It started out as an idea for an outdoor concert back in the winter of 2005 but has turned into a major festival and a labour of love for Duane and Donna Thibault for the past ten years.
For the 10th anniversary of the Flinton Jamboree, some of the perennial favorite acts are returning, such as White Pine, Steve Pitico and South Mountain, the Tebworth Brothers, and Dallas Daisy. Among the newcomers are the Ducharme family, a father and sons band who come from one of the best-named towns for a Bluegrass band, River Valley, which is located north of Highway 17 halfway between North Bay and Sudbury. The Ducharme family is the featured band on the Friday night (August 1) of the three-day festival. They appear at 7:30 pm.
The festival headliner, who will be performing on Saturday night (August 2) at 7:30 pm, is David Church.
Church, who hails from Lancaster, Ohio, has an affinity for traditional country music, and is renowned in North America as a singer “who sounds like Hank”. He performs his own songs as well as a number Hank Williams tunes, but as long-time U.S. based music promoter Joe Sullivan has said, “He is not a Hank imitator; he is someone who performs Hank's songs.” David Church will be backed up by Steve Pitico and South Mountain.
Weekend passes for the festival cost $35 ($55 with camping). Day passes are $20 for the all day and evening Saturday show, which kicks off at 11am, and $10 for the Friday evening or the Sunday 11 am to 4 pm show. For advance tickets, call 613-336-0995. Day passes will be available at the gate. (Note – a full schedule will be published in the Frontenac News on July 24)