John Reischman and the Jaybirds will get the Big Yellow Merville Hall a-hoppin’ on Dec. 4

Jaybirds weave tradition and high energy

John Reischman & the Jaybirds  at the Merville HallLadies and gentlemen, if it’s bluegrass, country and old time music that you hanker after, then John Reischman and the Jaybirds are the players for you.

A top-flight band delivering a truly fresh blend of original songs and instrumentals, old-time heritage, and bluegrass power, these musicians will be on fire for your toasty enjoyment on Friday, Dec. 4, at the Big Yellow Merville Hall in sunny, downtown Merville. Reischman is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation.  He’s a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of traditional old-time tunes, deconstructions from the bluegrass repertoire, and compelling original tunes, many of which have become standards.

He’s also a powerful bandleader, touring his band the Jaybirds all over Canada and the United States.   Throughout their show, the bluegrass harmonies are spot-on, and each instrumental break crackles with energy. The Jaybirds cover songs and tunes from Bill Monroe to Hobart Smith, and also play their original, high energy compositions.  The five piece Jaybirds consists of blazingly fast fiddler Greg Spatz; bassist, vocalist and song writer Trisha Gagnon; solid and original banjo player Nick Hornbuckle; and guitarist Jim Nunally, one of the top acoustic roots guitarists in the business.

Their live show at the Merville Hall will feature their studied performance of original songs, instrumentals, and newly arranged traditional material.   Add to that the fun of watching the Jaybirds skillfully weave around one microphone, bluegrass style, and the often humorous exchanges as the next song is introduced, and you’ve got a very entertaining experience.  As a special treat, a local band of bluegrass pickers will open the show and get your feet a tappin’. So come on down to the Big Yellow Merville Hall on Friday, Dec. 4 for the Jaybirds Early Christmas Present.  You’re sure to discover some new bluegrass gems and hear some old favourite tunes. And hey, it’s December, you might even hear a few holiday tunes Jaybirds style.

When: Doors-7 p.m.; Concert-7:30 p.m.

Where:  Merville Hall, Merville.

Cost:  $20/ $10 youth; Long & McQuade, Blue Heron, Music Plant.

www.thejaybirds.com

 

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