McGarry.
In addition to his touring, Charlie moved into production from both his home based-studio as well as through his part ownership in Sandcastle Recording Studio. He has now put his stamp on the Island music scene from the other side of the glass by serving in various capacities from Producer, to mixing and mastering and even design on excess of twenty albums over the past few years.
More than a tireless performer, Charlie has been a tireless supporter of the Island music scene. He has served as volunteer president of the PEI Bluegrass and Old Time Music Society, of which he was one of the founding members, is the 2005 PEI Bluegrass Festival Chairman and he was also a founding director of, and served as President of, the PEI Music Awards Association from 2001- 2003. He is now a lifetime member of the PEI Bluegrass and Old Time Music Society as well as Past President of the P.E.I. Music Awards Association. One of Charlie's “behind the scene roles” is also as Volunteer co-host of Bluegrass Island on CFCY radio for last 6 ˝ years. He has received awards for his work in this capacity from the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Awards for the years 2003 and 2004.
Charlie also writes a monthly music column for P.E.I.'s entertainment bible, The Buzz. His long career that has taken him to many different Island communities and made him a fixture of the P.E.I music scene has also been acknowledged by his recent 2004 P.E.I. Music Award nomination as Weekend Warrior. This award, which is designed to provide recognition to artists who, throughout their career, without thought to remuneration or recognition, provide the type of entertainment that has become a weekly part of the entertainment fabric of our Island communities, typifies Charlie's fifty year career in the Music Industry.
Prince Edward Island Bluegrass Artists Receive Awards
The Eastern Canada Bluegrass Awards Show held Saturday, October 16th, 2004 in Truro Nova Scotia recognized two well known Prince Edward Island bluegrass artists. The Cobequid Education Centre in Truro was packed with 1,100 attendees to see the 20th Annual Eastern Canada Bluegrass Awards Show. Bluegrass artists and bluegrass music lovers were present to enjoy a three hour show of music and to see their favourite artists rewarded for their talents.
Janet McGarry received Female Vocalist of the Year. "I am very pleased to receive this award, particularly since it’s voted on by my peers in bluegrass music." says McGarry. Janet has been singing bluegrass music over the past ten years and recently, along with her band Wind River, has realized success for her efforts. Wind River is comprised of Janet, her husband Serge Bernard, Glenda Johnston and Charlie Hansen.
Charlie Hansen, well-known in the music scene on PEI, very deservingly received the Radio/TV DJ of the Year Award. "I’m pleased to accept this award on behalf of Bluegrass Island and CFCY Radio.", says Hansen. Charlie co-hosts with Serge Bernard the radio show Bluegrass Island every Wednesday evening, 8 - 9 p.m. on CFCY 630.
Bluegrass music goes back to the ‘70's on PEI and in 1985 the Society was formed. Today PEI hosts one of the largest festivals in the Maritimes in Rollo Bay. A NS company has been developed a video which highlights bluegrass music in the Maritimes touting it as "one the best kept musical secrets in Eastern Canada." Our skilled bluegrass musicians are now receiving welcomed attention which will further promote this style of music which is loved by so many Maritimers.
Congratulations to Janet and Charlie. You can hear Janet McGarry & Wind River, Jericho Road, Bluestreak, Bluegrass Diamonds (NB) and Lynwood Lunsford & the Misty Valley Boys from Danville, Virginia, US at the Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre, Saturday, November 6th. It promises to be a great night of some of the best in bluegrass music.