Jim Bossert                                   Christine Potter                 Dan Potter                                   Barry Garvin                                       

Who we are!

    Founded in 2006, CR5 Bluegrass, formerly CountyRoad 5 BluegrassBand, has become a fan favorite at many musical venues throughout Eastern Ontario. Over the years, we have shared the stage with many of the top musical acts. We have performed at many of Ontario’s finest music festivals and venues including The Brockville Arts Center, The Joshua Bates Center, Athens Steam Fair, Lombardy Fair, Middle Road Church Concert Series, Quinte Isles Bluegrass Celebration, Galop Canal Bluegrass Festival, The South Grenville Bluegrass Festival, The Flinton Community Jamboree, Palmer Rapids Twin Music Festival, The Valley Bluegrass Festival in Renfrew, The Tottenham Bluegrass Festival, Minden Hills Bluegrass Festival and the Holy Trinity Concert Series in Lakefield Quebec to name but a few.

   In addition to performing, CR5 Bluegrass founded and hosts the Jonas Street Music Festival, which has become an integral part of the Lyndhurst Turkey Fair. This event occurs every year on the third Saturday in September in the village of Lyndhurst Ontario.2018 will mark the 8th edition of the music festival! Check out our "JSMF" tab for details.

In 2016, we announced that we had founded and would be hosting the first ever Eastern Ontario Bluegrass Festival which took place over the Victoria Day long weekend in May at the Lombardy Fairground featuring Eastern Ontario's premier bluegrass bands! In 2017 we returned for "a Sesquicentennial Celebration!".  Plans are currently underway for 2018. For further details and updates, go to our "EOBF" tab or to www.eobluegrass.com.

"Let us play for you!"

Divergent musical tastes varying from blues to jazz to country to rock & roll, as well as traditional bluegrass, can be heard in the unique "bluegrassified" sound that this group brings to all of its performances. The current group consists of founding members Dan Potter and Barry Garvin, Christine Smith, and Jim Bossert. While primarily focusing on bluegrass music, CR5 Bluegrass are known to add some old country, folk, pop, old time, gospel and original material to their concerts– all with a contemporary “bluegrassified” twist. Anything goes with this talented ensemble! The current group consists of:

 Barry Garvin - guitar

 Barry is one of the founding members of our group. He is an experienced player who plays exceptional lead breaks and has great rhythm. His rock, jazz, blues and folk influenced style of playing define our "sound"! Barry hails all the way from Maitland Ontario.

 Dan Potter - mandolin, guitar, lead and harmony vocals  

 Dan is the other remaining founding member of CR5 Bluegrass. He does the bulk of the vocal work for our group and writes the majority of our original material. Dan lives in Lyndhurst with his wife Christine and their dog Coda!

Christine Potter - banjo, lead and harmony vocals    

 Christine's intuitive style of picking has garnered attention everywhere we play. Her vocals are also an essential piece of our over all "sound"! Christine is originally from Gananoque and is the daughter of area banjo legend, Buddy Clark!

  Jim Bossert - upright bass fiddle  

 From Ottawa, Jim is the newest member of our group. We are excited to have him join us to hold down the "bottom end" of our ensemble. You may have seen Jim in any one of a number of groups from the area, groups ranging from bluegrass to roots to blues to tango. That's right folks, tango! He is a great addition to the musical melting pot that is CR5 Bluegrass!

  Contact us @ countyroad5.cr5@gmail.com or by telephone @ 613-928-2762

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