Bluegrass band coming to Sechelt

Staff writer
February 14, 2014 01:00 AM

The High Bar Gang is a seven-piece Bluegrass group that consists of some of Canada's most accomplished recording artists/songwriters and musicians, namely Barney Bentall (acoustic guitar/vocals), Shari Ulrich (fiddle/mandolin/vocals), Angela Harris (lead vocals/harmonies), Wendy Bird (lead vocals/harmonies), Colin Nairne (acoustic guitar/mandolin), Rob Becker (bass) and Eric Reed (banjo/mandolin/dobro). They will perform in Sechelt on Feb. 21

A little bluegrass mixed with some Coastal favourites will provide a great evening of music on Feb. 21.

The High Bar Gang is a seven-piece bluegrass group that consists of some of Canada's most accomplished recording artists, songwriters and musicians: Barney Bentall (acoustic guitar/vocals), Shari Ulrich (fiddle/mandolin/vocals), Angela Harris (lead vocals/harmonies), Wendy Bird (lead vocals/harmonies), Colin Nairne (acoustic guitar/mandolin), Rob Becker (bass) and Eric Reed (banjo/mandolin/dobro).

They are touring the province and are coming to Sechelt for a show at the Raven's Cry Theatre with special guests Joe Stanton and Simon Paradis. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Since the group was formed in 2010 they have celebrated a long list of sell outs, hosted the 2011 B.C. Country Music Hall of Fame Show, opened for Canadian icons Blue Rodeo, garnered three B.C. Country Music Association nominations and recently signed a record deal with True North Records which saw the worldwide release of their album, Lost and Undone: A Gospel Bluegrass Companion, on Oct. 22, 2013.

The High Bar Gang will be performing songs from their new record, which include the traditional sounds of Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley, as well as more contemporary arrangements by artists such as Julie Miller and Crooked Still.

Leaning on the lush three-part harmonies of Ulrich, Harris and Bird with Bentall holding up the bass vocals, the group is supported by the strong musicianship of Becker on bass, Reed on mandolin, banjo and resonator and Nairne on guitar and mandolin.

Local acoustic duo Stanton Paradis will open the show with tunes from their new CD, Good Road Home.

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