The Phil Dwyer Trio

Phil Dwyer Trio performs in Nanaimo at the Lighthouse Bistro

The Phil Dwyer Trio plays a mix of original and classic jazz songs.

The Phil Dwyer Trio is presenting a mix of classic jazz and original music during an upcoming performance at the Lighthouse Bistro on Tuesday (Jan. 3).

Growing up on Vancouver Island, Phil Dwyer said he has “always had a lot of connection to the Nanaimo music scene.”

“I’m super excited to be able to play for my local audience. This will be one of not many shows for the foreseeable future.”

Since 2014, Dwyer has been studying law at the University of New Brunswick.

“I suspect I’ll always play music. I just didn’t want to rely on it anymore as a way of doing a living,” said Dwyer.

He recently returned to the Island and is living in Qualicum Beach. He intends to finish his law studies at the University of Victoria.

Dwyer said he’s been a professional musician for almost 35 years and decided to go to law school to pursue his other interests.

“I’ve always been interested in social justice issues and trying to make a contribution,” said Dwyer, adding he is also interested in First Nations rights and environmental activism.

By pursuing a law degree and eventually working in the field, Dwyer said he will have the liberty to focus on the aspects of music that he gets the “most enjoyment out of.”

Even though Dwyer was pursing a degree, he still found time to perform and record music.

The Phil Dwyer Trio performs at the Lighthouse Bistro and Pub, located at 50 Anchor Way, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 or $15 for students available in advance from the bistro or by calling 250-754-3212.

The trio consists of Phil Dwyer, Ben Dwyer on bass and Hans Verhoeven on drums.

“Anytime I get to play with my son in the band is always a joyful experience,” said Dwyer. “And Hans I’ve known for a long, long time in the music field.”

Dwyer started his music career in 1985 and from 1989-2004 lived in Toronto. During that time, he performed with a variety of co-led bands and at jazz clubs and concert halls in the city.

By the 1990s Dwyer began work as a composer and arranger and studied with composer Michael Colgrass.

In 2013 Dwyer was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2015 the Royal Conservatory of Music recognized him as an Honorary Fellow.

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