Special Event

A Bluegrass Christmas

Benefit concert and CD release
Saturday, December 2, 2017 8 p.m.
Cordova Bay United Church

John Reischman and the Jaybirds

Introducing Patrick Sauber, guitar

with special guests: Miriam Sonstenes and Jeff Dill

Special Concert: A Bluegrass Christmas
concert and CD release (buy tickets)
Saturday, December 2, 2017 8 p.m. at Cordova Bay United Church (map)

John Reischman and the Jaybirds
Christmas concert and CD release
Introducing Patrick Sauber, guitar
with special guests: Miriam Sonstenes and Jeff Dill
A benefit for Our Place Society

When mandolin master John Reischman and his band The Jaybirds come to Victoria for their annual Christmas concert, long-time fans of the band might be wondering: who’s the guy on guitar?

“I’m really excited to introduce Victoria to the newest Jaybird, the very talented Patrick Sauber. He’s a fabulous player and we are very happy to have him in the Jaybird family,” says Reischman. The concert, the band’s 9th annual Christmas show in Victoria, will also feature material from the Jaybirds’ seventh CD, On That Other Green Shore, hailed as “one of the most beguiling bluegrass-rooted recordings of 2017,” as well as from The Jaybirds’ 2014 seasonal CD On A Winter’s Night.

Patrick Sauber has been referred to as one of the new breed of bluegrass pickers. Roland White calls Patrick his favourite Clarence White guitar stylist. He also plays banjo with the best, mandolin like it was his first instrument, and sings as if born into bluegrass.  Patrick has played with Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands and was on her 2016 Grammy-nominated CD, The Hazel and Alice Sessions. Sauber played mandolin and provided background vocals on John Fogerty’s 2013 release Wrote a Song for Everyone, and performed with Fogerty in 2013 on The Tonight Show. He has also played with  Peter Rowan, Doc Watson, Dan Crary, John Jorgensen, Chris Hillman, Richard Greene and many more. Actor, writer and director  Christopher Guest made Pat a cast member of the smash hit movie comedy “A Mighty Wind,” and he was a key member of the movie’s touring band.

John Reischman and The Jaybirds are a two-time Juno-nominated band that Bluegrass Today calls “among the most unique and distinctive string bands working on the bluegrass scene today.” The have been called “simultaneously modern, vintage and unique, delivering their own trademark blend of original songs and instrumentals, reimagined tunes from the old-time vaults, and bluegrass power.”

John Reischman has also released three critically-acclaimed solo instrumental albums, and recorded on dozens of other projects, including the Grammy-winning True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe. Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called John “one of the world’s undisputed masters” of the mandolin, and he’s known for producing wonderful tone from his famous 1924 Gibson ‘Lloyd Loar’ F-5 mandolin. He is revered for his ability to play genres ranging from bluegrass to jazz to hot swing to Latin and beyond. He was a member of the influential Tony Rice Unit and a founding member of the progressive California band The Good Ol’ Persons.

The Victoria show will be a CD release for The Jaybirds new album On That Other Green Shore. It includes four original instrumentals, including two great new tunes from John – Daylighting the Creek and Red Diamond, banjo payer Nick Hornbuckle’s up-tempo Wellesley Station, and Thistletown, a waltz by fiddle player Greg Spatz’s wife Caridwen. Rounding out the instrumental selections is a rollicking old-time tune – Katie Bar the Door. Original vocal numbers include former guitarist Jim Nunally’s Home’s Where I Long To Be – a song about feeling homesick for familiar surroundings – and Gonna Walk, which captures a broken-hearted take on a relationship that’s gone bad. Bass player Trisha Gagnon’s gorgeous song, I Don’t Want To Say Goodbye, is dedicated to the memory of her father. A selection of gospels and covers rounds out the recording. They include two quartets, You’ve Got To Righten That Wrong, and Don’t You Hear the Lambs a-Crying. The CD also has Larry Sparks’s blues-inflected spiritual Green Pastures, and Today Has Been a Lonesome Day, two of the first songs The Jaybirds ever worked up as a band. The Jaybirds’ also do a bluegrass cover of the Beatles’ Two Of Us.

The show’s Christmas theme will include selections from the Jaybirds’ On A Winter’s Night, with eight tracks  that relate to the Christmas season taken from the rich traditions of the English and American folk cultures

Special guests for the evening are Victoria’s Miriam Sonstenes and Jeff Dill, whose haunting duets are reminiscent of the vintage sounds of Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner and the stylings of the Louvin Brothers and the Monroe Brothers. Miriam has played with Victoria’s award-winning The Sweet Lowdown. One of her original songs is featured on the 2017 IBMA Bluegrass Album of the Year, Mountain Voodoo, by Balsam Range. Jeff is a member of Victoria’s Riverside Bluegrass Band and both are founding members of the Victoria bluegrass band Flash in the Pan.

$5 of every ticket sold will be donated to Our Place Society.

This show is a co-production of Sooke River Bluegrass Festival and Victoria Bluegrass Association.

Doors open 7:30 pm. Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets and at Victoria Bluegrass Association events


Breaking Up Christmas

by John Reischman and the Jaybirds | On A Winter's Night