The Dead South's Eliza Doyle celebrates Ness Creek festival roots
Banjo player who grew up attending the Ness Creek Music Festival with her parents now plays its main stage
Eliza Doyle grew up going to the Ness Creek Music Festival and has graced its stage countless times across a variety of bands and solo shows.
Now, however, the banjo player is one of the main acts with her Juno Award-winning band The Dead South.
Her first band to play at Ness Creek was the Cracker Cats and she's also played with the Heartstrings and the Hard Ramblers, among others.
"I've played it a lot, but never in a band with this much national, international recognition," Doyle told The Afternoon Edition.
The Dead South will be touring Germany and Denmark later this summer, Canada and the U.S. in the fall, and the United Kingdom next spring.
Doyle said she was excited they could fit Ness Creek in.
"When you're on the road all the time, you always think about your home and your family and your community, so when I found out we had the opportunity to play at this festival, it was really special to kind of bring it back around."
The Ness Creek Music festival kicked off Thursday at the Ness Creek Site, 20 kilometres northeast of Big River on land bordering the west side of Prince Albert National Park.
The annual festival has been running for nearly 30 years and features daytime activities in addition to music acts.
"It's basically a big family camping outing with amazing music in the forest and so many things to do during the day," Doyle said. "It's a really amazing community."
One of Doyle's favourite acts is Crooked Creek, a bluegrass folk band that formed in the 1970s and opens the festival every year.
"Thursday, main stage, 8 p.m., you always know you're going to see Crooked Creek," Doyle said. "You know when that band hits the stage, it's game on."
With files from The Afternoon Edition