All of these musicians have international reputations and are ﬁrst-class in their ﬁeld. Between the three of them, they have a variety of awards and nominations including JUNO, Canadian Folk Music, TG4 Irish Traditional Musician of the Year, and Grammy. In 1999, Pierre and Dermot recorded a CD entitled “2 Worlds United” on the New Canadian Records label, which was later re-released in Ireland for worldwide distribution with Claddagh Records. This album is now available on iTunes, among other albums produced by these great musicians.
Pierre Schryer – Fiddle, Foot Percussion
Pierre Schryer is one of Canada’s leading traditional ﬁddlers. He has received numerous titles and awards including Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, Violoneux Championnat, and North American Irish Fiddle Champion. Pierre truly captivates audiences with his energy, genuine warmth, and ﬂawless ability in many styles from Irish, Scottish and Québecois, to Canadian Old Time or American Swing.
For over two decades, Pierre Schryer Band has built an international reputation as one of Canada’s most well respected traditional music ensembles by touring throughout Canada, the USA, Ireland, Europe and the UK. Pierre has shared the stage with dozens of internationally renowned colleagues in the traditional music scene and has performed with numerous Symphony Orchestras across Canada with his acclaimed Symphony Pops show.
Pierre has released six recordings on his own label, New Canadian Records, of which
“Blue Drag” was nominated at the 2004 JUNO Awards for best Roots and Traditional (Group) Album of the Year, and “Mélange” at the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Instrumental Solo Album of the Year. His renowned 2000 release of “2 Worlds United” is a brilliant duo album with top Irish button accordionist Dermot Byrne.
Pierre’s talents extend beyond his musical abilities. An accomplished luthier and watercolour artist, he currently performs on one of his own violins and creates the cover art and design for his recordings. Pierre is the creator and artistic director of the “Canadian Celtic Celebration”, a three-day festival presented in Thunder Bay, Ontario each June. Dedicated to passing on the tradition, Pierre teaches at numerous ﬁddle camps and is committed to creating community through traditional music sessions.
Dermot Byrne – Button Accordion
Dermot Byrne hails from Buncrana, the most northerly part of Donegal Ireland, where he had the good fortune to meet all the greats of Donegal music, including Johnny Doherty, Con Cassidy and Tommy Peoples, Danny Meehan and more. Dermot went on to develop a unique style of his own. His seemingly effortless playing, combined with great subtlety and a faultless ear, makes him one of the great accordion players of his generation. In addition to his mastery of the Donegal style and repertoire, Dermot can turn with ease to other styles and traditions such as French musette, or South American choro music. He guested on two Altan recordings ”The Red Crow” and ”Island Angel” before joining the band in 1994.
Dermot has collaborated with many great musicians including Seamus and Manus McGuire, Sharon Shannon, Frankie Gavin, Pierre Schryer, Tim O’Brien and the late jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. His eponymous solo recording has received great critical acclaim, as did “2 Worlds United” album which Dermot recorded with Canadian ﬁddler Pierre Schryer.
In 2012 Dermot was selected as the recipient of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Traditional Musician of the year. To quote Siobhan Long in the Irish Times, “Dermot Byrne is a musician who has long skirted the limelight: revered for his virtuosity on the accordion and melodeon, he has enjoyed two decades at the beating heart of Altan. In-between he has found time to collaborate with Parisian harpist Floriane Blancke with Brendan O’Regan, Brid Harper and Steve Cooney, Dezi Donnelly and Jim Murray. Clearly not a man to be tethered by musical boundaries, Byrne has had great fun learning some rock’n’roll and salsa while guesting on tours with two great bands, the Stunning and Salsa Celtica”.
Adam Dobres – Guitar
Adam Dobres is a highly accomplished guitarist with a natural ability to embody any style of music. He is equally at home with Bluegrass, Celtic, Jazz, Country, Folk, Old Time, Rock and Blues, and more. His love of the electric and acoustic guitar has taken him around the globe, performing throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
With a taste for experimenting with personal style and a love of touring, Adam has embarked on living his dream. From playing Celtic music with some of Canada’s finest fiddle players including Daniel Lapp and Pierre Schryer, Adam has branched out to Pop Rock with Grammy Nominee Toni Childs (including an Australian tour were they opened for the legendary Jackson Brown), performed with renowned musicians playing exotic instruments such as the Sitar, Turkish Lira and African Kora, and toured North America with Old Time string band Outlaw Social. Adam was part of The Dustin Bentall outfit when they performed as part of the 2010 Winter Olympics and supported Blue Rodeo on their 2010 Canadian tour. In 2011, Adam joined the Ruth Moody Band, a dynamic female vocalist who has embarked on a successful solo career. The band has toured Europe, Canada and the US. and are working on a new album.
Adam also enjoys the recording process and was thrilled to be musical engineer and producer for an important and meaningful project with Sarah Van Borek in creating the
“One Voice” video. The video was created as part of the SFU Public Square “Alone Together” conference focused on bridging the gap of cultural isolation and disconnection within the Vancouver community. In between his busy touring schedule Adam has been composing and recording his own original music.