For Summer Kicks’ third performance of the season, Kicking Horse Culture is bringing in a Juno-nominated bluegrass band with a long history in Canadian music.
John Reischman and the Jaybirds have spent the last four years touring across North America and Europe, delighting audiences with their unique, yet traditional sound.
Frontman John Reischman, a mandolin master, began exploring fingerpicking and blues styles with the guitar at age 12. It wasn’t until the age of 17 he found his true calling with the acoustic mandolin.
Reischman’s synthesis of this wide range of genres was honed over more than two decades of performing beginning in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1970s.
He cemented his reputation touring and recording for many years with the Bay Area’s eclectic Good Ol’ Persons before moving to Vancouver in the early 1990s to pursue a solo career.
Now a familiar figure at bluegrass, folk and jazz festivals, Reichman is also a highly-regarded teacher and participates in music camps and workshops throughout North America.
In addition to Reichman, the Jaybirds include highly regarded veterans Jim Nunally on guitar and vocals, Trisha Gagnon on bass and vocals, Nick Hornbuckle on banjo and Greg Spatz on fiddle.
John Reischman and the Jaybirds offer a blend of vintage gems, original vocal songs and trademark original instrumentals – variously bluesy, hard-edge and haunting – that make them one of the most interesting bands on the circuit today. Their virtuosity, inspiring material and heartfelt vocals generate a live performance not to be missed.
They have played in fold and bluegrass festivals all over North America and Europe, and they will be playing the Spirit Square in Golden on Friday July 6 at 7 p.m.