Bluegrass Stars Come to Shelter Island

Sylvester Manor Educational Farm kicks off its 2019 concert season with an evening of world-class bluegrass music featuring The Slocan Ramblers on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Shelter Island School.

 Often times a band brought in to the House Concert series at Sylvester Manor goes on to become an established act on the national and international scene. 

This is exactly what happened with one of Canada’s top contemporary bluegrass bands, the Slocan Ramblers. In late April 2017, the Ramblers packed out the Manor Music Rooms for two dynamite sets, leaving the audience shouting for more. 

Now, having signed with Nashville’s KCA Artists, the band is touring extensively on this continent and across the pond, wrapping up a twenty-date UK tour this month. 

Band members include mandolinist Adrian Gross, banjoist Frank Evans, guitarist Darryl Poulsen and Alistair Whitehead on double bass

The Shelter Island show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $40 and are available at or by calling 631.749.0626.

Winners of the Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award in 2015 and nominated for the Canadian Folk Music Awards 2016 Traditional Album of the Year, the Slocan Ramblers released their third album, “Queen City Jubilee,” in June of 2018. 

Songlines Magazine in the UK writes of the album: “contemporary bluegrass at its very best…this album could be the one that propels them to the forefront of the acoustic roots scene” 

Bluegrass Unlimited says “If you’ve grown tired of the same old sounds, here’s a band that reinvents a genre.”

This inventive young band plays with authority and passion, respecting the roots while at the same time pushing the envelope.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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