Saturday July 13 – 6:00pm
Barley Jacks: Acoustic Alchemy and Fiddle Wizardry
Synergy is the interaction of forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual parts.
–an apt description for The Barley Jacks.
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 Joe Cruz–guitar, Kevin Rowe–bass, and Joel Arpin–percussion. These Minnesota–based veterans of years in the musical trenches enjoy making music together so much that they sometimes giggle like little kids completely lost in a moment of play. Virtuosity, magic and a little danger combine to make every performance unique. The Minnesota-based Barley Jacks released their first recording Either Side of Night in June of 2010.
Brian Wicklund has been integral to the national acoustic music scene for decades. He has toured internationally in bands with Stoney Lonesome, Judith Edelman, Kathy Kallick, Lorie Line, Chris Stuart Band, and Brother Mule. He is a busy studio musician, teacher and author of the best-selling, American Fiddle Method published by Mel Bay. He teaches fiddle and mandolin at camps throughout the US, UK, Canada and Sweden. He is a founder and contributor to Bluegrass College. His instructional website is Fiddle Pal.
Joe Cruz is regarded as one of the most versatile and energetic multi-stringed instrumentalists on the Twin Cities music scene today. Throughout his 30+year career, this passionate musician has been involved with numerous groups and recording projects, developing a vast array of styles. On any given night he can be found playing anything from solo acoustic guitar to screaming electric, swinging with a jazz combo, picking mandolin and guitar in a bluegrass band or exploring Latin music on Cuban trés and Puerto Rican cuatro. Also a composer, Joe has an extensive repertoire of original song and instrumental compositions. In addition to his musical talents, Joe is an accomplished wood turner and furniture builder.
Kevin Rowe is a bright new talent in the Twin Cities music scene. A recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in upright bass performance, he is as comfortable in a symphony as he is in a jazz combo, rock band or bluegrass group . He has toured with the band Fat Maw Rooney and artists such as Roy Wooten (aka Futureman), Kofi Burbridge, Ray White, and Norton Wisdom. He has also performed with some incredible jazz artists including Benny Green, Carl Allen, Maria Schneider, Byron Stripling, and Stanley Jordan. In addition to teaching private lessons and workshops, Kevin is a songwriter and composer, performing his original works with the group Cardboard Dreams.
Joel Arpin adds his virtuosic percussion on cajon and hand drums. As a freelance musician Joel performs many styles of music including: jazz, pop, classical, modern and world music styles such as African, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian. Joel regularly works as an accompanist for a variety of dance classes and is on staff at the Theater and Dance department of the University of Minnesota. Joel holds a degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Wisconsin and teaches private lessons, group classes and workshops in a variety of schools and corporations.