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The McDades

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“Crafting a new Canadian sound”

WINNERS of the Best Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (Group) for the 2007 Juno Awards

WINNERS of the 2006 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best World Group & Best Instrumental Group.

WINNERS of the 2007 Independent Music Award for Best World Album Traditional.

Punching through the walls of tradition, The McDades’ celtic rooted music fuses the spontaneity of jazz improvisation with infectious global rhythms. Their cutting edge sound is the perfect complement to their fiery performances. “It’s hot stuff and very entertaining.” (Tom Knapp, Dirty Linen)

At the heart of the group are siblings Shannon, Solon & Jeremiah who grew up playing Canadian folk music along side their parents and among artists from around the world, a unique upbringing that led to a love and respect for all music.

Their groundbreaking compositions and innovative arrangements are characterized by stunning virtuosity and a near-telepathic interaction on stage. Shannon’s lyrical fiddle, Jeremiah’s searing winds and Solon’s smooth bass create the rich foundation for this adventurous band.

The siblings are joined by Simon Marion, a multi-faceted guitarist whose influences range from Trad Quebecois to Madonna, and Bucky Wheaton, a magnetic jazz based drummer that keeps on rockin’ the free world. The musical diversity of this tight-five piece celebrates the very idea of what it means to be a Canadian musician.

With vocal harmonies that can only come from a family, and an obvious love for each other and their music, The McDades’ sound is immersed in the spirit of improvisation.

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