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Event Archive - 10th Annual Bluegrass Christmas with John Reischman and the Jaybirds:

Sat. December 1st 2018 - Sat. December 1st 2018 Cordova Bay United (All Ages)
8:00 pm doors at 7:30 pm
$25 ($30 at the door)
Tickets at: Ivy's Book Shop 2188 Oak Bay Ave. , Long & McQuade - Victoria
John Reischman and the Jaybirds - A Bluegrass Christmas
10th annual Bluegrass Christmas with John Reischman and the Jaybirds in support of Our Place Society

Featuring Annie Staninec, fiddle

Like the powerful mandolinist and composer at its helm, John Reischman and the Jaybirds fashion a stylish take on bluegrass that seamlessly blends original songs and instrumentals with Appalachian old-time music for a truly unique band sound. Now in their 20th year, 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.

Bluegrass Unlimited calls John Reischman one of the worlds 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.

Joining the Jaybirds for their 10th annual Christmas show is fiddle player Annie Staninec, who has performed with Rod Stewart, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis and many more.

$5 from every ticket sold goes to Our Place Society, which supports Greater Victorias 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 Sooke River Bluegrass Festival and Victoria Bluegrass Association.


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