Brian Pickell Band

Lovers of traditional and celtic music  will have two opportunities to catch the Brian Pickell Band on tour this April. They will be appearing in Waterloo at St Colomba’s Church, 250 Lincoln Road on April 25 2014 at 8 p.m. and in Guelph at St David and St Patrick’s Church, 520 Speedvale Ave. E on Monday April 28 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Waterloo show are $30 adult/senior, $20 student (discount available for multiple orders) and available from Peter H. Roe, 519-886-6395 . Tickets for the Guelph show are $15 in advance ($20 at the door) and are available from Rick Avery/Judy Greenhill, 519-763-2494.

A live performance by the Brian Pickell Band brings together a wonderful combination of the hypnotic globe-trotting compositions of Brian Pickell coupled with a deep love of traditional and celtic music. The band combines the talents of Shane Cook, presented with the “Young Tradition Award” at the 2012 Goderich Celtic Roots Festival and a multiple winner at the Canadian and Grand Masters Fiddle Contests and the American Grand National; revered Ottawa multi-instrumentalist James Stephens on fiddle, mandolin, bass and viola; Pat O’Gorman, an admired mainstay of the Canadian music scene, on flute, whistles and pipes; Julie Schryer, widely considered to be one of the finest piano accompanists in Canada, and Brian Pickell, accomplished composer, guitarist, and banjo and mandolin player. Together, they are a musical force of nature.

Brian’s compositions have been played and recorded by Deaf Shepherd (Scotland), Tony McManus (arguably the greatest guitarist in Celtic music in Scotland), Liz Doherty (Ireland), The Halali Fiddle Band (USA), Oliver Schroer (Canada), Nicholas Williams (Canada), Pierre Schryer (Canada) among others.

“Brian Pickell and his band are at the vanguard of a new living tradition of Celtic music. Brian’s original melodies have been instantly embraced by musicians both on the concert stage and in the kitchen. These tunes now rest 
easily with the traditional favourites on both sides of the ocean.”
Ian Bell, Director Marine Heritage Festival

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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