One of the highlights of the Peninsula Country Market is the live music performances that take place throughout the day. The music lineup is always diverse and feature a range of talented musicians playing different genres of music.
With such a diverse lineup of talented musicians, the Peninsula Country Market is sure to be a hit with music lovers of all ages. Whether you’re looking to dance to some upbeat tunes or simply relax and enjoy the sound of some talented performers, the music lineup at the Peninsula Country Market are not to be missed.
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.
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.
A one-man band with custom backing tracks providing Rock & Roll of the 50’s 60’s, 70’s,
Drawing from the sounds of Cuba, Africa, Colombia, and more to create their own. style of Rootsy Highlife, they play combinations of CubanTres, 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 has 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.
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
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. She’s also a new
Four long-time musicians comprise Westshore’s country/rock collective known as
Chick Wagon Band. Distinct harmonies set the stage for the Band’s extensive
repertoire. Creating musical memories for listeners of all ages, CWB has been a
fan-favorite since 2004. They’ve shared the stage with some of Canada’s top
country artists, performed at music festivals, farmer’s markets, community events,
and private dance parties throughout Vancouver Island, and the lower mainland
This small group of avid musicians, all under the age of 20, 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 was chosen to sing 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. These young musicians were a huge hit at the market last year so we brought them back.
“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
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.
My Back Pages recreates the 60s sound of New York 60’s Greenwich Village. Artists, poets, writers and musicians exchanged ideas that influenced a new generation. the legdary folk artists like Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Phil Ochs, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, and many others who played the “basket” clubs in the
Greenwich Village coffeehouses. From the 50s Woody Guthrie through to folk-rock artists like The Byrds, join Steve Sturgess, Ryan Tandy and Michael Sampson while they explore the many interconnections between these artists and how they gave us today’s music.
SilverWood was formed as a quartet in late 2019, consisting of Stephen Pierrot on mandolin or cittern, Barry Carlson on guitar, a flutist and cellist. They has gigs lined up for the spring of 2020 but were shut down by Covid and subsequently broke up. Stephen and Barry have continued to work together as a due, with Stephen playing lead (melodies) on mandolin and traditional Scottish and Irish (Cetic) music from the 17th and 18th centuries, consisting of dance music (jigs, reels, strathspeys, hornpipes, and set dances) and airs, including compositions by Turlough O’Carolan the blind Irish harper and composer.
Stephen has 10 years of classical piano instruction with royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, completing grade 9. He is self taught on guitar, mandolin and cittern.
Barry is self taught on guitar, and has played various genres of music in different groups incuding Folk, Old Timey, American Songbook and rhythm and blues.
Bowker Creek performs its unique arrangements of familiar and newly discovered songs,
from a wide range of musical genres that include folk, country, rock, old time, swing and
yes, even bluegrass. Based in Victoria, Bowker Creek has played all over Vancouver
Island from Sooke to Sayward and most places in between for many years. They have
entertained audiences at festivals, folk clubs, summer markets, wineries and cideries.
The band members consist of Kathy Broder- vocals & guitar, John Cornes – bass & amp vocals,
Bruce Kerr – dobro & amp; vocals, Dan Ready – mandolin and guitars.
Bowker Creek’s great song selection, stellar vocals and harmonies, and energetic
instrumental solos win over audiences of all ages.
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.
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.”
The Clover Point Drifters 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.
With vocal harmonies as their hallmark, Trillium are a trio with members Bonnie
Diachuk, Alan Walton and Brian Fraser. The three have been singing and playing
together for over ten years. They offer an eclectic mix of cover music
from some of your favorite’s bands and artists (Beatles, Neil Young, Dolly Parton,
Crosby, Stills, Nash, etc.) a well as an original or three.
The real magic of Brad Prevedoros is the man himself…the moment this
performer touches the strings he far exceeds expectations. go listen to him live
Grant Hayter-Menzies – Black Press Group Music Critic.
Brad Prevedoros is renowned for his instrumental virtuosity, exuberant live
performances, original compositions, and innovative interpretation of works by
other composers. His repertoire of multi-genre music engages his audience through
a mix of Latin, Pop, Classical, Jazz, Celtic, and Folk.
With twenty-five years of touring, 5000 venues and a half a million recordings
sold, guitarist Brad Prevedoros performs over 200 concerts a year. In 2000, the
title track from his recording “Firedance” was selected to be in the “Best of The
West” collector&;s edition titled “Go West – A Vital Collection of Western Canadian music.
Sorry, no Live music during these two markets.