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Live music in Errington

Nanaimo duo Skagway, comprised of Ira Pelletier, left and Tad Ruszel, right, will play at the Errington Farmers Market this weekend. - Submitted Photo
Nanaimo duo Skagway, comprised of Ira Pelletier, left and Tad Ruszel, right, will play at the Errington Farmers Market this weekend.
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Live music continues at the Errington Farmers market this weekend with Nanaimo bluegrass duo Skagway.

The group has played in Oceanside a number of times, including a performance at the Lighthouse Bluegrass Festival in Qualicum Bay in July. Although Skagway often consists of a number of talented musicians, the two key members and founders of the group are Ira Pelletier on mandolin and vocals, and Tad Ruszel on vocals and guitar.

The two are known for their great stage presence and modern take on bluegrass music.

“We are a high-energy mix of traditional bluegrass, and newgrass with an emphasis on instrumentals and duo singing,” Pelletier said.

Their first CD was released this past July, called Wine in the Cupboard, composed of all original music written by Pelletier and Ruszel. The CD also features a slew of musicians from the Vancouver Island bluegrass scene on banjo, fiddle, bass and dobro.

Pelletier and Ruszel will play as a duo at the Errington Market this Saturday, Sept. 3, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sample Skagway’s music at myspace.com/skagwaybluegrassband, or visit their facebook page under Skagway-Mighty Fine Bluegrass Band.

 

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