Friday August 5th

Adam MakBain

Adam MakBain’s songs come from a place of sincerity, passion, and truth.His entry into music came after hearing Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for the first time. The early 90s alternative rock scene was a powder keg that ignited and connected with him like no other. After writing his first song in 1995, Adam MakBain, the musician, the songwriter, was born. Since those early days he’s always been pushing to get to the next level. To write songs that resonate with people the same way that one song did for him. To give the listener a sense of adequacy, comfort and maybe even purpose.
Having that 90’s punk rock, DIY ethos, Adam is no stranger to finding a way to get things done. Since 2004 he has operated his own promotion label ‘Strutless Music’, releasing countless songs independently from different projects. His range as a performer reaches from his intimate acoustic performances, to a full-on passionate, rock show experience.
Adam MakBain’s music is heartfelt and honest. It speaks to you, saying all the things you never knew how to say.

Leah & Kyle

Leah and Kyle are a husband and wife duo with powerful vocals, playing an assortment of originals and covers from many different genres and decades. See them perform on Friday, August 5th @ 4pm!

Big Fish

BIG FISH will be back on the Pictou County Ribfest stage on Friday, August 5th from 6-9pm.

This lively quintet, noted for their strong harmonies and expansive set list of all your favorites, has been performing their unique show for twenty five yearsthroughout the Maritimes and central Canada. Audiences of all ages have been fascinated by the creativity, powerful voices and showmanship of this talented group of performers as they bring together songs from the 50’s to the present and covers everything from Broadway musicals to Maritime music. This group loves to sing and have fun and it shows!

Sarah Letcher: Lead and backing vocals, Keyboard, tin whistle and percussion

Peter Janes: Lead and backing vocals, bass and trumpet

Andy Gallant: Lead and backing vocals, trumpet and drums

Brad Davidge: Lead and backing vocals, Lead Guitar

Dale Letcher: Lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar, Key Board and harmonica

DJ Foxy – Gene Mills

Get ready for that beat to drop on Friday, August 5th at 9pm!DJ Foxy is bringing us a classic “Saturday Night House Party”, BUT ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT PCRF!!!Foxy Entertainment will be spinning your favourites and keeping the dance party rolling to close out the stage on our first full day of Pictou County Ribfest!

Saturday August 6th

Pat Spaulding

Pat Spaulding is a crowd pleasing, proud Nova Scotian, equipped with acoustic stylings and a passion for classic covers. Catch him perform on Saturday, August 6th @ 2pm!!

Pat Walsh

Pat Walsh performs your favorite hits, B-sides, and even deep cuts that will take you on a nostalgic trip from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. With his own twist on the songs and a unique voice, Pat presents an original spin on a one-man acoustic gig and showcases his own song-writing to those listening for originality. 

Dustin Jefferson and Jamie MacFarlane

Hailing from Pictou county, Dustin Jefferson and Jamie MacFarlane have been rockin’ together for the past 20 years. With a passion for 70s and 80s rock and pop, this Acoustic Electric duo presents unique takes on classic songs you love and some you may not have heard in a while.


Trilogy consists of three Pictou County musicians that have combined their unique styles into one harmonious sound.  Powerhouse Steven Auld shares vocals with Niki Veniot, while multi-instrumentalist Michelle Tracey is a force to be reckoned with.

Neon Soul Machine

Neon Soul Machine (NSM) is a 10-piece party band based in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, with a setlist inspired by everything that grooves, from Motown hits of decades past to funk-inspired renditions of modern-day pop tunes. Founded by frontwoman Robyn Alcorn-Martin in 2018, this band features some of the most in-demand performers in the Pictou County area.

Despite an unplanned and lengthy hiatus brought on by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, this powerhouse of a band has returned to the stage in full force, and stronger and tighter than ever. Neon Soul Machine takes the concept of the cover band to the next level, exploring the richness and authenticity of the collection of songs they carefully curate through a roster of musicians that includes no fewer than five singers, a four-piece horn section, and a world-class backing band.

Sunday August 7th

Cory Mercer

Cory Mercer is a full time working musician and songwriter living in Trenton, NS.
He performs as a live looping solo acoustic act at venues around the province. 
Prior to Covid-19, Cory was playing 200+ shows a year with solo work, and as a member of bands PARDI GRAS and Three Legged Horse.
When the venues closed down he moved to Northern Ontario with his girlfriend before moving to Trenton last year. 
In that time he has had performance opportunities at Music Mountain, Bainfest and Tatafest along with many great smaller venues. 
He hosts the Open Mic at The Spot in New Glasgow every Thursday. 
His EP, “Five One Nine” is available on all streaming sites and at corymercer.com
Cory Mercer Music on Facebook @thecorymercerreport on Instagram

The Kitchen Criminals

The Kitchen Criminals are a 3 piece string slingin’ band featuring Hayley MacLeod (fiddle), Sandra DeCoste (bodhrán drum, tin whistle and back up vocal) and Ashley George (acoustic guitar and lead vocal).