The South Shore Bluegrass Association was formed in 1983 by a group of local musicians who wished to promote bluegrass and old-time music throughout the South Shore region of Nova Scotia. There were 86 members at that first meeting, which was held at Italy Cross Fire Hall on November 20th, 1983.
From our very beginnings as a club, some of the members were dreaming of acquiring a camping park where members could meet, as this traditional type of music is usually enjoyed at outdoor gatherings.
In 1989, the club was incorporated under the Societies Act and the word “music” was added to make the name “South Shore Bluegrass Music Association, which had grown to over 100 members. Festivals were held on private properties throughout Nova Scotia where fans camped and listened to our member musicians and invited guests. Money was raised and set aside for the day it would be possible to have our own park. In this, our 35th year, we have a cap of 250 members plus our “Lifetime Members”. Most weekends from May to October, you can find lots of members coming together for music, games, fun, food and fellowship.
We hold “Open Jams” on Friday evenings during the summer and have great support from the public as well as our members. Once monthly we hold a Variety Show, where the talents of our guests and member groups offer a wonderful evening of great entertainment.
During the year, we proudly support organizations such as the:
IWK Health Centre, the Salvation
Army and the Health Services of the South Shore.
The current membership of the
South Shore Bluegrass Music Association
takes pride in maintaining and building on the
foresight and achievements of the members since 1983.