Sunday 23 November: THE BRIAN PICKELL BAND
7pm, $20 / $18 for Tranzac Members
Brian Pickell has been playing and composing traditional music for over 25 years. His compositions have been played and recorded around the world, by Tony McManus, arguably the greatest guitarist in Celtic music (Scotland), Liz Doherty (Ireland), The Halali Fiddle Band (USA), and numerous others. Pickell’s style combines the contemporary and the traditional; it’s fresh, yet friendly to old-time and traditional music genres. The material ranges from driving and raucous, to warm and lyrical.
Brian, playing guitar, mandolin and banjo, is joined with the talents of Shane Cook, three-time Canadian Grand Masters fiddle champion; revered multi-instrumentalist James Stephens on fiddle, mandolin, bass, and viola; and Pat O’Gorman, an admired mainstay of the Canadian music scene, on flute, whistles, and pipes. Julie Schryer is widely considered to be one of the finest piano accompanists in Canada. Together, they are a musical force of nature.
Although all the players possess impressive individual skills, this effort is very much about the great joy of playing together.