With our signature Big Top Square Dance on Saturday night, we like to get folks in the mood with old-time music throughout the day. Adam Iredale-Gray (fiddle), Frank Evans (banjo) and Robert Alan Mackie (bass) are sure to bring out your inner Appalachian!
Fiddle player Adam Iredale-Gray is a 2019 Juno nominee for his work with The Aerialists (Instrumental Album of the Year). The group was also nominated for a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award for Artist of the Year. An alumnus of the esteemed Berkelee College of Music in Boston, he is also a founding member of the critically acclaimed Canadian indie-folk band Fish & Bird. Adam draws his influences from the formative Irish sessions of his youth in Victoria, as well as contemporary folk, jazz and pop influences such as Oliver Schroer, Brad Mehldau, and Bon Iver. His tunes have become part of the standard repertoire in Western Canadian fiddle circles.
Unlike others in his family of classical musicians, Frank Evans took an unlikely path into the heart of Appalachian music, picking up clawhammer banjo at age 10. In 2011 he placed second in the banjo competition at the highly respected Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival and has studied jazz banjo at the Humber College of Music. Frank is a member of the acclaimed Slocan Ramblers bluegrass band and is an in-demand studio musician in Toronto.
Robert Alan Mackie
Bred of the ashes of bebop on Prince Edward Island by way of rural Ontarian fighter pilots and farmers, upright bassist Robert Alan Mackie has spent the last six years gathering sounds and otherwise from Quebecois jazz improvisers, Torontonian songwriting circles, and Swedish fiddle camps. These influences brought forth a multitude of musical pursuits, including the 2013 Grand Prize in Jazz en Rafale’s Concours de la Releve.
In addition to performing with Quinn Bachand and Brishen, Alan is honoured to count The Robert Flood Octet, Harebrain, Christine Jensen, Chet Doxas, Jaron Freeman-Fox, Sara Jane Scouten, The Bombadils and Coco Love Alcorn as collaborators and compatriots on record or in performance.