Sean Cronin and Friends

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2:00 PM Mountain Stage


Cronin and Friends

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Invermere-born Sean Cronin was raised on Country, trained in Classical, steeped in Punk Rock, and brought to maturity as a Jazz musician. Cronin’s musical life is a testament to the diversity of his projects.  The set “Cronin and Friends” will feature styles ranging from folk to jazz to rock n roll.

“He’s the type of individual whose thoughts and ideas will bring new ones to your mind, and there seems to be less and less of that in the musical world.” –  Livewell’s Latest

 

Sean Cronin

Vocals, Bass, Banjolele

Multi-Instrumentalist and songwriter Sean Cronin was born in Invermere, BC, and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. His musical journeys have taken him all over the world with Jazz groups like the Bria Skonberg Quintet, Mike Allen Trio, and Amanda Tosoff Quintet, as well as folk and rock bands like Bocephus King, Jolie Holland, Viper Central, and Petunia. He currently plays bass with many old-time Jazz bands in New York, as well as leading his own experimental Chamber-Rock ensemble, Sean Cronin’s Very Good. Last year, Cronin was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in New York City for his musical score for the play Kill Me Like You Mean It, and has been involved in several theatrical productions there as a composer.

 

John Cronin

Vocals, guitar

Adventurous John homesteaded in Alaska before settling in British Columbia. The ruggedness of those areas rubbed off on John and his music acquired the same earthy quality and evolved into a muscular yet sensitive style. John led many bands in BC and quickly fell in love with the Western cowboy flavor of the local music. This led to a 7-year stint with Canadian musical icon Ian Tyson during which time John toured extensively throughout Canada and the US as the lead guitarist in Ian’s band. Ian proclaimed John to be ‘a highly lyrical guitarist.’ John’s guitar approach can be heard on several of Ian’s recordings and he has been described as the ‘heart of the guitar.’

 

Debra-Jean Creelman

Vocals

As a founding member of Canadian indie rock outfit Mother Mother, Debra-Jean was afforded ample opportunities to hone her skills as a vocalist. During her four years with the vocal harmony driven band she played countless festivals, and showcases including: Sled Island, CMJ, SXSW, Virgin Fest, Vancouver Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, CMW, and NXNE. As well as opening for the likes of Patrick Watson, Spoon, Okkervil River, and more. Creelman’s time with Mother Mother saw her headline such historic rooms as Vancouver’s Richards on Richards and Toronto’s Lee’s Palace. In addition to two full length Mother Mother albums released on Last Gang Records, Debra-Jean’s vocals can be found on the records of a slew of Canadian Artists including: Frazey Ford, The Wooden Sky, Josh Martinez, and many others. In November 2008 Debra Jean left Mother Mother in order to pursue her own solo career.

 

Joseph Denham

Vocals, guitar

Joe Denham is the author of three highly acclaimed poetry collections, Flux (2003) and Windstorm (2009), Regeneration Machine (2015) and one novel, The Year of Broken Glass (2011). Joe is also a prolific songwriter, writing thoughtful ballads and edgier rock songs influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. His first full-length musical release is due to come out in fall of 2016. He lives with his wife, Columbia Valley-born Amy Bespflug, and two children in Halfmoon Bay, BC. Joe also works as a commercial fisherman throughout coastal British Columbia.

 

Dave Sikula

Guitar, percussion

From the cooking swing of The NightCrawlers, to the post-rock/noise of Inhabitants, to the interlocking melodicism of Alicia Hansen, Dave Sikula is one of Vancouver’s finest and most versatile guitarists.

Dave Sikula is a guitarist, recording engineer and producer from Vancouver, BC. Dave is a member of Juno-nominated group Inhabitants – a groove-based unit that combines acoustic jazz, free jazz, rock, texture and noise. He currently fronts his own trio featuring Dan Gaucher (Fond of Tigers, Sandro Perri) on drums and James Meger (Braveheart, Sick Boss) on bass, and is also a member of Jesse Cahill’s Nightcrawlers, the Paul Rushka Sextet and Alicia Hansen’s Quartet and Quintet. Dave holds an honours degree in Jazz Performance Guitar from the University of Toronto, and has studied with Bill Coon, Roy Patterson, and Lorne Lofsky. In addition to working as a guitarist, Dave is also a busy audio engineer and producer and has worked on many releases from record labels such as Cory Weeds’ Cellar Live (Peter Bernstein, Miles Black, Oliver Gannon, Antonio Ciacca, Mike Ledonne, Louis Hayes), Drip Audio (Inhabitants, Benzene) and Songlines (Waxwing, Harris Eisenstadt). In 2012, Dave recorded and mixed “The Ian McDougall 12tet – Live” which was nominated for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year in 2014. In 2015, he worked as engineer on Jaclyn Guillou’s Juno nominated “This Bitter Earth”.

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