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The Rogue Folk Club Presents I Schryer, Hillhouse & Dobres
September 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm EDT$26
This phenomenal trio of Celtic musicians features Franco-Ontarian fiddler Pierre Schryer, Canadian folk music specialist Andy Hillhouse, and European influenced BC guitarist Adam Dobres. A tour de force of versatility, fine musicianship and technical dexterity, the group brings together three diverse music careers laden with awards and nominations including Juno, Canadian Folk Music, Western Canadian Music Awards and Grammy Awards. They first appeared as a trio on Pierre’s 2008 recording release project “Mélange,” and continue to appear as individual artists on national and international festival stages from the Pacific to the Atlantic and beyond.
Concert is live and streamed.
Pierre Schryer – Fiddle, Foot Percussion
Pierre Schryer is one of Canada’s leading traditional fiddlers. A recipient of numerous titles and awards including Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, Grand Masters Champion, Violoneux Championnat, and North American Irish Fiddle Champion, Pierre truly captivates an audience with his energy and genuine warmth. His ability knows no bounds, covering styles from Irish, Scottish, Québecois, and Cape Breton to Canadian Old Time, American Swing and more. As leader of his self-titled group, Pierre Schryer Band built an international reputation as one of Canada’s most well respected traditional music ensembles by touring throughout Canada, the USA, Ireland, Europe and the UK since the mid-90’s. Pierre has shared the stage with dozens of internationally renowned colleagues in the traditional music scene and has performed with numerous orchestras across Canada with his acclaimed Symphony Pops show. Of his six recordings released on his own label New Canadian Records,“Blue Drag” was nominated at the 2004 JUNO Awards for best Roots and Traditional (Group) Album of the Year, “Mélange” at the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Instrumental Solo Album of the Year, and “2 Worlds United”, a brilliant duo album with top Irish button accordionist Dermot Byrne, was distributed by Claddagh Records. Pierre’s talents extend beyond his musical abilities. An accomplished luthier and artist, he currently performs on one of his own violins and creates the cover art and design for his recordings. Pierre is the creator and artistic director of “Canadian Celtic Celebration”, a three-day June festival presented in Thunder Bay, Ontario for 16 years. Dedicated to passing on the tradition, Pierre teaches at numerous fiddle camps and is committed to creating community through traditional music sessions wherever he resides. https://youtu.be/uxX-twz55mw
Adam Dobres – Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass
Adam Dobres is a highly accomplished guitarist with a natural ability to embody any style of music. He is equally at home with Bluegrass, Celtic, Jazz, Gypsy, Country, Folk, Old Time, Rock, Blues, and more. His love of the electric and acoustic guitar has taken him around the globe, performing throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. With a taste for experimenting with personal style and a love of touring, Adam has embarked on living his dream. From playing Celtic music with some of Canada’s finest fiddle players including Daniel Lapp and Pierre Schryer, Adam has branched out to Pop Rock with Grammy Nominee Toni Childs (including an Australian tour were they opened for the legendary Jackson Brown), performed with renowned musicians playing exotic instruments such as the Sitar, Turkish Lira and African Kora, and toured North America with Old Time string band Outlaw Social. Adam was part of The Dustin Bentall outfit when they performed at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics and supported Blue Rodeo on their 2010 Canadian tour. In 2011 Adam joined the Ruth Moody Band, and along with this dynamic folk vocalist and her all-star band has toured Europe, Canada and the US, and has released several albums. Well versed in the recording process, Adam was the musical engineer and producer for a meaningful project with Sarah Van Borek in creating the “One Voice” video. The video was part of the SFU Public Square “Alone Together” conference focussing on bridging the gap of cultural isolation and disconnection within the Vancouver community. Adam recently released his self-titled, first solo album – an eclectic mix of his own compositions revealing his many influences and his absolute grace and superb versatility on the guitar.
Andy Hillhouse – Guitar, Tenor Banjo, Voice
Since the early 1990s. Andy has had a varied career in music. He is a touring band leader in the Anglo-Celtic music world, a choral director, a music and culture scholar, and now a festival organizer. As a musician he toured North America and Europe through the 1990s as founder and manager of the folk rock/funk band Mad Pudding. Since 2000 he has toured with several of the Celtic music scene’s most respected and exciting acoustic musicians including west coast innovative fiddler Zavellennahh Huscroft, champion Canadian fiddler Pierre Schryer, Irish flute player Nuala Kennedy, and Juno winners The McDades. His first solo CD, “Passages,” has an underlying theme of travel and transformation, alternating between traditional music, original songwriting, and song interpretations. He is the Artistic and Executive Director of the Harrison Festival of the Arts. Andy is also a respected teacher and workshop facilitator, and has taught Celtic guitar backup and vocal workshops at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Georgia Straight Guitar Workshop, Saltspring Fiddle Camp, Sunshine Coast Summer School of Celtic Music, Algoma Trad, and others. He is former director of the Universal Gospel Choir, the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach Choir, and has a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto.