Spend an inspiring, challenging, and thrilling week with others who share your passion for bluegrass and old-time in an immersive music environment! Each August NimbleFingers Bluegrass & Old-Time Workshops and Festival is hosted here at Sorrento Centre — about 5 hours from Vancouver and 7 hours by car from Calgary.
Now in our 32nd year, we provide a fun, friendly and non-competitive experience for everyone from beginners to advanced players, with ample opportunity for group learning, electives, organized jam sessions, and tons of other spur-of-the-moment activities.
There are student concerts, band scrambles, instructor concerts, campground jam sessions, hosted jams, bluegrass karaoke, old-time dances and evening SNACKS! We offer two separate weeks of workshops, and many of the participants stay for both. It's a great chance to connect with your musical community, and immerse yourself in music, songs and stories.
Our home for the workshops, The Sorrento Centre, is a beautiful retreat by the shores of Shuswap Lake. The site contains two lodges plus lots of cabins and campsites. Other facilities include a covered amphitheatre, a private beach, and beautiful trails. The kitchen specializes in delicious and healthy camp-style meals - always a great time to meet new faces and chat with your favourite instructors.
NimbleFingers evolved from an old friend—the BCBW, or British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop. New Directors Kelly Sherwin & Peter Mynett are keeping up the tradition that people from all across Canada, the US and beyond have enjoyed for years—thrilling performances, engaging workshops, great food and accommodations, and unforgettable music. It’s a great time to be involved in the Western Canadian Bluegrass and Old-Time scene.
Come take the plunge!