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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

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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 Anonymous 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 Anonymous said...

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


At April 14, 2006 11:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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


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Gig Schedule

Check here to see where an with whom I'll be playing next!

May 22 - Wired Monk @ 32 Ave White Rock - 6:30pm (The Bullfrogs)
May 29 - Historic Steward Farm, Crescent Beach - 2:45pm (The Bullfrogs)
May 29 - Wired Monk @ 32 Ave White Rock - 6:30pm (The Bullfrogs)
May 31 - Sunnyside Acres 20th Anniversary @ 24 Ave @ 148 St White Rock - 11:00am (The Bullfrogs)

June 2 - Aldergrove Seniors Tea - 1:30pm (The Bullfrogs)
June 5 - Wired Monk @ 32 Ave White Rock - 6:30pm (The Bullfrogs)
June 13-15 - Summerland Bluegrass Festival (The Bullfrogs)

Aug 3 - Sea Fest, White Rock - 1:00pm Remax Centre Stage (The Bullfrogs)
Aug 4 - Otter Coop 10:00am - 1:00pm (The Bullfrogs)
Aug 9 - Private Event (The Bullfrogs)
Aug 10 - Private Event (The Bullfrogs)

Oct 10 - Kent St. White Rock - 1:30pm (The Bullfrogs)
Oct 19 - Aldor Acres, Fort Langley - 11:00am (The Bullfrogs)
Oct 26 - VBMS @ Elks Hall, Aldergrove - 7:00pm (The Bullfrogs)

Nov 20 - Private Event (The Bullfrogs)

Dec 4 - Salvation Army, Abbotsford - 5:30pm (The Bullfrogs)


Feb 21 - Skinny's Grille - Hope, BC - 8:00pm (The Bullfrogs)
Feb 24 - CJSF FM 90.1 - 8:00pm (The Bullfrogs)

Mar 28 - Elks Hall - Whiterock, BC - 6:30pm (The Bullfrogs)
Mar 29 - VBMS - Elks Hall - Aldergrove, BC - 7:00pm (The Bullfrogs)

April 8 - Jake's Steakhouse & Piano Lounge - Surrey, BC - 7:00pm (Ish & Sheldon)

May 9 - Elks Hall - Whiterock, BC - 8:00pm (The Bullfrogs)
May 15 - Kent St. Seniors Centre - Whiterock, BC - 1:00pm (The Bullfrogs)
May 17 - Fort Langley - Heritage Centre - 2:00pm (The Bullfrogs)
May 30 - Wired Monk - Crescent Beach, BC - 3:00pm (The Bullfrogs)

June 20 - Heritage Trolley Tour - New Westminster, BC - 11:00 am- 4:00 pm (Ish & Sheldon)

July 9 - Riverside Park - Music In The Park - Kamloops, BC - 7:00pm (The Bullfrogs)
July 10/11 - Merritt Mountain Festival - VIP Tent - Merritt, BC (The Bullfrogs)

Aug 3 - Otter COOP, Aldergrove, BC 1:00 pm (The Bullfrogs)
Aug 15 - Merritt, BC - private event (The Bullfrogs)
Aug 27 - Crescent Beach Park, BC 6:00 pm (The Bullfrogs)
Sept 8 - Newlands Golf Club, Retired Teacher's Assoc., BC 10:00 am (The Bullfrogs)
Oct 10 - Cranberry Festival - Fort Langley, BC - 11:00 am (The Bullfrogs)
Oct 25 - Aldor Acres - Fort Langley, BC - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm (The Bullfrogs)

Nov 4 - Wednesday Night @ Clements - Surrey, BC - 7:00 pm (Sam, Silas, Tyler & Sheldon)


Feb 17 - Fort Langley Historical Park, BC 3:00 pm (The Bullfrogs)

Aug 2
- Otter COOP, Aldergrove, BC 1:00 pm (The Bullfrogs)

Oct 16 - Elks Hall, White Rock, BC 7:00pm (The Bullfrogs)
Oct 26 - Aldor Acres, Fort Langley, BC 11:00AM (The Bullfrogs)


Jan 19 - Come Home, White Rock, BC 1:00 pm (Hardtimes)
Jan 20 - Ceilidh, Fort Langley, BC 7:00 pm (with friends)

Feb 17 - Ceilidh, Fort Langley, BC 7:00 pm (Stillhouse)

Apr 9 - Elks Hall, White Rock, BC 7:00 pm (Bullfrogs)


June 10 - Relate Church Promo
June 15 - Greenhouse Studios - Recording Session
June 17 - Relate Church Country Fair (Ryder)

July 7 - Historic Stewart Farm Pioneer Days (Ryder)

Aug 5 - Tlel Fair, Queen Charlotte Islands (Ish da Fish)

Sept 29 - Breakout West 2012, Regina /w Award nominee Ish da Fish
Sept 30 - Western Canadian Music Awards, Regina /w Award nominee Ish da Fish


Mar 24 - Farmers Heritage Society, Fort Langley (Lounge Brothers)

Setp 28 - Langley Private Function (Stillhouse)


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Sunday, January 02, 2011

The Bullfrogs

I want to introduce you to the guys I pick with. We are the Bullfrogs, a great bunch of pickers who love to harmonize and make good music.

Here's what others of saying about the band:

You can find us on myspace, http://myspace.com/thebullfrogsband.


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