Banjofest Rolls Back Into Guelph! 

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by Brenda Lewis

Third Annual Festival of Eclectic Banjo Music Runs March 8-10 at Silence Sounds, 46 Essex Street. 

Lonesome Ace Stringboard

After 2 years of sold out shows, Banjofest Guelph 2019 is returning for it’s third annual March festival. Once again with a stellar line-up of mainly Ontario musicians, the fest has expanded this year to include acts from as far away as Nashville, Alberta and Montreal. 

The styles of banjo music represented run the gamut: from bluegrass and old tyme through African Kora and western swing to banjo backed singer-songwriters and Jugband Canadiana!  

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Chris Coole & Ivan Rosenberg

The fest will feature a headliner for the first time this year. On Friday evening The Claire Lynch Band will take to the stage for the full session. Claire is a three time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and winner of seven International Bluegrass Music Association Awards .

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Over The Moon (left) Val Sissokho (Kora) (right). 

Other highlights include a Sunday set by Tom Power (host of CBC Radio’s “q”) and John Showman, a Saturday afternoon set by the wonderful Over The Moon Duo (“Cowbilly”) from Alberta, and a Saturday night set by The Lonesome Ace Stringband who will be featuring the music of John Hartford. 

Please have a look at the website ( or the Banjofest Guelph Facebook page for the full line-up, schedule, artist profiles and tickets.  All four shows take place at Silence, 46 Essex Street.

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