Friday, April 6, 2018
Doors: 7:00 PM; Music: 7:30 PM
Advance tickets: $15 (Will Call Only)
Tickets also available at Forde Nursery and Alumni Club
Day of Show: $20 at door
After years of North American and European tours, five critically acclaimed albums, two Juno nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, John Reischman and The Jaybirds continues to grow. The group fashions a stylish, elegant take on bluegrass that is at once innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned, yet unselfconsciously new.
The Jaybirds feature some of the finest acoustic musicians on the road west, led by veteran performer John Reischman. A world-renowned mandolinist and composer, John began his career in the San Francisco Bay area in the early ’80s with the Good Ol’ Persons bluegrass band and the legendary instrumental new acoustic quartet the Tony Rice Unit.
John moved to Vancouver in the early ’90s and formed the Jaybirds, delivering their own trademark blend of original songs and instrumentals, reimagined tunes from the old-time vaults, and bluegrass power. John has also released three critically-acclaimed solo instrumental albums, and recorded on dozens of other projects, including the Grammy-winning True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe.
Vocalist and bassist Trisha Gagnon is portrayed by Sing Out! as “one of the most versatile” and “irresistible” lead vocalists in bluegrass, her strong and distinctive style ranging from “mournful and plaintive” to “hopeful and yearning.” She’s also known for songwriting, dating back to her early days with the award-winning B.C. bluegrass band Tumbleweed. Her solo album includes guests Vince Gill and Peter Rowan.
Nick Hornbuckle has developed his own voice on the five-string banjo – a two-finger roll unlike other contemporary banjo players. “Nick Hornbuckle’s banjo can be downright spine-tingling,” said the L.A Daily News. His solo album 12×2 (+/-1), was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2015.
Greg Spatz is hailed as a “world-class bluegrass fiddler” by Fiddler magazine. Audiophile Audition says Fiddlin’ Greg’s “virtuosic playing is flawlessly delivered time after time.” Greg also tours and records with Mighty Squirrel and has a solo album called Fiddler’s Dream.
Newest member Patrick Sauber on guitar and vocals will be joining the band for this show. A soaring harmony singer and firecracker lead guitarist, he’s featured on the 2016 Grammy-nominated album The Hazel and Alice Sessions by Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands. Patrick has played and recorded with such stellar names as rock legend John Fogerty and multi-instrumentalist John Jorgensen.
Together, their seamless ensemble work makes for one of the freshest, most tasteful band-sounds on the folk and bluegrass circuit today.