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John Reischman and the Jaybirds - A Bluegrass Christmas
Cordova Bay United Church
Victoria, BC
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John Reischman and the Jaybirds - A Bluegrass Christmas
11th annual Bluegrass Christmas with John Reischman and the Jaybirds in support of Our Place Society

In a marketplace flooded with holiday music, John Reischman and The Jaybirds offer something unique - an exploration of the roots of bluegrass and the sounds of old-time Appalachia in a seasonal concert that has been described as "a lovely romp through the snowy backwoods of American roots music".

Led by Vancouver's Grammy-winning mandolinist John Reischman, the band's holiday concert - their 11th annual in Victoria - includes music from the band's 2014 release On A Winters Night as well as new material from an upcoming album. Included are old carols, ballads, Bill Monroe-style gospel quartets and rollicking instrumentals such as the fiddle-banjo driven Breaking Up Christmas, which refers to an old Appalachian tradition of post-Christmas celebrations lasting into the New Year.

These beautiful and evocative old songs are interpreted through the Jaybirds' stylish take on bluegrass that seamlessly blends original songs and instrumentals with Appalachian old-time music for a truly unique sound. With seven acclaimed albums and two Juno nominations, the Jaybirds are simultaneously innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned and 21st-century contemporary.

Joining the band is special guest Trent Freeman, a Juno Award-winning fiddle player with The Fretless, who will bring an added dimension to the evening alongside The Jaybirds acclaimed fiddler, Gregory Spatz.

Bluegrass Unlimited calls John Reischman one of the world's undisputed masters of the mandolin, famed for outstanding tone and taste. Many of his dozens of original instrumentals have become popular favourites for sessions and covers, such as the jam standard Saltspring.

He has three critically-acclaimed solo instrumental albums and has recorded on many other projects, including the Grammy-winning True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe. John also plays Latin-based jazz and choro music with highly regarded finger-style acoustic guitarist/composer John Miller; the duo has released three superb albums.

John began his career in the San Francisco Bay area in the early 80s with the eclectic Good Ol' Persons bluegrass band. He was an original member of the legendary new acoustic quartet, the jazz-influenced Tony Rice Unit, renowned for highly skilled instrumentals. John moved to Vancouver in the early 90s and in 1999 formed the Jaybirds. Of their latest album, Folk Radio UK said On That Other Green Shore showcases an accomplished, experienced band at the peak of their powers, with musicianship of the very highest order. Peghead Nation called it one of the most beguiling bluegrass-rooted recordings of 2017.

$5 from every ticket goes to Our Place Society, which supports Greater Victoria's most vulnerable communities including the working poor, impoverished elderly, mentally and physically challenged, the addicted and the homeless.

This show is a co-production of Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival and the Victoria Bluegrass Association


Cordova Bay United Church (View)
813 Claremont Ave
Victoria, BC V8Y 1J9


Music > Americana
Music > Bluegrass
Music > Country
Music > Folk

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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