NimbleFingers music festival returns in-person, first time since pandemic – Kamloops News

An annual bluegrass music workshop and festival is returning to Sorrento and they still need volunteers.

It will be NimbleFingers 33rd year running and first year back since the pandemic.

“We did 2020 online, and 2021— we actually almost had it, but we were hit with not just the COVID spikes, but it was actually the smoke pollution that took us out,” Kelly Sherwin, co-director of NimbleFingers said.

“We had the double whammy, because we couldn’t do anything indoors or outdoors. It was hitting us everywhere.”

Sherwin said her and her co-director are very excited to be back in-person at Sorrento Centre.

NimbleFingers runs two workshops, each lasting five days. Week one takes place from August 14 to 19 and week two is August 21 to 26. Workshops feature all kinds of bluegrass and old-time music programming, including lessons and jam sessions with a variety of stringed instruments, like the fiddle and clawhammer.

Registration is open for workshops until the start of each program week.

“We’re highlighting a lot of amazing artists from both Canada and South of the border, we’re really excited about that. Sherwin said.

“This is definitely an annual vacation for a lot of people.”

Sherwin said registration numbers have been lower than past years.

“It’s lower than usual. We anticipated that because it seems to be like that with the other camps that we spoke to, just with still being in sort of the pandemic era,” she said.

“But it’s, it’s not going to be without the same experience and good times that we usually have.”

The music festival takes place on Saturday, August 20, from 11 am to 9:30 pm It will be a family friendly event with two stages, food and artisan vendors and a beer garden.

Sherwin said the festival is still looking for volunteers. Those interested can apply here.

More information on workshops and the NimbleFingers festival can be found here.

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