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Band to Join, Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Flute, Banjo, Vocalist - Alto, Steel guitar, Upright bass, Accordion.

ABOUT

Planning a string band gigging Canadiana standards and celtic trads, select underplayed covers, plus a few of my own originals (no classic rock/pop, no bro-country). I have album concepts for my songwriting, to eventually record, but that's not yet the goal for 2023-25: prior aim is a local pub residency while building a tight, polished, professional sound.

OFFERING gregarious tenor with a fair knack for harmony, ready to share some rhythm-guitar duties but more focused on fiddle, mando, harmonica, + bohran if/as needed. Strong rudiments from Classical ed so I'm pretty fluent with arrangement. Ready to commit time aggressively in early days to sync us up to scratch.

I also sing in French, Spanish, and a bit in Gaelic.

SEEKING a disciplined and driven roots guitarist... to be followed by a standup bass once we've got a firm start on our book as a core duo, then adding accordion, hand percussion, keys, and/or brass, etc. to garnish that core trio to scale depending on the gig.

YOU are able to pick-up simple chord progressions quickly, to reach the 20-30 tunes we need to go gig a 3h show... You're might have your own list of a dozen or more rootsy favs you already know cold, for me to learn. Familiarity or interest in Drop-D tunings, e.g. DADGAD, would be a big bonus, as would be vocals for harmony (especially baritone?)

If keen to play Lead Guitar I'm willing to accompany a fair bit, but I'm not keen to play Rhythm Guitar more a ~1/3rd of our book at very most, really... it's just not my instrument.

If our goals and tastes match, let's plan *twice* weekly for the first 6 weeks or so, plus respective solo practice... a weekly social jam is just not enough time to get serious when we'd aim to pace 2-5 new tunes introduced per week. (Once we're tight and gigging, weekly practice + gigs should suffice do to maintain the act)

I'm be quite content with a strong guitarist who has other concurrent project(s), e.g. pop or rock, even if that's your primary focus. So long as you can learn acoustic chords and changes tight as an accompanist, I'm happy to work the rest. On the other hand, if you DO want turns leading melody, arrangement, and/or song-writing, I'm an open-minded bandmate: up to you.

Screen name:
quetico
Member since:
Oct 11 2014
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
35
Gigs played:
50 to 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week

Influences

Stan Rogers, Spirit of the West, The Duhks, Be Good Tanyas, Basia Bullat, Kathleen Edwards, Paperboys, Joel Plaskett, Joy Kills Sorrow, Great Lakes Swimmers, Sarah Harmer, Feist, Hey Rosetta!, Jason Collette, Cowboys Frigants, Vent du Nord, Bar Bros, Prairie Oyster, Blue Rodeo, Cowboy Junkies, The Hip, The Band, Joni, Neil, Lightfoot, Cockburn...

Springsteen, Dylan, Simon, CSN, Fleetwood-Mac, The Dead, Counting Crows, Van Morrison, Guy Clark, TVS, Nanci Griffith...

Solas, Dervish, Lake Street Dive, Sara Jaroz, Gillian Welch, MandolinOrange, The Civil Wars, Neko Case, Florence +, ZAZ, Fly My Pretties, etc etc etc.

Instrument experience:

Fiddle:
Advanced
Vocalist:
Advanced
Vocalist - Tenor:
Advanced
Violin:
Advanced
Background Singer:
Advanced
Rhythm Guitar:
Moderate
Acoustic Guitar:
Moderate
Other Percussion:
Moderate
Mandolin:
Moderate
Harmonica:
Intermediate

EQUIPMENT

acoustic fiddle (w/ pickup)
electric fiddle
mandolin (w/ pickup)
bodhran (tunable, w/ pickup)
acoustic guitar (w/ pickup)
harmonicas
tambourine, shakers
penny-whistle

- Hardwood-floored home studio with churchy acoustics, upright old piano (slightly flat, admittedly), & Tascam interface
- 4x budget vocal mics, 2x stands
- portable Roland busking amp
- big messy box o' wires
- A cunning plan to shell out for a new FocusRight and mics once ready to record some band demos with somebody

MUSIC