Folklife Masters, December 11: John Reischman & Trisha Gagnon

We’re excited about our next Folklife Masters concert this Friday, Dec.11 featuring John Reischman & The Romeros.  The Folklife Masters concert series brings together two groups of master musicians from different traditions for an evening of collaboration and inspiration (click here for tickets).

It’s an honor for us to host John Reischman at this Folklife Masters concert.  He’s a much-respected bluegrass mandolinist and band leader of the award-winning group John Reischman & The Jaybirds.  John brings a rich knowledge of the bluegrass tradition and a bold taste for composition.  In his solo career and in the Jaybirds he has consistently pushed the boundaries of bluegrass, delving into Latin music and jazz, while staying true to its deep roots in the old-timey music of the American South.  Listen here to his playing of a tune of his own composition from his album with The Jaybirds.

John Reischman

John Reischman (photo by Colin Goldie)

John Reischman & The Jaybirds: Deception Falls

Named after a scenic stop on the  Highway 2 across the Washington Cascades, this thoughtful instrumental tune reflects the serene beauty of John’s home, the Pacific Northwest.

Joining John Reischman is Trisha Gagnon (vocals, bass) from The Jaybirds.  Trisha has been with The Jaybirds since the beginning, debuting on their 2001 album and wowing audiences with her crystal clear voice, solid basslines and carefully crafted songwriting.

Have a listen to her dueting with John on the beautiful song “Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still.”  This chilling Civil War-era ballad brings to mind the hopeless plight of war and lost love.  As you can hear in this track, Trisha brings a perceptive beauty to all she touches. Her many roles in the band — vocalist, bassist, and song-writer — all are informed by the same personal, homespun touch.

John Reischman & Trisha Gagnon

John Reischman & Trisha Gagnon (Photo by Eric Frommer)

John Reischman & The Jaybirds: Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still

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