It's less than a month until the biggest annual musical event in the Drumheller Valley returns for the 23rd year.
 
Festival organizer Barb Steeves said they already have most of the anticipated 40 musical acts lined up.
 
"Bluesland Horn Band, Joel Kamps is coming back, the bluegrass band The Spitzee Post Band is coming back, Shadowplay, the Derina Harvey Band, which is a celtic rock band and Mbira Rennaissance Band, which is an African drumming band; they're amazing."
 
While the 2017 artist line-up is still not quite ready for publication, Steeves told 99.5 Drum FM it's been quite the job narrowing things down from the more than 100 individuals and bands that applied.
 
"It's a long slog, but it is really interesting because you get one of these, like, oh my, we've got to have them," she outlined. "Some of it's coming a little slow for the smaller acts, so if we can't fill both small rooms, we'll just fill one."
 
They're also looking for volunteers to help run the festival, everything from taking tickets to food and beverage and security.
 
"It's a great time right now to sign up and pick your job," stated Steeves. "Volunteers will get a small chit for something to eat and also, as long as they work a six hour shift, they will get admission to the festival."
 
The festival funs May 5 to 6 at the East Coulee Museum and at the Community Hall. You can book a volunteer position through the website ecsmuseum.ca.
 
 

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