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Barley Jacks / Press

“The Barley Jacks blew the roof off the place last Saturday evening. Brian Wicklund’s original compositions ranged from poignant and plaintive to boisterous and toe-tapping, with everything in between. He has assembled a very talented ensemble who not only keep up with his extraordinary playing, but add some mean riffs of their own. The sold-out audience loved them and demanded an encore.”

“Whoa! This guy can really play the fiddle. Brian Wicklund, the leader of The Barley Jacks, digs into his instrument with gusto to spare on track after track of “The Lighthouse.””

“Musical simpatico at its finest!”

“The Barley Jacks led by the brilliant Brian Wicklund on fiddle had the crowd standing, clapping, dancing and shouting for almost the entire final hour. They are one finely tuned machine. An absolute treat to listen to!”

“I LOVED the band... lot's of good feedback. The Barley Jacks are dynamic, exciting and just plain fun!”

Mary Doub - Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival-director

“...their concert last night --- nothing short of great. Talented musicians, very diverse songbook, easy to work with and they connected with the audience who had a ton of fun.”

Woody Woodruff - Champanile Center for the Arts, Minocqua, WI

“They are musicians' musicians playing seriously good music. If you can sit there and listen to these guys without smiling or tapping your toe, check your pulse.”

Ron Arsenault - Rock Bend Music Festival

"They raise the notch by performing interactive bluegrass, engaging the audience and making every performance unique."

“A double threat…This exceptional fiddler also proves to be an able composer and appealing singer.”

Bluegrass Unlimited

“Wicklund’s fiddling rings in pristine tonality.”


"Wonderful original tunes, gorgeous harmonies and a level of musicianship that few in the region can dream of matching."

“The Barley Jacks really piss us off. Every time we hear them, we go home, bust up our instruments and quit playing for months. We'll never have them back again... but we're going to see them next weekend, wanna go?”

Ron Arsenault - Rock Bend Music Festival

“The quartet easily moved between Texas swing, jazz, and Latin tunes, keeping the audience's attention.”

““The concert last night by the Barley Jacks was just incredible. Everyone there knew we were seeing a world class performance by the quartet headed by Brian Wicklund who is one of the most talented and versatile violinists I have ever seen."”

“Wicklund is a deft original writer with a firm grounding in traditional acoustic styles.”

Twin Cities Reader