John Reischman and the Jaybirds
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This is a concert and band clinic with John Reischman and the Jaybirds. After years of European and North American tours, five critically acclaimed albums, two Juno nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, it's little wonder, the buzz around John Reischman and the Jaybirds continues to grow. Like the mandolinist at its helm, the group fashions a stylish, elegant take on bluegrass that is at once innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned, and yet unselfconsciously new. To see their live show is to believe it. A genial blend of storytelling and sideshow humor provides the backdrop to their studied performance of original songs, instrumentals, and newly arranged traditional material. Hailing from the variegated ranks of the contemporary West Coast acoustic music scene, each of these 'birds has certainly earned his wings: the list of projects they have contributed to over the years is nothing less than a short list of acoustic powerhouses.