The Red Clay Bluegrass Festival began in Tignish over 16 years ago and will be celebrating its 17th Anniversary in 2017 August 18,19 & 20. The festival moved to its new facilities in 2006 on the West Prince Heritage Complex grounds containing 26 acres overlooking the Tignish River on one side and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.
The festival grounds contain all new modern buildings, including state of the art bathrooms with hot & cold showers, a beautiful stage with back music room, entrance building, a sound building, a ways and means building and a canteen building.
The spacious grounds can hold hundreds of RV’s and Tents. The whole grounds are well lit at night and offer electricity and water to almost 50 RV’s. The grounds also has its own dumping station. The festival site is perhaps the most outstanding festival grounds in P.E.I.
Every year the festival committee books top Bluegrass bands from the Maritimes and always includes popular USA bands in its line-up. For instance, 3rdTyme Out, The Anita Fisher Band, Tim Graves & Cherokee from Nashville, and Blistered Fingers from Maine, and this year 2017 is no exception as Erica Brown & Bluegrass Connection from USA will be performing as well as Blue Train, Eddy Poirier & Grassline, Bluegrass Tradition,Wheatley River, Two + Three, and SK Bluegrass and featuring on Friday night only Peggy Clinton & Johnny Ross who will close our show with an amazing performance and course it would not be a Blue Grass Festival without our own Janet McGarry & Wildwood .
Again this year we will be starting our Festival on Thursday with an open mike hosted by Beatrice Arsenault from Two Plus Three and she will have a great list of local talent to entertain you and the Two Plus Three Band will close of the open mike with one of their sets.We will close of our weekend Sunday with our Gospel Show. The committee is thrilled to offer such a variety of bands in its line up for 2017. A large complimentary BBQ for all weekend pass holders and campers on Saturday will add to the celebrations!
We now have an all-purpose building to be used for storage, jamborees, music workshops and other functions which adds a much needed requirement for our facilities.
About Tignish PEI
Tignish is a small Town, population 900 in the west end of P.E.I. 10 minutes from the end of the Island, North Cape.
The Town is a very close-knit community with fishing as the main industry. Tignish boasts the largest fishing harbour on the Island just outside the Town. Co-operatives are the main theme of the Town with Co-operative Grocery & Hardware stores, saw-mill, Gas pumps, Feed mill and their own Credit Union.
St. Simon & St. Jude Roman Catholic Church, 150 years old, is in the center and heart of the Town. The original Convent is now The Heritage Inn.
There are many cottages in the area and a motel minutes away. Travelling to North Cape, visitors can see and observe a wind farm, The Interpretive Center and Gift Shop, a 2 mile stone reef separating the Atlantic Ocean and the Northumberland Strait or dine at the Wind & Reef Seafood Restaurant.