The Barley Jacks
sing original vocals and play jaw–dropping instrumentals in a spirit of excitement and fun. They are masters of the fiddle, guitar, bass and drum who meld their divergent backgrounds of blues and bluegrass, classical and Celtic, R & B and bebop to inspire each other and create something entirely new. Front–man and fiddler Brian Wicklund is joined by Mike Cramer–guitar, Keith Yanes–bass, and Joel Arpin–percussion. Their 2010 debut recording Either Side of Night and 2011 recording The Lighthouse has been met with great praise by reviewers.
Virtuosity, magic and a little danger combine to make every performance unique. Audiences are struck with how much fun the Barley Jacks have when they perform. These Minnesota-based veterans of years in the musical trenches enjoy making music together so much that they sometimes giggle like little kids!
Brian Wicklund (fiddle/mandolin)
has been an integral part of the acoustic music scene for decades. As a teenager, he won dozens of fiddle contests and has toured internationally with bands Stoney Lonesome, Judith Edelman Band, Kathy Kallick Band, Chris Stuart Band, and with Brother Mule. He is a busy studio musician and producer with dozens of projects to his credit. Brian wrote the bestselling, American Fiddle Method published by Mel Bay and is in constant demand as a teacher worldwide. Mike Cramer–(guitar) is a champion flat picker and jazz phenom. Keith Yanes–(bass) is as comfortable in a bebop combo or a bluegrass band. Joel Arpin–(drums) grooves on cajon and trap set. Together they are synergy.
BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED – “A DOUBLE THREAT… THIS EXCEPTIONAL FIDDLER ALSO PROVES TO BE AN ABLE COMPOSER AND APPEALING SINGER.”
INDIE-MUSIC.COM – “WICKLUND’S FIDDLING RINGS IN PRISTINE TONALITY… SUPERB ORIGINALS.”
BLUEGRASS – “WONDERFUL ORIGINAL TUNES, GORGEOUS HARMONIES AND A LEVEL OF MUSICIANSHIP THAT FEW IN THE REGION CAN DREAM OF MATCHING.”
CITY PAGES – “THEY RAISE THE NOTCH BY PERFORMING INTERACTIVE BLUEGRASS, ENGAGING THE AUDIENCE AND MAKING EVERY PERFORMANCE UNIQUE.”