Reischman and Jaybirds flocking toward Merville

If it’s bluegrass, country and oldtime music that you hanker after, then John Reischman and the Jaybirds are the players for you.

JOHN REISCHMAN and the Jaybirds as well as hot young local fiddler Trent Freeman will be on the Merville Community Hall stage Dec. 4.

JOHN REISCHMAN and the Jaybirds as well as hot young local fiddler Trent Freeman will be on the Merville Community Hall stage Dec. 4.

If it’s bluegrass, country and oldtime 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 Dec. 4 at the Big Yellow Merville Hall.

Celebrating the release of Vintage & Unique, their fifth album, they’ll highlight songs from the new album where once again they have recorded a collection of songs that showcases what they do best. They go back to the roots of bluegrass and oldtime music for their inspiration, and spin these roots into a new sound.

“Vintage & Unique has everything one could ask for in a great bluegrass recording; Exciting new originals, a couple of great traditional numbers, razor-sharp picking, and strong, distinctive singing. And of course any opportunity to hear the best bluegrass mandolin player in the business is just icing on the cake.” — Scott Tichenor, Mandolin Cafe.

On Vintage & Unique, you’ll hear the Jaybirds cover songs and tunes from Bill Monroe, Hobart Smith, and Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard.

The real gems of the album are the band’s originals. While these songs and tunes are clearly informed by the tradition, John Reischman and the Jaybirds have an eclectic creativity that guides their refreshing excursions in acoustic roots music. Throughout, the bluegrass harmonies are spot-on, and each instrumental break crackles with energy.

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 and the often-humorous exchanges as the next song is introduced, and you’ve got a very entertaining experience.

Opening for the Jaybirds will be local fiddle whiz Trent Freeman, a recent graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Trent has toured with bluegrass bands in the southeastern and northwestern United States, and this September did a tour as fiddler with the Wailin’ Jennies.

Trent, based in Vancouver, has been busy recording his latest tunes at Dove Creek Studios and, in the new year, is planning on making the promotional record tour to Toronto, Montreal and New York. So now is your chance to catch this hot young fiddler in your own backyard.

Advance tickets for the Dec. 4 performance in Merville are sold at Long & McQuade, the Music Plant, Bop City or call Craig at 250-339-4249.

For more about the band, see www.thejaybirds.com.

— Merville Community Hall

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Most categories of crime held steady from year to year in Cumberland. File photo
Cumberland crime numbers hold steady year to year

A few categories had notable changes but many were similar to 2019

The colourful Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly has been reintroduced on Hornby Island, BC. Photo courtesy the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Recovery Project.
Checkerspot Butterfly Recovery Project releases more caterpillars on Hornby Island

Chris Junck Special to Black Press The number of Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies… Continue reading

Paper Excellence took over Catalyst Paper operations in B.C. in 2018. (Paper Excellence photo)
The Baynes Sound Connector leaves Denman Island en route to Buckley Bay. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Baynes Sound Connector undergoing upgrades

The MV Quinitsa is providing service between Buckley Bay and Denman Island

B.C. Centre for Disease Control maps showing new COVID-19 cases by local health area for the week of April 4-10. (BCCDC image)
Parksville-Qualicum passes Nanaimo in new COVID-19 cases

Greater Victoria had more new cases than any other Island area: B.C. Centre for Disease Control

Rainbow trouts thrashing with life as they’re about to be transferred to the largest lake of their lives, even though it’s pretty small. These rainbows have a blue tinge because they matched the blue of their hatchery pen, but soon they’ll take on the green-browns of their new home at Lookout Lake. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
VIDEO: B.C. lake stocked with hatchery trout to delight of a seniors fishing club

The Cherish Trout Scouts made plans to come back fishing soon

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

Vancouver Police Const. Deepak Sood is under review by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. after making comments to a harm reduction advocate Sunday, April 11. (Screen grab)
VIDEO: Vancouver officer convicted of uttering threats under watchdog review again

Const. Deepak Sood was recorded Sunday saying ‘I’ll smack you’ and ‘go back to selling drugs’ to a harm reduction advocate

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate persists, 1,005 new cases Friday

Hospitalization up to 425, six more virus-related deaths

Premier John Horgan receives a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. Premier John Horgan gets AstraZeneca shot, encourages others

27% of residents in B.C. have now been vaccinated against COVID-19

The Nautical Dog Cafe at Skaha marina is getting its patio ready in hopes Mother Nature will provide where provincial restrictions have taken away indoor dining. (Facebook)
‘A lot of instability’: B.C. restaurants in layoff limbo

As COVID-19 cases stay high, restaurants in British Columbia are closed to indoor dining

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Expectations high as Trudeau Liberals get ready to unveil first pandemic budget

The Liberals will look to thread an economic needle with Monday’s budget

John Furlong, Own The Podium board chairman and former CEO of the Vancouver Olympics, addresses a Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday November 25, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
John Furlong presents 2030 Winter Games vision to Vancouver Board of Trade

Vancouver and Whistler would remain among host sites because of 2010 sport venues still operational

Most Read