John Reischman and The Jaybirds


GrassRoots Regina presents West Coast based bluegrass virtuosos John Reischman and The Jaybirds in concert.

Saturday, September 27, 2008
The Exchange, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina
Opening set by Regina’s own Ray Bell.
Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets $15 advance or $20 at the door.
Tickets available at Bach & Beyond, X-Ray Records and Cobb Swanson Music.

As one of the world’s top-ranked mandolin players and composers, Reischman is renowned for his exquisite taste, tone and impeccable musicianship. The seamless ensemble work with his band The Jaybirds makes for one of the freshest, most tasteful band-sounds on the folk and bluegrass circuit today.

John Reischman was born in Ukiah, California in 1955 and began performing in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1970s. He was an original member of the legendary Tony Rice Unit in the early 1980s and went on to cement his reputation by working with the Bay Area’s eclectic Good Ol’ Persons before moving to Vancouver in the early 1990s to pursue a solo career. John went on to record two outstanding solo albums before forming The Jaybirds in 2001. With a unique traditional sound, the mandolin master and his band are known for powerful original songs and instrumentals, soaring vocals, and refreshing interpretations of songs from the old-time repertoire presented with their own bluegrass twist. They have released four albums: a self titled debut album in 2001, the Juno-nominated 2004 release Field Guide, The Road West in 2005, and their latest release Stellar Jays that garnered a second Juno nomination in 2007.

The Jaybirds are Jim Nunally from San Francisco on guitar and vocals, Chilliwack’s Trisha Gagnon on bass and vocals, Seattle’s Nick Hornbuckle on banjo, and Spokane’s Greg Spatz on fiddle. With years of European and North American tours, four critically acclaimed albums, two Juno nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, it is little wonder that the buzz around John Reischman and The Jaybirds continues to grow. Their live shows are a genial blend of storytelling and sideshow humour, providing the backdrop to original songs, instrumentals and newly arranged traditional material.

“Bluegrass master...Reischman’s lightning-fast hands were a miracle to behold.” - The Vancouver Sun

“One of the most tasteful and accomplished mandolinists anywhere.” - Acoustic Musician

“A thoroughly professional ensemble with a rare ability to produce music that is simultaneously traditional and contemporary...The Jaybirds are a band that continues to hit on all the cylinders.” - SingOut!

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Ray Bell is a Regina-based singer-songwriter, guitarist extraordinaire, producer and composer who has toured extensively, both nationally and internationally, performing at folk and bluegrass festivals. He is a studio musician who has performed on many albums and is in demand as a guitar instructor at music camps throughout western Canada. He is a founding member of Music in The House, a Regina music school.