John Reischman (middle) and the Jaybirds play the Merville Hall Friday.

Jaybirds flock to Merville Hall

Friday, Dec. 4, Doors open at 7 p.m., concert starts at 7:30.

Craig Freeman

Submitted to The Record

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 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 fiddler Greg Spatz; bassist, vocalist and song writer Trisha Gagnon; banjo player Nick Hornbuckle; and guitarist Jim Nunally.

Their live show at the Merville Hall will feature original songs, instrumentals, and newly arranged traditional material.

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. Doors open at 7 p.m., concert starts at 7:30.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for youth, available at Long & McQuade, Blue Heron, Music Plant. For more info, call Craig, 250-339-4249.

 

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