“The Black Bird plays Celtic music with unparalleled precision and elegance. Jan Peters not only has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard, he is also an innovative arranger and one of northern California’s most gifted multi-instrumentalists. Laura Tjolker is an exceptionally rare kind of fiddler who plays with precision, strength and grace, and unwavering tone, regardless of whether she’s playing a slow air, a lightning-fast reel, or a compelling jig. She is also possessed of an incredibly sweet voice and sings with genuine Irish traditional expression. Together, they make some of the tightest, best composed, and most beautiful Celtic music you will ever hear.”
“Greetings, we are The Blackbird and we play and sing Irish and other folk musics. Together we weave a beautiful sound that is keenly a part of the living stream of traditional music. We play reels, jigs, hornpipes, waltzes, and sometimes play some rather rare kinds of pieces as well; An obscure French tune, The Rambling Comer from Southern England, or a wild Klezmer tune. We also mix some exceptional songs into our performances. We play perfectly amplified acoustic music for weddings, dances, concerts, pubs, and you name it. We perform as a duo with the fiddle and bouzouki, or a trio with Irish flute, bodhran, and harmonica in the mix, or as a four piece with a superb drummer. See us at Gallagher's Irish Pub most Fridays from 5 - 8 pm, or on The Delta King certain Thursdays 6 -9 for their Irish Night. Please write us or give a call if you are interested in having us play for you. The Blackbird 360 820 0486 firstname.lastname@example.org”
"When you spend an hour or three with The Blackbird you are offered a musical portrait of Ireland, (not to mention other places!). All the lush color, history, poetry and passion of the Irish are beautifully presented with grace and skill by The Blackbird. The Blackbird combines the elegant and sweet fiddle of Laura Tjolker with the plaintive, spiritual bouzouki of Jan Peters. If you aren't familiar with Irish traditional music, put all your preconceptions aside. Laura and Jan are true artists, and infuse their love of music into every note. Their skillful renditions of jigs, reels and other traditional dances will get your toes tapping. Both Laura and Jan have lovely, haunting voices which perfectly deliver the rich lyrical tradition of Irish ballads and laments. The Blackbird is a musical delight that is simply not to be missed."
“The Black Bird plays Celtic music with unparalleled precision and elegance. Jan Peters not only has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard, he is also an innovative arranger and one of northern California’s most gifted multi-instrumentalists. Laura Tjolker is an exceptionally rare kind of fiddler who plays with great strength, grace, and gorgeous unwavering tone, regardless of whether she’s playing a slow air or a lightning-fast reel. Together, they make some of the tightest, best composed, and most beautiful Celtic music you will ever hear.”
“ The Blackbird's music tells an insightful Celtic story in tune with the seasons and offers a contemporary and imaginative spin on Irish and Tradtional Folk Music. The concert they gave in my store was an unforgettable evening of gorgeous and uplifting music.”
“Regarding Jan Peters' rendition of 'Whisky In The Jar': Nicely done! It think it takes a real focus to reimagine such a worn out old tune (though admittedly a strong one ) - I love the sense of foreboding that these chords and melody line lend the story - much more in line with the actual mood of the narrative, which doesn't really leave us with any solid conclusion.”