At the heart of the group are siblings Shannon, Solon & Jeremiah who grew up playing Canadian folk music alongside their parents and among artists from around the world, a unique upbringing that led to a love and respect for all music. Their groundbreaking compositions and innovative arrangements are characterized by stunning virtuosity and a near-telepathic interaction on stage. Shannon's lyrical fiddle, Jeremiah's searing winds and Solon's smooth bass create the rich foundation for this adventurous band. Rounding out The McDades' sound are dynamic driving guitar and magnetic hand-drumming. The musical diversity of this tight five-piece celebrates the very idea of what it means to be a Canadian musician.
With vocal harmonies that can only come from a family, and an obvious love for each other and their music, The McDades' sound is immersed in the spirit of improvisation. Featuring both energetic instrumentals and sensitive vocals performed in English and French, this compelling and dynamic group find their groove somewhere between a down-home kitchen party, a jazzy after hours club, and a folk festival.
This concert was recorded live at Happy Days Lodge in Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Peninsula, Ohio on April 25, 2008 by contributing producer Craig Adams.