Sunday, September 29, 2013
Bluegrass Brunch at the Waverley Rides Again
Kitchen opens at 10:30AM;
music from 11am-1 pm.
The Waverley Hotel in Cumberland will be inaugurating the third year of Bluegrass Brunch on Sunday September 29, 2013. The Brunch features delicious home-style food, live music, and good times.
Fast becoming a local institution, the Brunch was initiated by Cumberland musician Archie Pateman in November 2011. Pateman, co-founder of Vancouver roots band The Breakmen and local favourites The Cumberland Brothers, approached the Waverley Hotel with the idea after having started a similar event in Vancouver (still going strong after many years). Known for its support of local arts and culture, the Waverley signed on with enthusiasm, and patrons now enjoy great food while they listen to a mix of bluegrass and old-time classics, standards, oddballs, and originals.
The Bluegrass Brunch band features Pateman on banjo and guitar, Jack Roland of The Cumberland Brothers on fiddle, Anne Louise Genest of the Juno-nominated band Annie Lou on clawhammer banjo and guitar, and Tammy Fassaert of Shearwater and the Laurie Lewis band on upright bass. All four sing lead and harmony vocals and contribute a variety of material. The music is often spontaneous – band members will introduce a new tune on the spot, and these seasoned professional musicians, all of whom are steeped in roots, bluegrass, old time and country music, welcome the opportunity to jam on stage.
This joyful spontaneity combined with strong musicianship is part of what makes Bluegrass Brunch a favourite event in Cumberland and the surrounding communities. People travel from Nanaimo, Campbell River, and beyond to enjoy great breakfast and great music. Come on down!