The South Shore Bluegrass Association was formed in 1983 by a group of local musicians who wished to promote bluegrass and old-time music throughout the South Shore region of Nova Scotia. There were 86 members at that first meeting, which was held at Italy Cross Fire Hall on November 20th, 1983.

From our very beginnings as a club, some of the members were dreaming of acquiring a camping park where members could meet, as this traditional type of music is usually enjoyed at outdoor gatherings.

In 1989, the club was incorporated under the Societies Act and the word “music” was added to make the name “South Shore Bluegrass Music Association, which had grown to over 100 members. Festivals were held on private properties throughout Nova Scotia where fans camped and listened to our member musicians and invited guests. Money was raised and set aside for the day it would be possible to have our own park.  In this, our 35th year, we have a cap of 250 members plus our “Lifetime Members”. Most weekends from May to October, you can find lots of members coming together for music, games, fun, food and fellowship.

We hold “Open Jams” on Friday evenings during the summer and have great support from the public as well as our members. Once monthly we hold a Variety Show, where the talents of our guests and member groups offer a wonderful evening of great entertainment.

During the year, we proudly support organizations such as the:

IWK Health Centre, the Salvation
Army and the Health Services of the South Shore.
The current membership of the
South Shore Bluegrass Music Association
takes pride in maintaining and building on the
foresight and achievements of the members since 1983.


South Shore Bluegrass Music Association president Dianne Tipert was joined by the Municipality of Lunenburg's Mayor Don Downe to cut the cake celebrating the club's 30th anniversary.

On July 20, members and invited guests of the South Shore Bluegrass Music Association (SSBMA) gathered at the SSBMA Park in New Canada to celebrate 30 years of great music, great fellowship and great memories.

Morning, noon or night, music and laughter can be heard coming from all over the camping park or from around the fire pit. Many members also enjoy inside activities and fellowship.

Mayor Don Downe brought greetings from the municipality and spoke of his memories of the early days when the land lease was established.

A number of the original members were present for the celebration. Current members take pride in maintaining and building on what the founders began 30 years ago.

One of the members, Greg Nickerson, wrote a song for the occasion and delighted the audience as he performed it during the afternoon.

The purpose and objective of the club is to support and promote bluegrass, country and old-time country music. Once a month a variety show is held at the park at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evenings. These shows as well as the acoustic jams held every Friday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. are open to the public. The hall is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.

The club has a website at and a Facebook page at South Shore Bluegrass Music Association where you can get further information.


Article Content Courtasy of South Shore Now