John Reischman’s The Pine Siskins
with Eli West
Photo © Mike Melnyk
Video by James McNulty
The Pine Siskins is a group John Reischman assembled to perform the music from his 2013 solo CD, “Walk Along John.” The all-instrumental recording includes nine John Reischman originals, a few hand-picked traditional tunes, and a remake of the very first tune John wrote.
John often plays with his band, The Jaybirds, but this will be an opportunity to hear John play with an alternate cast of characters, featuring Eli West on guitar, Juno winner Trent Freeman on fiddle, and Patrick Metzger on bass.
As one of the acoustic music world’s top-ranked mandolin players and composers, veteran artist John Reischman is renowned for his exquisite taste, tone and impeccable musicianship. As an original member of the legendary Tony Rice Unit, John helped to define the “new acoustic” instrumental scene in the early 1980s with appearances on the band’s groundbreaking Rounder albums “Still Inside” and “Backwaters”.
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 90s to pursue a solo career.
His mastery of the instrument is showcased today in two primary musical outlets – the Juno-nominated bluegrass band John Reischman and the Jaybirds, and his instrumental duo with highly-regarded acoustic guitar stylist John Miller.