Concession 23 is an award-winning bluegrass band from the Ottawa Valley, founded on October 23, 2003. The name reflects the democratic nature of the band; while bluegrass bands have traditionally been autocratic in structure, Concession 23 is a group of equals. Collectively, there are 23 strings in the band, and we work together, conceding to one another as we strive to create a sound that is greater than the sum of its parts.
The band’s strength is derived from its musical teamwork, its energetic playing style, and the relaxed relationship we establish with our audiences.
In 2006 Concession 23 was named Most Promising Band of the Year at the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards, held in the beautiful Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville, Ontario. Since then, we’ve been nominated in nearly every award category, including Recording of the Year; Band of the Year; and Vocal Group of the Year. We have three, full-length recordings that have garnered enthusiastic attention from bluegrass audiences and from our peers.
Concession 23 is Jonathan Ferrabee (bass and vocals); Kevin Golka (mandolin and vocals); Sherry Philp (banjo and vocals): and Nick Strachan (guitar and vocals)