J.P. and Tim met on stage in 2010 at The Guitar Summit during Celtic Colours International Festival. The connection was immediate and epic—musically and personally. Their musical friendship continued at Celtic Colours in 2011 and, following the festival, they toured throughout the Maritimes together. But even that wasn’t enough time to play, so after the tour the two virtuosos headed for the studio and recorded for three days straight.
More About Tim Edey
Tim Edey is a well-known, highly acclaimed guitarist, melodeon player, and multi-instrumentalist from Kent, UK. Rated by many as one of the hottest melodeon and guitar players on the acoustic Celtic music scene worldwide, he effortlessly fuses his incredible technical abilities with instinctive soul and rhythm. He has achieved great success as one of the busiest session musicians and band members in the Celtic and acoustic folk music scene in Ireland, Uk and worldwide, while following a fast rising solo concert career.
Tim has toured, written, and recorded with Sharon Shannon, Seamus Begley, the Chieftains, Brendan Power, Michael McGoldrick, Mary Black, Steve Cooney, Altan, Capercaillie’s Charlie McKerron and Donald Shaw, Lunasa, Frankie Gavin, Session A9, Julie Fowlis, Shaun Davey and many others.
Most recently, Tim won the Musician of the Year Award at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Below is a video of the first time J.P. and Tim met each other on stage at the Celtic Colours Guitar Summit in 2010.
JP Cormier & The Elliot Brothers
Performing together since 2009, J.P. Cormier and the Elliott Brothers have formed a musical kinship that feels a bit like destiny. J.P. has always surrounded himself with top-shelf musicians and this time he has taken it to a new and exciting level. Mike and Bill Elliott are both former Maritime old time Fiddling Champions, with over 40 years experience on the leading edge of the Atlantic Canadian bluegrass scene playing with their father, the legendary Carl Elliott. Mike (bass/stand up and electric) and Bill (guitars) are musical brothers to J.P. and just the right complement to his renowned skills on all things stringed.
JP Cormier & Grassfire
In 1981 at the tender age of 13 I answered an add in the paper for a banjo player for a bluegrass band out of the Halifax/Windsor area. The first rehearsal was at an architect’s office down on the water front in the city. It was all new and big and exciting for me. My first band!! That first group, Grassfire, was Dale Wood on mandolin (2 time inductee in the NS Country Music Hall of Fame), Scott Smith on Bass, and Marvin Galley on Guitar, with me bringing up the rear with my old Fender Leo 5 string. Although I had never played banjo in a band before, Dale took me under his wing and patiently instructed me on how to make the instrument work in a unit setting. He also led by example by being a consummate front man and band member. His wisdom and musicianship inspired me to do many of the things I accomplished in the next ten years after that.
I played two separate two year stints with them, once as Banjo player, and the second time as guitar player and lead vocalist with Halifax banjo master Brian Mitton taking my place on the five string. It was a magical time.
Recently Dale Wood has suffered some illness and some hard luck in the business and I decided it was time to get the surviving members back together! (Sadly, Marvin passed away last year) So in the spring of 2012, myself (43), Dale (73) and Scott (68) went to Ranson House Studios and cut what I think is one of the most ear-pleasing recordings I’ve ever done. “Grassfire- The 30th Anniversary, Now and Then Some” is a rollicking, poignant, and colorful portrayal of the music we loved to play those many years ago, and is a testament to one of the best bluegrass bands that ever came out of the east coast. We had a blast, with a lot of laughs a few tears, and a remembrance of our brother Marvin. Most of all though, we just remembered, and that memory was Golden.