Final show of Music Shapes will feature Alan Jeffries and The Modern Grass
Bluegrass was the background music of Alan Jeffries childhood.
The youngest of five children and the only boy in his family, he remembers summers travelling with his dad John Jeffries to festivals throughout the Maritimes. It was hard for him to not want to make it his life.
“I really learned to play and sing just wanting to be in his band,” Jeffries said.
He earned the right to play with his father and other of the top Maritime Musicians including David Myles. He still makes a point of travelling with his dad to play as well.
Jeffries, who was named Atlantic Canada’s Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year and just received the 2014 ECMA for Solo Roots Recording of the Year.
But after years of accompanying other musicians, Jeffries is finally getting a chance to lead his own band and has released a bluegrass recording.
He chose guys he had enjoyed playing with over the years and asked them if they’d be interested in playing with him.
“They were all guys I really respected,” he said. “We started doing some shows.”
He said it was only natural that he went with bluegrass for the genre.
“That was the genre that I gravitated to because I was around it a lot. It’s my first love.”
Taking centre stage and interacting with the audience is a bit of a different role but one he’s enjoying.
He’s also gravitating more away from cover songs towards doing his own songwriting.
“I never really considered myself a write or aspired to be a writer,” he said. “I’m getting more into it now. I want people to hear me and know that it’s me.”
This weekend people in Pictou County will have a chance to hear him as he performs
Saturday at the Celtic Circle The Modern Grass.
The Modern Grass are deemed “the Chieftains of bluegrass” by longtime CBC producer Glenn Meisner.
Music Shapes New Glasgow is sponsored by Town of New Glasgow’s Glasgow Square and The Celtic Circle, two of the region’s premier performing centres, East Coast FM 94.1, Creative Pictou County, and Baked Café who is offering free desserts to ticket holders on Saturday. The series is also supported by Music Nova Scotia’s “Bringin’ It Home” community presenter’s funding program, enabling the concert series to bring top talent to New Glasgow during the shoulder season.
Want to go?:
Saturday: Bluegrass Night featuring Alan Jeffries & The Modern Grass The Celtic Circle Performing Arts Centre – 195 Forbes Street, New Glasgow Doors at 7 p.m. | Show at 8 p.m.
Regular: $20 (plus applicable fees) advance | $25 at the door
Student: $15 (plus applicable fees) advance | $18 at the door
Group Discounts: 4 for $60 (plus applicable fees)
Tickets on sale at any TicketPro outlet or online here: ticketpro.ca.