The Peninsula Country Market showcases live, local musicians each Saturday, out in the fresh country air! Come on out and show your appreciation to these talented treasures. Take in the toe-tapping atmosphere while with our hard-working local farmers, chefs/bakers and artisans.
Musical performances start at 10am and conclude at the end of the market at 1pm.
Bill grew up on the Saanich peninsula and from the age of 10, developed a passion from sounds that came from Memphis during the 50s and 60s. After 20 years of performing in bands, he began a solo career producing 4 CDs. ‘Still Blue’ was nominated for a JUNO award in 2012. Bill has been nominated 5 times by the Toronto Blues Society for a Maple Blues Award. He continues to write music and anticipates another cd release soon.
Joe Higgins is a Scottish singer/songwriter who plays guitar and harmonica. He also enjoys playing old popular songs from Scots/Irish folk to contemporary popular songs. Joe has performed for many years in pubs, folk festivals and private functions around UK, Europe, Canada and USA. He regularly plays at Victoria Highland Games/Celtic Festival and is no stranger to playing a few tunes around the pubs of Victoria and Sidney!
“A musical journey steeped in tradition and rich in discoveries… from the south of Spain to the shores of Ireland and on to the hot jazz clubs of France and Brazil”
Award-winning guitarist Brad Prevedoros is joined by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Greg Joy, and percussion master Brad Hawkes.
Collectively the trio has over 100 years of performing experience, produced over twenty albums with a million copies sold worldwide and has several music award nominations.
Greg Joy brings a fusion of Celtic, baroque, and folk-rock to the mix through his mastery of flute and guitar. Brad Hawkes has performed and recorded with many artists on Vancouver Island adding his special organic character, style, variety, and sensitivity on several different percussion instruments including a stringed flamenco cajon. Guitarist Brad Prevedoros, renowned for his instrumental virtuosity and exuberant live performances, brings the Latin, jazz and flamenco element to this shared musical adventure that is grounded in many traditions and yet, brand new.
Water In The Crawl Space is a band of accomplished musicians who have been playing music and various instruments including guitars, mandolin, fiddles, accordion, harmonica, saxophone and piano. Combined musical experience of 150 years! These guys are accomplished musicians who will get your children dancing and your toes a ‘tapping!
Bill Johnson (Guitar), Miriam Sonstenes (Fiddle) Scott White (Double Bass.) These three musicians are skilled and accomplished performers. Bill grew up on the Saanich peninsula and from the age of 10, developed a passion from sounds that came from Memphis during the 50s and 60s. After 20 years of performing in bands, he began a solo career producing 4 CDs. ‘Still Blue’ was nominated for a JUNO award in 2012. Bill has been nominated 5 times by the Toronto Blues Society for a Maple Blues Award. He continues to write music and anticipates another cd release soon.
Miriam comes from an accomplished musical family with a Bachelor of Music degree. She freelanced as a classical musician for a few years but found herself drawn to fiddle music; Irish, Appalachian, swing and bluegrass. Miriam has toured Canada, the US and the UK performing for audiences of folk and roots music lovers to critical acclaim. One of her original songs, ‘Don’t Walk Away’ was recorded by a blue grass band Balsam Range and included on their album Mountain Voodoo which won Album of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards. When not on the road, Miriam teaches violin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, and piano.
‘Beautiful Luck’ is an Indie Folk duo from Victoria BC. Sue Black (vocal, guitar) and Carl Lefebvre (vocal, ukuleles) have been playing together for 6 years in and around Victoria and Vancouver Island. The talented Josh Miszczak will join them on violin.
Beautiful Luck’s repertoire covers a variety of genres including roots, country, pop, and blues. They pride themselves on choosing an eclectic mix of harmony inspired songs mixed with original compositions. From Blue Rodeo to Dan Hicks, to Sons of Pioneers, to Kathleen Edwards they play in a variety of tempos and styles; there is something for everyone when Beautiful Luck performs. They have performed at several farmers markets, cafes, and restaurants in the area and most recently were featured at the Sooke Folk Music Society. They have recorded a seven song EP entitled ‘Moonwish’ which features six original songs.
Mike Regimbal -Fiddle, Mando, Bass, vocals. Sam Torrance, vocals, and a variety of instruments including the accordion, mandolin and flute. Sam and Mike, both multi-instrumentalists, singers, and songwriters, take “Bijoux du Bayou” to the stage as a duo (aka. 36 Strings) and manage to deliver a traditional style and vibe with even the most contemporary of songs and, of course, your old favorites from a bunch of genres including rock, reggae, pop and more.
The popular band, Bijoux du Bayou, from which this duo is apart of, has been entertaining audiences in BC for years with traditional Cajun, Zydeco, TexMex and a twist of Canadiana which is delivered with a slough of traditional instruments including guitars, fiddles, Mandolins, Ukes, accordions, flute and bouzouki.
