John Reischman and the Jaybirds
“Melding hard-won bluegrass chops, great songwriting, superb ensemble playing and a tight-knit sound many bands never achieve, John Reischman and the Jaybirds have forged a unique and utterly engaging style” –Bluegrass Unlimited
Grammy winner and bandleader John Reischman is a mandolinist of the highest calibre. Hugely influential among acoustic musicians on both sides of the Atlantic, and celebrated as the master of taste and tone, Reischman has garnered praise from every corner of the music world for his tasteful, classic and versatile technique. After cutting his teeth with legendary West Coast USA groups The Tony Rice Unit and The Good Ol’ Persons, in recent years Reischman has cemented his reputation as a sought after guest instrumentalist, and as the leader of this stellar bluegrass and folk band. This is their first UK tour in many years and is a rare opportunity to see the Jaybirds on this side of the Atlantic. With members based across the Pacific Northwest, John Reischman and The Jaybirds have been performing and recording together for almost twenty years, and have numerous tours, five critically acclaimed albums, two Juno nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations to their name.
These accomplished musicians have each contributed to numerous acclaimed recordings and projects over the years, and together their seamless ensemble work makes for a stylish, elegant take on bluegrass that is at once happily old-fashioned, yet with a fresh and modern feel. Their entertaining live show features a blend of story-telling and gentle understated humour as a backdrop to impeccably performed original songs, instrumentals and traditional material.
Tickets: £11 each
Date: Sunday 5 May 2019
Doors open: 7.30pm | Music starts: 8pm
Location: The Traverse Bar, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh