The Western Flyers are one of the most exciting new bands to glide onto the music scene in years. Their music is a distinctive cross section of the Great American Songbook: authentic Western swing, hot jazz and swing standards, cowboy songs and electrifying old-time fiddle tunes. Internationally renowned guitar master Joey McKenzie drives the train with his powerful rhythm, while reigning National Swing Fiddle champion Katie Glassman and world-class upright bassist Gavin Kelso add fuel to the fire. A blending of tradition and innovation, The Western Flyers are a singular musical experience; a fresh take on a venerable American art form performed by three virtuosos of the genre.
A Valley and personal favorite, Alasdair and Natalie play fiddle and cello that makes you forget about everything else. Soulful Scottish tunes and beyond that fill the chapel with heavenly sound sprinkled liberally with more fiery sparks from elsewhere.
I'm not particularly drawn to the accordion, that is, I didn't used to be until I heard what Ivan did with it. Ivan and Entcho brought the house down three years ago. Yikes! And Entcho matched the accordion with his virtuostic violin (he played the fiddler in the broadway production of the same name!). What a pair! You have to hear this to believe it.
Vocalist and songwriter Dara Tucker is establishing herself as one of the premiere voices in jazz and beyond. From winning the silver medal in the Ben Tucker Jazz Award to the prestigious “American Traditions Competition” (2017), Tucker is making her mark with a blend of soul, Americana, Gospel and jazz that is uniquely her own.
Classically trained and widely regarded as Stéphane Grappelli’s heir, regularly on tour with the fiery European gypsy guitarists, Kliphuis is a highly personal and inspiring performer, composer and educator. He has shared the stage with legends Frankie Gavin, Richard Galliano and Les Paul and has been lauded for his musical genius by Nigel Kennedy. He was awarded the Scottish Jazz Award (International), has collaborated with the Richard Strauss Festival and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and is the curator of the Fifty Fiddles Festival, in Rotterdam’s De Doelen concert hall. This year Tim will be accompanied by French violinist Fiona Monbet, another master of Grappellie style jazz.
James Hill, “possibly the best ukulele player in the world” (Waikato Times), and Anne Janelle,“a cellist of true beauty” (Ottawa Citizen) are master instrumentalists, singer-songwriters and all-round entertainers of the highest caliber. James is a dazzling live performer with a genial, low-key sense of humour. Anne brings classical training and musicality along with a folk sensibility in songwriting and lovely vocals. Their performances combine a mix of original compositions that instantly seem like old favorites, astonishing interpretations of classic rock tunes, folk, classical, jazz and blues songs that are nothing less than stunning.