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

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.