Paul has spent most of his life playing music of one type or another. Growing up in a musical family saw him learning piano at an early age and playing brass instruments during his high school years in Hamilton, Ont. After finishing a music degree he moved to Vancouver in 1979 where he discovered Irish music, first playing guitar, then adding Whistle and Bodhran to an increasing variety of instruments. There were many years playing in the sessions around Vancouver before taking a break from the pub scene and changing the musical focus slightly. Paul sang with The Vancouver Chorale for many years, sang with the Amabilis singers and Co-directed a children's choir, The Westcoast Youth Ensemble, with Mya, his wife.
In 1994, Paul completed a diploma in Music Therapy at Capilano College in North Vancouver and worked as a Music Therapist at Chilliwack General Hospital working in the Extended, Intermediate and Palliative Care programs for many years. He is very much involved in the Celtic Music scene in the Vancouver area directly involved in two bands, Copper Sky and the Vancouver Squid Jiggers, and also doing some solo performing as well.
This album is not Paul's first acquaintance with the recording studio. He has worked with David on other occasions and also done some recording for TV in both choral and Irish music.
David was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has been a professional musician since the age of thirteen and studied music at the University of B.C.
David has toured extensively with Sarah McLachlan on her Fumbling Toward Ecstasy (N.A. and Europe) and Surfacing (N.A. and Japan) tours as well as Lilith Fair '97, '98 and '99. He also toured with k.d. lang on her Ingenue tour of N. America and Europe in 1992-93.
In the 1980's his bands Straight Lines and Body Electric had several Canadian hits including Letting Go for which David received a gold record and a Juno nomination for Best Songwriter. He has also backed up many well known artists including Bob Hope, The Irish Rovers, Chuck Barry, Tina Turner, Tom Jones, Brent Carver, Carl Perkins, Trini Lopez, Leon Bibb and many others. He has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra and the Vancouver Chamber Choir and played in the pit bands for Showboat, Sunset Boulevard and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well.....
David is a well known and highly respected studio musician, played on virtually hundreds of jingles and has recorded for T.V. and film (North of 60, Reboot, I'll Take Manhattan, Fly By Night, The Beachcombers, and many others.). He has recorded with Sarah McLachlan, Amy Sky, Bryan Adams, Rita MacNeil, Paul Janz, Valdy, Susan Jacks, Terry Jacks, BTO, Prism, The Irish Rovers, as well as many others. He has been the music co-ordinator for the T.V. series Millennium, Strange Luck and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
David has taught at Capilano College in North Vancouver as well as the National Summer Guitar workshop, California Campus. He is an Advisory Board member for the Selkirk College Music Program, Nelson, BC. He was also featured in Guitar Player Magazine, July/August, 1998.
In 1998, David's solo guitar album Acoustic Christmas was given a four and half star rating in the Vancouver Sun.
He is also a producer, arranger and composer. He is currently the composer for Mainframe Productions newest cartoon show Weird-ohs.
You can see and hear David with Sarah McLachlan on her latest video, I Will Remember You, MuchMusic's The Storytellers and on the T.V. special and album Mirrorball.
(Check out David's Christmas album)
Mary was born in Vancouver in 1951. As a premature baby, (under three pounds) she lived in an incubator for nearly two months. As a result, she lost her eyesight due to an overabundance of oxygen, which destroyed both retinas. She then attended the Jericho Hill School for the Blind, and graduated from high school in 1969.
Mary's first introduction to music was learning to sing some of her father's favourite German folk songs as a young child. At the age of five, she began piano lessons. However, when she was introduced to the violin by a
neighbour at the age of nine, she discovered she enjoyed the violin much more than the piano. Therefore, she began studying classical music and eventually obtained a Performance Degree in violin through the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Mary continued her studies at the Academy of Music in Vancouver for about five years. Unfortunately, due to the untimely death of her teacher, she lost interest and musical direction for a time.
Within a year after leaving the Academy, Mary was introduced to folk music by a friend, John Lyon, an excellent folk singer in his own right, and gained a measure of confidence through performing together over the next several years
For the past seven years Mary has been performing regularly around Vancouver, BC. She currently plays in an Irish Celtic band at Culpepper's Restaurant , and runs a weekly Irish music session at the Irish Heather Restaurant in Vancouver.
Llew is a Vancouver native who studied harp and piano at Trinity College in London, England. She returned to Canada and played with the Vancouver Symphony and CBC Orchestras from the late 1950's to the early 1970's. Llew has been very active in the music ministry of the Catholic Church in Vancouver and often plays for weddings, funerals and special services. She has performed on cruise ships and currently can be seen performing many casual engagements in the Greater Vancouver area.
Neil Huestis grew up in a musical Maritimes family. His grandfather played fiddle in the logging camps in the early 1900's. His grandmother taught organ. Neil's mother played piano and his father played pipes. Neil doodled around for years on a number of different instruments, earned a music degree in Nova Scotia, and occasionally entertained people with pleasant tunes. The flute has been Neil's preferred instrument for many years and the one with which he has inflicted the least amount of pain on others. He hopes to teach his two kids his grandfather's tunes when they are old enough.
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