The Wolf and Hound Pub
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Artists: JJ Lavallee, Metis fiddle; David Greenberg, violin; David McGuinness, keyboard with Bach Festival musicians
Food, drink and music are great mates. It is well known that J.S. Bach employed instrumentalists for his church performances who often played in taverns during the week. Scottish Baroque, a fusion of Scottish traditional music combined with the virtuosity and style of 17th and 18th-century Italian music, began in a pub in Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town, which was home to the ‘Corelli Sessions.’ Here the popular music of Corelli sat side by side with the rhythmic drive of local reels and jigs. The same musicians would play both repertoires, with the same enthusiasm for each, the same technique and using the same instruments. Join some of the musicians of the 2022 Vancouver Bach Festival Edition for pub food and tunes from Scotland, Sweden, Quebec and the Métis fiddle tradition. Bring your instrument, your voice or your dancing shoes or simply bring your ears and your appetite! There is no cover charge to attend this event but you must reserve your free ticket in advance as seating is limited. Food and beverages are for sale during the event from The Wolf & Hound.
David Greenberg, violin
For three decades, David has enjoyed a double career as a Baroque violinist and Cape Breton fiddler. His fluency and experience in these two genres makes him uniquely qualified to interpret the wild music of 18th-century Scotland.
David is a graduate of Indiana University’s Early Music Institute, where he studied with Stanley Ritchie. He has performed, taught, and recorded primarily in North America and Western Europe, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, and the Far East.
David has performed with Tafelmusik, Red Priest, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Concerto Caledonia, Apollo’s Fire, Ensemble Caprice, La Nef, Toronto Consort, Seattle Baroque, Les Voix Humaines, Chris Norman, Suzie LeBlanc, Doug MacPhee, and Musica Pacifica. He has performed as guest soloist/director with several orchestras, including the Calgary Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia.
He has recorded over 80 CDs, including with most of these ensembles and collaborators, as well as three groundbreaking Scottish-Cape Breton-Baroque recordings with his own ensemble Puirt A Baroque in the 1990s.
David co-authored The DunGreen Collection (1996), an influential treatise on Cape Breton fiddling. He is also a composer and arranger. Many of his tunes have been recorded by Cape Breton musicians such as Buddy MacMaster, Carl MacKenzie, Jerry Holland, and The Rankins.
David enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge about Baroque and Cape Breton music in workshop settings. His current solo touring program is called Bach & Tunes: Multiple Voices for One.
David McGuinness, keyboard
David McGuinness divides his time between historical Scottish music and contemporary work. As director of early music ensemble Concerto Caledonia he has made fifteen albums, mostly of newly-rediscovered repertoire, and collaborated with musicians in a variety of genres from folk to punk cabaret.
Recently he has been playing historical pianos in traditional music: 2018’s What News is a collection of traditional Scots ballads with the singer Alasdair Roberts and sound artist Amble Skuse, and in 2022 he recorded an instrumental album with concertina player Simon Thoumire. In the ongoing performance project Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band, Concerto Caledonia plays late 18th-century Scottish dance music while the audience dances the original figures.
David has been a music producer and composer for television and radio, most notably on several seasons of E4’s TV drama Skins. In 2007 he produced John Purser’s 50-part history of Scottish music for BBC Radio Scotland and co-ordinated the station’s observance of No Music Day with the artist Bill Drummond. In 2019 Sony Music reissued the Prefab Sprout album I Trawl the Megahertz, for which he provided the string arrangements.
He is Senior Lecturer in music at the University of Glasgow, and was principal investigator on the AHRC-funded research project Bass Culture in Scottish Musical Traditions. 2022 sees the publication of his edition of the music for Allan Ramsay’s ballad opera The Gentle Shepherd for Edinburgh University Press, and a recording with Concerto Caledonia of Ramsay’s songs.
JJ Lavallee, fiddle
JJ Lavallee is a Multi-award winning, multi-instrumentalist artist. Born and raised in the small community of St. Ambroise Manitoba, JJ Identifies as Métis. Coming from a large musical Métis family, JJ knew at a young age that he wanted to be a musical artist.
He has enjoyed singing since the age of 6 winning several local talent shows over the years. At the age of 9 he learned to play guitar. By 15 he started writing songs. At the age of 18 JJ left for the big city of Winnipeg to pursue his music career. There he gained some local favor, capturing Indigenous Music awards and having a #1 song on Indigenous radio.
For the last 10 years JJ has been fortunate enough to be a guest here in BC living and working on traditional territories all over the province. He continues to write and perform his music wherever and whenever he can.
JJ is currently in studio working on his 4th album and first in 10 years. Being an energetic Métis fiddle player, and a soulful, straight from the heart song writer, he cannot wait to share his latest works with new and old audiences in the province, in the country, and beyond.