The Homespun Band is a folk fusion band from Vancouver Island. The creation of singer/songwriter Duncan Sutherland, the band blends different musical genres that echo folk, blues, bluegrass, swing, and country. With four strong voices in the band, their music is rich in harmony arrangements. Flute and fiddle sometimes colour the band classical, at other times it’s straight-ahead bluegrass. “It’s hard to nail us down.” Duncan, a long-time folkie, pulled together a band of seasoned players to create The Homespun Band in 2019. The airtight harmonies of sisters Bonnie Dennis and Candy Little are simply beautiful. Their voices blend into one. Brad Hawkes brings years of experience as percussionist and John Cornes plays bass and provides vocals. Classically trained Winnie Cooper is a master with her magical flute. The Homespun Band will be adding a guest fiddler to the Peninsula Country Market line-up.
This small group of avid musicians, all under the age of 19, love to share their passion for music with the community. Performing at local events such as charity shows and farmers markets, they enjoy playing a wide variety of music, with genres ranging from classic jazz standards to soulful rhythm and blues.
Lily Cave, Lead Singer of 4 Sols, has been taking professional music lessons and entering/winning competitions since the age of 5. She was involved in musical theatre throughout her childhood and teenage years and has sung the Canadian Anthem at 5 Canuck Games!
Owen Butler plays the guitar, Seth Leopold plays the Bass, and Sam Bose plays the drums. These three musicians have been playing music since the age of 10 and they can skillfully play a variety of different instruments.
Chick Wagon Duo – The original members of Westshore’s time-honoured country/rock band, Chick Wagon, began performing as Chick Wagon Duo in 2007. Their 15-year journey includes regular appearances at Montana’s restaurants in Victoria and Nanaimo, local pubs, and private parties. In 2019, the Duo (Darla & Karen) was voted recipients of the first ever “Favourite Market Musician” award by a local market society. Their signature harmonies continue to appeal to listeners of all ages. Watch for this talented twosome at private functions, municipal music events, and all the BEST community markets in BC!
Martini ’65 is an upbeat band that plays songs from the 60’s re-covered as bossa nova, swing, and jazz.
Their repertoire consists primarily of traditional bluegrass songs, with a sprinkling of country, folk blues and pop tunes served up in bluegrass style. Their songs feature close heartfelt duet and trio harmonies, backed by strong banjo, mandolin, and dobro instrumentals.
Mike Kraft (banjo, harmony vocals) is one of Victoria’s secrets that don’t involve underwear. Besides being one fine banjo player, he also plays guitar in a variety of country, rockabilly and blues bands. Basically, any band that wants a real musician tries to snag him.
Larry Stevens (Reso phonic guitar, lead vocals) has a gift for singing the country song, good times and bad, love and loss, the past and even further past. For many years, he lived in Vancouver and played the dobro with several bands, including the New Nash Ramblers who were the BC Country Music Association Bluegrass Band of the Year. His rich warm voice has become a welcoming and familiar sound.
Dan Parker (mandolin, lead vocals) drifted west from Ontario following a successful attempt to attain a higher education. He is one of those annoying people who, if given some new musical instrument, will spend almost no time at all making it sound like they have played it for years. And then he’ll show you the tune he has just written for it. If that isn’t enough, he also built his own guitar. Dan’s spirited and inventive solos complement the plodding efficacy of the old farts.
George Robinson (bass, lead vocals) has the longest pedigree in the band, having played bluegrass bass since 1977. By good luck and happenstance that year, he managed to obtain ownership of Duke Neilson’s bass (Duke played for many years with Don Messer and the Islanders, a Canadian musical institution if ever there was one). Thanks to the unforgiving march of time, he has now been playing this bass longer than Duke did.
Indie World Troubadours- Nice Verdes. Drawing from the sounds of Cuba, Africa, Colombia, and more to create their own style of Rootsy Highlife, they play combinations of Cuban Tres, accordions, guitar, harmonica, and vocals. Inspired musically by their travels around the world, they defy genres to create their own indie world folk. Nice Verdes began performing together in 2003 and have always been on some kind of adventure in search of new inspiration and music since. Their music is a sunny and uplifting mixture of originals and traditional folk music.
Over the years the duo have been on the road in Australia and Canada playing numerous venues and festivals They have also completed tours of Europe and New Zealand and played cafes and bars on the streets of Latin America.
Nice Verdes have released four original albums, ‘Succulence’ in 2008, ‘Brontosaurus’ in 2014, ‘Bouquet of birds’ in 2016, and ‘feet in the ocean’ released in 2020.
They have always been drawn to collaborating with artists from all countries and they enjoy most of all the parties and festivals that celebrate a strong sense of community and equality in diversity.
Pocket Full of Dust is a 4-member group playing old time and blue grass tunes. Carol Thibault plays stand-up bass, Noreen Skoreyko on fiddle, Bruce Medd on guitar and Tim Storm on banjo. “The goal of the band is to get people tapping their toes, singing along with us, while they enjoy the market.”
Sorry, no Live music during these two markets.