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Blake Williams - bodhran, lead vocals

One night in the Temple Bar area of Dublin, I broke out a set of spoons and played with a Celtic group performing at the pub. 24 hours later, I met a bodhran player in Galway who ‘showed me the light’ about the bodhran and taught me its role as the heartbeat of Celtic music. It’s been years since and I’ve had the fortune to play with amazing musicians around the world, compete internationally on the bodhran, and enjoy the art of goatwhackery! The
Irish Wakers are the essence of fun and music!


Brian Robertson - guitar, lead vocals

BC born and bred, I grew up in Powell River in a time when there were no roads into the town, more people had boats than cars, and the newspapers were always a day late. A world traveler with a diverse work history, I now share my time between my music and historical research, primarily in BC aboriginal issues.


Hugh Brock - flute, whistles, backing vocals

My father took up the drums when he was 51, and played in a dance band until his late 70s. When I was 51, I realized that Dad had the right idea, so I took up the Irish flute, and later, the whistle. The combination of great music, great musicians, and the joy of giving pleasure to people has been a great change from academic life. I hope I am able to enjoy myself as long as Dad did, or longer!


Michael Burnyeat - fiddle, mandolin

I was inspired to take up the violin upon hearing a recording by the great Irish band Altan. I started out with classical, but soon branched out to different fiddle styles. Since then, I have performed both solo and with various bands at venues across BC and I lead the Jericho Folk Cub Jam Sessions. I've competed in fiddle contests around BC, and am the 2013 BC Youth Fiddle Champion, and the 2014 BC Open Fiddle Champion. I also enjoy backing up singer-songwriters and am involved in the folk scene in Vancouver.

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The most beautiful music of
all is
the music of what happens.Irish Proverb

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