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THE LONESOME TOWN PAINTERS

GABRIEL DUBREUIL
& ANDY HILLHOUSE 

Originally aired October 8, 2021

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GABRIEL DUBREUIL

 

Gabriel Dubreuil is a fiddler, multi-instrumentalist, composer, teacher, sideman, bandleader, producer (the list goes on). He has recorded on dozens of albums with acclaimed musicians and producers  and performed across North America alongside some of the worlds finest folk musicians. 

Born and raised in British Columbia, Gabriel Dubreuil took to the fiddle at an early age. Captivated by old traditions and emerging music styles he has learned to play many instruments in many genres. He is indeed a musical chameleon: blending Celtic, Canadian fiddle and jazz with style and flare, drawing from his studies with violin legends Matt Glaser, Darol Anger and Jason Anick. He is an alumni of Berklee College of Music where he received a degree in Jazz performance and American Roots music. 

Gabriel is a founding member of Celtic-rock band Early Spirit. Early Spirit’s album Unrelated (2018) was produced by Grammy and Juno award winning musician and producer Leonard Podolak (The Dhuks), and featured guests Natalie MacMaster, Geoffrey Kelly, Leonard Podolak and Michelle Campagne. Early Spirit has since toured festival stages across Canada. Their second album is to be released in winter of 2022. Gabriel’s second solo record  will also be released in 2022. 

Gabriel is the Executive Artistic Director for Vancouver’s North Shore Celtic Ensemble, a youth performing arts group with some of Vancouver’s most promising young musicians. The Ensemble was founded by Claude Giguere and Early Spirit bandmate Jay Knutson in 1988, and has hundreds of student alumni across Vancouver including Gabriel himself. Gabriel was previously the musical director for the Bad to the Bow youth fiddle group in Gibsons, BC and he teaches private violin lessons in North Vancouver.

THE LONESOME TOWN PAINTERS

 

Vancouver’s traditional bluegrass standard bearers, The Lonesome Town Painters, have released two albums so far, and are presently immersed in producing their third. The band plays homage to beloved music of the genre’s golden era, but much of their material is original, albeit written under the influence of The Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, The Johnson Mountain Boys, Vern Williams...

Angelo Eidse (guitar & vocals), Patrick Bartel (banjo & vocals), Jeremy Freeman (mandolin & vocals), and Fred Beach (bass & backing vocals), demonstrate just how far they have come in a relatively short time, developing their soaring harmonies, melodic instrumentation, and the pushing drive that has come to define their spirited performances.

Having met by way of late-night jam sessions at Vancouver’s ANZA Club and their mutual love of The Stanley Brothers, this hard-hitting quartet has been finding its audience in every festival stage, concert hall, pub and brewery that will have them. They can be heard regularly on Bluegrass Ramble (91.3 KBCS), In The Pines (CFRO Co-op Radio 100.5) and Pacific Pickin' (CiTR 101.9) in Vancouver.

“The Lonesome Town Painters faithfully recreate the look and sound of classic bluegrass music. Gathered around a single microphone they bring the music of Bill Monroe and The Stanley Brothers to life with outstanding musicianship and performance.” – Pete Goodall, KBCS Bluegrass Ramble Show

“As one of the top bluegrass acts in the lower mainland the band not only have the sounds to transport you back in time, they also have the look and the drawl of southern gentlemen.Their original numbers reflected the humour of the band members, including songs about criminals from New West and Cheating in East Vancouver…neither of which, the band assured us, were autobiographical.” – fanzrus.com