Grammy winning mandolinist and his stellar bluegrass band
Now booking UK tour dates for April/May 2019
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 has garnered praise from every corner of the music world for his tasteful, classic and versatile technique. After cutting his teeth with legendary West Coast USA groups The Tony Rice Unit and The Good Ol’ Persons, in recent years Reischman has cemented his reputation as a sought after guest instrumentalist, and as the 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. Spokane, Washington-based Greg Spatz is hailed as a “world-class bluegrass fiddler” by Fiddler magazine and his instrumental skills have seen him in great demand on the West Coast for many years. 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.
“The Jaybirds make effortless-sounding music that strikes its own balance of technical virtuosity and emotional honesty.” – Peghead Nation
These accomplished musicians have each contributed to numerous acclaimed recordings and projects over the years, and together their seamless ensemble work makes for one of the freshest, most tasteful band-sounds on the acoustic circuit today. John Reischman and the Jaybirds achieve a stylish, elegant take on bluegrass that is at once innovative and unadorned, happily old-fashioned, yet with a fresh and modern feel. Their entertaining live show features a blend of story-telling and gentle understated humour as a backdrop to impeccably performed original songs, instrumentals and traditional material.