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Bluegrass Banjo at Sheldon's Place - Surrey, BC

Surrey, BC, right in the heart of the lower mainland, with beautiful weather, wonderful scenery and lots of opportunity for pickin'. You'd be hard pressed to find a finer place to live and pick bluegrass. Check back often for my take on things with five strings!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Who's That Banjo Pickin' Guy?

I've had this banjo obsession since I was young boy. When I was fourteen years old, I was able to pool all my life's savings from part time jobs and purchase the banjo you see me playing in the picture. At sixteen years old I began teaching banjo at a local music store in the small southern Manitoba town were I was living at that time. I'm not a teenager anymore, I'm not too good looking, but not so bad as to spoil the music, and I still pick and teach.

I moved to the picturesque Cowichan Valley which runs through central Vancouver Island in the winter of 1999 with my wife and two boys. Leaving the sub-zero temperatures of Manitoba for the moderate Pacific Coast climate was a real treat and we've never looked back.

My wife and I owned and operated a small restaurant called 'Heather's Tea Room' located in historic downtown Duncan, BC. We closed at 3:00pm when the restaurant transformed into my music studio where I taught bluegrass banjo to aspiring players who are filling the valley with those high lonesome sounds.

In the summer of 2007 my wife and I packed up once again and made the move to Surrey, BC were we are actively involved in campus life with the students of Pacific Life Bible College. On top of the great things happening on campus, I am also teaching and pickin' banjo!

Life is good! The venue is perfect, and it is a joy to help promote bluegrass in the lower mainland. Hope you can come on down sometime and jam a little!

I'll be waitin' fur ya!


At March 26, 2006 3:11 PM, Anonymous Corwyn Friesen said...

If we're ever in the area, we'll be going for a coffee and a scone with my banjo playin' brother!


At March 26, 2006 3:59 PM, Anonymous Peter Friesen said...

Me too...I wanna go for a coffee with my banjo playin' son!


At April 14, 2006 11:57 PM, Anonymous Josh said...

Hey, i'll be checking back here now...I put the link on my desktop.

At April 24, 2006 5:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am planning a trip out west next year and I hope to make it to Duncan and if I do, I will definitely be dropping by....can guitar players join??

Linda from Ottawa

At April 24, 2006 12:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, I would drive from Ottawa to join in on the coffee and scone's with Sheldon and Corwyn and I hope Pete and Betty too....tell me, do you accept guitar players in your group....and the voice isn't too bad...

Linda in Ottawa

At April 24, 2006 5:02 PM, Blogger Sheldon Friesen said...

We invite all bluegrass string players, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass fiddle, dobro, and of course we welcome your guitar.

At November 17, 2007 8:20 PM, Anonymous Peter Friesen said...

Good evening to you: Man I can still hear you play that banjo; I wonder if that old guy next door to us in Kitchener Ont. Can hear it as well?
We miss hearing you play, and we wish you all the best there is

At September 23, 2012 3:10 PM, Blogger Scott Davidson said...

Thanks for knowledge sharing

Marcus White Lisdoonvarna


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