Local musicians Jim Chisholm and Brian Shaw playing by the ocean south of Campbell River.

Haig-Brown Festival to again feature local musicians

Chisholm and Shaw to entertain public at this weekend's event

The Haig-Brown festival has featured local musicians each year since its inception, and this year the music lineup has again been a focus of organizers.

The relaxed atmosphere makes for the perfect venue to enjoy some tunes while exploring the other displays at this free event.

Jim Chisholm, this year’s music co-ordinator, has been entertaining audiences in Campbell River for 24 years. At first he came here playing with a rock band called Tight Squeeze, then he moved to Campbell River in 2002 and his musical repertoire became much more diverse. From American songbook to jazz, flamenco, and Celtic music, Chisholm has developed an extensive repertoire to accommodate his diverse audiences. He has studied music therapy and now uses that knowledge to work with seniors. He frequently plays at festivals and other community-oriented venues, and has taught music classes for children. Most recently, he has been spending less time with his guitar and more time playing his ukulele.

Two special guests will be joining Chisholm on stage: Brian Shaw on the bagpipes and Blaine Dunaway on the violin. Together they will be playing classical jazz, folk rock and some other exciting instrumental music.

This is Chisholm’s second year playing at the Haig-Brown festival.

“I love the atmosphere and the peaceful environment,” he says when asked how he felt about returning this year.

Now in its 14th year, the Haig-Brown Festival will take place on Sunday, Sept. 13, from noon to 4 p.m. in honour of the Haig-Brown family legacy. The festival takes place on the banks of the Campbell River at the Haig-Brown Heritage House. Activities are planned for all ages and everyone is welcome.