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  • September 28, 2018 thru September 30, 2018
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A celebration of Fly Fishing & Old-time Music hosted by the Fernie Old Type Music Society

It is year three of the annual gathering of Gillbillies! 

Expect outdoor and indoor morning and late night jamming, evening concerts, workshops, fishing, food and friends... all set in the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. More details to follow in April including concert details and fishing and music workshops. 


Confirmed performer are John Lowell

Nomad Jones and Paul Silveria,


Clayton & Joelle, plus more to come!


Pharis & Jason Romero • It’s true! This Juno-award winning, epic banjo-building duo are coming down to entertain and teach at Gillbilly this year. Jason is also a huge fan of fly-fishing so we are really excited to bring them in for the weekend.

Jim & Lynda McLennan • Further proof that music and fly-fishing go hand-in-hand, this husband and wife team are legends in the fly-fishing circuit in Canada, and also perform as a duo. In addition to their professional fly-fishing instruction, Jim teaches guitar regularly at the FAMI music camp in Bragg Creek.

Chris Coole • A founding father of the Gillbilly movement, Chris is one of Canada’s top banjo pickers, song-writers, and side-men. Touring with The Foggy Hogtown Boys, The Lonesome Ace Stringband, as well as being the go-to musician to support the legendary David Francey. Chris anchored the fest last year, and we’re stoked he’s coming back for round 2.


  • Welcome reception & Elk River primer.
  • 2 full concerts.
  • Late night jams.
  • Taco feed on Saturday night.
  • Toast & Jam on Sunday morning.
  • Fly-fishing and music workshops.
  • Free time to bike, hike, river walk, fish or nap!
  • Good friends, good tunes, good times.
  • Unbeatable scenery in Fernie.
  • All happens right in Fernie’s historic downtown core.


$120 per person Weekend Pass (Earlybird $110, until Sep 3)

$105 per person Youth Wekeend Pass (Earlybird $95, until Sep 3)

Watch the FACEBOOK event page or Old Type Music Society website for updates.


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