Taliesin Live - John Reischman and the Jaybirds
John Reischman and the Jaybirds
Grammy winner John Reischman is one of the most respected mandolinists in North America - a sought after instrumentalist and bandleader as well as performing with legendary bluegrass groups The Tony Rice Unit and The Good Ol’ Persons.
Reischman is joined by accomplished banjoist Nick Hornbuckle and honey-voiced Trisha Gagnon on double bass. Talented LA-based guitarist Patrick Sauber and acclaimed guest fiddle player Annie Staninec (standing in for regular band member Greg Spatz) complete the quintet.
Performing and recording together for almost twenty years, John Reischman and the Jaybirds enjoy seven critically acclaimed albums, two Juno nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations.
John Reischman and the Jaybirds achieve an elegant take on bluegrass that is at once happily old-fashioned, yet with a fresh contemporary feel. Their understated humour complements impeccably performed original songs, instrumentals and traditional material.
"If you want solid, no-nonsense bluegrass music these days, you won’t go wrong with any release by John Reischman and The Jaybirds." – The Green Man Review
“Melding hard-won bluegrass chops, great songwriting, superb ensemble playing and a tight-knit sound many bands never achieve, John Reischman and the Jaybirds have forged a unique and utterly engaging style.” – Bluegrass Unlimited
"On That Other Green Shore showcases an accomplished, experienced band at the peak of their powers, with musicianship of the very highest order." – Folk Radio U.K.
Thursday 9 Mai 7.30pm
Prices and Times:
Thu 9th May
|Full price:||£ 14|
|Under 18's:||£ 12|
|Full time students:||£ 12|
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Bluegrass Unlimited calls John Reischman “one of the world’s undisputed masters” of the mandolin, famed for outstanding tone and taste. Many of his dozens of original instrumentals have become popular favourites for sessions and covers, such as the jam standard Saltspring. He has three critically-acclaimed solo instrumental albums and has recorded on many other projects, including the Grammy-winning True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe. John also plays Latin-based jazz and choro music with highly regarded finger-style acoustic guitarist/composer John Miller; the duo has released three superb albums.
John began his career in the San Francisco Bay area in the early ’80s with the eclectic Good Ol’ Persons bluegrass band. He was an original member of the legendary “new acoustic” quartet, the jazz-influenced Tony Rice Unit, renowned for highly skilled instrumentals. John moved to Vancouver in the early ’90s and in 1999 formed the Jaybirds. Of their latest album, Folk Radio UK said “On That Other Green Shore showcases an accomplished, experienced band at the peak of their powers, with musicianship of the very highest order.” Peghead Nation called it “one of the most beguiling bluegrass-rooted recordings of 2017.”
Los Angeles, CA-based guitarist Patrick Sauber joined the Jaybirds in 2017. The veteran performer has played with, among others, Doc Watson, Richard Greene, John Jorgensen, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien and John Fogerty. He played on the 2016 Grammy-nominated album The Hazel and Alice Sessions by Laurie Lewis, and appeared in the film A Mighty Wind with Christopher Guest. Bluegrass Unlimited describes Patrick’s playing on John’s tune Daylighting the Creek as “a glorious flatpicking solo that hews back to the glory days of early bluegrass guitar.”
Chilliwack, BC-based 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.” Trisha anchors what Dirty Linen magazine calls “gorgeous three-part harmonies.” 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.
Nanaimo, BC-based 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, and Nick is a composer who also digs for rare old-time gems. His sprightly instrumental Wellesley Station on the new Jaybird album “showcases Nick’s sharp picking and sense of melody,” said Green Man Review.
Spokane, WA-based Greg Spatz is hailed as a “world-class bluegrass fiddler” by Fiddler Magazine. Audiophile Audition says Greg’s “virtuosic playing is flawlessly delivered time after time,” while Bluegrass Unlimited says he “lays down some seriously fine bluegrass fiddle” on the latest Jaybirds release. His strong chops have made him a popular fixture down through the years on the West Coast, where he’s played with iconic mandolinist Frank Wakefield, resophonic guitar master Rob Ickes, and many others including Laurie Lewis, Bryan Bowers, and Eli West and Cahalen Morrison. Greg also plays and records with Mighty Squirrel, has a solo album called Fiddler’s Dream and a duo recording with his wife called All Along the Sea, and is an award-winning novelist.