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.
Native Minnesotan Brian Wicklund has been integral to the 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. Joe Cruz brings 30 years of eclectic guitar virtuosity to the band. Kevin Rowe is as comfortable in a symphony as he is in a jazz combo or a bluegrass band. Joel Arpin adds his virtuosic percussion on cajon and hand drums. The Barley Jacks released their first recording "Either Side of Night" in June of 2010, and "The Lighthouse" in December of 2011.