Three musicians with different cultural musical influences have joined forces for an upcoming concert.
Fiddler Pierre Schryer, uilleann pipe player Martin Nolan and guitarist Adam Dobres form the Celtic Trio. Schryer brings French-Canadian influences to the group while Nolan brings Irish traditions. Dobres describes his music as a worldly eclectic sound, which is inspired by many genres including jazz, blues and country music.
Schryer said the group brings “different worlds of music together.”
“We’re here to gather together and create some magic together as a band, or a trio. We are wanting to spread the good craic,” said Schryer, adding that craic is used predominately in Ireland and means to spread fun or good times.
Nolan and Schryer met while teaching at a camp for Celt Fest. Schryer later introduced Nolan to Dobres and the three formed the Celtic Trio.
“Every night we give it all that we’ve got. There is no holding back and we are just there to feed the souls in the area,” said Dobres. “It’s music that is much needed in people’s lives.”
Dobres said the three friends make each other laugh and smile when performing, which he said “creates the magic for a moment.”
Schryer, Nolan and Dobres have toured and taught on Vancouver Island and the mainland, both as individual performers and in a group.
Nolan said hearing music live is a different experience than hearing it on an album or watching a Youtube video.
”You don’t get the energy that is happening, so it’s important we are seeing more and more how important it is for live entertainment in a world of digital access,” he said. “People don’t get that shared experience sitting at home that you do when sitting in an auditorium.“
Doors open at 7 p.m. at the theatre and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance at Catwalk Fashions, Arbutus Music and Fascinating Rhythm or are $23 at the door.
The performance is part of the musicians’ Vancouver Island tour. The trio performs at the Tofino Community Theatre on Friday (May 19) at 7:30 p.m. and at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni Saturday (May 20) at 8 p.m.