Grammy winning mandolinist and his stellar bluegrass band
Now booking UK tour dates for May 2019
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We’re delighted to welcome John Reischman and The Jaybirds to the True North Music roster. Grammy winner and bandleader John Reischman is a mandolinist of the highest calibre. Hugely influential among acoustic musicians on both sides of the Atlantic and celebrated as the master of taste and tone, Reischman cut his teeth with legendary West Coast groups The Tony Rice Unit and The Good Ol’ Persons. In recent years he has cemented his reputation as a sought after guest instrumentalist and leader of this stellar bluegrass and old time Americana band. With members based across the Pacific Northwest, John Reischman and The Jaybirds have been performing and recording together for over twenty years, and have numerous tours, five critically acclaimed albums, two Juno nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations to their name.
“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
Trisha Gagnon from British Columbia has been described by Sing Out! Magazine as “one of the most versatile and irresistible” lead vocalists in bluegrass, and also anchors some gorgeous three-part vocal harmonies. Also hailing from BC, Nick Hornbuckle is an accomplished banjoist and composer whose solo album was nominated for a 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award. LA-based guitarist Patrick Sauber joined the Jaybirds in 2017. He has performed with Doc Watson, Peter Rowan and Tim O’Brien among many other luminaries and played on the 2016 Grammy-nominated album The Hazel and Alice Sessions by Laurie Lewis. Standing in for regular Jaybirds fiddle player Greg Spatz on this UK tour, acclaimed bluegrass fiddler Annie Staninec frequently performs with the Jaybirds and has worked with many top artists from Mary Gauthier to Molly Tuttle. These accomplished musicians have each contributed to numerous acclaimed recordings and projects over the years, and together their seamless ensemble work makes for a stylish, elegant take on bluegrass that is at once happily old-fashioned, yet with a fresh and modern feel. The Jaybirds’ entertaining live show features their trademark understated humour as a backdrop to impeccably performed original songs, instrumentals and traditional material.